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Meade's revolutionary new LX800 German Equatorial Mount with StarLock is designed from the ground up for hassle-free astrophotography. Machined from aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel, the LX800 features 5.8-inch-diameter worm gears on each axis driven by beefy 0.68-inch-diameter precision brass worms. The mount is rated for 90 pounds (41 kg) of equipment not including the two supplied 18-pound counterweights.
The LX800’s unique feature is its automatic StarLock full-time guiding system built around a 25-mm f/1 lens and an 80-mm f/5 refractor each fitted with a permanently focused ½-inch-format CMOS detector. The system finds your target, locks onto a guide star, and automatically begins autoguiding the mount each time you move to a different target. In addition, the StarLock system assists with drift alignment of the mount without the need for a separate computer. The LX800 is also available paired with Meade’s new 10-, 12-, and 14-inch f/8 Advanced-Coma Free optical tube assemblies featuring zero image-shift internal Crayford-style focusers. See Meade’s website for many additional details.
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