Meade Equatorial Wedge
This Meade 8" Equatorial Wedge makes it possible for polar alignment with Meade 8", ACF and SC models, as are necessary for long exposure astrophotography and imaging.
They are designed for use with Meade Field Tripods as supplied with compatible models. Compatible with Meade LX90 models with the addition of an LX90 Wedge Adapter.
It should be noted that equatorial mounting is essential for astrophotography and imaging exposures that are longer than about five minutes.
The wedge is mounted between a telescope and tripod to accomplish the tilt of an equatorial type mount that matches up with 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 images under five minutes a wedge is not required, the telescope may be mounted in the altitude-azimuth (alt-az) configuration commonly used for visual observation.
This wedge features robust cast aluminum construction with latitude and longitude fine adjustments, as well as a compass to use the magnetic pole as a starting reference.
They are highly recommended for 8” telescopes. Compatible with Meade SC and ACF models including 2080, LX50 and LX200. An adapter is required for use with all LX90 models
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