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Meade Instrument's LX70 6" f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope is ideal for users who want a compact and powerful observation platform that is able to achieve high magnifications for detailed views of the moon and planets as well as the ability to reach out past our solar system to discover deep-sky objects such as nebulae and galaxies. The Maksutov-Cassegrain design corrects off-axis aberrations like comas and chromatic aberration to produce images with true color rendition. It features a long 1800mm focal length and a wide 6" aperture with a relatively slow f/12 focal ratio. The scope is outfitted with an internal focusing mechanism which accepts the included 2" 90° star diagonal. Meade includes two Plossl eyepieces to get new users started; a 9mm that yields 200x power and a 26mm for a 69x magnification, and a 1.25" adapter so they will fit in the diagonal.
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.
1800mm focal length
Compact and powerful Maksutov-Cassegrain design that requires no alignment
Resolving power of 0.760 arc-seconds
f/12.0 focal ratio
German equatorial mount
Manually controlled with flexible slow-motion cables
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
20 lb (9.1 kg) payload capacity
Leg spreader with lock
Accessory Tray with Eyepiece Holders
Eyepieces: 1.25" diameter barrel 9mm eyepiece yields 200x magnification 26mm eyepiece yields 69x magnification 2" 90° star diagonal enables a more comfortable viewing position 1.25" adapter for smaller diameter eyepieces and accessories
Focuser: Internal focusing mechanism
Finderscope: 8x50 with crosshair reticle
In the Box
Meade LX70 6" f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope with EQ Mount