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The LX600 is a simple to operate, portable package that makes taking great astrophotos as easy as focusing your camera and opening the shutter.

The collection of features and technology integrated into the LX600 is unavailable from any other manufacturer and cannot be duplicated by just attaching a set of add-ons to another scope.

Fast f/8 Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical systems. Meade has completely redesigned the OTAs with a new mirror mounting and focusing system to achieve zero image-shift and a two-speed microfocuser. The scope features faster f/8 ACF™ optics giving you pinpoint stars all the way across the field of view. The OTAs are available in 10, 12, 14 and 16 inch apertures.

StarLock. The LX600 integrates a unique star tracking and object finding system into the telescope mount. This integration allows the telescope to center your target perfectly in the field of view. Once centered, the star tracking system communicates directly with the motor drives to automatically assure your scope stays locked onto its target with arcsecond precision. The automated optical tracking system delivers long-exposure guiding with pinpoint stars on astro-images despite misalignments, atmospheric refraction, periodic or other mechanical errors. This level of precision is unobtainable with systems using high precision encoders, software pointing models, large gears or PEC training — and all without the need of an external computer.

Internal Crayford-style 7:1 Focuser. The completely redesigned mirror mounting system achieves zero-image shift, eliminating the need for a mirror lock and integrates a two-speed microfocuser for quick and easy adjustments.

Solid Fork Mount With Heavy Duty 5.75" Gears. Large, high-quality worm-gear drives in both axes provide smooth movements with low periodic error that are critical for long exposure astrophotography. Providing the freedom to go horizon to horizon without any meridian flip, unlike German Equatorial Mounts.

Alt/Az Mode. In alt/az mode, the LX600 also makes for the best visual and short exposure experience possible. The LX600 performs LightSwitch® fully-automated self alignment. StarLock will put every target dead center in the eyepiece and track with arcsecond accuracy so you can concentrate on the beautiful, wide fields of pinpoint stars created by the superb f/8 ACF optical system.

AutoStar II hand control with over 144,000 object database to take you to almost any object imaginable at the push of the GoTo button. AutoStar II allows the user to setup and operate the LX600 in just the way you want.

Giant Field Tripod. With 3" diameter chromed steel legs and cast aluminum tripod head — adjustable from 34" to 54" — the Giant Field Tripod provides a research-grade foundation for the LX600 10, 12 and 14 inch models.

Optional f/5 Focal Reducer/Field Flattener. The optional focal reducer, custom-designed for the 10, 12 and 14 inch OTAs, makes your scope a full-frame, flat-field f/5 optical system at a fraction of the cost of an OTA only from other manufacturers.

All New X-Wedge™. Precision CNC-machined from ultra-ridged, aircraft-grade aluminum with smooth, accurate altitude and azimuth adjustments. Thirty percent more stable than competing equatorial wedges, the X-Wedge is the essential accessory for long exposure astroimaging.


10" f/8 ACF
12" f/8 ACF
14" f/8 ACF
16" f/8 ACF
Clear Aperture
10" (254mm)
12" (305mm)
14" (356mm)
16" (406.4mm)

Optical Design

Advanced Coma Free (ACF)
Focal Length
Focal Ratio
Telescope Mounting
Heavy-duty fork type; double-tine
Optical Coatings
Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
Resolving Power (Dawes Limit)
0.46 arcseconds
0.38 arcseconds
0.325 arcseconds
0.285 arcseconds
AutoStar Controller
Autostar II
Object Database
145,000 objects
8x50mm with cross-hair reticle
26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl
1.25" diagonal prism
2" diagonal prism
Focal reducer/Field flattener (optional)
2 inch diameter, 3 element, fully multi-coated, f/5 (designed specifically for 10, 12, 14 inch LX600/LX800 f/8 ACF optical systems)
Optimal back focus distance at f/5
3.5 inches
Focus System
Internal Crayford-style, zero image-shift primary mirror focus with dual speed 7:1 control
Slow Motion Controls
Mechanical & electronic
Slew Speeds
RA and Dec: 0.01x to1.0x sidereal, variable in 0.01x increments; 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal; 1°/sec. to 2°/sec., variable in 0.1° increments.
Tracking Rates
Sidereal, lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates
Control Panel
12v DC in, 12v DC out, Power, Focuser, Reticle, Handbox port, 1 computer connection port (RS232), 1 StarLock port, 1 Aux guide port
Giant Field Tripod
MAX Tripod
Batteries (User-Supplied)
8 x C cells
Battery Life (Typical)
20 hrs.
12V DC, 5 amp power supply (optional)
Additional Features
GPS Receiver
True Level & North Sensors (LNT)
Time Chip
Zero Image-Shift Microfocuser
Smart Mount
Smart Drive
Mirror Lock
Oversized Primary Mirror
AutoStar Suite Planetarium Software
Wedge (Optional)
MAX Wedge
Wide Field Camera
25mm x 26mm f/1.04 optic with 1/2 inch format CMOS sensor gives field of 14.72 x 11.78 degrees.
Narrow Field Camera
80mm x 400mm f/5 optic with 1/2 inch format Cmos sensor gives field
of 57.2 x 45.8 arcminutes (2.68 arcseconds/pixel)
High Precision Pointing
+/- 1 arcminute
High Precision Guiding
Down to 1 arcsecond - depending on sky conditions.
High Precision Alignment
Semi-automatic drift align procedure for ulta-precise polar alignment
StarLock Weight
6 lbs. (2.72 kg)
Primary Mirror
Low expansion borrosilicate glass
Secondary Mirrors
Individually figured with primary mirror for maximum correction. Low-expansion borosilicate glass
Correcting Plate/Lens
Aspheric high-spectral transmission Borofloat glass from Schott AG Germany
Optical Tube


Weights and Dimensions
OTA and Mount net weight
Tripod Weight
50 lbs.
81 lbs.
Tripod Dimensions
40" to 50" variable
Telescope Shipping Weight (approx.)
136 lbs.
179 lbs.
239 lbs.
374 lbs.
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