Engineered for performance during observation and astrophotography use, the Meade Instruments LX85 80mm f/6 APO Refractor GoTo EQ Telescope
combines the clear views of a triplet apochromatic with the precision
tracking of a computer-controlled motorized equatorial mount.
optical tube assembly (OTA) is built to deliver exceptional image
quality through the use of an triplet apochromatic lens system that
virtually eliminates chromatic and spherical aberrations. Off-axis comas
and color fringing are further corrected through the use of FPL-53
extremely low-dispersion glass and anti-reflection fully multi-coated
optics. The resulting views color-accurate as well as crisp and sharp
with almost no distortion across the entire field of view. Added to this
already impressive performance is a sturdy two-speed rack-and-pinion
focuser that can carry heavy loads without flexing, which terminates
with a 2" holder for eyepieces and accessories. A 1.25" reducer adapter
is also provided to use smaller eyepieces and accessories. The 2" holder
unscrews from the drawtube for the direct connection of
astrophotography gear, allowing users to take full advantage of the
drawtube's large diameter to completely cover today's imaging sensors
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.