B&H Photo Video Pro Audio The Professional's Source 800.606.6969 / 212.444.6615
Visit Our NYC SuperStore, Explore Where Technology Lives B&H Super Store B&H Super Store
0 $0.00
Your cart is currently empty

You have 0 items in your cart

View Cart & Begin Checkout

Checkout will be unavailable in 47 minutes

Resumes on Saturday 8:15 PM EDT

Important Notice!

Close
Please note: Online ordering will be unavailable starting tonight at 6:45 PM EDT (in 47 minutes) and will resume on Saturday 8:15 PM EDT. Feel free to browse our site and add items to your cart or wishlist. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patronage.
OK
What item is right for you?
Ask our Experts! 800.606.6969 Live Chat

Meade LX80 8"/203mm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope Kit

B&H # MELX808CT Mfr # 0810-08-01
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Schmidt-Cassegrain
  • Aperture: 8"/203mm
  • Focal Length: 2034mm
  • LX80 Multi-Mount
  • 26mm Plössl Eyepiece
  • Diagonal Prism
  • Finderscope
  • Audiostar Hand Controller
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings
  • Adjustable-Height Stainless-Steel Tripod

The LX80 8"/203mm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope Kit from Meade is an opportunity for luxurious visual star gazing without having to take out a second mortgage. This fast f/10 bundles an optically exceptional Optical Tube Assembly (OTA) with an incredibly versatile multi-mount, a rock-solid tripod, planetarium-like computer software control and GoTo with edifying audio mini-lectures to be shared with friends and relatives alike.

Ultra-High Transmission Coatings and waterwhite glass combine with an aperture of 8"/203mm and a focal length of 2034mm to offer the maximum in transmission, brightness and contrast. The included AudioStar computer-control handbox system accesses a database of over 30,000 celestial GoTo pieces of eye-candy. The Astronomer Inside digital audio technology presents an audio description of 500 of those sky objects. Meade's AutoStar Suite Planetarium Software for PCs is part of the package offering computer controlled night sky seeing.

The LX80 Multi-Mount offers the user the choice of leveraging the multi-mount as a German Equatorial Mount (GEM) or as an alt-azimuth mount. The Multi-Mount has been constructed of die cast aluminum with ABS panels. The precision craftsmanship of the LX80 Multi-Mount creates exceptionally fine, smooth and precise manual, hand-held control and computer adjustment controls for both declination and right ascension. The mount interfaces with the AudioStar GoTo system. It requires 8 AA batteries or can be powered with a 12v DC 5amp power supply. The power sources are user-supplied. The mount can be configured for dual OTA mounting or with the included counterweight.

The large adjustable height tripod offers a stable platform for the OTA and mount. The legs are a robust 2 inches in diameter and collapse to 30.5 inches. Fully extended, the tripod height reaches 47 inches and weighs 31.5 pounds. Each leg has its own fine adjustment leg leveler for increased pointing accuracy.

The LX80 8"/203mm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope Kit comes with a Meade Series 4000 26mm Super Plössl Eyepiece (1.25"), a diagonal prism and a 8x50 viewfinder with a cross-hair reticle.

Control panel delivers options for 12v DC, Power, HBX port, 2 auxiliary ports
Die-cast aluminum, Vixen-style dovetail OTA mounting furnishes a secure mount-to-telescope interface. Aluminum optical tube
AudioStar hand controller with Astronomer Inside technology provides a guided tour of 500-plus celestial objects with synchronized tracking and audio explanations
A sectional counterweight shaft determines the ideal shaft length for counterbalancing a scope with the included counterweight or creating a dual-tube configuration with the addition of a second optical device
Adjustable height tripod of 30.5 to 40" has stainless steel 2" diameter legs with fine +0.2" adjustment leg-levelers on each leg dispensing an incredibly level and stable platform. One 11 lb steel counterweight is included
Series 4000 Super Plössl 25mm Eyepiece, 1.25", from Meade offers a 52° apparent field of view and premium grade optical glass with multi-layer coatings and blackened lens edges for great image sharpness and contrast with 18mm of eye relief
Primary and secondary mirrors have been configured concurrently for maximum correction. Both are made of low-expansion borosilicate glass. The correcting plate/lens is made from aspheric high-spectral transmission Borofloat glass from Schott AG Germany. Resolving Power - Dawes Limit: 0.57 arc seconds. Secondary Obstruction: 13.65%.
The LX80 Multi-Mount weighs 35 lb / 15.9 kg and has dimensions of 14 x 12 x 8" / 35.6 x 30.5 x 20.3 cm.
The Tripod is 31.5 lb / 14.3 kg and has a variable height of 30.5 to 47" / 77.5 - 119.4 cm
The LX80 Multi-Mount allows user selected German Equatorial, single OTA alt-az or dual OTA alt-az movement. Meade's proprietary SmartDrive provides periodic error correction. The mount itself is provisioned with two large, tapered roller bearings that support optical equipment up to 40 pounds in the GEM and single OTA alt-az modes and up to 70 pounds in dual single OTA alt-az. The pointing precision in High-Precision Mode is up to 5 arc minutes while the GoTo pointing precision is approximately 10 arc minutes. There is a periodic error correction while in polar mode only. The mount offers slew speeds in both RA and Dec of 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal and 1.5°/sec, 3°/sec and 6.5°/sec. Sidereal, lunar or custom selected tracking rates are available from 2,000 incremental rates. The latitude range in equatorial mode is 25° to 90°.
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture 8"/203 mm
Focal Length 2034 mm
Focal Ratio f/10
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
Diagonal 1.25" diagonal prism
Finderscope 8x50 mm with cross-hair reticle
Tripod LX80 2" stainless steel legs
Height: 30.5 - 47" / 77.5 - 119.4 cm
Mount Type Alt-Azimuth or German Equatorial
Power Source 12V DC, 8 AA batteries 1
Please Note:

User-Supplied

close
Optical Tube Dimensions 17 x 9" / 43.2 x 22.9 cm
Weight 14.1 lb / 6.4 kg
Meade LX80 8"/203mm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope Kit
  • Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece (1.25")
  • LX80 Multi-Mount Tripod With Audiostar
  • Viewfinder
  • 1.25" Diagonal
  • AudioStar Controller
  • Vixen-Style Dovetail
  • Steel Counterweight
  • AutoStar Suite Planetarium Software
  • One Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    MeadeLX80 8"/203mm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope Kit
     
    5.0

    (based on 1 review)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    Reviewed by 1 customer

    Displaying review 1

    Back to top

     
    5.0

    Definitely buy this product again

    By Coach B the Teach

    from Boise, Idaho

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Bright Conditions
      • Low Visibility

      Comments about Meade LX80 8"/203mm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope Kit:

      Easy set up, student friendly.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

      Batteries & Power Supply

      Show more >
      Watson -  8-Bay Rapid Charger Kit with AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh, 8-Pack)
      • You Pay: $52.50
       

      8

      PACK

      Kodak AA 1.5v Alkaline Battery - 8 Pack
      Kodak -  AA 1.5v Alkaline Battery - 8 Pack
      • You Pay: $5.39
       

      Eyepieces, Lenses & Diagonals

      Show more >
      Meade -  #128 3x Short Focus ETX Barlow Lens (1.25")
      • You Pay: $34.95
       

      Accessory Kits

      Celestron -  Eyepiece and Filter Kit - 1.25"
      • You Pay: $127.00
       

      Cleaning and Anti Fog

      Show more >
      Pearstone -  Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, 18% Gray (7 x 7.9")
      • You Pay: $4.99
       

      Books & Tutorials

      Show more >
      Amherst Media -  Book: Nightwatch, Fourth Edition
      • You Pay: $21.00
       
      See any errors on this page? Let us know.

      Close

      Close

      Close