Meade 8" EQUATORIAL WEDGE (07002)
The Meade 8" Equatorial Wedge allows for polar alignment of Meade 8" model ACF and SC models, as required for long exposure astrophotography and imaging. For use with Meade Field Tripods as supplied with compatible models. Also compatible with Meade LX90 models when combined with the optional LX90 Wedge Adapter Plate.
Equatorial alignment is required for astrophotography and imaging exposures longer than about 5 minutes. The Meade 8" Wedge is mounted between a telescope and the tripod to accomplish the tilt of an equatorial type mount that matches the observer's latitude and permits precise polar alignment of your telescope. The wedge allows the astrophotographer to align the telescope's axis of rotation with the Earth's axis of rotation. This alignment eliminates stars in your long exposure photograph from appearing as a long arc, trail or streak due to an effect known as field rotation. For short planetary and lunar photography, a wedge is not necessary and the telescope can be set up in altitude-azimuth (alt-az) configuration as normally used for visual observation.
Features heavy duty cast aluminum construction with latitude and longitude fine adjustments and a compass to use the magnetic pole as a starting reference. For use with the Meade field tripods as supplied with all compatible models. Recommended for 8" telescopes. Compatible with Meade SC and ACF models including 2080, LX50 and LX200. Adapter required for use with all LX90 models, available separately.
Warranty note: This product is serviced and supported by its manufacturer according to the terms and conditions included in the packaged product. Orion's limited warranty does not apply. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support.
- Wedge for Meade 8" models ACF and SC models
- Allows for polar alignment of an Alt-Az fork mount
- For use with Meade Field Tripods as supplied with compatible models
- Works with LX90 models when combined with LX90 Wedge Adapter Plate
- Designed and manufactured in North America
|Best for imaging||Solar, lunar, planetary & Messier objects|
|Astro-imaging capability||Lunar, planetary & long exposure|