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Meade LX85 150mm f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope with GoTo German Equatorial Mount
Meade LX85 150mm f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope with GoTo German Equatorial Mount

Meade LX85 150mm f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope with GoTo German Equatorial Mount

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Part Number:217002

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Product Highlights

  • 150mm Maksutov-Cassegrain OTA
  • 1800mm Focal Length, f/12 Focal Ratio
  • Single-Speed Internal Focuser
  • Motorized Fully GoTo Equatorial Mount
  • 30,000+ Object Database
  • Audio Commentary and Sky Tours
  • Multiple Assisted Alignment Methods
  • 9mm and 26mm 1.25" Eyepieces
  • 8x50 Crosshair Finder with Bracket
  • Adjustable-Height Stainless Steel Tripod

The Meade Instruments LX85 150mm f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo EQ Telescope has a large aperture and long focal length, despite its short optical tube length, to allow you to make detailed observations of near and deep-sky objects. Supporting this powerful observation tool is a full GoTo computer-controlled motorized equatorial mount that is ideal for long-duration observation and astrophotography sessions.

Utilizing a convex meniscus lens, a large primary mirror, and a smaller secondary mirror, the Maksutov-Cassegrain optical configuration limits obstruction and increases contrast and sharpness versus the more popular Schmidt-Cassegrain configuration. Performance is further improved with Meade's proprietary Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) system, which improves light transmission through the light path across the entire visible spectrum. A combination of high-transmittance lens coatings and highly reflective mirror coatings boost image brightness, while minimizing external light loss and internal diffraction. To help get new users started, Meade includes two eyepieces that produce low and high magnifications, a 90° star diagonal, and an 8x50 finderscope.

The mount delivers the performance required for clear views and images with dual-axis low-cog DC servo motors with backlash compensation. Added to this is Meade's proprietary Smart Drive system, which records and constantly refines its Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) to improve positioning and tracking precision and ensure your target object stays centered for long-exposure photography. Supporting the mount is a 1.75" stainless steel tripod that has a wide stance for stability on most terrain and a center tray that holds eyepieces and accessories and acts as a leg lock to further stabilize while helping to minimize vibrations.

Controlling the mount is the next-generation iteration of the iconic AutoStar system: the AudioStar. This computer controller is equipped with a database of over 30,000 objects, including the planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and complete Messier catalog; it can also be programmed with up to 100 custom user-defined objects with filters to create custom object lists. An integrated speaker and Astronomer Inside system is packed with over 4 hours of commentary that is customized to objects that are visible in the night sky on any given date and time. Its intuitive menu-driven user interface makes observing the heavens fast and easy, and multiple alignment options make the controller an invaluable tool to new users and experienced stargazers alike.

Optical Tube Assembly
  • Large 150mm (6") aperture is ideal for near and deep-sky viewing
  • f/12 focal ratio
  • Long 1800mm focal length enables high magnifications for detailed lunar and planetary viewing
  • Front convex meniscus lens corrects spherical and chromatic aberrations and comas (off-axis aberration) across the entire field of view
  • Small secondary mirror attached to rear of lens reduces obstructions and increases contrast
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) system
  • Single-speed internal focusing mechanism moves the primary mirror forward and back to achieve tack-sharp images with virtually zero backlash
  • 2" visual back allows the use of larger eyepieces and accessories, and a 1.25" reducer adapter further expands compatibility

Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC):

  • All corrector plate and mirror surfaces are fully multi-coated
  • Engineered to optimize visual, photographic, and CCD imaging
  • Improves 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)

 

AudioStar GoTo Controller
  • Two-line LED display
  • Twenty-key alphanumeric keypad, red LED backlight
  • 68HC11, 8 MHz processor
  • Built-in red utility light
  • 30,000+ object database
  • User-friendly menu-driven system navigation
  • Slew speeds: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 0.5°/sec, 1°/sec, 1.5°/sec, 4°/sec (max)
  • Assisted alignment procedures: Easy (Two-star), One-star, Two-star, Three-star
  • Customizable guided tours for specific day, time, and location
  • Built-in speaker with Astronomer Inside plays over four hours of educational content about the celestial objects you view
  • Predicts events to plan future astronomy sessions such as sunrise/sunsets, moon phases/moon rise/moon set, meteor showers, lunar/solar eclipses, equinoxes/solstices
  • Smart Drive records Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) to improve tracking accuracy over time
  • Backlash compensation allows user to train out the intrinsic play between gears to improve GoTo and tracking accuracy
  • Powered by mount to be lighter and easier to use
  • 24" coiled cord
  • Updatable via Internet using RS-232 port
Database Details:
  • Solar system, including moon, sun, planets
  • Comets and asteroids
  • 88 major constellations
  • Popular named objects
  • Galaxies, quasars, and nebulae
  • Multiple catalogs including Messier, Caldwell, and NGC
  • Stars, including named stars, SAO catalog, double stars, variable stars
  • Satellites, including the International Space Station (ISS), and Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
  • User-defined astronomical and terrestrial objects
Mount and Tripod
Mount:
  • German equatorial mount allows accurate tracking for long-duration observation sessions
  • Ideal for astrophotography as single Right Ascension tracking eliminates field rotation that causes fuzzy and blurry primary images and streaking of star fields
  • Controlled by AudioStar hand controller to limit vibration and improve movement accuracy
  • Low-cog 12 VDC servo motors enable precision GoTo and tracking accuracy with limited vibrations
  • Includes a 9-pound counterweight with shaft
  • Dual-axis manual clutch releases for movement without the use of the hand controller
  • Integrated bulls-eye bubble level to aid setup, alignment, and tracking accuracy
Tripod:
  • Adjustable height from 31.5 to 43.5" accommodates a wide variety of optical tube assemblies and viewing positions
  • Lightweight and durable cast aluminum mount base
  • 1.75"-diameter stainless steel legs
  • Collapsed size 39.5x6.25x5.75" for easier portability
  • Tray keeps accessories accessible and off the ground
  • Weight: 12.4 pounds
Included Accessories
Eyepieces:
  • 1.25" diameter nose piece accepts most astronomical filters
  • 9mm eyepiece produces a high 200x power
  • 26mm eyepiece yields a low 69x magnification
Diagonal:
  • 2" nose piece and holder allows the use of larger eyepieces and accessories like Barlow lenses
  • 90° angle places user's head in a more comfortable position when the scope is pointed directly over-head
  • Star configuration corrects viewing horizontally, but not vertically
  • Use included reducer for the included eyepieces or other 1.25" accessories
Finder:
  • Low 8x power ensures a wide field of view for faster alignment and easier star-hopping navigation
  • Large 50mm aperture produces bright images to more easily find alignment stars
  • Crosshair reticle enables precision centering, requiring less fine-tuning in eyepiece
  • Includes mounting bracket

Specifications

Optical Tube Assembly
Optical Design Maksutov-Cassegrain
Aperture 150 mm / 6.0"
Focal Length 1800 mm
Focal Ratio f/12
Focuser Single-speed internal
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2", 1.25"
Diagonal 90° Star, 2"
Finderscope 8x50 with crosshair reticle
Mounting System Vixen-style dovetail
Optical Tube Dimensions 18.1 x 7.5" / 46.0 x 19.1 cm
Mount
Type Motorized; German equatorial
Payload Capacity 33.0 lb / 15.0 kg
GoTo Capability Yes, AudioStar
GPS None
Counterweight 1 x 9.0 lb / 4.1 kg
Tripod
Type Adjustable, 2-section
Height Adjustment Range 31.5 to 43.5" / 80.0 to 110.5 cm
Material Aluminum, Stainless Steel

General
Batteries None
Adapter 12 VDC, optional
Assembled Dimensions 64.0 x 47.2 x 47.2" / 162.6 x 119.9 x 119.9 cm
Weight 12.7 lb / 5.8 kg (OTA)
47.0 lb / 21.36 kg (fully assembled)


In the Box
Meade LX85 150mm f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo EQ Telescope
  • LX85 German Equatorial GoTo Mount
  • 1.25" 9mm Eyepiece
  • 1.25" 26mm Eyepiece
  • 2" 90° Diagonal
  • 1.25" Eyepiece Reducer Adapter
  • 8x50 Finderscope with Bracket
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

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