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Meade LX85 8" f/10 ACF UHTC Catadioptric Telescope (OTA Only)

Meade LX85 8" f/10 ACF UHTC Catadioptric Telescope (OTA Only)

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Meade LX85 8" f/10 ACF UHTC Catadioptric Telescope (OTA Only)

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  • 203mm (8") Maksutov-Cassegrain OTA
  • 2032mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • Single-Speed Internal Focuser
  • High 226x & Low 78x Power Eyepieces
  • 1.25" 90° Star Diagonal
  • 8x50 Crosshair Finder with Bracket
  • Vixen-Style Dovetail Rail
  • OTA Only, Mount and Tripod Required
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Meade LX85 overview

  • 1Description

The Meade Instruments LX85 8" f/10 ACF UHTC Catadioptric Telescope has a large aperture, long focal length, and complementary optical technologies to allow you to make detailed observations of the moon and planets, with the ability to reach out past our solar system and into the universe to catch views of wispy nebulae, spiraling galaxies, and tight star clusters.

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 203mm (8") aperture is ideal for deep-sky viewing as well as for viewing the Moon and planets
  • f/10 focal ratio makes it a competent optic for astrophotography and imaging
  • Long 2032mm 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: 11.5 pounds
Included Accessories
Eyepieces:
  • 1.25"-diameter nosepiece accepts most astronomical filters
  • 9mm eyepiece produces a high 226x power
  • 26mm eyepiece yields a low 78x magnification
Diagonal:
  • 1.25" nosepiece and holder allow the use of 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: 709942999334
In the Box
Meade LX85 8" f/10 ACF UHTC Catadioptric Telescope (OTA Only)
  • 1.25" 9mm Eyepiece
  • 1.25" 26mm Eyepiece
  • 1.25" 90° Diagonal
  • 8x50 Finderscope with Bracket
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Meade LX85 specs

    Optical Tube Assembly
    Optical Design Schmidt Cassegrain
    Aperture 203 mm / 8"
    Focal Length 2032 mm
    Focal Ratio f/10
    Focuser Single-Speed Internal
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal Yes, 90 Star
    Finderscope Yes
    Mounting System Vixen Style
    Optical Tube Dimensions 18.1 x 9.5" / 46 x 24.1 cm
    Weight 11.5 lb / 5.2 kg

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