Meade LX85 German Equatorial GoTo Mount

Meade LX85 German Equatorial GoTo Mount

Meade LX85 German Equatorial GoTo Mount

B&H # MELX85GEQM MFR # 217000
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Product Highlights

  • Motorized Computer-Controlled EQ Mount
  • Low-Cog DC Servo-Motor Drives
  • AudioStar GoTo Computer Hand Controller
  • 30,000+ Object Database
  • Audio Commentary and Sky Tours
  • Multiple Assisted Alignment Methods
  • Vixen Dovetail Saddle
  • 9-Pound Counterweight with Shaft
  • Adjustable-Height Stainless Steel Tripod
  • 33-Pound Payload Capacity
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Engineered for portability, while still easy to use for astrophotography, the Meade Instruments LX85 German Equatorial GoTo Mount delivers the performance required for clear views and images through the use of dual-axis low-cog DC servo motors with backlash compensation. Added to this is Meade's proprietary Smart Drive system that records and constantly refines its Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) to improve positioning and tracking precision and ensure your target object stays centered for long-exposure photography. Supporting the mount is a 1.75" stainless steel tripod that has a wide stance for stability on most terrain, and a center tray that holds eyepieces and accessories and acts as a leg lock to further stabilize while helping to minimize vibrations.

Controlling the mount is the next generation iteration of the iconic AutoStar system: the AudioStar. This computer controller is equipped with a database of over 30,000 objects, including the planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and the complete Messier catalog; it can also be programmed with up  to 100 custom user-defined objects with filters to create custom object lists. An integrated speaker and Astronomer Inside system is packed with over four hours of commentary that is customized to objects that are visible in the night sky on any given day and time. Its intuitive menu-driven user interface makes observing the heavens fast and easy, and multiple alignment options make the controller an invaluable tool to new users and experienced stargazers alike.

  • 33-pound payload capacity is ideal for large-aperture and/or heavy optical tubes and accessories like astrophotography rigs
  • German equatorial mount allows accurate tracking for long-duration observation sessions
  • Ideal for astrophotography as single right ascension tracking eliminates field rotation that causes fuzzy and blurry primary images and streaking of star fields
  • Controlled by AudioStar hand controller to limit vibration and improve movement accuracy
  • Low-cog 12 VDC servo motors enable precision GoTo and tracking accuracy with limited vibrations
  • Vixen-style dovetail saddle is compatible with many optical tube assemblies
  • Includes a 9-pound counterweight with shaft
  • Dual-axis manual clutch releases for movement without the use of the hand controller
  • Integrated bull's-eye bubble level to aid setup, alignment, and tracking accuracy
AudioStar GoTo Controller
  • 2-line LED display
  • 20-key alphanumeric keypad, red LED backlight
  • 68HC11, 8 MHz processor
  • Built-in red utility light
  • 30,000+ object database
  • User-friendly menu-driven system navigation
  • Slew speeds: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 0.5°/sec, 1°/sec, 1.5°/sec, 4°/sec (max)
  • Assisted alignment procedures: Easy (Two-Star), One-star, Two-star, Three-star
  • Customizable guided tours for specific date, time, and location
  • Built-in speaker with Astronomer Inside plays over four hours of educational content about the celestial objects you view
  • Predicts events to plan future astronomy sessions such as sunrise/sunset, moon phases/moonrise/moonset, meteor showers, lunar/solar eclipses, equinoxes/solstices
  • Smart Drive records permanent periodic error correction (PPEC) to improve tracking accuracy over time
  • Backlash compensation allows user to train out the intrinsic play between gears to improve GoTo and tracking accuracy
  • Powered by mount to be lighter and easier to use
  • 24" coiled cord
  • Updatable via Internet using RS-232 port

Database Details:

  • Solar system, including Moon, Sun, planets
  • Comets and asteroids
  • 88 major constellations
  • Popular named objects
  • Galaxies, quasars, and nebulae
  • Multiple catalogs including Messier, Caldwell, and NGC
  • Stars, including named stars, SAO catalog, double stars, variable stars
  • Satellites, including the International Space Station (ISS), and Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
  • User-defined astronomical and terrestrial objects


  • Adjustable height from 31.5" to 43.5" accommodates a wide variety of optical tube assemblies and viewing positions
  • Lightweight and durable cast aluminum mount base
  • 1.75" diameter stainless steel legs
  • 39.5x6.25x5.75" collapsed size, for easier portability
  • Tray keeps accessories accessible and off the ground
  • Weight: 12.4 pounds
UPC: 709942998733
In the Box
Meade LX85 German Equatorial GoTo Mount
  • AudioStar GoTo Hand Controller
  • Counterweight Shaft
  • 9-Pound Counterweight
  • Autostar Suite Astronomer Edition DVD
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Meade LX85 specs

    Mount Type German equatorial
    Load Capacity 33.0 lb / 15.0 kg
    Motor 2 x 12 VDC low-cog stepper
    GoTo Capability Yes, Audiostar hand controller
    Altitude / Latitude Adjustment Not specified by manufacturer
    Polar Axis Scope None
    Includes Tripod/Pier 31.5" to 43.5" adjustable height
    Cast aluminum mount base
    1.75" stainless steel legs
    Power Source 12 VDC
    Dimensions Mount Head: 13.2 x 12.4 x 4.8" / 33.5 x 31.4 x 12.2 cm
    Tripod, Collapsed: 39.5 x 6.25 x 5.75" / 100.3 x 8.3 x 14.6 cm
    Fully Assembled: 47.2 x 47.2 x 5.8" / 119.9 x 119.9 x 14.7 cm
    Weight Mount Head: 10.9 lb / 4.9 kg
    Tripod: 12.4 lb / 5.6 kg
    Fully Assembled: 34.1 lb / 15.5 kg

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