The LX80 8"/203mm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope Kit from Meade is an opportunity for luxurious visual star gazing without having to take out a second mortgage. This fast f/10 bundles an optically exceptional Optical Tube Assembly (OTA) with an incredibly versatile multi-mount, a rock-solid tripod, planetarium-like computer software control and GoTo with edifying audio mini-lectures to be shared with friends and relatives alike.
Ultra-High Transmission Coatings and waterwhite glass combine with an aperture of 8"/203mm and a focal length of 2034mm to offer the maximum in transmission, brightness and contrast. The included AudioStar computer-control handbox system accesses a database of over 30,000 celestial GoTo pieces of eye-candy. The Astronomer Inside digital audio technology presents an audio description of 500 of those sky objects. Meade's AutoStar Suite Planetarium Software for PCs is part of the package offering computer controlled night sky seeing.
The LX80 Multi-Mount offers the user the choice of leveraging the multi-mount as a German Equatorial Mount (GEM) or as an alt-azimuth mount. The Multi-Mount has been constructed of die cast aluminum with ABS panels. The precision craftsmanship of the LX80 Multi-Mount creates exceptionally fine, smooth and precise manual, hand-held control and computer adjustment controls for both declination and right ascension. The mount interfaces with the AudioStar GoTo system. It requires 8 AA batteries or can be powered with a 12v DC 5amp power supply. The power sources are user-supplied. The mount can be configured for dual OTA mounting or with the included counterweight.
The large adjustable height tripod offers a stable platform for the OTA and mount. The legs are a robust 2 inches in diameter and collapse to 30.5 inches. Fully extended, the tripod height reaches 47 inches and weighs 31.5 pounds. Each leg has its own fine adjustment leg leveler for increased pointing accuracy.
The LX80 8"/203mm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope Kit comes with a Meade Series 4000 26mm Super Plössl Eyepiece (1.25"), a diagonal prism and a 8x50 viewfinder with a cross-hair reticle.