The Meade Instruments LX85 127mm f/6 Achro Refractor GoTo EQ Telescope
utilizes an air-spaced achromatic doublet lens system to produce bright
and clear views of the moon, planets, and deep-sky objects—with the
ease and convenience of a full GoTo computer-controlled motorized
The optical tube assembly (OTA) is built to
deliver virtually aberration-free images with its air-spaced doublet
lens design and anti-reflection fully multi-coated optics. The resulting
color-accurate views are crisp and sharp across the entire field of
view. The large 127mm aperture produces detailed views of the moon,
reveals planetary features that smaller apertures cannot resolve, and
allows deep-sky objects like nebulae and galaxies to be seen. Added to
this already impressive performance is a sturdy rack-and-pinion focuser
that is outfitted with a 2" holder for eyepieces and accessories. A
1.25" reducer adapter is also provided to use smaller eyepieces and
accessories. To help get new users started, Meade includes a 2" diagonal
and two eyepieces that produce low and high magnifications, along with
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 that 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 the
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
four hours of commentary that is customized to objects that are visible
in the night sky on any given day 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 star-gazers alike.