The most advanced telescope available to the amateur
The Meade LS 6" is the most advanced telescope of its size available to Amateur Astronomers today. With its built in alignment system and internal GPS it is able to align itself, anywhere in the world!
The optinal Meade 3.5 inch LCD display monitor will enhance the use of any Meade telescope with Astronomer Inside™ technology by allowing the user to view the informative video presentations built into the telescope. With the display monitor connected to the telescope, you can learn the secrets and details of the objects you observe while you are viewing them. The Astronomer Inside will tell you about the planets, stars, constellations, clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more in a fun and interesting way. With the Meade 3.5 inch display, you will explorer the universe in a way you never have before.
This Telescope is the most technologically advanced model available and is the easiest to use. With new LightSwitch technology and Advanced Coma Free optics "this changes everything".
All our models include the latest software revision.
Sky and Telescope Hot Product 2010
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Meade’s revolutionary ETX-LS LightSwitch telescope uses advanced technologies like GPS, LNT and ECLIPS CCD imaging to do what no other consumer telescope has done before: take all the hassle out of using a telescope. Simply flip the switch and the ETX-LS automatically aligns itself. Astronomer Inside™ then takes you on a guided multimedia tour of the best objects in your sky. The new aluminum mount is lightweight and portable, yet has a rigid structure with precision worm-gear drives for the ultimate in tracking and pointing accuracy. All this combined with Meade’s Advanced Coma-Free optical system provides the stargazer with the most sophisticated, yet easiest to use telescope ever.
Meade takes out all the hassles and puts in all the fun with the all-new LS featuring LightSwitch technology. Now it’s fast and easy to perform all start-up functions with just a flip of the switch. The revolutionary LightSwitch technology automatically delivers telescope location, time, date, orientation and alignment with the sky all with a single touch. And thanks to Meade’s exclusive Advanced Coma-Free optics, you see it all in stunning Ritchey-Chrétien-like clarity. And with the Astronomer Inside comprehensive multi-media content, you experience the universe in a way you never have before.
In short, the LS incorporates everything you’ve come to expect from Meade, the undisputed leader in innovation and quality.
Just look at all these radically new, cutting–edge features:
Light Switch Technology
EASY, Automatic Self -Alignment
Meade’s patented automatic self-alignment system just one touch and it does all of the work for you. No stars to center.
No bearings to take. No time or location to enter. Just flip the switch, and the Integrated Sensor Module in combination with the ECLIPS (Electronically Controlled Locate Identify Position System) CCD imager delivers all the information necessary to automatically align your LS for fast, accurate, hassle-free viewing. All at the flip of a switch.
MEADE’S ASTRONOMER INSIDE
Take a multi-media guided tour of the universe, or select your favorite object and the LS’ Astronomer Inside gives you fun and informative audio descriptions of over 500 objects while you view them in the eyepiece or experience the whole dazzling multi-media presentation on an attached video monitor complete with audio, video, still images and text.
ACF (Advanced Coma -Free) Optics SHARP, CLEAR, BRLLIANT
Meade’s proprietary, Advanced Coma-Free optics will wow you at first sight. Distortion-free clarity. Sharpas- a-tack resolution. ACF’s state-of-the-art optics are so good, you’ll see more objects than you’ve ever thought possible. Just compare ACF to Ritchey-Chrétien systems selling for $10,000 or more, and ACF’s quality will absolutely astound you.
BUILT-IN IMAGING Excitement
The built-in ECLIPS CCD lets you capture widefield images of your favorite celestial wonders and display them in real-time* or save them to an SD card, with no external computer needed. You can even connect and control another advanced DSI CCD camera and view images on an external monitor or save the images to the SD card or an external computer. Either way, you can start astro-imaging on your first night out!
AutoStar III® TOTAL CONTROL
The easy-to-use hand-held controller lets you select from a huge object database, with over 100,000 celestial objects. Just select an object and push the GoTo button and the telescope will automatically put your object in the eyepiece. The AutoStar III also gives you complete control of the Astronomer Inside multimedia features only available from Meade.
Optical Design Advanced Coma-Free (ACF)
Primary Mirror Diameter 6" (152mm)
Primary Mirror Material Pyrex® Glass
Focal Length, Focal Ratio 1524mm, f/10
Optical Coatings Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™)
Resolving Power (arc seconds) 0.76
Limiting Visual Steller Magnitude 14
Mount Type Aluminum Single-Arm Fork Altazimuth
Drives 4.875 inch precision worm-gear
Power 8 "C" cell batteries or AC adapter
Battery Life 3 to 5 hours (mains / power station recommended)
Tripod New Adjustable-height Steel Leg Tripod
26mm 4000 Super Plossl
Controller Hand Box Autostar III
Processor 400 Megahertz Blackfin
Memory 256 Megabytes of NAND Flash
Storage Micro SD Card (user supplied)
Input/Output USB 2.0
Speaker Built in Mount
Connections USB, AutoStar Hand Box, 12v Power In, Electric Focuser, Audio Out, Video Out
Content Descriptions of the Planets, Moon, Stars, Clusters, Nebulae, Galaxies and More
Audio Over 4 Hours Featuring the Voice of Sandy Wood From "Star Date"
Video 30 Minutes of Movies and Annimations Plus Hundreds of Still Images