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Meade 8 Inch LS Telescope with LightSwitch Technology

Item# MEAD381
 
4.5

(15 Ratings)

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  • Now available with choice of ACF Advanced Coma Free Optics or SC Schmidt-Cassegrain Optics
  • Simply flip the switch and watch it align itself!
  • Adjustable Heavy Duty Tripod
  • Using a telescope does not get any easier than this!

Description

Easy Just got bigger

 

The most sophisticated, easiest-to-use telescope anywhere is now available in an 8" aperture.  The LS-8 - only from Meade

 

Meade ups the ante with the introduction of an 8 inch LightSwitch telescope.  With 78% more light gathering power than the LS-6, the LS-8 turns a unique viewing experience into an unsurpassed viewing experience.  And still, it's just as easy as flipping a switch.

 

LightSwitch Technology

 

When Meade announced LightSwitch Technology in 2009, the amateur astronomy game changed.  Simply flip a switch and LightSwitch automatically aligns itself in the night sky.  Built-in GPS, magnetic north sensors, level sensors and a CCD camera does all the work - within minutes your observing!

 

Astronomer Inside

 

Let Meade's Astronomer Inside take you on a multi-media guided tour of the night sky.  Choose the Tonight's Best tour and the Astronomer Inside automatically moves the telescope to the best objects in that night's sky.  At each object, listen as the Astronomer Inside describes in detai, fascinating facts and history.  Attach the optional video monitor and you now have a dazzling multi-media presentation that integrates rich audio and video.  Or select your favorite object and your LS telescope takes you to it and tells you all about it.  It's like having an astronomer at your side!

 

Meade Optics

 

Since 1972, Meade has consistently manufactured the finest opitcs available.  Now you have your choice of either Meade's high-performance Schmidt-Cassegrain (SC) optics, or for the truly discerning individual who demands the very best - Meade's Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical system delivering the sharpest, brightest image available.  Both systems are made with superior materials featuring Schott water white glass front correctors, oversized Pyrex primary mirrors and include Mead's UHTC coatings for optimum light transmission.  Either way, you get Meade's legendary optics.

 

Supplier SKU 0810-03-12 LS 8 SC (f/10) Schmidt-Cassegain w/UHTC

Supplier SKU 0810-03-10 LS 8 ACF (f/10) Advanced Coma-Free w/UHTC

Dimensions & Specifications

Weight

30 lbs. Telescope , 9 lbs. Tripod

Recommended Usage

For the Enthusiast

Battery Life

3-5 Hours

Features

Alt-AZ Mount , GoTo , GPS

Configuration

26mm Eyepiece , UHTC Optical Coating

Brand

Meade

Finderscope

Red-Dot Finder

Lens Coating

UHTC

Telescopes Series

Meade ETX-LS LightSwitch Telescopes

Optical Design

Advanced Coma Free

Aperture

203mm

Focal Length

2000mm

Focal Ratio

f/10

Mount Design

Altazimuth

Star Diagonal

1.25 diagonal prism

User Level

For the Enthusiast

Battery Type

8 C Batteries

Object Database

100000 objects

Component

, 0.570 arc seconds Resolving Power

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Meade 8 Inch LS Telescope with LightSwitch Technology
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate (10)
  • Strong construction (10)
  • Quality lenses (9)
  • Compact (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (13)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A First Light to Remember

    Meade has created an amazing product that provides an easy entry point for beginners but has the power and capabilities that the expert expects. I fall into the first category and therefore need all...Read complete review

    Meade has created an amazing product that provides an easy entry point for beginners but has the power and capabilities that the expert expects. I fall into the first category and therefore need all the help I can get. The instrument boots up, acquires GPS, finds level and north and self-aligns to a series of stars. On first light we had waxing gibbous moon that my son and I had hours of delight gazing at craters, trying different lenses and filters (Meade 4000 set). The scope is portable, very well constructed and the optics are outstanding. My only disappointment is with the software that Meade provides. While the functionality is impressive, the user interface was very dated, circa. 1995. Meade would do well to update their software with a state of the art user experience.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Meade's problem still continues 8

    After reading all the reviews on the 6" ACF both neg and some positive I took a chance thinking that by now Meade would have fixed the on going problem with the LS...Read complete review

    After reading all the reviews on the 6" ACF both neg and some positive I took a chance thinking that by now Meade would have fixed the on going problem with the LS scope. Well I'm here to tell you that the problem is still there. The scope will not align. I keep getting a sensor failed message. The scope came with the latest firmware 4.1 loaded. I've had it with Meade. Meade has a real big problem. They should have never brought out the new 8" until they had the sensor problem fixed. What does that tell you about Meade's concern for the consumer. When I call Meade support, you can hear the tone of their voice change when you tell them it's a LS scope. I'm now stuck shipping this back and I don't mean to Meade. My advice to anyone thinking of buying any of the LS scopes is buyer beware.

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    1.0

    A piece of junk by Meade

    By Eric

    from Davis calif

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Meade 8 Inch LS Telescope with LightSwitch Technology:

          Mine has never worked properly. Was fixed twice and still poor quality. Not recomended.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Meade 8 Inch LS Telescope

          By niloofar

          from Shiraz,Iran

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Meade 8 Inch LS Telescope with LightSwitch Technology:

            Awesome!!!!
            Well, actually it was not delivered to iran, but a friend of my family did me a favor and ordered and delivered it to Iran!
            It's not as heavy as i thought and i'm happy that it's so easy to carry. The clearity is great as well. You're gonna have amazing nights with your telescope if you're gonna buy it...don't mention the price!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Over all great Telescope - easy

            By Dennis

            from OMAHA,NE

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Uses Outdate Mini Sd Card

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Meade 8 Inch LS Telescope with LightSwitch Technology:

            Great for a beginner that wants to spend money to get the best. Uses outdates Mini-SD Card. Hard find.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            All I expected and more.

            By David

            from SOUTH PLAINFIELD,NJ

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate

            Cons

            • Battery life and mini SD

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Meade 8 Inch LS Telescope with LightSwitch Technology:

            On first light I was amazed at how accurately it pointed. I expected it to get the star in frame but it was actually centered in the eyepiece. This thing is solidly built but sooth in operation
            This is ideal for the family that wants to enjoy astronomy without having to study the science. While the serious astronomer can use it manually to scan the sky or let the scope handle the details.
            Highly recommended and the price is just about right.

            What I would improve:
            It uses a "Mini SD" card. Hard to find in stores but online they are cheap so order several.
            Battery life is a bit short. You can kill 8Cs in an evening depending on how much moving to do. I plan to get an external battery pack and car adaptor. They sell an AC adaptor but unless you live in a rural area, I don't see the point.
            That's it. Well worth the investment.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Meade 8 Inch LS Telescope

            By claytonmark

            from clarksville,tn.

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Meade 8 Inch LS Telescope with LightSwitch Technology:

              with all the features,i'm supprised it doesn't cost alot more.awesome product..

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I love this product!!!!!

              By New England Mom

              from Massachusetts

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy

                Comments about Meade 8 Inch LS Telescope with LightSwitch Technology:

                This telescope is just perfect for a teenager who loves astronomy.
                Great product, easy to handle, and with all the perks.

                Service and delivery comments:

                The service was exceptional. Sales person very knowledgeable and helpful.
                Loved doing business with them.
                Will definitely buy again!!
                Shipping service was excellent and as described.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Go-to Scope

                By Star Viewer

                from New England

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Easy-to-use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Astronomy

                  Comments about Meade 8 Inch LS Telescope with LightSwitch Technology:

                  I bought the LS-8 months ago and have had several great viewing sessions. Sadly, this New England winter was horrible and didn't get to take it out more. Some reviewers have had problems with the LS scopes. I'll just say you have a chance of getting a bad item, no matter what you buy. My LS-8 has had no problems at all. The scope is relatively light-weight and is very easy to setup. Everytime my LS-8 powers up, it takes a maximum of 5 minutes to get GPS and align. Functions on the hand device are easy to navigate and pretty self-explanatory. Optics are very good and provide clear/crisp images. The 26mm EP provided with the scope is okay, but you will definetly want other EP's soon. The astronomer inside function is nice and gives a brief description of the object you're looking at. This is a great scope for the beginner, or like me, getting back into astronomy. I highly recommend the LS-8 if you're in the market for a Go-To scope.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  overall, a winner

                  By Ed

                  from Sarasota, FL

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Compact
                  • Quality Lenses
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Astronomy

                    Comments about Meade 8 Inch LS Telescope with LightSwitch Technology:

                    The fact that it's relatively lightweight and so easy to set up means that it will be used more frequently. I am generally very pleased.I did find that I must be careful in pressing the buttons in navigating menues (to avoid realignment) but anticipate that as I become more familiar with the software, this should be easier. [...]

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A First Light to Remember

                    By NewbTube

                    from Sudbury, MA

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Easy to use
                    • Quality Lenses
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Dated Software UI

                    Best Uses

                    • Astronomy

                    Comments about Meade 8 Inch LS Telescope with LightSwitch Technology:

                    Meade has created an amazing product that provides an easy entry point for beginners but has the power and capabilities that the expert expects. I fall into the first category and therefore need all the help I can get. The instrument boots up, acquires GPS, finds level and north and self-aligns to a series of stars. On first light we had waxing gibbous moon that my son and I had hours of delight gazing at craters, trying different lenses and filters (Meade 4000 set). The scope is portable, very well constructed and the optics are outstanding. My only disappointment is with the software that Meade provides. While the functionality is impressive, the user interface was very dated, circa. 1995. Meade would do well to update their software with a state of the art user experience.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Impressive telescope

                    By Jim

                    from Dothan, AL

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Quality Lenses
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Astronomy

                    Comments about Meade 8 Inch LS Telescope with LightSwitch Technology:

                    This is an excellent telescope for an mid-range amateur skills. Had trouble with alignment due to trees but was able to perform one star alignment. I found it simpler to switch to manual mode and find objects myself. The menus are somewhat hard to navigate, CCD camera not suitable for photography other than the moon, had trouble finding a mini-SD card. Buy the shock absorber footings to reduce vibration.

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