Meade LX85 80mm f/6 APO Refractor GoTo EQ Telescope

BH #MELX8580APO (B&H Kit) • MFR #217008
Meade LX85 80mm f/6 APO Refractor GoTo EQ Telescope
Key Features
  • 80mm Apochromatic Triplet Refractor OTA
  • 480mm Focal Length, f/6 Focal Ratio
  • FPL-53 Extremely Low Dispersion Glass
  • Dual-Speed Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
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Engineered for performance during observation and astrophotography use, the Meade Instruments LX85 80mm f/6 APO Refractor GoTo EQ Telescope combines the clear views of a triplet apochromatic with the precision tracking of a computer-controlled motorized equatorial mount.
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Meade LX85 Overview

Engineered for performance during observation and astrophotography use, the Meade Instruments LX85 80mm f/6 APO Refractor GoTo EQ Telescope combines the clear views of a triplet apochromatic with the precision tracking of a computer-controlled motorized equatorial mount.

The optical tube assembly (OTA) is built to deliver exceptional image quality through the use of an triplet apochromatic lens system that virtually eliminates chromatic and spherical aberrations. Off-axis comas and color fringing are further corrected through the use of FPL-53 extremely low-dispersion glass and anti-reflection fully multi-coated optics. The resulting views color-accurate as well as crisp and sharp with almost no distortion across the entire field of view. Added to this already impressive performance is a sturdy two-speed rack-and-pinion focuser that can carry heavy loads without flexing, which terminates with a 2" holder for eyepieces and accessories. A 1.25" reducer adapter is also provided to use smaller eyepieces and accessories. The 2" holder unscrews from the drawtube for the direct connection of astrophotography gear, allowing users to take full advantage of the drawtube's large diameter to completely cover today's imaging sensors without vignetting.

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.

Meade Series 6000 80mm f/6 ED Triplet APO Refractor Telescope (OTA Only)

The Series 6000 80mm f/6 ED Triplet APO Refractor Telescope from Meade Instruments features a triplet apochromatic lens system with FPL53 extra-low dispersion (ED) glass and Meade's proprietary fully multi-coated optics. This combination of glass, lenses, and coatings virtually eliminates chromatic and spherical aberrations for clear and bright high-contrast images without distortion across the entire field of view, with true color rendition. This is a versatile optical tube assembly that can be used to image or observe detailed views of the Moon and planets, plus bright deep-sky objects. It is also portable enough to be used as a grab-and-go option over larger and heavier scopes; to be set up on a dual-mount rig for astrophotography/astroimaging, or used as a guide-scope on larger rigs.

A mounting cradle-ring clamps over the optical tube assembly (OTA) and allows the user to adjust the orientation and position of the scope relative to the mount to optimize viewing comfort and balance, while avoiding interference with other equipment. The scope is offered here without a mount or tripod, but a Vixen-style dovetail plate makes it compatible with any alt-az, EQ, or GoTo mount with a Vixen-style saddle. Its two-speed rack-and-pinion focuser helps make fine-focusing fast and precise. The focuser is equipped with an over-sized 2.5" drawtube to transmit enough light to cover today's camera sensors, and to be able to carry heavier loads like DSLRs and imaging rigs without flexing.

Optical Performance

  • 80mm objective lens
  • 480mm focal length
  • Fast focal ratio of f/6 is ideal for astrophotography or imaging
  • Refractor-style optical design
  • Extra-low Dispersion (ED) FPL53 glass corrects chromatic aberration to improve color rendition
  • Triplet apochromatic lens system eliminates chromatic and spherical aberrations, eliminating off-axis comas and astigmatism, and providing true color rendition without distortion across the entire field of view
  • Fully multi-coated optics maximize light transmission, while improving color, clarity, and contrast
  • Resolution: 1.4478 arcsec, Dawes' Limit
  • Retractable dew shield resists condensation build-up on the objective lens

Focusing System

  • Optimized for imaging
  • Rack-and-pinion design can carry more weight without flexing than similarly sized Crayford styles
  • 10:1 two-speed mechanism allows for precise focusing
  • 2.5" drawtube ensures full coverage of larger camera sensors without vignetting
  • 2" holder accepts common large accessories and eyepieces
  • Self-center locking ring that allows diagonals or cameras to be properly centered to the optical path every time the locking ring is engaged
  • Focuser lock knob locks the focuser in place for long-exposure astrophotography
  • Etched millimeter markings on the drawtube enable repeatable results

Mounting

  • Optical tube assembly only - mount and tripod required for proper use
  • Vixen-style dovetail plate
  • Cradle-ring assembly allows the scope orientation to be adjusted to avoid interference with gear or accessories, or on mount configuration
  • Weight: 6.6 pounds

Case

  • Hard aluminum exterior with reinforced edges and corners
  • Hinged carry handles
  • Over-center latches pulls the lid down for maximum security
  • Custom-cut foam-lining protects OTA and accessories
UPC: 709942999075

Meade LX85 German Equatorial GoTo Mount

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.

Mount

  • 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

 

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
  • 39.5x6.25x5.75" collapsed size, for easier portability
  • Tray keeps accessories accessible and off the ground
  • Weight: 12.4 pounds
UPC: 709942998733

Meade Series 6000 80mm f/6 ED Triplet APO Refractor Telescope (OTA Only) Specs

Optical Tube Assembly
Optical DesignApochromatic Triplet Refractor
Aperture80 mm / 3.1"
Focal Length480 mm
Focal Ratiof/6
Resolution1.44 Arcsec (Dawes)
FocuserDual-Speed Rack-and-Pinion
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter2"
DiagonalNone
FinderscopeNone
Mounting SystemVixen Style
Optical Tube Dimensions15.5 x 4.5 x 6" / 39.4 x 11.4 x 15.2 cm
General
BatteriesNone
AdapterNone
GPSNo
Wi-FiNo
Weight6.9 lb / 3.1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight13.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)22.4 x 13.6 x 11"

Meade LX85 German Equatorial GoTo Mount Specs

Mount
Mount TypeGerman Equatorial
GoTo CapabilityYes, Audiostar
Payload Capacity33 lb / 15 kg
MotorDual Axis
Counterweight1 x 9.0 lb / 4.1 kg
Polar Axis ScopeNone
Tripod
Height Adjustment Range31.5 to 43.5" / 80 to 110.5 cm
Leg Diameter1.75" / 4.4 cm
Leg Sections2
MaterialsStainless Steel
Folded Length39.5" / 100.3 cm
General
Adapter12 VDC
Mounting SystemVixen Style
GPSNo
Wi-FiNo
Dimensions13.2 x 12.4 x 4.8" / 33.5 x 31.4 x 12.2 cm (Mount)
47.2 x 47.2 x 5.8" / 119.9 x 119.9 x 14.7 cm (Fully Assembled)
Weight10.9 lb / 4.9 kg (Mount)
12.4 lb / 5.6 kg (Tripod)
34.1 lb / 15.5 kg (Fully Assembled)
Packaging Info
Package Weight45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)40.6 x 20.2 x 9.9"
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Is this good for use with a DSLR, and is it ready for a camera or do I need to buy a separate dovetail for a camera?
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Yes it can be used with a DSLR. All you would need is a dovetail plate such as this one from Losmandy: https://bhpho.to/2k556gZ
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This is a brand new item. All products purchased from B&H are brand new in the original factory box including packaging, all factory included accessories and factory warranty, unless otherwise stated to be USED, Refurbished, Open Box, or Demo.
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Date published: 2019-06-27

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