Meade ETX80 Observer 80mm f/5 Achromat Refractor GoTo Telescope

Meade ETX80 Observer 80mm f/5 Achromat Refractor GoTo Telescope

Meade ETX80 Observer 80mm f/5 Achromat Refractor GoTo Telescope

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Product Highlights

  • 80mm Achromatic Refractor Telescope
  • 400mm Focal Length, f/5 Focal Ratio
  • Fully Multi-Coated Optics
  • Dual-Fork Motorized Alt-Az Mount
  • AudioStar GoTo Hand Controller
  • Updateable 30,000+ Object Database
  • Guided Tours, Multiple Alignment Options
  • Adjustable Aluminum Tripod
  • Two Eyepieces and Red Dot Finder
  • OTA/Mount Backpack, Dew Shield
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Meade ETX80 overview

  • 1Description

With the ETX80 Observer 80mm f/5 Achromat Refractor GoTo Telescope, Meade gives you a complete computer-controlled motorized observation rig, including the means to safely store and carry your gear. The achromat optical design corrects spherical and chromatic aberrations to produce crisp and clear high-contrast images with true color rendition across its entire distortion-free field of view. For those who want to use it for astrophotography, an internal mirror flips down to direct the optical path straight back for prime-focus photography using a DSLR camera body and optional adapters. The upper eyepiece holder has an integrated 2x Barlow lens that will effectively double the magnification of any eyepiece put in it.

This version of the ETX80 features a removable optical tube assembly to increase its usability. With the OTA removed, it can then be mounted on any photo or video tripod with a 1/4"-20 mounting screw. This enables photographers to carry only one tripod out in the field for taking pictures with their DSLR and switching to digiscoping with the ETX. To use the OTA as a spotting scope, Meade includes a 45° erecting prism diagonal.

The brain of this system is Meade's revolutionary AudioStar hand controller. Equipped with a two-line LED display and 20-key red backlit keypad, it controls the motorized mount for precise GoTo capabilities. Its internal 30,000+ object database is updateable via the internet, and has the capability to take you on a hands-free guided tour of the night sky above, including audio tours through the use of the built-in speaker. To consult star charts, logs, or to change eyepieces and filters, the controller also has a built-in red LED utility light that will not affect your night-adjusted vision.

This kit includes two eyepieces that produce 15x and 41x magnifications for well-rounded observational options, plus a red dot finder which, with its exceptional field of view, makes finding objects faster and easier. To complete to package is a sturdy aluminum tripod to support all the gear, plus a backpack for the mount, OTA, and accessories. The tripod will not fit in the pack, but it does have a convenient carry handle on one of the legs.

Optical Performance
  • Aperture: 80mm
  • Fast f/5 focal ratio
  • Focal length: 400mm
  • Achromatic refractor optical configuration
  • Achromatic configuration virtually eliminates chromatic and spherical aberrations for true color fidelity, reduced ghosting and halos, and no distortion
  • Fully multi-coated optics reduce light loss and increase color fidelity and contrast
  • Resolution: 1.45 Arc sec
  • Close Focus Distance: 17 ft (5.2m)
  • Internal 90° flip mirror with integrated 2x Barlow lens on upper eyepiece holder
Motors and Mount
  • Motors:
       Dual DC servo motors with encoders
       Bearings: Altitude (Acetal); Azimuth (Nylon)
       Runs on six user-supplied AA batteries with a max runtime of 20 hours when using the AudioStar
  • Mount:
       OTA is removable from mount
       Dual fork, alt-az
       Vixen-style dovetail saddle and plate
       1/4"-20 Mount for use with photo or video tripods
AudioStar Hand Controller
  • Full GoTo capability
  • Two-line red LED display
  • Built-in speaker
  • Twenty-key alphanumeric keypad, red LED backlight
  • Multiple tracking and slew speeds
  • 30,000+ Object Database:
       User-friendly menu-driven system navigation
       Multiple alignment methods
       Guided tours
       Guided audio tours
  • Powered by mount to be lighter and easier to use
  • 24" Coiled cord
  • Updateable via Internet using RS-232 port
Included Accessories
  • Red dot finder for fast and easy alignment and aiming
  • Erect-image 45° prism corrects vision for terrestrial use
  • Eyepieces:
       1.25" Diameter barrel
       26mm Super Plössl produces 15x
       9.7mm Super Plössl produces 41x
       Accepts most 1.25" filters and accessories
  • Tripod:
       Adjustable height
       Aluminum legs
       Center post hook to add extra weight for increased stability
  • Combination bubble level and compass
  • Backpack for OTA, mount, and accessories
  • Removable dew shield
UPC: 709942997491
In the Box
Meade ETX80 Observer 80mm f/5 Achromat Refractor GoTo Telescope
  • AUDIOSTAR COMPUTER CONTROLER w/SPEAKER
  • Bubble Level/Compass
  • 9.7mm Eyepiece
  • 26mm Eyepiece
  • 45° Erecting Prism
  • Red Dot Finder
  • Aluminum Tripod
  • Dew Shield
  • Backpack for Mount/OTA
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Meade ETX80 specs

    Optical Tube Assembly
    Diagonal Yes, 45 Erecting
    Finderscope Yes
    Tripod
    Type Adjustable
    Material of Tripod Aluminum
    General
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 20.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.5 x 18.0 x 10.0"

    Meade ETX80 reviews

    ETX80 Observer 80mm f/5 Achromat Refractor GoTo Telescope is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short-Tube Achro (wide-FOV)!!! Fully Multi-Coated Optics from Meade Instruments who as of 2013 is owned by Sunny Optics, Inc. out of China. Great 3 Short-Tube Achro Refractor used for Terrestrial spotting and Planetary/Lunar observation that can be utilized (when more invested in the hobby) as a guide-scope. Image quality is great as Meade optics excel past the mid-range amateur market. The chromatic aberration is minimal and the FOV is upright, crisp and sharp to the edges Tripod is made for mobility (Grab n Go) and is lightweight so you will want to get a 2000g Calibration Weight with bungee-cord to hook on the bottom of tripod for stability. Note: Get a couple of higher end eyepieces, as the ones provided are usable but not the best. *A good 9mm eyepiece + x3 Barlow will get 133.33 magnification as the scopes max is around 157.
    Date published: 2017-06-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent deal for the price I had an old refractor when I was a kid that works just fair enough to do some exploration and, along time getting curious about what you can see above you. Meade seems to me a very nice brand you can get at a reasonable price with good quality accessories. The backpack, eyepieces (2), the internal Barlow lens (for instant magnification), the Audiostar handbox, dew shield, bubble/compass makes a kit ready to go outside and take a look at the stars. The definition of the image is something that I notice is great to see, even for terrestrial viewing. This is an achromatic telescope which means that the lenses are configured in such way that they reduce the distortion when gathering the colors of an object and, the result is a nice crisp view of what you are looking at. The tripod is aluminum lightweight, it does not fit in the backpack but, it has a carry handle as well and makes its job and, it has a leveling bubble in its base to assist positioning in the ground. The motor is very precise and, it has several speed settings when performing sky observation. I still need time to figure out more features that the telescope has but, so far so good...
    Date published: 2016-07-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Satisfied with the purchase I have been looking for an affordable starter telescope for my son, and after much findings, I decided to go for this one being one of the good ones around. I am pretty much satisfied with the purchase, no regrets whatsoever. I will forever love the telescope because of the setup, you take it out and get it going quickly, very light and portable, and the lenses are of good quality, this was what I wanted.
    Date published: 2016-11-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great telescope Pros- Small, compact, easy to actually pack and go. The optics are great, and can easily be transported. For the price, the tripod is stable enough and it is easy to align. Cons- The only problem/issue I have is the focuser knob. While focusing on an object, it is easy to bump the tube and makes it more difficult than it has to be. The Moon does look better than the image I have posted. I used a cheap smartphone and did my best to take an image through it. I was also able to see Jupiter with its 4 moons, Saturn with its rings and 1 moon. I also bought a sun filter and I am was able to view sunspots on it. Ask yourself, which is a better telescope, one with that is 80mm that you can bring anywhere, or a huge telescope you can rarely transport with you. Of course the images aren't as great with an 8inch or bigger telescope. However, if you need a truly transportable telescope, I would recommend this one,. I would recommended rechargeable batteries for this telescope. Other issues: Meade it is 2017, give us better software and the ability to use a USB cable to hook this telescope up with our laptops. No one uses a RS232 serial PC Interface Cable anymore.
    Date published: 2017-09-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great portability, automation, and optics . . . made cheaply Bought this scope as a means to get back into astronomy, learn the location of the stars, and have something thats lightweight and portable. With that in mind, this scope easily meets all those expectations at a very desirable price point. Audiostar is quite a capable system and has a lot to offer both the beginner and more experienced astronomer. If you follow the directions perfectly (really spend the time to get the compass pointed, tripod level, and viewfinder calibrated) then the alignment procedure is pretty straightforward and quick. Celestial tracking is fine for observing, but not quite precise enough for long-duration astrophotography work. The tripod is very lightweight, so I opted to buy a tent mounting screw used in conjunction with bungee cord and the supplied hook on the tripod (you could use a weight also), which helps steady the scope quite well. Time will tell how well the scope holds up, but I've been very pleased so far.
    Date published: 2018-09-03
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