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Meade LX85™ German Equatorial Mount with AudioStar
Meade LX85™ German Equatorial Mount with AudioStar

Meade LX85™ German Equatorial Mount with AudioStar

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Your Price: CAD1,372.39
Usually ships in 5-10 business days, Next delivery is December.
Part Number:217000

Choose Options or Accessories if Applicable

07592, 8" Equatorial Wedge: For 8" LX90/LX200 telescopes. Latitude range 15 to 64 degrees. LX90 telescopes require the LX90 Wedge Adapter Plate (07389). (+CAD359.00)
07028, X-Wedge : Ultra-stable machined aluminum wedge for 8", 10", 12", & 14" LX200 and LX600 Telescopes. Latitude range 25 to 65 degrees. (+CAD909.00)
07389, LX90 Wedge Adapter Plate: For mounting LX90 telescopes on 8" Equatorial Wedge. (+CAD79.00)
Tube Balance Weight Systems and Dovetail Mounting Rails
07304, #1401 Tube Balance Weight System, For use with 8" LX90 & LX200 (+CAD259.00)
07305, #1402 Tube Balance Weight System, For use with 10" LX90 & LX200. (+CAD259.00)
07319, #1403 Tube Balance Weight System, For use with 12" LX90 & LX200. (+CAD259.00)
07592, #1405 Tube Balance Weight System, For use with 14" LX200. (+CAD299.00)
07310, #1404 Tube Balance Weight System, For use with 16" LX200. (+CAD299.00)
07300, Extra 2 lb. Weights, For use with any Meade Tube Balance Weight Systems (+CAD79.00)
07932 Meade Vixen-Style Dovetail Mounting Plate - 6" Long (+CAD69.00)
617000, 8" f/10 Losmandy-style Dovetail Rail Assembly (+CAD119.00)
617001, 10" f/10 Losmandy-style Dovetail Rail Assembly (+CAD149.00)
617002, 12" f/10 Losmandy-style Dovetail Rail Assembly (+CAD189.00)
617003, 14" f/10 Losmandy-style Dovetail Rail Assembly (+CAD229.00)
617004, 16" f/10 Losmandy-style Dovetail Rail Assembly (+CAD269.00)
617005, LX85 Counterweight, Extra 10.0 lbs. counterweight for LX85 German Equatorial Mount. (+CAD79.00)
Power Adapters and Cords
07584, Universal AC Power Adapter - Compatible with most Meade models including LX85, ETX Observer Series, LS, LX90, LX200GPS, LX200ACF, LX600 and LX850 models. (+CAD119.00)
07043, #607 DC Power Cord w/ Cigarette Lighter Adapter - For field use of ETX 90/105/125AT, LX10, LX90, or LX200GPS telescopes up to 14" aperture from 12 VDC automobile cigarette lighter sockets (+CAD99.00)
606004, LXPS 18 Lithium Portable Power Supply (USA) - Allows a 12V telescope as well as multiple electronic devices to be charged at the same time. (+CAD329.00)
General Accessories

Product Highlights

  • GoTo German Equatorial Mount
  • AudioStar® Hand Box- 30,000 Object-Database
  • Vixen-Style Dovetail Receiver
  • 33lb. Payload Capacity
  • Built-In Integer Gearing Motor Drive
  • Engineered for portability, while still easy to use for astrophotography, the Meade Instruments LX85 German Equatorial GoTo Mount delivers the performance required for clear views and images through the use of 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.

    • 33-pound payload capacity is ideal for large-aperture and/or heavy optical tubes and accessories like astrophotography rigs
    • 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
    • Vixen-style dovetail saddle is compatible with many optical tube assemblies
    • 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
    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
    • 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
    • 39.5 x 6.25 x 5.75" collapsed size, for easier portability
    • Tray keeps accessories accessible and off the ground
    • Weight: 12.4 pounds


    Mount Type German equatorial
    Load Capacity 33.0 lb / 15.0 kg
    Motor 2 x 12 VDC low-cog stepper
    GoTo Capability Yes, Audiostar hand controller
    Altitude / Latitude Adjustment Not specified by manufacturer
    Polar Axis Scope None
    Includes Tripod/Pier 31.5" to 43.5" adjustable height
    Cast aluminum mount base
    1.75" stainless steel legs
    Power Source 12 VDC
    Dimensions Mount Head: 13.2 x 12.4 x 4.8" / 33.5 x 31.4 x 12.2 cm
    Tripod, Collapsed: 39.5 x 6.25 x 5.75" / 100.3 x 8.3 x 14.6 cm
    Fully Assembled: 47.2 x 47.2 x 5.8" / 119.9 x 119.9 x 14.7 cm
    Weight Mount Head: 10.9 lb / 4.9 kg
    Tripod: 12.4 lb / 5.6 kg
    Fully Assembled: 34.1 lb / 15.5 kg

    In the Box
    Meade LX85 German Equatorial GoTo Mount
  • AudioStar GoTo Hand Controller
  • Counterweight Shaft
  • 9-Pound Counterweight
  • Autostar Suite Astronomer Edition DVD
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

  • 5 Stars
    Very solid and heavy. Very well constructed. I like that you can unlock the legs for leveling and the leg stays put until you re-tighten it again!Lots of load capacity, my rig is TOO LIGHT to balance and I need extra weight on the OTA! I am very happy and will shop with Brandon Optics again!!
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    Reviewed by:  from Thunder Bay. on 5/18/2020

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