This telescope was purchased in 2002 or 2003. It has been out of the box only 3 or 4 times and has been stored, sealed, in a heated, dry basement since mid 2005.
I will ship, at purchaser's expense, if requested.
Photos are of the actual telescope. The last picture is the product label attached to the barrel of the scope.
Meade LXD55-Series telescopes provide a new level of sophistication and precision at a moderate price. All five models of the series, including three Schmidt-Newtonians and two achromatic refractors, include the exclusive Meade LXD55 equatorial mount with Autostar control system.
Meade 6" LXD55 AR-6 Achromatic Refracting Telescope provide a new level of sophistication and precision at a moderate price. A revelation of advanced electronic and software design, the exclusive patented Meade Autostar system, included as standard equipment for Meade 6" LXD55 AR-6 Achromatic Refracting Telescope, such advantage permits an amazing range of capabilities never before offered on telescopes in this price and aperture class. Meade 6" LXD55 AR-6 Achromatic Refracting Telescope comes with objective lenses that resolve to the theoretical limits for their apertures, Meade 6" LXD55 refractors present all of the diffraction-limited optical performance obtainable from the classical 2-element achromat design. Deep-space images, in particular, are rich in resolution and contrast, with a minimum of chromatic aberration.
Specifications for Meade 6" LXD55 AR-6 Achromatic Refracting Telescope:
Optical Design: Achromatic refractor
Clear Aperture: 152mm (6")
Focal Length, Focal Ratio: 1219mm; f/8
Resolving Power (arc secs.): 0.74
Optical Coatings: multi-coated
Ultra-High Transmission Coating: upon the purchase
Limiting Visual Magnitude (approx.): 13.5
Limiting Photographic Magnitude (approx.): 16
Image Scale (degs./inch): 1.18°/inch
Maximum Practical Visual Power: 400x
35mm Angular Film Coverage: 1.11° x 1.58°
Optical Tube Dimensions (dia. x length): 8" x 42"
Counterweights: 2 x 10 lbs.
Tube Body: aluminum
Objective Lens: BK7; F2
Total Net Telescope Weight: 72 lbs.
Telescope Shipping Weight (approx.): 99 lbs.
Field Tripod Height all models: 27"" - 43"", variable
Telescope Mounting: LXD55, German-type
Setting Circle Diameters, RA and Dec.: 2.25""
Polar Illuminated Viewfinder: included
RA Control System: 9-speed, microprocessor-controlled, 12v DC, 72mm (2.83"") worm gear
Declination Control System: 9-speed, microprocessor-controlled, 12v DC, 72mm (2.83"") worm gear
Hemispheres of Operation: North and South
GO TO Pointing Precision (approx.): 15 arc mins.
Slow-Motion Controls: electric, both axes
Bearings: journal bearings: RA: 1 x 55mm, 1 x 35mm; Dec: 1 x 62mm, 1 x 33mm
Autostar Hand Controller: PIC 16C57 microcontroller; 2 line x 16 alphanumeric character display; 20-button keypad, red LED backlit
Main Telescope Controller: Motorola 68HC11 microprocessor; 1-Megabyte flash memory (field reprogrammable) 32K RAM
Batteries (user-supplied): 8 x D-cells
Battery Life (approx.): 40 hours
Onboard Celestial Object Database: 30,223 objects
Slew Speeds both axes: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal; 1.5"c/sec., 3"c/sec., 4.5"c/sec.
Tracking Rates: sidereal, lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates"
Features of Meade 6" LXD55 AR-6 Achromatic Refracting Telescope:
Model AR-6: 6" f/8 Achromatic Refractor " The Meade 6" LXD55 refractor, with 44% more light-collecting power than the 5" model, permits a much wider imaging capability. Deep-space objects, from bright galaxies like Andromeda (M31) to faint nebulae like NGC 6559 in Sagittarius and thousands of other galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters in between, take on added brightness and resolution of form and structure. Globular star clusters, such as M13 in Hercules, are better resolved, often to the core of the cluster. Significantly increased detail is visible on the Moon and planets; double stars may be split to the telescope's 0.74-arc sec. limit.
Autostar Dual-Axis Electronic Control System: Locate any of 30,223 celestial objects in the Autostar database automatically at a push of the GO TO button.