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Meade LX85 Refractor Telescopes
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Product Code:  217001
Manufacturer:  Meade Instruments

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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 5" Refractor

The LX85 Series 5" Refractor has an Achromat Refractor design with a high-quality air-space objective lens producing high resolution and incredible contrast for lunar, planetary, and deep-sky observations. Features a 5" (125mm) aperture, 700mm focal length, and f/5.8 focal ratio. Equipped with multi-coated optical coatings and a 2" Rack & Pinion Focuser. 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 4.5 kg (10.9 lbs) and has dimensions of ⌀=15cm x 71cm (5.8" x 28").

LX85 70mm APO QUAD Astrograph

The LX85 Series 70mm Astrograph has a 4-element petzval optical design with FPL 53 ED (extremely low dispersion) optical glass for outstanding contrast and sharpness as well as near zero detectable chromatic aberration or "colour fringing". Features a 70mm aperture, 350mm focal length, and f/5 focal ratio. Equipped with a 2.5" dual-speed rack & pinion focuser (10:1 fine focuser) for ultra fine focus control and fully multi-coated optical coatings. Includes a fully extendable dew shield and vixen-style dovetail. Standard equipment also includes an aluminum hard carry case to protect your Astrograph. The OTA alone weighs 2 kg (4.5 lbs) and has dimensions of 31cm x 12cm x 14cm (12.25" x 4.5" x 5.5").

LX85 80mm APO Triplet

The LX85 Series 80mm APO has a 3-element apochromatic refractor optical design and highest grade FPL 53 ED (extremely low dispersion) optical glass to virtually eliminate falso colour, yielding astonishing colour correction, contrast, and sharpness. Features an 80mm aperture, 480mm focal length, and f/6 focal ratio. Equipped with a 2.5" dual-speed rack & pinion focuser (10:1 fine focuser) and fully multi-coated optical coatings. Includes a fully extendable dew shield and vixen-style dovetail. Standard equipment also includes an aluminum hard carry case to protect your 80mm APO. The OTA alone weighs 3.2 kg (7 lbs) and has dimensions of 40cm x 12cm x 16cm (15.5" x 4.5" x 6").

LX85 115mm APO Triplet

The LX85 Series 115mm APO has a 3-element apochromatic refractor optical design using the highest grade extra-low dispersion optical glass to virtually eliminate false colour, yielding astonishing colour correction, contrast, and sharpness. Features a 115mm aperture, 805mm focal length, and f/7 focal ratio. Equipped with a 2.5" dual-speed rack & pinion focuser (10:1 fine focuser) and fully multi-coated optical coatings. Includes a fully extendable dew shield and vixen-style dovetail. The OTA alone weighs 5.5 kg (12.2 lbs) and has dimensions of 75cm x 14cm x 14cm (29.5" x 5.25" x 5.25").

 

  LX85 5" Refractor LX85 70mm APO QUAD LX85 80mm APO Triplet LX85 115mm APO Triplet
Product Code (SKU) 217001 217010 217008 217009
UPC 709942998740 709942998832 709942998818 709942998825
Warranty 1 year UK warranty
Aperture 5" (120mm) 70mm 80mm 115mm
Focal Length 700mm 350mm 480mm 805mm
Focal Ratio f/5.8 f/5 f/6 f/7
Optical Design Achromat Refractor ED Quadruplet Astrograph
4-Element Petzval
ED Triplet Apochromatic Refractor
Optical Glass Not specified FPL 53 ED Combination of ED and Lanthanum Elements
Optical Coatings Multi-Coated Fully Multi Coated
Focuser 2" Rack & Pinion 2.5" Dual-Speed Rack & Pinion with 10:1 fine focuser
Dew Shield Fixed Dew Shield Fully extendable dew shield
Carry Case not included Aluminium hard carry case for the optical tube
Dovetail Vixen Style Vixen-style
Eyepieces 9mm and 26mm Super Plössl, 1.25" not included
Diagonal 2" 90° Mirror with 1.25" Adapter not included
Viewfinder 8x50mm Optical with crosshair not included
Optical Tube Weight 4.5 kg (10 lbs) 2 kg (4.5 lbs) 3.2 kg (7 lbs) 5.5 kg (12.2 lbs)
Optical Tube Dimensions ⌀=15cm x 71cm
(⌀=5.8" x 28")
31cm x 12cm x 14cm
(12.25" x 4.5" x 5.5")
40cm x 12cm x 16cm
(15.5" x 4.5" x 6")
75cm x 14cm x 14cm
(29.5" x 5.25" x 5.25")
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 21 kg (45.3 lbs) 18 kg (38.6 lbs) 19 kg (41.1 lbs) 21 kg (46.3 lbs)
Assembled Product Dimensions 120cm x 120cm x 165cm
(47.2" x 47.2" x 65")
to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed
Transit Weight
Box 1: Mount
Box 2: Optical Tube
21 kg (45 lbs)
8 kg (17 lbs)

21 kg (45 lbs)
6 kg (11.5 lbs)

21 kg (45 lbs)
9 kg (17.7 lbs)

21 kg (45 lbs)
13 kg (26.6 lbs)
Transit Dimensions
Box 1: Mount
Box 2: Optical Tube
104cm x 52cm x 26cm
82cm x 32cm x 23cm

104cm x 52cm x 26cm
44cm x 22cm x 30cm

104cm x 52cm x 26cm
58cm x 32cm x 33cm

104cm x 52cm x 26cm
80cm x 26cm x 32cm

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