Meade Schmidt Cassegrain Optical Design
Refined and improved over the years, Meade’s Premium Schmidt-Cassegrain (SC) optics give you the highest performance of any on the market. Meade uses water- white glass that delivers superior light transmission across the entire visible spectrum for our corrector plates, unlike inferior standard plate glass used by some other telescope manufacturers. Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) offer 15% better light transmission than standard coatings. Oversized, thermally-stable primary mirrors mean optimum light collection, so you get a spectacular viewing experience that has made Meade SC telescopes legendary.
Two or Three Heads are Better Than One: The LX80 Multi Mount
Bringing the best of three worlds together, the LX80 Multi-Mount allows users to easily switch between mount modes. No longer do you need to choose between Alt-Azimuth or Equatorial configurations. No longer will you have to purchase specialized dual mount plates. Meade marries it all together in one beautiful package.
Solid Construction For A Steady Platform
The LX80 is built around a solid aluminum structure, with two large, tapered roller bearings that handle radial and thrust loads on each axis to carry larger loads up to a total payload of 40 pounds In EQ and alt-az modes and up to 70 pounds in dual OTA mode. Its precision worm gear drives on both axes deliver smooth, accurate motion.
Flexibility. You May Never Need Another Mount
With the ability to function as both an Alt-Az and EQ mount, the LX80 Multi Mount gains the ease of set up from the AZ and the ability to function as a long exposure photography platform, like an EQ. For nights when the imaging isn't the greatest, you have a quick to set up Alt-Az that can switch to EQ mode in a moment's notice. The ability to go into a dual OTA AZ mode allows users a variety of set up options, particularly great for solar or outreach. Mount your h-alpha telescope next to a scope with a white light filter for a side by side comparison of the solar view. Are you an outreach enthusiast? Do a lot of star parties, host school or troop astronomy programs? Mount two similar OTA's side by side to get twice the observing in in the same amount of time. Both the primary and secondary OTA dovetail plates are industry-standard for maximum compatibility with all of your OTAs.
Meade’s proprietary SmartDriveTM provides periodic error correction that dramatically reduces errors providing performance only available on much more expensive mounts. Over the course of a few training periods, your telescope will learn what errors occur most often and how to compensate for them for long exposure photography. The LX80s computerized GoTo mount is controlled with the amazing AudioStar handbox with Meade’s exclusive Astronomer Inside audio descriptions of the objects you are viewing. Astronomer Inside provides in-depth data on over 30,000 objects knowing how to find and track them automatically. This feature packed system can also take you on a guided tour of your local night sky showing you the best of the best that are within view at the moment. As you slew from object to object, your AudioStar controller will give you a full description and interesting facts of what you're looking at.
Meade guarantees their product to perform as well as promised and the First Light Program was made to prove this to the customers.
If your telescope's workmanship or materials fail within the first 30 days of ownership, Meade will replace it- no questions asked! See the Sales Info/ Services button to your left for more information.
Meade Product Number: 0610-08-01
- Additional Information
SKU ME-0610-08-01 Manufacturer Meade Telescope Series Meade LX80 Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain Mount Type Dual Alt-Az/Eq - GoTo Warranty 1 Year Warranty Telescope Aperture 6" Telescope Focal Ratio 1524mm Telescope Focal Length f/10 Limiting Stellar Magnitude 13.3 Highest Useful Magnification 360x Optical Coatings Meade UHTC Dew Shield Included? No, Sold Separately Diagonal Included? Yes - 1.25" Star Diagonal Eyepiece(s) Included 26mm Optical Tube Weight 13 lbs. Total Telescope Weight 90.5 lbs. Length of Optical Tube 14" Optical Tube Outer Diameter 7" Tube Color or Finish Meade Crackle Blue Matte OTA Mount Type Vixen-Style Dovetail Finder Included 8 x 50 Optical Finder CD ROMs Included AutoStar Suite Hand Controller Included? Yes Controller Type AudioStar Objects in Database 30,000 objects Astronomer Inside? Yes Smart Drive? Yes Autoguider Port? Yes Mount Weight 35 lbs. Tripod Type Included Adjustable with Steel Legs Counterweights Included (1) 11 lbs. Power Adapter Included None - Requires AA Batteries
- Included Items
- 6" SC Optical Tube
- 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl
- 8x50mm Finder with Cross-Hair Reticle
- 1.25 inch Diagonal
- LX80 Multi Mount
- (1) 11 lb. Counterweight
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