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The most widely used research telescope on earth now comes with the most advanced optical system in space. Meade’s all new LX200-ACF brings Advanced Coma Free optics within reach of aspiring astronomers everywhere. Nearly every observatory reflector in the world is a Ritchey-Chrétien, including NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the ACF optics is just like it. Now you can own what the professionals own. The LX200-ACF includes all the field-proven features of the LX200 including GPS, Primary Mirror Lock, Zero Image-Shift Microfocuser, Oversized Primary Mirror, SmartDrive™, Smart Mount™, AutoStar® II and more. Plus, the LX200-ACF comes with observatory-class optics crafted in Irvine, California, and a Series 5000 26mm 5-Element Plössl eyepiece. The new LX200-ACF. It’s the biggest news in astronomy since, well, the LX200.

Advanced Coma Free f/10 Optics: The ACF optica design preforms just as the Ritchey-Chrétien or RC optical design does and is well known to discerning astrophotographers and is the telescope optical design in many of the leading professional observatories of the world. The LX200-ACF is the perfect platform for the demanding researcher and imaging enthusiast with telescopes available in apertures of 8 inches, 10 inches, 12 inches, 14 inches, and 16 inches.

Meade Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™) increases total light transmission and image brightness by nearly 20% over Meade’s standard coatings. Objects such as stars, galaxies and nebulae will appear significantly brighter.

Primary Mirror Lock locks the mirror in place during long-exposure astrophotography.

Oversize Primary Mirror diameters are greater than their listed aperture (e.g., the diameter of the 8" LX200R is actually 8.25"). This additional 1/4" yields a wide, fully illuminated field-of-view.

Smart Mount™ constantly refines pointing accuracy each time an object is centered and updated. Compatible with both equatorial and altazimuth mounts.

Smart Drive™ provides permanent periodic error correction (PPEC) on both axes by learning and averaging error over the course of one or more training periods, thereby minimizing guiding corrections during long-exposure photographs. PPEC is available on both axes and functions in both polar and altazimuth modes.

Sony®GPS Receiver Sensor automatically inputs precise time, date, and geographical location to help quickly and precisely align the telescope.

AutoAlign™– Telescopes with Meade’s new AutoAlign come pre-aligned.They are smart scopes that know the night sky right out of the box. AutoAlign picks two fail-proof alignment stars for you and places them right in your view-finder. Just center them to fine tune your alignment and the wonders of the universe are at your fingertips.

AutoStar® II controller features “Hot Keys” for quick access to a 145,000 celestial object database. AutoStar II can be updated with the latest software upgrades, guided tours and timely objects like comets free at

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Manufacturer Info
Optical Design
Advanced Coma Free
Clear Aperture 305mm (12") 356mm(14") 406.4mm (16")
Focal Length Focal Ratio 3048mm f/10 (12") 3556mm f/10 (14") 4064mm; f/10
Maximum Practical Visual Power 750X (12") 850X (14") 950X (16")
Telescope Mounting
heavy-duty fork type; double-tine
Primary Mirror Lock
included (progressive tension) All models
Zero Image-Shift Micro Focuser
included (4-speed) All models
Series 5000 26mm 5-Element Plossl
8 x 50mm
GPS, True-level and North sensors
included (16-channel GPS receiver) All models
Pointing Precision, High Precision Mode
1-arc min. All models
Autostar® II Hand Controller
included (147,541 object database) All models
Batteries (user-supplied)
8 x C-cells
Battery Life (approx.)
20 hrs
Slew Speeds:
RA and Dec: 0.01x to1.0x sidereal, variable in0.01x increments; 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal; 1°/sec. to 8°/sec., variable in 0.1° increments All models
Tracking Rates
sidereal, lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates All models
Primary, Secondary Mirrors
Pyrex® glass grade-A,
Correcting Plate/Lens
water white glass
Total Net Telescope Weight
125 lbs.
166 lbs.
318 lbs. (with Field Tripod)
Telescope Shipping Weight (approx.)
50 lbs.
225 lbs.
360 lbs.
Field Tripod Height all models: 30" to 44" variable
40" to 50" variable