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Meade LX850 German Equatorial Mount w/ StarLock - No Tripod - 37-0850-00N

Meade   ——   SKU: MEA-37-0850-00N
$7,511.62 CAD
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About the Meade LX850 German Equatorial Mount
with StarLock Without A Tripod...

Meade Instruments proudly introduces the new standard in astrophotographic performance, the Meade LX850 Mount with StarLock dual imager full time autoguider. Includes AutoStar II GOTO system with over 144,000 object library and all the features an advanced visual observer or astrophotographer would ever want. Take your imaging to the next level.  Note: This product does NOT include a tripod.

The Meade LX850 Mount with StarLock, constructed of machined stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum is a rock solid platform for the most demanding applications, with a 90 pound payload capacity and pointing accuracy as good as one arc minute. Features include precision roller bearings on each axis, a 1.75 stainless steel RA shaft, 5.8" main gears, fine manual adjustment controls on both axis, illuminated reticle output port, telescope to computer USB cable and AutoStar Suite software. Mount main body weight is 55 pounds.

The Meade LX850 Mount includes StarLock - the revolutionary new technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic. With Meade's exclusive LightSwitch technology at its core, StarLock uses an 80mm f/5 optic and two camera sensor system to provide computer assisted polar alignment using the drift method. Once aligned the StarLock is guiding the mount in real time, and even automatically programs periodic error correction, achieving a guiding accuracy of up to 1 arcsecond in good seeing and with the capability of guiding on stars as faint as 11th magnitude.

The Meade LX850 Mount with StarLock features DC-servo motors on each axis with a maximum slew speed of 3 degrees per second, allowing slewing 180 degrees to the opposite side of the sky in one minute flat. Fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal, with faster slewing at 2x, 8x, 16x, or 1/4, 1/2, 1 or 3 degrees per second. The mount and all electronics are externally powered by the included Meade Universal Power Supply (12V). An external DC battery or power pack may also be used; Meade 607 Power Cord sold separately. The mount includes both mechanical locks and slow motion manual controls in both axis if for some reason you found yourself without power. Includes single 26 pound stainless steel counterweight, additional weights sold separately. LX800 mount shown in photo, LX850 mount similar. This package does NOT include any tripod as it is intended for users who already have a suitable sturdy tripod or a fixed pier.

 

Meade LX850 German Equatorial Mount
with StarLock Features...

 

  • Revolutionary new technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic

      

  • Features DC-servo motors on each axis with a maximum slew speed of 3 degrees per second, allowing slewing 180 degrees to the opposite side of the sky in one minute flat

     

  • StarLock uses an 80mm f/5 optic and two camera sensor system to provide computer assisted polar alignment using the drift method

     

  • Fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal, with faster slewing at 2x, 8x, 16x, or 1/4, 1/2, 1 or 3 degrees per second

     

  • Automatically programs periodic error correction, achieving a guiding accuracy of up to 1 arcsecond in good seeing and with the capability of guiding on stars as faint as 11th magnitude

      

  • Tripod is NOT included in this particular package. Attach mount to your own pier or existing tripod

      

  • Includes AutoStar II GOTO system with over 144,000 object library and all the features an advanced visual observer or astrophotographer would ever want

     

  • Mount includes both mechanical locks and slow motion manual controls in both axis if for some reason you found yourself without power

Meade LX850 German Equatorial Mount
with StarLock Specifications...

Mount Body: Machined from solid 6061-T6 Aircraft grade Aluminum and stainless steel

Finish: Anodized Aluminum and stainless steel

Main gear: R.A. & Dec. 5.8 inch under cut 225 tooth aluminum

Worm gear: R.A. & Dec..68 inch diameter precision machined polished bronze

Bearing size: 3.15 inch (outer diameter)

Counterweight shaft: 1.75 inch diameter, 12 inch long threaded stainless steel

Counterweights: 26 lb. and optional 10 lb. threaded stainless steel.

Quantity: Mount only - 1 x 26 lbs., 10 inch - 1 x 26 lbs., 12 inch - 2 x 26 lbs., 14 inch -3 x 22 lbs., 130mm APO - 1 x 26 lbs.

Drive Motors: DC Servo motors with encoders, both axes

Mechanical alignment: Fine adjustment altitude controls

Tracking distance past meridian 20 degrees

OTA mounting system: Losmandy-style dovetail

Instrument Payload Capacity: 90.0 lb (40.80 kg)

Latitude range: 10 - 70 degrees

Tripod: None

Mount body weight: 60 lb

Counterweight shaft and cap weight: 17.8 lb

Counterweights: 1 each 26 lb counterweight provided

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

Computer Control: AutoStar II GoTo system

Database: 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); Named 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).

Computer Hand Control: Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 20 backlit LED buttons

GPS: Yes

Home Sensors: Both RA and Dec axes

Internal Clock: Yes

Internal Cabling: Yes

Slew Speeds: 3 degrees/second

Tracking Rates: .01x to 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 3

Tracking Modes: EQ North and EQ South

Alignment Procedures: 2-Star Align, 1 Star Polar Align, Starlock assited drift align

Power: 12v DC 5 amp, using supplied Meade Universal Power Supply

StarLock Specs -

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: +/- 1 arcsecond (with good seeing. 1-4 second correction update rate depending on star magnitude. Faintest guide star 11th mag.

High Precision Alignment: Semi-automatic drift align procedure for ultra-precise polar alignment

StarLock Weight: 2.9 lb (1.3 kg)

Meade Product Number: 37-0850-00N