Meade LX65 6" f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

BH #MELX656MAK (B&H Kit) • MFR #228002
Meade LX65 6" f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope
Key Features
  • 150mm (6") Maksutov-Cassegrain OTA
  • 1800mm Focal Length, f/12 Focal Ratio
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings
  • Single-Arm Motorized Alt-Az Mount
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Designed as an entry- to mid-level astronomical observation platform, the Meade Instruments LX65 6" f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope gets a boost in aperture from the smaller 127mm model with a shorter focal length, which equates to a faster focal ratio to improve resolution and shorten exposure times. The scope 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 Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) system, corrects off-axis aberrations like comas and chromatic aberrations to produce views with true-color rendition and high resolution and contrast.
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Meade LX65 Overview

Designed as an entry- to mid-level astronomical observation platform, the Meade Instruments LX65 6" f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope gets a boost in aperture from the smaller 127mm model with a shorter focal length, which equates to a faster focal ratio to improve resolution and shorten exposure times. The scope 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 Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) system, corrects off-axis aberrations like comas and chromatic aberrations to produce views with true-color rendition and high resolution and contrast.

The LX65 optical tube assembly (OTA) 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 setup 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 LX65 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.

Meade LX65 6" f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)

Designed as a mid-level optical tube assembly (OTA) for those who already have a reliable mount and support system but want to upgrade their OTA or add another to their astronomy observation arsenal, the Meade Instruments LX65 6" f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope gives you 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 Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) system, corrects off-axis aberrations like comas and chromatic aberrations to produce views with true-color rendition, high resolution, and sharp contrast.

The LX65 is equipped with a Vixen-style dovetail rail that makes it compatible with a wide variety of alt-azimuth, equatorial, and GoTo mounts of all kinds by virtually every mount manufacturer in the world. This version comes with a 26mm Super Plossl eyepiece that produces a relatively low 69x, a 90° star diagonal, and a red dot finder.

Optical Tube Assembly

  • 150mm (6") aperture gathers enough light for near- and deep-sky viewing without adding excessive weight and bulk, to maintain its portability
  • Moderate f/12 focal ratio requires longer exposure times for astrophotography
  • Long 1800mm focal length, despite compact form factor, provides a high magnification potential
  • Maksutov-Cassegrain design has a front convex meniscus lens that corrects spherical and chromatic aberrations and comas (off-axis aberrations) 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, give more fine detail in nebulae, and offer greater surface features on planets
  • All corrector plate and mirror surfaces are fully multi-coated
  • Engineered to optimize visual, photographic, and CCD imaging
  • Improve 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)

Mounting

  • Optical tube assembly (OTA) only. Mount and tripod required for proper use
  • Vixen-style dovetail plate is compatible with a wide variety of mounts
  • OTA weight: 12.7 pounds

Included Accessories

Eyepiece:
  • 1.25"-diameter barrel
  • 26mm focal length produces a low 69x 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: 709942999563

Meade LX65 GoTo Mount & Tripod

Designed as a mid-level platform for small to medium optical tube assemblies (OTAs) of all types, the Meade Instruments LX65 GoTo Mount & Tripod features 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 an OTA on the primary and mount a secondary OTA or camera rig on an outside saddle. The mount has an integrated handle to make setup 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 LX65 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.

Mount

  • Motorized single-arm fork
  • Controlled through the AudioStar controller
  • Vixen-style dovetail saddle will accept most small to mid-size OTAs outfitted with compatible rails/bars
  • Secondary Vixen-style dovetail saddle enables dual-mounting of a smaller OTA, guidescope, imaging rig, or wide-field DSLR. 7-pound payload capacity
  • Integrated handle improves security when carrying to observation site and during setup and breakdown
  • Runs on eight user-supplied C-cell batteries or an external 12 VDC power source
  • 15-pound payload capacity enables the use of small to medium optical tubes of all designs plus accessories

AudioStar Controller

  • 2-line LED display
  • 20-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, 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 provides descriptions of over 500 objects, including scientific data and history
  • Predicts events to plan future astronomy sessions, such as sunrise/sunset, Moon phases/moonrise/moonset, 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
  • 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 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
UPC: 709942998856

Meade LX65 6" f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only) Specs

Optical Tube Assembly
Optical DesignMaksutov Cassegrain
Aperture150 mm / 6"
Focal Length1800 mm
Focal Ratiof/12
FocuserSingle-Speed Internal
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter1.25"
Diagonal90° Star
FinderscopeYes
Mounting SystemVixen Style
Optical Tube Dimensions18.1 x 7.5" / 46 x 19.1 cm
General
BatteriesNone
GPSNo
Wi-FiNo
Weight12.7 lb / 5.8 kg (OTA)
Packaging Info
Package Weight16.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)1 x 1 x 0.1"

Meade LX65 GoTo Mount & Tripod Specs

Mount
Mount TypeMotorized; Alt-Azimuth Single Fork
GoTo CapabilityYes, Audiostar
Payload CapacityPrimary: 15 lb / 6.8 kg
Secondary: 7 lb / 3.2 kg
MotorYes
Polar Axis ScopeNone
Tripod
MaterialsStainless Steel
General
Batteries8 x C
Adapter12 VDC (Not Included)
Mounting SystemVixen Style
GPSNo
Wi-FiNo
DimensionsNot Specified by Manufacturer
Weight18.7 lb / 8.5 kg (Mount)
8.5 lb / 3.9 kg (Tripod)
27.2 lb / 12.3 kg (Fully Assembled)
Packaging Info
Package Weight33 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)30 x 24 x 10"
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