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

B&H # MEETX80ABP MFR # 0805-04-20
Meade ETX-80AT Astro 3.1"/80mm Refractor Telescope Kit

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  • 400mm f/5.0 Achromatic Refractor
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • "GO-TO" Capacity
  • Customized Back Pack

You Pay: $249.95

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Meade ETX-80AT telescope is one of the most versatile computerized tools for celestial and terrestrial observation. This version of the ETX-80AT has everything you need including a backpack to go hiking or take on any trip. Its light weight and compact design make it an excellent scope for astrophotography. Its superior optics and abundant light-gathering deliver sharp planetary views and fine details of the craters on the moon. The ETX-80AT has the ability to automatically level itself. The user has to do the following: point the telescope north, set the time, location, and zips. Once this user friendly procedure has been performed, the telescope will align itself, and find the brightest star in the sky, and you are good to go.

The telescope is equipped with the AutoStar, which makes finding celestial objects extremely easy. It has an extensive library containing more than 1400 sky objects that eliminates the need to learn the sky map. Besides all these advanced standard features, the ETX-80AT telescope comes with a built-in barlow lens that flips into position when higher magnification is needed. Also included are the Red Dot viewfinder (SmartFinder), the high precision internal clock, the electronic level sensor, the magnetic north sensor, and two premium 4-element 1.25" Super Plossl eyepieces.

#494 AutoStar Computer controller allows fast and accurate location of heavenly objects
Built-in Barlow lens flips into position when needed
Bubble Level and compass to make initialization faster and easier
Internal Time Chip (TC) keeps precise factory calibrated time and date
Built in flip Barlow for higher magnification
UPC: 709942990218
Optical Design Achromatic Refractor
Optical Lens Diameter 80mm (3.1")
Focal Length 400mm
Focal Ratio 5.0
Maximum Useful Magnification 275x
Resolving Power Not Specified by Manufacturer
Optical Coatings Multi-coating
Optical Tube Dimensions 3.6" x14.5"
Mount Type Fork double tine
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
Finderscope Red Dot (SmartFinder)
Tripod Field tripod
Motor Yes
PC Compatible Yes
Power Source Six 1.5-volt "AA" batteries (alkaline, lithium, or NiMh) = ~20 hours operating time
Optional #546 AC adapter
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Packaging Info
Package Weight 17.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 24.0 x 13.5 x 12.0"
Meade ETX-80AT Astro 3.1"/80mm Refractor Telescope Kit
  • AutoStar Suite Astronomer Software on DVD
  • High Quality Backpack
  • Dew Shield
  • Field Tripod
  • #933 45-Degree Erect Image Prism (1.25")
  • 9.7mm Super Plossl
  • 26mm Super Plossl
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    MeadeETX-80AT Astro 3.1"/80mm Refractor Telescope Kit
     
    4.1

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (7)
    • Quality lenses (6)
    • Accurate (4)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Lightweight (4)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (6)
    • Bird watching (3)
    • Hiking (3)
    • Travel (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

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    5.0

    Great Portable Scope for Little $$!

    By philipjadler

    from Langhorne, PA

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Hiking/Backpacking
      • Travel

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

      I have a Meade 8" LX10 SCT that has a super wedge and field tripod, but it weighs close to 60 lbs.

      I wanted something small and lightweight to take on a trip to Maine, and the fact that it has Go-To was a plus.

      A great scope for the $!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Fantastic Telescope...

      By TheRadleys

      from North Carolina, USA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy
        • Bird Watching
        • Hunting

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

        Altogether just a fantastic piece of equipment if using it for Astronomy or bird watching, it's a telescope for the beginner and the professional.

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        • No

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        2.0

        Returned for Credit

        By Mike W.

        from Lawrence, KS

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact

        Cons

        • Cheap Plastic Materials
        • Poor Quality
        • Unstable

        Best Uses

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

          The unit I received had a defective gear knob so it would not slew or stay in position. Also, the threaded parts like dew sheild and camera t-adapter were almost impossible to attach due to poor quality threading. The backpack quality is just okay. The idea of the etx-80 is great but this just felt cheap in every way.

          B&H customer service was great as always. They sent me a return authorization right away and even paid for the shipping on the return. 5 stars for B&H but only 2 for the ETX80.

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          • No

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          5.0

          As advertised and many Reviews

          By Bunker02

          from Adelaide South Australia

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy
            • Bird Watching
            • Travel

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

            The size of the scope is just right for using it often.I do often travel in Australia in a Caravan and easy to take along on my travels.The Auto Star is working just terrific.I did pay the same as USA customers and with shipping to Australia,I saved $160.00.the same item is in Adelaide shop $500.00.

            The shipping is just amazing taken only 7days with a tracking number and arrival on stated day.
            I did some purchases and with the same results.this was my first order from USA and from BH. Happy Vegemite.

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            • No

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            5.0

            No Regrets

            By Farmer Ted

            from VT

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Built In Barlow Lens
            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

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

              Excellent bang for the buck. I've had an ETX-70 for 10+ years. I bought this ETX-80 for my Dad knowing how much I like mine. I'm happy that Meade is still putting out quality stuff. This thing is built quite well and has a couple of features my old one didn't have. I really like it and my Dad loves it. No regrets.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              2.0

              quality problems

              By Kangum

              from Boston,Ma

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Compact
              • Quality Lenses

              Cons

              • Unstable

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy
              • Bird Watching
              • Hiking/Backpacking

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

              This product is highly rated from numerous websites. The bottom line is people love this telescope. I owned this telescope and loved it. I felt that only the tripod felt cheap and weak. However after frequent use the telescope itself basically fell apart. It has a switch that activates the built in Barlow lens i think its called. anyway the screw fell out just from flipping the switch and the whole insides fell apart lens and all. Putting it back together was next to impossible. I did not buy from overstock but it is the same scope. I feel the need to post because it cost almost 250 usd for this scope and it lasted maybe 6 real world uses before it fell apart. Very disappointing. If you decide to buy this scope tighten the Barlow lens screw / switch just to be safe.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              See the heavens in just a few days

              By G the Astronomer

              from Cleveland, Ohio

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Compact
              • Quality Lenses
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy
                • Hiking/Backpacking
                • Travel

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

                In just a few days I received my Meade ETX-80AT from B&H Photo. After receiving it in the mail I quickly had it up and running and the first thing I aimed in on was our majestic Moon Luna. Being the first time I laid eyes on her through an eyepiece of a telescope I was simply amazed at how crisp and clear I was seeing the surface of the Moon. I was breathless. I then aimed in on Jupiter and was again in awe, for I could clearly see four of Jupiter's moons. The afford-ability of this telescope [...]has made me very pleased with my purchase.

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                Batteries & Power Supply

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                Required item: 6 AA batteries or power supply (not included) are required to power this device.

                Varta - High-Energy 1.5V AA LR6 Alkaline Battery (4-Pack)
                • You Pay: $2.99
                 

                Eyepieces, Lenses & Diagonals

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                Eyepieces widely enhance your stargazing experience.

                Meade - Series 5000 HD-60 4.5mm Eyepiece (1.25")
                • Price: $93.30
                • Instant Savings: -$13.35
                • Offer ends Feb 29 '16 at 11:59 PM EST
                • You Pay: $79.95
                 

                Accessory Kits

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                Save by purchasing eyepieces and filters in an accessory kit.

                Meade - Series 4000 Eyepiece & Filter Set
                • You Pay: $165.00
                 

                Filters

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                Filters are a great enhancement for lunar and planet viewing.

                Meade - Series 4000 Moon Filter ND96 (1.25") - For Viewing Brighter Moons
                • You Pay: $17.99
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                Cleaning and Anti Fog

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                Help keep your optics clean & fog free with these tools.

                Pearstone - Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, 18% Gray (7 x 7.9")
                • You Pay: $5.00
                 

                Navigation & Alignment

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                Aim your scope at an object in the sky with a guiding system.

                Celestron - SkyPortal WiFi Module
                • You Pay: $89.95
                 

                Astrophotography

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                Take stunning portraits of constellations, nebulas, star clusters, and our home galaxy.

                Meade - SLR (35mm OR Digital) Camera Adapter
                • Price: $19.99
                • Instant Savings: -$6.00
                • Offer ends Feb 29 '16 at 11:59 PM EST
                • You Pay: $13.99
                 

                For photography with the Meade ETX-60, ETX-70 and ETX-80 models. Requires Camera-Specific T-Mount Adapter

                Vello - Lens Mount Adapter - T Mount Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera
                • You Pay: $10.50
                 

                General Accessories

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                Expand your telescope's usefulness with these accessories.

                Celestron - Night Vision Red LED Flashlight
                • You Pay: $12.95
                 
                Celestron - Vibration Suppression Pads (useful at high power when near cars, etc.)
                • You Pay: $44.95
                 
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