Meade Schmidt Cassegrain optics give you excellent optical performance for the best possible price. For those looking to get the most from their instrument, look no further. Meade uses water white glass with superior light transmission across the entire visible spectrum, unlike inferior standard plate glass used by other telescope manufacturers. Combined with our industry-leading UHTC coatings with 15% better light transmission than standard coatings and oversized, thermally stable Pyrex primary mirrors for optimum light transmission, you get a spectacular viewing experience not available on comparable competitors telescopes.
Clear Aperture 203mm (8")
Focal Length Focal Ratio 2034mm f/10(8")
Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
Optical Tube Dimensions (dia. x length) 9.1" x 16.75"
Viewfinder 8x50 with rear focus
Eyepiece 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl
Telescope Mounting fork-type; double tine fork-type
Setting Circle Diameters, RA and Dec. RA: 8"; Dec: 5"
GO TO Pointing Precision (approx.) 5-arc mins.
Pointing Precision, High Precision Mode 3-arc mins.
Slow-Motion Controls electric, RA and Dec
#497 AutoStar Controller PIC 16C57 microcontroller; 2 line x 16 display; 20-button keypad, red LED backlit
Batteries (user-supplied) 8 x C-cells
Battery Life (approx.) 60 hrs.
Onboard Celestial Object Database 30,223 objects & guided tours
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
Tube Body aluminum
Mount Castings aluminum
Primary, Secondary Mirrors Pyrex
Correcting Plate/Lens clear water white glass
Telescope Weight 33 lbs.
Tripod Weight 19 lbs.