Meade LS 8" ACF LightSwitch Astronomy Cassegrain
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Meade LS 8" ACF LightSwitch Astronomy Cassegrain

The big brother of the 6" model this award-winning 8" f/10 (2000mm focal length) powerhouse telescope is feature packed. Meade's patented automatic self alignment system aligns with just one touch of the power switch. Just flip the switch and walk away. It aligns itself. It’s that simple.
NZ $4,999.00
incl GST


Telescope Description

Meade's best Advanced-Coma Free optics deliver performance only seen previously in systems costing thousands of dollars more. With its standard Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) the LS gives you the sharpest, brightest optical system for its size available at any price.
The included AutoStar III GOTO keypad computer has an over 100,000 object library and guided tour functions. Includes Meade ECLIPS color CCD camera (640x480 resolution) which lets you capture images of your favorite celestial wonders and display them in real time on an external (user supplied) monitor or store them on a (user supplied) SD card so you can do CCD imaging your very first night out.
The included “Astronomer Inside” feature delivers over four hours of fun and informational audio presentations which can be heard over the built in speaker, and 30 minutes of video presentations and animations plus hundreds of still images which can be watched over an external (user supplied) TV or monitor. Imagine being given a brief and entertaining video presentation on Saturn while viewing that planet and its fabulous rings for the very first time. This telescope truly does it all.
Eight (user supplied) C cell batteries will run the telescope for 3-5 hours, with a Meade Universal A/C power supply available separately for longer observing sessions. (See recommended accessories, below.) Includes a highly rigid single fork mount featuring aluminum construction with massive 4.875" precision worm-gears. Standard equipment also includes a sturdy, adjustable height tripod with steel legs for great stability and vibration damping and a Series 4000 Meade 26mm Super Plossl eyepiece (77X magnification). Additional eyepieces available separately, compatible with all Meade and other brand 1.25” barrel size eyepieces.
Meade LightSwitch technology- bringing the fun back to Astronomy. This changes everything. 
Recommended Usage – Astronomy
*1 Year factory warranty covered by Meade*

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Awards and Reviews

Astronomy mag red logo-624-254 "Mead's LightSwitch technology makes observing a snap..This new go-to scope takes the hassle out of setup and offers high-quality optics to boot"
  • Astronomy.com  April 2010 issue - Equipment Review
Cloudt Nights-new-logo-last-final-457-21 "Big Fun" 
  • Cloudynights.com  October 6 2010
sky&telescopes logo small "Meade's LightSwitch telescopes have taken Go To performance to the next level with a fully automated initialisation procedure that requires no input form the user. Excellent image quality and built-in audio and video content make the scopes  excellent choices..." 
  • Skyandtelescope.com  December 2010


Clear Aperture 8" 203mm
Optical Design Advanced Coma-Free (ACF)
Optical Coatings UHTC™
Focal Length 2,000mm
Focal Ratio f/10
Resolving Power (Dawes' Limit) 0.570 arc-seconds
Oversized Primary Mirror Yes
Eyepiece(s) 26mm Series 4000™ Super Plössl
Focuser Mechanism Single Speed Focuser
Diagonal 1.25" diagonal prism
Mount Type Rigid Cast-Aluminum Single-Arm
Hand Controller AutoStar® III
Object Database 100,000 objects
Pointing Precision (High-Precision Mode) 1.5 arc-minute (+/-)
Slow Motion Controls Electronic
Slew Speeds RA and Dec:1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal and 1.5°/sec., 3°/sec., 6.5°/sec.
Tracking Rates Sidereal, Lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates
Control Panel 12v Power port, USB-A port, USB-B port, Video out, Audio out, Focuser port, Handbox port
Tripod LS Tripod
Power (Optional) 12v DC, 5 amp power supply
Batteries (User-Supplied) 8 x C cells
GPS Receiver Yes
True Level & North Sensors (LNT) Yes
Time Chip Yes
Electronic Focuser Optional
Astronomer Inside™ Yes
Anti-vibration Pads Optional


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