Meade LX65 GoTo Mount & Tripod

Meade LX65 GoTo Mount & Tripod

Meade LX65 GoTo Mount & Tripod

B&H # MELX65MT MFR # 228000
Meade LX65 GoTo Mount & Tripod

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Product Highlights

  • 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
  • 15-Pound Payload Capacity
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  • 1Description

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.

  • 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
  • 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
In the Box
Meade LX65 GoTo Mount & Tripod
  • AudioStar GoTo Hand Controller
  • Stainless Steel Tripod
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Meade 228000 specs

    Mount Type Motorized Single-Fork Alt-Az
    Load Capacity Primary Dovetail: 15.0 lb / 6.8 kg
    Secondary Dovetail Saddle: 7.0 lb / 3.2 kg
    GoTo Capability Yes. Audiostar Controller
    Polar Axis Scope None
    Includes Tripod/Pier Adjustable-Height, Stainless Steel
    Power Source 8 x C-cell batteries
    12 VDC external
    Weight Mount: 18.7 lb / kg
    Tripod: 8.5 lb / kg
    Fully Assembled: 27.2 lb / kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 33.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 30.0 x 24.0 x 10.0"

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