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Meade 8 Inch LS Telescope with LightSwitch Technology

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Dimensions & Specifications

Aperture
203mm
Battery Life
3-5 Hours
Battery Type
8 C Batteries
Brand
Meade
Component
, 0.570 arc seconds Resolving Power
Configuration
UHTC Optical Coating, 26mm Eyepiece
Features
GoTo, Alt-AZ Mount, GPS
Finderscope
Red-Dot Finder
Focal Length
2000mm
Focal Ratio
f/10
Lens Coating
UHTC
Mount Design
Altazimuth
Object Database
100000 objects
Optical Design
Advanced Coma Free
Recommended Usage
For the Enthusiast
Star Diagonal
1.25 diagonal prism
Telescopes Series
Meade ETX-LS LightSwitch Telescopes
User Level
For the Enthusiast
Warranty
Weight
9 lbs. Tripod, 30 lbs. Telescope

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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!
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Meade 8 Inch LS Telescope with LightSwitch Technology
 
4.5

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

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 (12)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

    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.

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    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 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

      (5 of 5 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

      (1 of 1 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

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