Meade 14-inch LX200GPS-SMT telescope

With more than 5,000 times the light-gathering power of your eye, this monster telescope delivers great views.
By | Published: May 19, 2009 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Meade 14-inch LX200GPS-SMT
Meade’s LX200GPS-SMT is a large telescope, but it can be transported and set up anywhere. Compare its size to Meade’s 5-inch ETX125 (right).
Astronomy: James Forbes

This review, “Meade’s new 14-inch SCT: an instant classic,” appeared in the March 2005 issue of Astronomy magazine.

Twenty-four years ago, Meade entered the Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope market with its Model 2080 8-inch SCT. This marked the start of not only the tremendous growth of Meade but also of the amateur telescope market. Today, Meade offers the LX200GPS-SMT line of fully automated go-to and Global Positioning System (GPS)-equipped telescopes with apertures from 7 to 16 inches. And the LX200GPS-SMT14, with its high-quality optics, mechanical excellence, accurate computer control, and large aperture, has arrived to make a statement.

Think big
The 14-inch LX200GPS-SMT is an f/10 system with a focal length of 3,556 millimeters. The optical-tube assembly is mounted on a heavy-duty, twin-fork mount directed by the AutoStar II hand controller. AutoStar II sports a database of 145,000 objects, a 200-object user-defined library, and a terrestrial landmark library.

The menu features event items such as the times of sunrise, sunset, moonrise, and moonset. You also can find dates of Moon phases, meteor showers, equinoxes, and solstices.

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