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The Meade Instruments LX85 8" f/10 ACF UHTC Catadioptric Telescope
has a large aperture, long focal length, and complementary optical
technologies to allow you to make detailed observations of the moon and
planets, with the ability to reach out past our solar system and into
the universe to catch views of wispy nebulae, spiraling galaxies, and
tight star clusters.
This telescope utilizes Meade's Advanced
Coma-Free (ACF) catadioptric light path to reduce color fringing and
off-axis comas, enabling it to clearly resolve dim deep-sky objects and
easily split binary stars with tack-sharp clarity. Complementing the ACF
system is their Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) system, which
improves light transmission through the entire light path across the
whole visible spectrum. A combination of high-transmittance lens
coatings and highly reflective mirror coatings boosts image brightness,
while minimizing external light loss and internal diffraction.
version of the LX85 is offered here without a mount or tripod for users
who already have a reliable support system and are looking to upgrade
their optical tube assembly (OTA) or add another to their astronomy kit.
It is outfitted with a Vixen-style dovetail rail to make it compatible
with a wide variety of mounts from virtually any manufacturer. To help
get new users started, Meade includes two eyepieces that produce low and
high magnifications, a 90° star diagonal, and an 8x50 finderscope.