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Meade Instruments 6-inch LightSwitch Series Telescope with Advanced Coma-Free Optics
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- Delivers 1-Touch Telescope Location, Time, Date, Orientation & Alignment
- Lightswitch Technology
- Automatic Self Alignment
- Advanced Coma-Free(Tm) (Acf(Tm)) Optics Provide Sharp, Clear Resolution
- Built-In Eclips(Tm) Ccd Imager Captures & Saves Images Onto A Secure Digital Card(Tm) Or Allows Users To View Images On An External Monitor
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Style Name: 6-Inch LightSwitch Series
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Aperture: 152.4mm(6-Inch). Focal Length: 1524mm. Meade’s revolutionary LS LightSwitch series of telescopes use advanced technologies like GPS, LNT and ECLIPS CCD imaging to do what no other consumer telescopes have done before: take all the hassle out of using a telescope. Simply flip the switch and the LS automatically aligns itself. Astronomer Inside then takes you on a guided multimedia tour of the best objects in your sky. The aluminum mount is lightweight and portable, yet has a rigid structure with precision worm-gear drives for the ultimate in tracking and pointing accuracy. All this combined with Meade’s Advanced Coma-Free or Schmidt-Cassegrain optical systems provide the stargazer with the most sophisticated, yet easiest to use telescope ever. AutoStar® III — TOTAL CONTROL The easy-to-use hand-held controller lets you select from a huge object database, with over 100,000 celestial objects. Just select an object and push the “GoTo” button and the telescope will automatically put your object in the eyepiece. The AutoStar III also gives you complete control of the Astronomer Inside multimedia features only available from Meade.
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I opted for the Meade LS 8 for it's ease of setup and it does exactly what it says. Carry out to the patio (1 person), plug in and switch on. It's ready for viewing within 10mins usually. The views in this are, as expected, not as bright as the 12" dob but they are exceptionally sharp all the way to the edge of the field.
Bad points - the tripod/mount are pretty much working at their limit and when you touch the focuser it takes several seconds to stabilise. This is compounded by the fact that the focuser itself is not very nice - very stiff movement which means you need to get a good grip of it. So, if you buy one of these, I would suggest almost always getting hold of the Meade zero image shift focuser to go with it which improves the accuracy of focussing with no movement of the view. You can focus with the handset without touching the OTA itself which is far far better. In fact, Meade should really just add a couple of hundred pounds to the price and supply it as standard as the included manual focuser is a pain to use.
The red dot finder is not so clever either but to be honest, with a scope like this you might never need/want to use it - I certainly haven't so far.
The USB ports are open to the elements which doesn't seem like a good idea in the UK humidity so get a couple of rubber caps for these as well.
In the UK, you will also definately need some type of dew protection as these types of scopes will quickly suffer.
Everything else about it is fine, accuracy of object location is first class and I have read that it will track for hours although I have only tested it for 15 mins or so. Optics are pin sharp and general construction is solid (apart from the fairly meagre tripod as mentioned earlier). I also like the audio (and video with an added screen) content describing object facts while viewing.
If you like the challenge or chasing objects manually then clearly this would seem a waste of money. If you want to drop it outside and spend the whole evening viewing instead of struggling then it's recommended.
I lecture on the subject and can fully recommend this telescope.
So easy to use and the optics are wonderful the images are crisp,and very clear.
I would recommend this LS-8 to anyone interested in looking at our solar system
Or deeper space.
Obviously the all automatic mode is flawed and the online help is scarce.
The telescope behaves erratically. the ergonomics are poor.
i cant seem to be able to plug the usb into my computer (Windows 7).
the racket works only if i unplug then plug it again. and then you have to press a dozen times the key to make it 'work'...
the software seems to have been designed in the 80s, and i cannot make it update the software.
so far this is an 'expensive' nightmare...i will update if i manage to make it work ...if not ...avoid at all cost (even cheap)
The Meade marketing statement "This Changes Everything" is not far from the truth.
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