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Meade ETX-80AT-TC 3.1"/80mm Refractor Telescope Kit

B&H # MEETX80ATTC MFR # 0805-04-21
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You Pay: $229.95
Product Highlights
  • 400mm f/5.0 Achromatic Refractor
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • "GO-TO" Capacity

Meade has upgraded the venerable ETX-70 refractor to an 80mm objective lens diameter, permitting finer viewing and higher magnifications, in this ETX-80AT-TC telescope kit.  The ETX-80AT-TC has fully-automated computerized "Go To" control-simply perform a simple calibration procedure and then you can merely tell the Autostar controller what you'd like to see.

The mount for the ETX-80AT-TC has been beefed up from its ETX-70 predecessor, permitting steadier viewing particularly at higher magnifications.

The "TC" in the description refers to internal clock chip to maintain precise time internally-which is important for aligning the scope.

Dual-Axis Motor Drive System with #494 Autostar Computer Controller
Meade's #494 AutoStar computer controller automatically guides your telescope to over 1400 objects-planets, stars, galaxies and nebulas all arrive shortly after the simple push of a button. The "Tonight's Best" feature automatically takes you on a guided tour of the best planets, stars, nebulas and other objects out that particular night. Those thirsty for more information can learn distances, temperatures, masses and historical information about the object of interest from the LCD display.
Internal flip-mirror system for either straight-through or 90° observing position
Fork mount with electric slow-motion controls, setting circles and locks on both axes
Electronic control panel
Bubble level/compass provides fast scope orientation
Accepts 1.25" eyepieces
Upgradeable software
Compatible with additional eyepieces, filters & barlow lenses
Optical Design Achromatic refractor
Optical Lens Diameter 3.1" (80mm)
Focal Length 400mm
Focal Ratio f/5.0
Maximum Useful Magnification 270x
Resolving Power Not Specified by Manufacturer
Optical Tube Dimensions Not Specified by Manufacturer
Mount Type Altazimuth
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
Finderscope None (optional)
Tripod Fullsize aluminum
Motor Yes
GO-TO Capability Yes
PC Compatible Yes (requires optional RS-232 cable)
Power Source Six 1.5-volt "AA" alkaline batteries
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Meade ETX-80AT-TC 3.1"/80mm Refractor Telescope Kit
  • 9.7mm (41x) & 26.0mm (15x) Eyepieces (1.25")
  • #494 Autostar Computerized Hand Controller
  • AutoStar Suite Astronomer Edition Software
  • Instructional DVD
  • #882 Field Tripod
  • AA Battery Holder
  • Combination Compass/Bubble Level
  • Limited One-Year Warranty

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    Great Product

    By Ibushak

    from McAllen, TX

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

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      Comments about Meade ETX-80AT-TC 3.1"/80mm Refractor Telescope Kit:

      The price for what you recive is great, you can see whatever you want and the software will help to recognize what are you looking, the product is awesome

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      By Gordon

      from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Comments about Meade ETX-80AT-TC 3.1"/80mm Refractor Telescope Kit:

      The scope is pretty good and sharp when viewing the moon. When viewing smaller planets like Venus at high mag., the planet would skip out of view when focusing. It's hard to switch eyepieces while observing because you have to always refocus a lot. The ETX-80 is OK, that's about it. I think for terrestrial viewing and picture taking, it should work well.

      Expertise: Star gazing with bino's, 5 years

      Problems Encountered: First of all, dealing with Meade Corp. is a joke! I called in for a warranty for a tripod leg lock because there was a crack in it. I got a RPL number, gave the guy whatever info. he needed, faxed in my receipt, never heard from him again. Problems with any item, I can deal with. Poor service from a large company like this is unacceptable. The Barlow switch was also loose in the up position, causing it to slide down and get in the way of the eyepiece. I fixed this by wrapping thread between the switch and the scope. I could never get the alignment spot on. Close, but not right on.

      Previous Equivalent Item Owned: First scope. Own Cannon 10-30 / IS bino

      Items I Recommend: Eyepiece and filter kit

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