Meade LX70 150mm f/5 Reflector Telescope with EQ Mount

Meade LX70 150mm f/5 Reflector Telescope with EQ Mount

Meade LX70 150mm f/5 Reflector Telescope with EQ Mount

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Product Highlights

  • 150mm Newtonian Reflector OTA
  • 750mm Focal Length, f/5 Focal Ratio
  • Includes 9mm & 26mm Plossl Eyepieces
  • 2" Crayford-Style Focuser
  • 6x30 Finderscope with Crosshair Reticle
  • Manual Equatorial Mount
  • Dual-Axis Slow Motion Cables
  • 9mm, 26mm Eyepieces with Reducer Adapter
  • 2-Stage Adjustable Steel Tripod
  • 20 lb Payload Capacity
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Meade LX70 overview

  • 1Description

Designed for deep-sky observation with a fast focal ratio for astrophotography/imaging, Meade Instrument's LX70 150mm f/5 Reflector Telescope features a 750mm focal length and a large parabolic mirror for obtaining detailed images of the moon, clear views of the planets, and the ability to reach out past our solar system to discover deep-sky objects. The scope is outfitted with a precise 2" Crayford-style focuser and a 1.25" adapter to increase the size and types of accessories that can be used with it. Meade includes two Plossl eyepieces to get new users started; a 9mm that yields 83x power and a 26mm for a 29x magnification. The scope's f/5 focal ratio produces a wide field of view that is ideal for astrophotography/imaging of everything from the moon to nebulae.

The included manual equatorial mount features brass worm-gear drives on both axes for smooth tracking performance, aluminum setting circles and a built-in leveling bubble. The large-knob slow-motion control cables make it easy to track objects even while when wearing gloves. Push-pull adjustments on both the declination and right ascension axes assist in fine-tuning the polar alignment; while the built-in latitude scale will help you dial in your site location quickly. The LX70 mount includes a Vixen-style dovetail for mounting other optical tubes up to 20 pounds, an adjustable-height stainless steel tripod, and an accessory tray with holders for both 1.25" and 2" eyepieces.

Optical Performance
  • Large 150mm aperture is ideal for viewing and imaging of deep-sky objects like nebulae, as well as the moon and planets
  • Fast f/5 focal ratio helps to preserve a wide field of view, image brightness, and resolution
  • 750mm focal length maintains a generous field of view with a moderate magnification potential
  • Newtonian reflector design reduces chromatic aberration and fringing, while allowing larger apertures versus refractor models
  • Highly-reflective primary parabolic mirror maximizes light transmission through the light path to ensure bright and crisp views
  • 0.760 arcsecond Dawes' Limit resolution
  • Single-speed Crayford-style focuser uses a toothless tension rod to control the froward/back motion of the drawtube, allowing for precise focus control with zero backlash
  • 2" holder on focuser drawtube allows the use of larger eyepieces and accessories, and a 1.25" reducer adapter further expands compatibility
Mount & Tripod
  • German equatorial mount allows for precise tracking along the right-ascension axis to make it easier to keep near and deep-sky objects centered during long observing sessions
  • Brass worm gears won't wear down over years of use
  • Manually controlled with flexible slow-motion cables for more precise tracking with reduced vibration
  • Push-pull declination and right ascension adjustments
  • Integrated port supports optional polar alignment scope
  • Vixen-style dovetail saddle
  • Aluminum setting circles
  • Built-in leveling bubble
  • Two-stage legs
  • Adjustable-height
  • 20 lb payload capacity
  • Leg spreader with lock
  • Accessory Tray with Eyepiece Holders
Included Accessories
  • 1.25" diameter nosepiece accepts most astronomical filters
  • 9mm eyepiece yields 83x magnification
  • 26mm eyepiece yields 29x magnification
  • Use with included reducer to fit into the larger 2" drawtube holder
  • Low 6x power ensures a wide field of view for faster alignment and easier star-hopping navigation
  • 30mm aperture reduces profile while still allowing users to easily find alignment stars
  • Crosshair reticle enables precision centering, requiring less fine tuning in the eyepiece
  • Includes mounting bracket
In the Box
Meade LX70 150mm f/5 Reflector Telescope with EQ Mount
  • 11.4 lb Counterweight for LX70
  • LX70 German Equatorial Mount yrcvbuvdesvszwvxvwyvrttvwfsx
  • 6x30 Finderscope
  • 9mm Eyepiece
  • 26mm Eyepiece
  • 1.25" Focuser Adapter
  • Protective Front Dust Cover
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Meade LX70 specs

    Optical Design Newtonian reflector
    Aperture 6.0" / 15.0 cm
    Focal Length 750 mm
    Focal Ratio f/5.0
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2", 1.25" with adapter
    Diagonal None
    Finderscope 6 x 30
    Tripod 2-stage adjustable, stainless steel
    Mount Type German equatorial, manual
    Power Source None
    Dimensions OTA: 45.0 x 45.0 x 73.0" / 114.3 x 114.3 x 185.4 cm, assembled
    Weight Total: 48.0 lb / 21.8 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 64.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 41.0 x 24.0 x 20.0"

    Meade LX70 reviews

    LX70 150mm f/5 Reflector Telescope with EQ Mount is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding value For such an inexpensive price you get a quality Newtonian reflector and good manual equatorial mount. I bought this scope to get bright low-power wide field views of the night sky. Because of light pollution where I am this means at least 6 of aperture. Because of wanting get get ultra wide field of views this means a scope that has a 2 focuser, which is scope has. This scope delivers not only that but is good at medium powers like 100x For example the views of Saturn at 83 to 186x are good. My scope arrived significantly out of collimation, but the instructions cover how to adjust it. It is not complicated, but it can be very time consuming, at least initially to get the diagonal adjusted properly. I recommend the use of a specialized collimation tool. It is not a go-to or computerized tracking scope so if that is what you are looking for, or if your interests lie mainly with high power views of the planets then I would recommend the Celestron Nexstar or Evolution scopes instead
    Date published: 2015-08-03
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