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Meade LX85 5" Achromatic Refractor with German Equatorial Mount

Meade LX85 5" Achromatic Refractor with German Equatorial Mount

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Your Price: CAD1,549.00
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Part Number:217001

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Meade’s new LX85 Series features a high-quality, portable, GoTo, German equatorial mount with AudioStar® Hand box. The LX85 Series is the perfect choice for the cultivated observer and astro-imager looking to chase deep sky objects! Use as a stand-alone mount or maximize your viewing potential with an array of different optical tubes to choose from. Meade’s LX85 Series will keep you looking up for many years to come and sets a standard for mid-sized telescopes at a great price.

Product Highlights

  • 127mm (5") Refractor

  • 700mm Focal Length

  • f/5.8 Focal Ratio

  • 9mm & 26mm Super Plössl (1.25") Eyepieces INCLUDED

  • 8x50 Optical Viewfinder with Crosshair

  • Vixen-Style Dovetail receiver

  • GoTo German Equatorial Mount with 33 lb. payload capacity

  • 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 equatorial mount.

    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.

    Optical Tube Assembly
    • Large 127mm aperture is ideal for viewing the moon, planets, and bright deep-sky objects
    • Fast f/5.8 focal ratio helps to preserve a wide field of view, image brightness and resolution
    • 700mm focal length helps to produce the fast focal ratio
    • Refractor-style design produces less aberrations than reflectors or catadioptric designs for sharper and clearer views and images
    • Air-spaced achromatic doublet lens design produces high-contrast and resolution views
    • Anti-reflection fully multi-coated optics maximize light transmission through the light path to ensure bright and crisp views
    • Single-speed 2" rack-and-pinion focuser allows the use of larger eyepieces and accessories, and a 1.25" reducer adapter further expands compatibility
    • Fully extendable dew shield helps to keep condensation off the lens
    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
    • Updateable 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 & 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 set-up, 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 nosepiece accepts most astronomical filters
    • 9mm eyepiece produces a high 78x power
    • 26mm eyepiece yields a low 27x magnification
    Diagonal:
    • 2" nosepiece 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 overhead
    • 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

    Series LX85 Telescopes
    UPC 709942998740
    Warranty 1 Year
    Eyepieces Type Super Plössl
    Focus System 2" Rack and Pinion
    Experience Level Intermediate
    Clear Aperture 5" (127mm)
    Optical Design Achromatic Refractor
    Optical Coatings Multi-Coated
    Focal Length 700mm
    Focal Ratio f/5.8
    Viewfinder 8x50 Optical with Crosshair
    Eyepiece(s) 9mm & 26mm Super Plössl, 1.25"
    Focuser Mechanism 2" Rack and Pinion
    Diagonal 2" 90-Degree Mirror with 1.25" Adapter
    Dovetail Vixen-Style
    Dew Shield Yes
    Hand Controller AudioStar™
    Object Database 30,000 objects
    Power Source 12v DC, 5 Amp Power Supply (Optional)
    Assembled Product Dimensions 47.2" X 47.2" X 65"
    Assembled Product Weight 45.03 lbs.


    In the Box
    Meade LX85 127mm f/6 Achro Refractor GoTo EQ Telescope
  • LX85 German Equatorial GoTo Mount
  • 9mm Eyepiece
  • 26mm Eyepiece
  • 1.25" Eyepiece Reducer Adapter
  • 8x50 Finderscope with Bracket
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty


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