Meade LX65 5" f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)

Meade LX65 5" f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)

Meade LX65 5" f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)

B&H # MELX65127OTA MFR # 228011
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Product Highlights

  • 5" (127mm) Maksutov-Cassegrain OTA
  • 1900mm Focal Length, f/15 Focal Ratio
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings
  • Vixen-Style Dovetail Rail
  • 73x Eyepiece and Star Diagonal
  • Red Dot Finder with Bracket
  • OTA Only, Mount & Tripod Required
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Optical Tube Assembly: Maksutov-Cassegrain

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

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Meade LX65 overview

  • 1Description

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 5" f/15 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 73x, a 90° star diagonal, and a red dot finder.

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
  • 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)
  • 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: 6.2 pounds
Included Accessories
  • 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
  • Star diagonal corrects view horizontally, but not vertically
  • 1.25" nosepiece and eyepiece holder
  • 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: 709942999556
In the Box
Meade LX65 5" f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)
  • 90° Star Diagonal
  • 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece
  • Red Dot Finder with Bracket
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Meade LX65 specs

    Optical Tube Assembly
    Optical Design Maksutov Cassegrain
    Aperture 127 mm / 5"
    Focal Length 1900 mm
    Focal Ratio f/15
    Focuser Single-Speed Internal
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal Yes, 90 Star
    Finderscope Yes
    Mounting System Vixen Style
    Optical Tube Dimensions 14.3 x 5.8" / 36.3 x 14.7 cm
    GPS No
    Wi-Fi No
    Weight 6.2 lb / 2.8 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 9.11 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.3 x 9.0 x 8.3"

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