Meade LX800 Mount

Manufactured by: Meade
Model: 37-0800-00


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Meade LX800 Mount

Meade LX800 Mount only #37-0800-00. Meade Instruments proudly introduces the new standard in astrophotograhic performance, the LX800 mount with StarLock full time guider. Includes AutoStar II GOTO system with over 144,000 object library and all the features an advanced visual observer or astrophotographer would ever want. Take your imaging to the next level.

LX800 mount, constructed of machined stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum is a rock solid platform for the most demanding applications, with a 90 pound payload capacity and pointing accuracy as good as one arcminute. Features include precision roller bearings on each axis, a 1.75 stainless steel RA shaft, 5.8" main gears, fine manual adjustment controls on both axis, illuminated reticle output port and RS-232 serial interface port (USB Adapter available separately). Mount main body weight is 55 pounds. The fully height adjustable (29 to 45") tripod features massive 3" diameter stainless steel legs for rock steady performance and weighs 36 pounds.

Includes StarLock- the revolutionary new technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic. With Meade's exclusive LightSwitch technology at its core, StarLock uses an 80mm f/5 optic and two camera sensor system to provide computer assisted polar alignment using the drift method. Once aligned the StarLock is guiding the mount in real time, and even automatically programs periodic error correction, achieving a guiding accuracy of up to 1 arcsecond in good seeing and with the capability of guiding on stars as faint as 11th magnitude.

The LX800 features DC-servo motors on each axis with a maximum slew speed of 3 degrees per second, allowing slewing 180 degrees to the opposite side of the sky in one minute flat. Fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal, with faster slewing at 2x, 8x, 16x, or 1/4, 1/2, 1 or 3 degrees per second. The mount and all electronics are externally powered by the included Meade Universal Power Supply (12V). An external DC battery or power pack may also be used; Meade 607 Power Cord sold separately. The mount includes both mechanical locks and slow motion manual controls in both axis if for some reason you found yourself without power.

Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.

Mount BodyMachined from solid 6061-T6 Aircraft grade Aluminium and stainless
FinishAnodized Aluminium and stainless steel
Main gear - R.A. & Dec.5.8 inch under cut 225 tooth aluminum
Worm gear - R.A. & Dec..68 inch diameter precision machined brass
Counterweight shaft1.75 inch diameter, 12 inch long threaded stainless steel
Counterweights22 lb. threaded stainless steel.
Quantity: Mount only - 1, 10 inch - 1, 12 inch - 2, 14 inch - 3, 130mm APO - 1
Drive MotorsDC Servo motors with encoders, both axes
Tracking distance past meridian20 degrees
OTA mounting systemLosmandyŽ-style dovetail
Instrument Payload Capacity90.0 lbs (40.80 kg)
Latitude rangeTBD
TripodGiant folding adjustable height tripod with 3 inch diameter aluminum legs. Height from 29 inches to 45 inches.
Mount body weight55 lbs.
Counterweight shaft and cap weight17.8 lbs.
Counterweights18 lbs.
Tripod weight36 lbs.
Control Panel12v DC in, 12v DC out, Power, Focuser, Reticle, Handbox port, 1 computer connection port (RS232), 1 StarLock port, 1 Aux guide port
Computer ControlAutoStar II GoTo system
DatabaseOver 144,000 Objects, Catalogs included: Index catalog (5,386); NGC catalog (7,840); Partial Caldwell catalog (109); Messier catalog (110); Earth orbiting satellites (26); Planets (9); Uppsala galaxy catalog (12,940); Morphological catalog of galaxies (12,939); General catalog of variable stars (29,364); SAO and Hipparcos star catalogs (42,277); Draper star catalog (21,160); Yale bright star catalog (8,977); Large Bright Quasars Survey (1,055); Namd objects (4,313); Herschel catalog (400); Abell catalog of galaxy clusters (2,712); Arp catalog of irregular galaxies (635); Lunar features (1,754); Asteroids and comets (120); Constellations (88); Solar/Lunar eclipses, meteor showers (492).
Computer Hand ControlDouble line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 20 backlit LED buttons
Home SensorsBoth RA and Dec axes
Internal ClockYes
Internal CablingYes
Slew Speeds3 degrees/second
Tracking Rates.01x to 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 1/4°, 1/2°, 1°, 3°
Tracking ModesEQ North and EQ South
Alignment Procedures2-Star Align, 1 Star Polar Align, Starlock assited drift align
Power12v DC 5 amp, using supplied Meade Universal Power Supply
Wide Field Camera25mm x 26mm f/1.04 optic with 1/2 inch format CMOS sensor gives field of 14.72 x 11.78 degrees.
Narrow Field Camera80mm x 400mm f/5 optic with 1/2 inch format Cmos sensor gives field
of 57.2 x 45.8 arcminutes (2.68 arcseconds/pixel)
High Precision Pointing+/- 1 arcminute
High Precision Guiding+/- 1 arcsecond RMS (with good seeing. 1-4 second crrection update rate depending on star magnitude. Faintest guide star 11th mag.
High Precision AlignmentSemi-automatic drift align procedure for ulta-precise polar alignment
StarLock Weight6 lbs. (2.72 kg)

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