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Meade LX850 German Equatorial Mount w/StarLock


Price: $7,239.00


  • Manufacturer: Meade
  • UPC: 7009942600605
  • MPN: 37-0850-00
  • SKU: 37-0850-00
  • Availability: 10+ In Stock - Ships from warehouse in 1-2 weeks

<p>PRECISION MACHINED, SOLID GERMAN EQUATORIAL MOUNT<br /> Constructed of machined stainless steel and aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum, the LX800 mount presents a rock-solid platform with precision roller bearings on both axes and a 1.75 inch stainless steel R.A. shaft. Its .68 inch diameter brass worms and 5.8 inch diameter, 225-tooth aluminum gears deliver smooth, precise movement with up to a 90 pound instrument load. Add to this internal cabling and the AutoStar II fully-computerized GoTo system with GPS, with a database of over 144,000 objects. All this sets atop a new ultra-stable tripod.</p> <p>STARLOCK &mdash; FULL-TIME AUTOMATIC GUIDING<br /> StarLock &mdash; the heart of the LX800 &mdash; is the revolutionary new technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic. With Meade&rsquo;s exclusive LightSwitch technology at its core, StarLock uses a 80mm f/5 optic and a super wideangle lens in a two camera system that automatically finds your target in high-precision, immediately captures a field star as dim as 11th magnitude and then guides to an incredible accuracy of one arcsecond. StarLock achieves this amazing accuracy because, unlike add-on guiders, StarLock is integrated into the telescope control system and communicates directly with the motor controllers in real time with a maximum precision of 0.01 arcseconds. There&rsquo;s no need for a separate guider or computer and the StarLock requires no calibration, no user focusing or guide star selection. StarLock even automatically programs periodic error correction and then corrects for any other errors down to virtually zero. StarLock also provides computer-assisted polar alignment using the drift method for extreme precision. No expensive shaft encoders or add-on guiding systems can provide this level of performance.</p> <p>Includes single 26 lbs. stainless steel counterweight. Heaviest sub-assembly is 26lbs.</p> <p><span style="font-size: large;">MOUNT&nbsp;SPECIFICATIONS</span></p> <table class="spec-table" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10"> <tbody> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;">Product Number</td> <td style="width: 710px;">37-0800-00</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;">Mount Body</td> <td style="width: 710px;">Machined from solid 6061-T6 Aircraft grade Aluminium and stainless<br /> steel</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>Finish</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;"> <p>Anodized Aluminium and stainless steel</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>Main gear - R.A. &amp; Dec.</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;"> <p>5.8 inch under cut 225 tooth aluminum</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>Worm gear - R.A. &amp; Dec.</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;"> <p>.68 inch diameter precision machined brass</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>Counterweight shaft</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;">1.75 inch diameter, 12 inch long threaded stainless steel</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>Counterweights</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;">26 lbs. single stainless steel.<br /> Quantity: Mount only - 1, 10 inch - 2, 12 inch - 2, 14 inch - 4, 130mm APO - 1</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;">Drive Motors</td> <td style="width: 710px;"> <p>DC Servo motors with encoders, both axes</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>Tracking distance past meridian</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;"> <p>20 degrees</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>OTA mounting system</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;"> <p>Losmandy &reg;-style dovetail</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>Instrument Payload Capacity</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;"> <p>90.0 lbs (40.80 kg)</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>Latitude range</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;">TBD</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>Tripod</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;">Giant folding adjustable height tripod with 3 inch diameter aluminum legs. <br /> Height from 29 inches to 45 inches.</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;">Mount body weight</td> <td style="width: 710px;">55 lbs.</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>Counterweight shaft and cap weight</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;">17.8 lbs.</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>Counterweights</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;">26 lbs.</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;">Tripod weight</td> <td style="width: 710px;">36 lbs.</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;">Control Panel</td> <td style="width: 710px;"> <p align="left">12v DC in, 12v DC out, Power, Focuser, Reticle, Handbox port, 1 computer connection port (RS232), 1 StarLock port, 1 Aux guide port</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>Computer Control</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;">AutoStar II GoTo system</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>Database</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;">Over 144,000 Objects, Catalogs included: Index catalog (5,386); NGC catalog (7,840); Partial Caldwell catalog (109); Messier catalog (110); Earth orbiting satellites (26); Planets (9); Uppsala galaxy catalog (12,940); Morphological catalog of galaxies (12,939); General catalog of variable stars (29,364); SAO and Hipparcos star catalogs (42,277); Draper star catalog (21,160); Yale bright star catalog (8,977); Large Bright Quasars Survey (1,055); Namd objects (4,313); Herschel catalog (400); Abell catalog of galaxy clusters (2,712); Arp catalog of irregular galaxies (635); Lunar features (1,754); Asteroids and comets (120); Constellations (88); Solar/Lunar eclipses, meteor showers (492).</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>Computer Hand Control</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;">Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 20 backlit LED buttons</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>GPS</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;">Yes</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;">Home Sensors</td> <td style="width: 710px;">Both RA and Dec axes</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;">Internal Clock</td> <td style="width: 710px;">Yes</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;">Internal Cabling</td> <td style="width: 710px;">Yes</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;">Slew Speeds</td> <td style="width: 710px;">3 degrees/second</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;">Tracking Rates</td> <td style="width: 710px;">.01x to 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 1/4&deg;, 1/2&deg;, 1&deg;, 3&deg;</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;">Tracking Modes</td> <td style="width: 710px;">EQ North and EQ South</td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>Alignment Procedures</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;"> <p>2-Star Align, 1 Star Polar Align, Starlock assited drift align</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;">Power</td> <td style="width: 710px;"> <p>12v DC 5 amp, using supplied Meade Universal Power Supply</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table class="spec-table" style="border-top: medium none;" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10"> <tbody> <tr style="width: 960px;"> <td style="background-color: #ffffff; width: 230px; border-right: medium none;"><span style="color: #376893;"><strong>StarLock</strong></span></td> <td style="background-color: #ffffff; width: 710px;">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;">Wide Field Camera</td> <td style="width: 710px;"> <p align="left">25mm x 26mm f/1.04 optic with 1/2 inch format CMOS sensor gives field of 14.72 x 11.78 degrees.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;">Narrow Field Camera</td> <td style="width: 710px;">80mm x 400mm f/5 optic with 1/2 inch format Cmos sensor gives field<br /> of 57.2 x 45.8 arcminutes (2.68 arcseconds/pixel)</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>High Precision Pointing</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;"> <p align="left">+/- 1 arcminute</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;">High Precision Guiding</td> <td style="width: 710px;">+/- 1 arcsecond RMS (with good seeing. 1-4 second crrection update rate depending on star magnitude. Faintest guide star 11th mag.</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>High Precision Alignment</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;">Semi-automatic drift align procedure for ulta-precise polar alignment</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="background-color: #ebebeb; width: 230px;"> <p>StarLock Weight</p> </td> <td style="width: 710px;">6 lbs. (2.72 kg)</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YE7OAQImE6o?feature=player_detailpage" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p>



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