what telescope to buy was one of the hardest things i had to do in this
hobby. there are so many great telescopes and manufactures.
i choose the lxd75 sn-10at with uhtc because i could not find a better telescope
for the price. it offered a fast speed of f4 and a 10 inch aperture.
the mount was solid for the price and the goto features are a plus.
the only draw back to this scope is that it is large and heavy. this
was a small negative for me because i was not looking for a portable or
easily transportable telescope. all in all the telescope has performed
above my expectations in all areas.
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by = meade
cost = @ $ 1350 us dollars
vendor/supplier = www.telescopes.com ( below is the description available
at the time of my purchase 6/2006 which outlines the product)
meade's lxd75 sn-10 at telescope with autostar
and uhtc coatings is a precision instrument that'll give
superb service over a lifetime. it's the perfect instrument
for the intermediate astronomer, and it'll serve an advanced
observer well, too.
expect all the conveniences. and expect ultra-sharp, ultra-bright
images of planets and deep-sky objects like nebulae, star
clusters and galaxies. for at this telescope's heart are
premium-grade meade optics.
optics – 10-inch, schmidt-newtonian 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.
lens – corrects fully for spherical aberration and provides
pinpoint star images. water-white glass increases light
transmission more than 10%.
primary mirror – premium-grade pyrex mirrors provide exceptional
thermal stability and eliminate image shimmer.
f/ratios – extremely fast, well corrected f/ratios provide
short photographic exposure times and wide fields of view.
ultra-high transmission coatings - uhtc
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the meade uhtc group permits the highest levels
of light transmission (a 20% increase in total telescope
light trans-mission compared to the standard-equipment coatings)
ever offered on amateur telescopes.
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 meade.com 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
high performance features
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.
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.
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.
drive controls provide a rapid slew rate of 4.5°/sec. or
1x sidereal; tracking and slewing are controlled from the
alignment ensures precise alignment and eliminates the need
for a complicated optical/mechanical alignment process.
field tripod with spreader bar brace provides the excellent
stability and vibration-damping required for both visual
observation and astrophotography;
polar alignment viewfinder offers quick, precise polar alignment,
by eight d-size batteries or by optional car cigarette lighter
and ac wall adapters.
credit=description from telescopes.com pages 6-2006
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