Designed for intermediate users, the Polaris 80mm f/11.3 Equatorial Refractor Telescope from Meade is intended to take astronomic observation to the next level by providing a complete set up for viewing the Moon and planets, and brighter deep-sky objects like star clusters and galaxies. Three eyepieces provide 34.6x, 100x, and 143x magnifications with a 2x Barlow lens that doubles the magnification of each eyepiece for a wider-range of observing possibilities.
Its manual German equatorial mount has precise Right Ascension (RA) and Declination indicators to find your subjects and dual slow-motion cables for tracking. As a more advanced mount, it allows users to find just about any visible object by just knowing its coordinates. After the scope has been properly Polar Aligned, and the subject found, it can be easily tracked by making slight adjustments to the RA axis. The included AutoStar Suite Astronomer Software is a particularly useful tool for planning observation sessions. It is loaded with more than 10,000 celestial objects including planets, stars, galaxies and nebulae, and star charts can be printed for use in the field.
An adjustable-height stainless steel tripod provides a stable platform for sky-watching, and the included red-dot finder makes polar-alignment faster and it's an easy tool for quick observations. An included 90° erect-image diagonal makes looking through the scope more comfortable, especially when aiming the telescope toward the zenith. The diagonal's prism corrects images horizontally and vertically, allowing the scope to be used for terrestrial viewing as well. An integrated dew-shield helps to prevent condensation on the objective lens, while blocking stray peripheral light from interfering with celestial observations.