Formerly reserved for their near-research-grade optical tubes, the Meade Instruments LX65 8" f/10 ACF Catadioptric GoTo Telescope
is built with an Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) catadioptric-variant optical
path 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. This
combination of a large aperture, a long focal length, high-transmittance
lens coatings, and highly reflective mirror coatings boosts image
brightness to allow users to delve deeper outside our solar system,
while minimizing internal and external light loss and diffraction.
LX65 optical tube assembly (OTA) is carried by a motorized single-arm
fork mount that is designed for portability and versatility. It is
equipped with two Vixen-style dovetail saddles that allow you to mount
the OTA on the primary and mount a secondary OTA or camera rig on an
outside saddle. The mount has an integrated handle to make setup and
breakdown easier and safer, and a battery compartment for the eight
C-cell batteries required to run it and the controller. A stainless
steel tripod with a center leg lock that improves stability and dampens
vibrations supports the mount and OTA.
The brain of the LX65 is
the next generation of their iconic GoTo system, the AudioStar hand
controller. Equipped with a database of over 30,000 objects, including
the planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and the complete Messier catalog,
it can also be programmed with custom user-defined objects. Its
intuitive menu-driven user interface provides the power to observe the
heavens with ease, especially with features such as guided tours,
extended information on popular objects, and multiple alignment options.
This updated version of the AudioStar has an integrated speaker so you
can listen to a narration about what you are looking at without having
to divert your eye or attention from the eyepiece, for added enjoyment.