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Meade LXD75 SC-8AT Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope with AutoStar

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Meade's LXD75 SC-8 AT telescope with Autostar is a precision instrument that'll give outstanding service over a lifetime. It's an excellent instrument for the intermediate astronomer, and it'll serve an advanced observer too. Expect all the conveniences. And expect ultra-sharp, ultra-bright images of planets and deep-sky objects like nebulae, star clusters and galaxies. At this telescope's heart are premium-grade Meade optics.

Optical excellence

  • Diffraction-limited optics - 8-inch, Schmidt-Cassegrain optics are mounted in precision-machined aluminum cells, which are in turn enclosed in sturdy, steel tubes and coated with high-grade, baked-on, textured enamel. The optical tube assembly is closed, reducing air currents inside, preventing image distortion and helping to keep optics clean.

  • Corrector lens - corrects fully for spherical aberration and provides pinpoint star images. Water-white glass increases light transmission more than 10%.

  • Pyrex Primary Mirror - Premium-grade Pyrex mirrors provide exceptional thermal stability and eliminate image shimmer.

  • Fast f/ratios - extremely fast, well corrected f/ratios provide short photographic exposure times and wide fields of view.

  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings

    The Meade UHTC group permits the highest levels of light transmission (20 percent increase in total telescope light transmission over standard-equipment coatings) ever offered on amateur telescopes.


    AutoStar Controller

    The AutoStar controller helps you quickly find and GoTo more than 30,000 objects in the night sky. View planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae, and comets - all at the push of a button. AutoStar is pre-programmed with several guided tours, including the popular Tonight's Best. To take it, just input date, time and location. Then let AutoStar take you on a guided tour of the best objects that particular night. The AutoStar controller can be updated, too. Log on to to download software upgrades, guided tours, and timely objects like comets - free. Keep your AutoStar up-to-date and your telescope will grow with you for years to come.


    Other high-performance features

  • German equatorial mount with heavy-duty shaft and castings, as well as precision worm gears on both axes, to ensure precision tracking and slewing - essential for astrophotography.

  • High-Precision Pointing (HPP) For ultra-precise pointing, the HPP function puts objects in the center of the field of view, allowing quick, easy location of deep-sky objects at the farthest limits of the telescope's capability.

  • Periodic error correction eliminates periodic errors on the RA axis over the course of one or more training periods, minimizing guiding corrections during long-exposure photography.

  • Nine-speed drive controls provide a rapid slew rate of 4.5°/sec. or 1X sidereal; tracking and slewing are controlled from the AutoStar controller.

  • Three-star alignment ensures precise alignment and eliminates the need for a complicated optical/mechanical alignment process.

  • Variable-height field tripod with spreader bar brace provides the excellent stability and vibration-damping required for both visual observation and astrophotography;

  • Illuminated polar alignment viewfinder offers quick, precise polar alignment,

  • Powered by eight D-size batteries or by optional car cigarette lighter and AC wall adapters.
  • Dimensions & Specifications

    Recommended Usage

    Astrophotography , For the Enthusiast , Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters , Viewing Nebulae , Viewing the Moon , Viewing the Planets

    Power Source



    8X D cell





    Weight Complete

    73 lbs.



    Lens Coating






    Good for Astrophotography


    Telescopes Series

    Meade LXD75 Telescopes

    Optical Design




    Focal Length


    Focal Ratio


    Mount Design


    Battery Included


    Eyepiece 1


    Highest Useful Magnification


    Star Diagonal

    1.25 Inch

    Objective Lens Size Code


    User Level

    For the Enthusiast


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