Diffraction-Limited Optics Meade's Schmidt-Newtonian and Schmidt-Cassegrain optics yield pinpoint stellar images over an extremely wide field-of-view with only half the coma of standard Newtonians of the same focal ratio.

Optical Tube Construction Schmidt-Newtonian and Schmidt-Cassegrain optics are mounted in precision-machined aluminum cells, which are then mounted in sturdy steel tubes which are baked with high-grade textured enamel paint. The optical tube assembly is closed, reducing air currents inside the tube.

Corrector Lens Fully corrects for spherical aberration and provides pinpoint star images. Water white glass is used in all Schmidt-Newtonian and Schmidt-Cassegrain corrector lenses to maximize light transmission.

Individually Figured Optics Schmidt-Newtonian and Schmidt-Cassegrain corrector lenses and mirrors are individually figured to create a superior optical system which is renowned for its exquisite smoothness and performance. Pyrex Primary Mirror Premium-grade Pyrex mirrors are used in all Schmidt-Newtonian and Schmidt-Cassegrain optical systems, providing exceptional thermal stability versus competing models using standard plate glass.

Fast F/Ratios Meade's Schmidt-Newtonians have extremely fast, well corrected F/Ratios for short photographic exposure times and wide fields-of-view.

2" Focuser Aluminum rack and pinion focuser allows the user to achieve a precise focus.*

Eyepiece Holder Accepts both 1.25" & 2" eyepieces. Allows use of all common telescope accessories and cameras.**

8 x 50 Achromatic Viewfinder Easily locate and center deep sky objects (N-6EC model includes 6 x 30 viewfinder).

Made in the U.S.A. and Performance Tested All Meade Schmidt-Newtonian and Schmidt-Cassegrain optics are manufactured at Meade?s state-of-the-art facility in Irvine, California, then performance tested on an Interferometer.

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* Excludes Schmidt-Cassegrain. ** SC-8 AT requires optional accessory

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