Meade ETX LS6 Light Switch Telescope Mount, tripod and Autostar III controller For Sale
Meade ETX LS6 Light Switch Telescope Mount, tripod and Autostar III controller:
Meade ETX LS ACF 6” Light Switch Telescope Mount, tripod, ECLIPS CCD with Autostar III controller
Paid $1513.45 in 2009
Cash only if paying at pickup - pickup only - no warranty - as is. Check it out before purchase!
I have recently gotten it out on 2 clear nights and it successfully auto aligned. My sky area is very limited so I no longer use. I used “go-to” function and it did successfully go to the moon and 2 different stars. I took pictures with the CCD camera built in but they are very low resolution but they are in the picture.
Any other questions I can try to answer, I have copied various descriptions and reviews that are helpful
Description: Meade’s EXT-LS (6-inch model) one-touch "Lightswitch Technology" automatically provides location, time and date as well as orientation and alignment and the 0.3 megapixel CCD camera can also be used to take digital snaps or display images on a monitor in real-time. Camera is mainly for orienting telescope - very low resolution.
Once a reference point is established, the hand-held controller enables you to tap into a database of over 100,000 celestial objects -select an object, hit the "GoTo" button and the scope will automatically move to the correct position. There's also an in-built "Astronomer Inside" database which delivers audio information on 500 major celestial objects as you view them and can also be used to take a tour of the most interesting and spectacular sights in the sky.
The LightSwitch feature means the onboard computer uses a combination of GPS, digital compass and pattern recognition to figure out where the scope is and to align it so it can find objects stored in it's Go-To database and so it can track objects as they move across the sky.
The AutoStar software suite disc is not included as it only works on Windows XP, can be downloaded for free and be can be used to control your scope from a laptop, but the driver is only compatible with Windows XP. This telescope is discontinued now.
This scope has an RCA video output which can be used to display additional information: multi-line menus; status info (such as GPS signal stength); error messages; on-board Astronomer Inside media collection. Video display makes this scope much easier to use according to reviews. You'll need to provide your own monitor.
Micro SD Card included and formatted with firmware version 1.6a on it already. (already installed on controller, do not put card in before turning on unless you need to reinstall firmware. Putting card in after turning on allows you to save pictures taken with CCD camera)
USB stick included with included Manuals that came on original disc and a backup of micro SD contents.
I have original boxes but pickup only. Boxes are old (one for tripod and one for scope with attached mount). Shipping would be expensive and possibly damage it.
**Some accessories available for extra if interested: cover, various eyepieces and filters.
Specifications for Meade Advanced Coma-Free ETX-LS 6 in Telescope w/UHTC:
Advanced Coma-Free (ACF)
Primary Mirror Material:
Focal Length, Focal Ratio:
Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
Resolving Power (arc seconds):
Limiting Visual Stellar Magnitude:
Aluminum Single-Arm Fork Altazimuth
4.875 inches precision worm-gear
8 "C" cell batteries or AC adapter
3 to 5 hours
Adjustable-height Steel Leg Tripod
Controller Hand Box:
400 Megahertz Blackfin
256 Megabytes of NAND Flash
Micro SD Card (user supplied)
Built in Mount
USB, AutoStar Hand Box, 12v Power In,
Focuser, Audio Out, Video Out