The LX600 series with StarLock supports both observers on the move and astrophotographers with advanced technology.
This begins with the transport: the short-build SC telescopes sit tightly in their compact fork mount. This so-called split fork can be disassembled for transport.
Setting up the telescope in order to start observing is child's play. Thanks to GPS and Level North Technology, the computer can set itself up almost entirely alone. Then the AutoStar II controller with 145,000 objects is ready for use.
The integrated Starlock camera system supports the exact locating of the desired object, provides an automatic error correction (PEC), and takes over the auto-guiding. No external autoguider is necessary!
The LX600 series offers corrected ACF-SC optics with a fast aperture ratio providing short exposure times for astrophotography. The internal Crayford focuser with fine adjustment ensures precise focusing with no image shift.
UHTC is a special multi-layer coating on the front correction plate provides up to 15% more light transmission.
The result -brighter star clusters, finer details in nebulae and more surface detail on planets!
Meade's ACF optical design eliminates the typical aberrations of all mirror optics. Thanks to ACF, the stars are also point-shaped right out to the edge of the image field, displaying no elongated comet-like distortions.
The image field is flatter than that of classic Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes.
ACF optical systems show their strengths especially in astrophotographic applications.
Starlock is the revolutionary technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic. Starlock uses an 80mm f/5 optic and a super wide-angle 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 accuracy of one arcsecond. There's no need for a separate guide or computer and the StarLock requires no user focusing or guide star selection.
StarLock automatically programs periodic error correction and then corrects for any other errors down to virtually zero.
Nearly all functions of the telescope are accomplished with just a few pushes of AutoStar II’s buttons. Because the AutoStar II system uses flash (rewritable) memory, your system will be able to grow when new features and enhancements become available. Some of the major features of the AutoStar II system are:
The AutoStar II handbox has soft-touch keys designed to have a positive feel. The LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) is backlit with red LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) for easy viewing in the dark. The backlit display, key arrangement, and sequential menu structure make AutoStar II extremely user friendly.
As the telescope shows a magnified image of any astronomical object, an astronomical mount must be very precise. Even small deviations may interfere with longer exposure time images. But small fluctuations will always be present as the worm shaft, which is part of the drive, can never be absolutely perfect. These periodic fluctuations can be detected and compensated for by the computer control. The Smart Drive technology enables this ‘permanent periodic error correction’ (PPEC).
The Smart Mount technology improves the accuracy of the telescope's GoTo system. Although the mount is mechanically very rigid, there is still some inaccuracy due to flexing and the changes in mechanical stress that occurs during slewing.
With the help of the Smart Mount technology, the telescope can detect and correct systematic errors when tracking celestial objects, regardless of their cause. This is particularly interesting for fixed-mount telescopes, as the errors there are reproducible.