Meade LX85 150mm f/5 Reflector GoTo EQ Telescope

BH #MELX85150R • MFR #217003
Meade LX85 150mm f/5 Reflector GoTo EQ Telescope
Key Features
  • 150mm Newtonian Reflector OTA
  • 750mm Focal Length, f/5 Focal Ratio
  • 2" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • Motorized Fully GoTo Equatorial Mount
The Meade Instruments LX85 150mm f/5 Reflector GoTo EQ Telescope utilizes a highly-reflective parabolic primary mirror to produce bright and clear views of difficult-to-see deep-sky objects like wispy nebulae, and features a full GoTo computer-controlled motorized equatorial mount that is required for long-duration observation and astrophotography sessions.
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Meade LX85 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Optical Tube Assembly
  • 3AudioStar GoTo Controller
  • 4Mount & Tripod
  • 5Included Accessories

The Meade Instruments LX85 150mm f/5 Reflector GoTo EQ Telescope utilizes a highly-reflective parabolic primary mirror to produce bright and clear views of difficult-to-see deep-sky objects like wispy nebulae, and features a full GoTo computer-controlled motorized equatorial mount that is required for long-duration observation and astrophotography sessions.

The Newtonian reflector design enables larger apertures than are practical in conventional refractors, allowing novices and intermediate astronomers to reach out into the universe with ease to enjoy wonders like galaxies, nebulae, globular clusters, and more. Added to this already impressive performance is a sturdy rack-and-pinion focuser that is outfitted with a 2" holder for eyepieces and accessories. A 1.25" reducer adapter is also provided to use smaller eyepieces and accessories. To help get new users started, Meade includes two eyepieces that produce low and high magnifications, along with an 8x50 finderscope.

The mount delivers the performance required for clear views and images with 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 star-gazers alike.

Optical Tube Assembly

  • Large 150mm (6") 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
  • Aluminum and SiO2 optical coatings on the primary parabolic mirror maximize light transmission through the light path to ensure bright and crisp views
  • Single-speed 2" rack-and-pinion focuser allows the use of larger eyepieces and accessories, and a 1.25" reducer adapter further expands compatibility

AudioStar GoTo Controller

  • Two-line LED display
  • Twenty-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 day, 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/sunsets, moon phases/moon rise/moon set, 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
  • Updateable 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

Mount & Tripod

Mount:
  • 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
  • Includes a 9-pound counterweight with shaft
  • Dual-axis manual clutch releases for movement without the use of the hand controller
  • Integrated bulls-eye bubble level to aid set-up, alignment, and tracking accuracy
Tripod:
  • 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
  • Collapsed size 39.5x6.25x5.75" for easier portability
  • Tray keeps accessories accessible and off the ground
  • Weight: 12.4 pounds

Included Accessories

Eyepieces:
  • 1.25" diameter nosepiece accepts most astronomical filters
  • 9mm eyepiece produces a high 83x power
  • 26mm eyepiece yields a low 29x magnification
  • Use with included reducer to fit into the larger 2" drawtube holder
Finder:
  • Low 8x power ensures a wide field of view for faster alignment and easier star-hopping navigation
  • Large 50mm aperture produces bright images to more easily find alignment stars
  • Crosshair reticle enables precision centering, requiring less fine-tuning in eyepiece
  • Includes mounting bracket

Meade LX85 Specs

Optical Tube Assembly
Optical DesignNewtonian Reflector
Aperture150 mm / 6"
Focal Length750 mm
Focal Ratiof/5
FocuserSingle-Speed Rack-and-Pinion
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter1.25", 2"
DiagonalNone
FinderscopeYes
MountingVixen Style
Optical Tube Dimensions27.6 x 7.4" / 70.1 x 18.8 cm
Mount
TypeMotorized; German Equatorial
GoTo CapabilityYes, AudioStar
Payload Capacity33 lb / 15 kg
Counterweight1 x 9.0 lb / 4.1 kg
Tripod
TypeAdjustable, 2-Section
Tripod Height Adjustment Range31.5 to 43.5" / 80.0 to 110.5 cm
Material of TripodAluminum, Stainless Steel
General
BatteriesNone
Adapter12 VDC (Not Included)
GPSNo
Wi-FiNo
Assembled Dimensions66.0 x 47.2 x 47.2" / 167.6 x 119.9 x 119.9 cm
Weight11.4 lb / 5.2 kg (OTA)
45.5 lb / 20.6 kg (Fully Assembled)
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