Meade LX85 6" f/10 ACF UHTC Catadioptric Telescope (OTA Only)

BH #MELX85152OTA • MFR #217024
Meade LX85 6" f/10 ACF UHTC Catadioptric Telescope (OTA Only)
Key Features
  • 152mm (6") Maksutov-Cassegrain
  • 1524mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • Single-Speed Internal Focuser
  • 169x and 59x Power Eyepieces
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The Meade Instruments LX85 6" f/10 ACF UHTC Catadioptric Telescope has a large aperture and long focal length, despite its short optical tube length, to allow you to make detailed observations of objects within the solar system as well as dim objects deep outside of it.
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Meade LX85 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Optical Tube Assembly
  • 3Optical Technologies
  • 4Mounting
  • 5Included Accessories

The Meade Instruments LX85 6" f/10 ACF UHTC Catadioptric Telescope has a large aperture and long focal length, despite its short optical tube length, to allow you to make detailed observations of objects within the solar system as well as dim objects deep outside of it.

This telescope utilizes Meade's Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) catadioptric light path to reduce color fringing and off-axis comas, enabling it to clearly resolve dim deep-sky objects and easily split binary stars with tack-sharp clarity. Complementing the ACF system is their Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) system, which improves light transmission through the entire light path across the whole visible spectrum. A combination of high-transmittance lens coatings and highly reflective mirror coatings boosts image brightness, while minimizing external light loss and internal diffraction.

This version of the LX85 is offered here without a mount or tripod for users who already have a reliable support system and are looking to upgrade their optical tube assembly (OTA) or add another to their astronomy kit. It is outfitted with a Vixen-style dovetail rail to make it compatible with a wide variety of mounts from virtually any manufacturer. To help get new users started, Meade includes two eyepieces that produce low and high magnifications, a 90° star diagonal, and an 8x50 finderscope.

Optical Tube Assembly

  • Large 152mm (6") aperture is ideal for objects within the solar system as well as deep-sky objects like galaxies and nebulae
  • f/10 focal ratio makes it a competent optic for astrophotography and imaging
  • 1524mm focal length enables high magnifications for detailed lunar and planetary viewing
  • Advanced Coma-Free catadioptric design
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) system
  • Single-speed internal focusing mechanism moves the primary mirror forward and back to achieve tack-sharp images with virtually zero backlash
  • 1.25" visual back allows the use of the most popular size of eyepieces and accessories

Optical Technologies

Advanced Coma-Free System:
  • Reduces off-axis comas and astigmatism for sharper images
  • Eliminates diffraction spikes for better resolution
  • Aplanatic design produces flat, distortion-free images across the field of view—especially at the edges
Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC):
  • 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
  • Weight: 9.1 pounds

Included Accessories

Eyepieces:
  • 1.25"-diameter nosepiece accepts most astronomical filters
  • 9mm eyepiece produces a high 169x power
  • 26mm eyepiece yields a low 59x magnification
Diagonal:
  • 1.25" nosepiece and holder are compatible with the widest assortment of eyepieces and accessories available
  • 90° angle places user's head in a more comfortable position when the scope is pointed directly overhead
  • Star configuration corrects viewing horizontally, but not vertically
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

 

UPC: 709942999327

Meade LX85 Specs

Optical Tube Assembly
Optical DesignSchmidt Cassegrain
Aperture152 mm / 6"
Focal Length1524 mm
Focal Ratiof/10
FocuserSingle-Speed Internal
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter1.25"
Diagonal90° Star
FinderscopeYes
Mounting SystemVixen Style
Optical Tube Dimensions16.5 x 8.5" / 41.9 x 2.6 cm
General
BatteriesNone
GPSNo
Wi-FiNo
Weight9.1 lb / 4.1 kg (OTA)
Packaging Info
Package Weight15.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)25 x 12 x 9"
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