Meade LX65 8" f/10 ACF Catadioptric Telescope (OTA only)

Meade LX65 8" f/10 ACF Catadioptric Telescope (OTA only)

Meade LX65 8" f/10 ACF Catadioptric Telescope (OTA only)

B&H # MELX65203OTA MFR # 228014
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Product Highlights

  • 203mm (8") Catadioptric OTA
  • 2032mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • Advanced Coma-Free/UHTC Optical Systems
  • Vixen-Style Dovetail Rail
  • 78x Eyepiece with 90° Star Diagonal
  • Red Dot Finder with Bracket
  • OTA Only, Mount and Tripod Required
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Optical Tube Assembly: ACF Catadioptric

ACF Catadioptric Maksutov-Cassegrain

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Aperture: 203mm (8"), f/10

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Meade LX65 overview

  • 1Description

Formerly reserved for larger-aperture near-research-grade optical tubes, Meade Instruments built the LX65 8" f/10 ACF Catadioptric Telescope utilizing their Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) catadioptric-variant design to reduce color fringing and off-axis comas and to enable it to clearly resolve dim deep-sky objects and easily split binary stars with tack-sharp clarity. Complementing the ACF system is Meade's Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) system that 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 internal and external light loss and diffraction.

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 low 78x, a 90° star diagonal, and a red dot finder.

Optical Tube Assembly
  • 203mm (8") aperture gathers enough light for viewing within the solar system as well as deep-sky objects like nebula, galaxies, and globular clusters
  • Moderate f/10 focal ratio requires longer exposure times for astrophotography
  • Long 2032mm focal length provides a high magnification potential
  • Catadioptric light path produces long effective focal lengths in a small OTA to make it powerful, yet easier to store, transport, and set up
  • Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical design corrects astigmatism and off-axis comas better than similar Cassegrain configurations
  • Single-speed internal focusing mechanism with 1.25" eyepiece/accessory holder
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)
  • 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: 11.1 pounds
Included Accessories
  • 1.25"-diameter barrel
  • 26mm focal length produces a low 78x 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: 709942999587
In the Box
Meade LX65 8" f/10 ACF Catadioptric Telescope (OTA only)
  • 90° Star Diagonal
  • Red-Dot Finder with Bracket
  • 26mm Super Plössl Eyepiece
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Meade LX65 specs

    Optical Tube Assembly
    Optical Design Catadioptric
    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 9.8" / 46 x 24.9 cm
    Weight 11.1 lb / 5.0 kg (OTA)

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