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Meade LX85 Catadioptric Telescopes

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Product Code:  217002
Manufacturer:  Meade Instruments

Meade Instruments


Goto mount with AudioStar®

The LX85 features a Vixen-style dovetail receiver for mounting observing equipment up to 33 lbs., coupled with a sturdy build and low-cog servo-motors that ensure smooth tracking performance. This stable mount can impressively handle slight load imbalances with ease. With its built-in integer gearing motor drive, you’ll be able to track through long exposures using Meade’s Smart Drive feature for recording permanent periodic error correction (PPEC). Seamlessly image the best parts of the night sky without having to worry about performing a meridian flip. The LX85 mount also includes an integrated autoguider port to readily connect to your autoguider camera, making your astro-imaging experience easy and straightforward. If these features weren’t already enough, the LX85 is compatible with the Meade Zero-Image Shift Electronic Micro focuser and wired illuminated reticles.

With the included AudioStar® hand controller you have easy access to over 30,000-objects that you can view with a simple press of a button! AudioStars®Astronomer Inside technology features a built-in speaker that plays over four hours of educational content about the celestial objects you view!

Versatile optical tubes

With the LX85 series, changing optical tubes is effortless. Whatever your observing style, the LX85 has a scope for you. Choose from a 5” achromatic refractor or a 6” Maskutov-Cassegrain for lunar and planetary viewing, 6” or 8” Newtonian reflector for versatility, or the awesome 6” or 8” ACF™ models for deep sky views. Meade even offers their Series 6000 Apochromatic Refractors paired with this mount. The universe is too grand to be confined to one optical tube! With the easy to use vixen-style dovetail, you can now easily swap out your OTA and continue exploring the night sky!

Grows with your experience

Capable of handling a wide variety of optical tubes and equipment, expandable and upgradable, the Meade LX85 mount is designed for you to rediscover the night sky again and again. Whether you are at a beginner level or you’re venturing into astrophotography, the LX85 Series is the portable and reliable mount to grow with your level of experience.

LX85 6" Mak

The LX85 Series 6" MAK has a Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design for pinpoint star images and extraordinary contrast, making it a great deep sky performer and ideal for detailed lunar and planetary observation as it easily soars to high magnifications. Features a 6" (150mm) aperture, 1800mm focal length, and f/12 focal ratio. Equipped with an internal single speed focuser and Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™) for the improvement of brighter star clusters, more fine detail in nebulae, and greater surface features on planets. Includes (2) 1.25" Super Plossl eyepieces (9mm & 26mm) and a viewfinder (8x50 optical with crosshair) along with a vixen-style dovetail. The OTA alone weighs 5.8 kg (12.7 lbs) and has dimensions of ⌀=19cm x 46cm (⌀=7.5" x 18.1").

LX85 6" ACF™

The LX85 Series 6" ACF has an Advanced Coma-Free (ACF™) optical design offering the coma-free pinpoint star images and flatter image fields while reducing astigmatism and eliminates diffraction spikes. Features include a 6" (152mm) aperture, 1524mm focal length, and f/10 focal ratio. Equipped with an internal single speed focuser and Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™) for the improvement of brighter star clusters, more fine detail in nebulae, and greater surface features on planets. Includes (2) 1.25" Super Plossl eyepieces (9mm & 26mm) and a viewfinder (8x50 optical with crosshair) along with a vixen-style dovetail. The OTA alone weighs 4.2 kg (9.14 lbs) and has dimensions of ⌀=22cm x 42cm (⌀=8.5" x 16.5").

LX85 8" ACF™

The LX85 Series 8" ACF has an Advanced Coma-Free (ACF™) optical design offering the coma-free pinpoint star images and flatter image fields while reducing astigmatism and eliminates diffraction spikes. . Features include a 8" (203mm) aperture, 2032mm focal length, and f/10 focal ratio. Equipped with an internal single speed focuser and Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™) for the improvement of brighter star clusters, more fine detail in nebulae, and greater surface features on planets. Includes (2) 1.25" Super Plossl eyepieces (9mm & 26mm) and a viewfinder (8x50 optical with crosshair) along with a vixen-style dovetail. The OTA alone weighs 5.3 kg (11.5 lbs) and has dimensions of ⌀=25cm x 46cmm (⌀=9.8" x 18.1").

 

  LX85 6" MAK LX85 6" ACF LX85 8" ACF
Product Code (SKU) 217002 217005 217006
UPC 709942998757 709942998788 709942998795
Warranty 1 year UK warranty
Aperture 6" (150mm) 6" (152mm) 8" (203mm)
Focal Length 1,800mm 1,524mm 2,032mm
Focal Ratio f/12 f/10 f/10
Optical Design Maksutov-Cassegrain Advanced Coma-Free Advanced Coma-Free
Optical Coatings UHTC™
(Ultra High Transmission)
Focuser Internal Single Speed Focuser
Dovetail Vixen-style
Eyepieces 9mm and 26mm Super Plössl, 1.25"
Diagonal 2" 90° Mirror with 1.25" Adapter 1.25" 90° Diagonal Mirror
Viewfinder 8x50mm Optical with crosshair
Optical Tube Weight 5.8 kg (12.7 lbs) 4.2 kg (9.14 lbs) 5.3 kg (11.5 lbs)
Optical Tube Dimensions ⌀=19cm x 46cm
(⌀=7.5" x 18.1")
⌀=22cm x 42cm
(⌀=8.5" x 16.5")
⌀=25cm x 46cm
(⌀=9.8" x 18.1")
Software DVD Meade Autostar Suite Astronomy Planetarium
Hand Controller AudioStar™
Object Database 30,000 objects
Saddle Vixen-style
Motor Low-cog 12V DC servo motors; both axes
Control Panel Ports • Guide • Auxiliary • Handbox • DEC
Power 12vDC, 5 amp power supply optional
Accessories Accessory tray & Bubble Level Compass
Counterweight 4.1 kg (9 lbs)
Mount Type German Equatorial Mount with AudioStar®
Mount Body Weight 5 kg (10.9 lbs)
Mount Body Dimensions 12.2cm x 31.5cm x 33.5cm (4.8" x 12.4" x 13.2")
Mount Payload 15 kg (33 lbs)
Tripod Material Aluminium castings with 4.45cm (1.75") diameter steel tube legs. Rubber tripod leg spikes.
Tripod Weight 5.6 kg (12.4 lbs)
Tripod Height • Min: 80cm (31.5")   • Max: 110.5cm (43.5")
Tripod Dimensions Collapsed 100cm x 14.6cm x 16cm (39.5" x 5.75" x 6.25")
Assembled Mount/Tripod Weight 15.5 kg (34.1 lbs)
Assembled Mount/Tripod Dimensions 120cm x 120cm x 5cm (47.2" x 47.2" x 5.8")
Assembled Product Weight 22 kg (47 lbs) 21 kg (45.5 lbs) 26 kg (56.25 lbs)
Assembled Product Dimensions 120cm x 120cm x 163cm
(47.2" x 47.2" x 64")
120cm x 120cm x 160cm
(47.2" x 47.2" x 63")
120cm x 120cm x 168cm
(47.2" x 47.2" x 66")
Transit Weight
Box 1: Mount
Box 2: Optical Tube
21 kg (45 lbs)
9 kg (18.3 lbs)

21 kg (45 lbs)
7 kg (14.5 lbs)

21 kg (45 lbs)
9 kg (17.8 lbs)
Transit Dimensions
Box 1: Mount
Box 2: Optical Tube
104cm x 52cm x 26cm
68cm x 26cm x 29cm

104cm x 52cm x 26cm
64cm x 22cm x 30cm

104cm x 52cm x 26cm
69cm x 30cm x 36cm

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