Meade LX65 5" f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

Meade LX65 5" f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

Meade LX65 5" f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

B&H # MELX655MAK MFR # 228001
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Product Highlights

  • 127mm Maksutov-Cassegrain OTA
  • 1900mm Focal Length, f/15 Focal Ratio
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings
  • Single-Arm Motorized Alt-Az Mount
  • AudioStar GoTo Computer Hand Controller
  • 30,000+ Object Database
  • Audio Commentary and Sky Tours
  • Three Tracking Rates, Eight Slew Speeds
  • Dual Vixen Dovetail Saddles
  • Stainless Steel Tripod with Leg Lock
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Optical Tube Assembly: Maksutov-Cassegrain

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Maksutov-Cassegrain

Aperture: 127mm (5"), f/15

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  • 1Description

Designed as an entry to mid-level astronomical observation platform, the Meade Instruments LX65 5" f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope gives users the ability to make detailed observations of the moon and planets with the ability to reach outside the solar system to resolve distant objects like galaxies, nebulae, and binary or variable stars. The compact and powerful Maksutov-Cassegrain design, complemented by Meade's UHTC system, corrects off-axis aberrations like comas, and chromatic aberrations, to produce views with true color rendition and high resolution and contrast.

The LX-65 optical tube is carried by a motorized single-arm fork mount that is designed for portability and versatility. It is equipped with two Vixen-style dovetail saddles that allow you to mount the Maksutov OTA on the primary, and mount a secondary OTA or camera rig on an outside saddle. The mount has an integrated handle to make set up and breakdown easier and safer, and a battery compartment for the eight C-cell batteries required to run it and the controller. A stainless steel tripod with a center leg lock that improves stability and dampens vibrations supports the mount and OTA.

The brain of the LX-65 is the venerable AudioStar computer controller. 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 custom user-defined objects. Its intuitive menu-driven user interface provides the power to observe the heavens with ease, especially with features such as guided tours, extended information on popular objects, and multiple alignment options. This updated version of the AudioStar has an integrated speaker so you can listen to a narration about what you are looking at without having to divert your eye or attention from the eyepiece, for added enjoyment.

Optical Tube Assembly
  • 127mm (5") aperture gathers enough light for near- and deep-sky viewing without adding excessive weight and bulk, to maintain its portability
  • Moderate f/15 focal ratio requires longer exposure times for astrophotography
  • Long 1900mm focal length, despite compact form factor, provides a high magnification potential
  • Makustov-Cassegrain design has a front convex meniscus lens that corrects spherical and chromatic aberrations and comas (off-axis aberration) across the entire field of view; with a smaller secondary mirror versus Schmidt-Cassegrains, which reduces obstructions and increases contrast
  • Single-speed internal focusing mechanism with 1.25" eyepiece/accessory holder
Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC):
  • Maximize light transmission through the entire optical path
  • Improve the appearance of brighter star clusters, gives more fine detail in nebulae, and offers greater surface features on planets
  • All corrector plate and mirror surfaces are fully multi-coated
  • Engineered to optimize visual, photographic, and CCD imaging
  • Improves light transmission across the entire visible spectrum through the optical path
  • Corrector plate coatings made up of multiple layers of aluminum oxide (Al2O3), titanium dioxide (TiO2), and magnesium fluoride (MgF2)
  • Mirror coatings consist of aluminum with multi-layer coatings of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and silicon dioxide (SiO2)
AudioStar Controller
  • Two-line LED display
  • Twenty-key alphanumeric keypad, red LED backlight
  • 68HC11, 8MHz processor
  • Built-in red utility light
  • 30,000+ object database
  • User-friendly menu-driven system navigation
  • Slew speeds: 1x, 2, 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 provides descriptions of over 500 objects, including scientific data and history
  • Predicts events to plan future astronomy sessions, such as sunrise/sunsets, moon phases/moon rise/moon set, meteor showers, lunar/solar eclipses, and equinoxes/solstices
  • 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:
  • Motorized single-arm fork
  • Controlled through the AudioStar controller
  • Dual Vixen dovetail saddles: primary (inside) saddle accepts the OTA, secondary (outer) saddle allows for dual OTA setup or observation/imaging rigs
  • Secondary Vixen saddle can carry up to 7 pounds
  • Compact design provides strength without sacrificing stability
  • Integrated handle improves security when carrying to observation site, and during set up and breakdown
  • Runs on 8 user-supplied C-cell batteries or an external 12 VDC power source
Tripod:
  • Adjustable height accommodates a wide variety of users and viewing positions for maximum comfort
  • Center leg-lock/brace adds stability and vibration suppression
  • Stainless steel legs offer strength and durability
Included Accessories
Eyepiece:
  • 1.25" diameter barrel
  • 26mm focal length produces a low 73x power for viewing the moon and planets, and for wide-field deep-sky use
  • Accepts most optional 1.25" astronomical filters to enhance views
  • Fold-down rubber eyecup
Diagonal:
  • Star diagonal corrects view horizontally, but not vertically
  • 1.25" nosepiece and eyepiece holder
Finder:
  • Unmagnified view ensures a wide field of view for easier alignment and faster star-hopping navigation
  • Multiple intensity levels ensure reticle visibility without affecting night-adjusted vision
UPC: 709942998863
In the Box
Meade LX65 5" f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope
  • AudioStar GoTo Hand Controller
  • #918A 90-Degree Prism Diagonal (1.25")
  • 26mm Super Plössl (1.25")
  • Red-Dot Finder
  • Stainless Steel Tripod
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Meade LX65 specs

    Optical Design Maksutov-Cassegrain
    Aperture 127mm / 5.0"
    Focal Length 1900mm
    Focal Ratio f/15
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal 90° star
    1.25" nose piece and holder
    Mount Type Motorized single-fork alt-az
    GoTo Capability Audiostar hand controller
    GPS None
    Tripod Adjustable-height, stainless steel
    Finderscope Red-dot finder with bracket
    Power Source 8 x C-cell batteries
    12 VDC external
    Dimensions OTA Only: 14.3 x 5.8" / 36.3 x 14.7 cm
    Fully Assembled: 60.0 x 39.0 x 33.5" / 152.4 x 99.1 x 85.1 cm
    Weight OTA Only: 6.2 lb/ 2.8 kg
    Total: 34.2 lb / 15.5 kg

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