Meade Catadioptric Telescopes

 LX200LX50LX10ETX
7″8″10″12″16″7″8″10″8″3.5″
f156.3106.31010101510101013.8
Focal length267012802000160025003048406426702000250020001250
Aperture17820325430540617820325420390
Secondary488876102941021274876947628
Obstruction27%43%37%40%37%33%31%27%37%37%37%31%
TypeMakSCTSCTSCTSCTMakSCTSCTSCTMak
Drivefully computer controlled; 64359 object library; automatic GO TO capabilitypowered dual axis slow motionsidereal-rate tracking only
Altazyesno
Polaryes with optional wedgeyes
Eyepiece26mm Plossl25mm MA26mm Plossl
Finder8×506×308×506×308×21
RS232yesno
Power18v DC (AC adapter incl.)6 AA batteries4 AA3 AA
Weight52415870120493855269
Tripodstandardheavyoptionalstandardlight
Tripod price$295$195
Price$3295$2795$3195$4495$14950$1795$1395$1695$995$595
Image104k gif48k gif252k gif52k gif56k gif 12k jpg

Notes

f
focal ratio
Focal Length
Aperture
Secondary
millimeters
Obstruction
Secondary diameter divided by Aperture (linear)
Type
Mak=Maksutov-Cassegrain; SCT=Schmidt-Cassegrain
Drive
LX10 optional Dec motor $85; ETX w/o drive costs $395
Altaz
visual operation in Altitude/Azimuth mode
Polar
photo/visual operation in equatorial mode; LX200 (7/8/10″) standard wedge $139, Super-wedge (10/12″) $495; optional field-derotator for 16″ available
Eyepiece
all 1.25″ barrels
Finder
all straight-through viewing; ETX is erect image
RS232
accepts ASCII commands from an external computer
Power
12v auto cigarette lighter adapters available
Weight
pounds, heaviest single component only (OTA and forks); tripods add significantly
Tripod
standard is height adjustable, heavy is larger, light is not adjustable, 16″ comes with a huge tripod or a permanent pier
Price
US dollars, shipping & handling additional, as of summer 1998
This data is taken from Meade’s glossy marketing catalog.

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Bill Arnett; last updated: 2001 Mar 1