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Meade LX200 GPS 10" Computerized Telescope PERFECT

09.22.2010
Los Angeles, California
$ 1,500
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Meade LX200 GPS 10" Computerized Telescope w/GOTO Offered is an excellent condition Meade LX-200 GPS 10" (254mm) telescope, with computer controlled GOTO features. This telescope has a 98" (2500mm) focal length built into a 'folded' Schmidt-Cassegrain system, making it much more compact than a conventional Newtonian style. The mirror is a full 10" wide and gathers a very large amount of light making it great for viewing faint night objects. An 8" scope is considered a large telescope, but this 10" gathers even 60% more light, making the rings of Saturn, moons of Jupiter, the Orion Nebula and even the Andromeda Galaxy are all very easy & resolve. Specifically, this is in excellent condition (looks almost new), very clean and everything works PERFECTLY. It is about 6 yrs old but has been in a box for the past 5 yrs, used only a couple of times before I got it. This is the top-of-the-line Meade LX-200GPS & has an advantage over Meade's standard version LX-50, this one having higher precision optics, special EMC (super multi coatings) lens coating, a remote Autostar II hand controller, digital compass, digital leveller, GPS with GOTO features and large 9x50 finder scope. The dual quartz computer-controlled motors (Smart Drive) make for very accurate tracking, giving you everything you need to get deep into the hobby of Astronomy, and even Astro Photography. It is easy to transport (62 lb telescope head is separate unit) & set up is quick, using the heavy duty tripod. Easy Setup: To align it so it 'knows' the sky, just turn it on and give it 5 to 7 minutes for the GPS to locate its position and then self level. You then lock onto two bright stars, hit ENTER and this intelligent telescope then has its bearings. It will then obediently slew (using internal motors) to any part of the sky requested, to view any of the the objects in its 145,000 object database (including stars constellations, asteroids, ISS, Messier, planets, nebulas and several others). Even as you view, it slows moves to follow the Earth's rotation, keeping the object centered in the eyepiece. Using this setup, photographic exposures are also now easy and can yield sharp pictures as the telescope tracks your object moving across the sky. The Slew buttons also allow you to manually move it to any location desired and the zero-shift microfocuser lets you easily and quickly focus, all done without touching the scope. The Autostar II hand controller lets everything easy operate directly form the keypad. All of the above are powered by 8 C-cell batteries, making everything totally very portable (battery life is usually 6-7 hrs in warmer weather). Optional accessories (and not included here) allow the electronic control panel to run on either 12 volts from an AC power adaptor, or 12 volts from your automobile battery. And another feature: if close-up nature photography is something you like to do, then you can be far away and yet move right up beside your object as you attach your camera to the rear of this LX200, turning it into a giant 10" telephoto lens using an optional (not included) camera adaptor; & T mount ... I purchased mine from Meade for $50 for both, for my Canon OES. *One of the photos shown below is where I used my own camera and adaptor to photograph a country intersection from 1 mile away (the day was hot and dusty with a strong wind). This is a great scope, very sturdily built, in near-perfect condition, and 'way better' than the average telescope for some serious stargazing. The LX200GPS 10" is the 'Cadillac' of telescopes with its quality and features.


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