Meade SKU: 1410-60-03N | Helix SKU: ME14106003N
The LX200-ACF 14"/356mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit from Meade brings to market a sophisticated catadioptric optical design favored by research facilities worldwide. Most professional applications are either this style of telescope or gargantuan apochromatic refractors. Meade's 14" LX200-ACF with UHTC multicoatings is a serious deep space instrument, with more than 3x the light gathering of common 8" catadioptrics. In order to truly take advantage of its outrageous capacity, it requires either the blessing of night skies unpolluted by artificial light or a pair of dedicated observers willing to move this large and heavy scope to where such darkness exists.
Although this premium 14" catadioptric scope's robust twin-fork altazimuth mount is meant for delightful observing first and foremost, it is easily adapted to extended astrophotography by using either Meade's Deep Sky Imager (which eliminates field rotation via software), Field De-Rotator, or #07008 Equatorial Wedge. Power is supplied by 8 "C" batteries, but via optional accessories you can also adapt to an AC wall unit or a vehicle's cigarette lighter (compatible with a Celestron Power Tank).
For 2009, Meade has refined the delivery of the LX200-ACF models to meet the demands of the marketplace. They now no longer includes the #07080 electric focuser as standard equipment, and use a Series 4000 Super Plössl eyepiece instead of the Series 5000 version.