Meade 8 Inch LS Telescope with LightSwitch Technology

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  • $1,999.00
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  • Now available with choice of ACF Advanced Coma Free Optics or SC Schmidt-Cassegrain Optics
  • Simply flip the switch and watch it align itself!
  • Adjustable Heavy Duty Tripod
  • Using a telescope does not get any easier than this!
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  • Description

    Easy Just got bigger

    The most sophisticated, easiest-to-use telescope anywhere is now available in an 8" aperture.  The LS-8 - only from Meade

    Meade ups the ante with the introduction of an 8 inch LightSwitch telescope.  With 78% more light gathering power than the LS-6, the LS-8 turns a unique viewing experience into an unsurpassed viewing experience.  And still, it's just as easy as flipping a switch.

    LightSwitch Technology

    When Meade announced LightSwitch Technology in 2009, the amateur astronomy game changed.  Simply flip a switch and LightSwitch automatically aligns itself in the night sky.  Built-in GPS, magnetic north sensors, level sensors and a CCD camera does all the work - within minutes your observing!

    Astronomer Inside

    Let Meade's Astronomer Inside take you on a multi-media guided tour of the night sky.  Choose the Tonight's Best tour and the Astronomer Inside automatically moves the telescope to the best objects in that night's sky.  At each object, listen as the Astronomer Inside describes in detai, fascinating facts and history.  Attach the optional video monitor and you now have a dazzling multi-media presentation that integrates rich audio and video.  Or select your favorite object and your LS telescope takes you to it and tells you all about it.  It's like having an astronomer at your side!

    Meade Optics

    Since 1972, Meade has consistently manufactured the finest opitcs available.  Now you have your choice of either Meade's high-performance Schmidt-Cassegrain (SC) optics, or for the truly discerning individual who demands the very best - Meade's Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical system delivering the sharpest, brightest image available.  Both systems are made with superior materials featuring Schott water white glass front correctors, oversized Pyrex primary mirrors and include Mead's UHTC coatings for optimum light transmission.  Either way, you get Meade's legendary optics.



    Supplier SKU 0810-03-12 LS 8 SC (f/10) Schmidt-Cassegain w/UHTC

    Supplier SKU 0810-03-10 LS 8 ACF (f/10) Advanced Coma-Free w/UHTC

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  • Dimensions & Specifications

    Model Type

    ACF Advanced Coma Free Optics



    Battery Life

    3-5 Hours

    Battery Type

    8 C Batteries




    Alt-AZ Mount


    Red-Dot Finder

    Focal Length


    Focal Ratio


    Lens Coating


    Mount Design


    Object Database

    100000 objects

    Objective Lens Size Code


    Optical Design

    Advanced Coma Free

    Recommended Usage

    For the Enthusiast

    Star Diagonal

    1.25 diagonal prism

    Telescopes Series

    Meade ETX-LS LightSwitch Telescopes

    User Level

    For the Enthusiast


    30 lbs. Telescope
    9 lbs. Tripod


    26mm Eyepiece
    UHTC Optical Coating

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    We stand behind all the products we sell, and your satisfaction is our top priority. If you're not satisfied with the quality of your purchase, simply send the item back to us in its original packaging within 30 days of its delivery.

    Manufacturer Warranty

    1-year limited manufacturer's warranty

    Return & Exchange Policy

    At our site, returns are easy! You may return new, unused, and resalable items for a refund or exchange. Simply ensure that the item is returned in its original product packaging within 30 days of delivery.

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