Meade Instruments:  
 » LX90 SCT & ACF Series. 
 » LX200 ACF Series. 
 » LXD75 ACF Series. 
 » ETX Computerised Telescopes. 
 » Lightbridge Dobsonian Telescopes. 
 » Premium Refractor Telescopes. Coronado Solar Telescopes: 
 » Personal Solar Telescopes. 
 » SolarMax II Telescopes. Opticstar sections: 
 » Cooled, long exposure cameras, 6.1MP CCD, USB 2.0. 
 » Video cameras for planetary use up to 1.3MP, USB 2.0. 
 » Imaging accessories. 
 » Auto-Guiding systems, complete solutions. Ascension telescopes and accessories: 
 » Apochromat ED Triplet Refractors 
 » Achromat Doublet Refractors  
 » Eyepieces including zoom eyepieces. 
 » Guiding eyepieces. 
 » Extension tubes. 
 » Flip mirrors. 
 » Imaging filters. 
 » Barlow lenses. 
 » Binoviewers. 
 » Red dot finders. 
 » Eyepiece projection kits. 
 » Mirror and prism diagonals. The Imaging Source: 
 » High speed USB 2.0 video cameras. 
 » High speed Firewire video cameras. Farpoint Astro: 
 » Dovetail systems and mount accessories. 
 » Focus masks. 
 » Binocular mountings. Willmann Bell books. Shoestring Astronomy sections: 
 » Autoguiding connectivity kits and interfaces. 
 » Shutter control units for DSLR cameras. 
 » Focus motor controllers.
Meade LΧ85 6" ACF
Fully Computerised Advanced Coma Free telescope with Equatorial Mount
To order this item outside mainland Britain or Highlands please contact us.
Meade LX85 6" ACF
  • Optical Design: ACF (Advanced Coma Free)
  • Aperture: 152mm (6")
  • Focal Length: 1,524mm
  • Focal Ratio: f/10
  • Optical Coatings: UHTC (Ultra High Transmission)
  • GoTo German Equatorial Mount with 15kg (33 lb) payload capacity
  • 8x50 Optical Viewfinder with Crosshair
  • AudioStar Hand Controller
  • Eyepieces: 9mm & 26mm Super Plössl (1.25")
  • Diagonal: 1.25" 90° Mirror Diagonal
  • Focuser: Internal Single Speed
  • Meade SKU: 217005
  • 1 year UK warranty
Meade LX85
Meade Telescope
Meade LX85 6" ACF
Package includes:
  • Advanced Coma Free 152mm (6") optical tube.
  • LX85 German Equatorial mount.
  • Steel tripod.
  • AudioStar Ηand Controller.
  • 8x50mm Optical Viewfinder with Crosshair
  • 9mm and 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl eyepieces.
  • 1.25" 90° Mirror Diagonal.
  • Software DVD for Microsoft Windows PC.
  • FREE: 3A 12VDC Mains Power Supply Unit. Regulated power supply unit to power the telescope from the mains (R.R.P.: £19.95).
  • OFFER: Please refer to the right hand column on this page.
FREE Options & Offers (please select one)
12V DC 3A Mains Power Supply Unit to power telescope. £0.00
Upgrade to 12V DC 6A Mains Power Supply Unit to power telescope. + £10.00
Order No. Price (inc_VAT) Shipping Delivery click button to purchase
MED217005 £ --- £ ---
Delivery information: Typically, this item is delivered within 3 business days.
Meade LX85 flyer 1
Meade LX85 flyer 2
Meade LX85 manual
Meade & Coronado
catalogue (PDF)

The LX85 Series 6" ACF has an Advanced Coma-Free (ACF™) optical design offering the coma-free pinpoint star images and flatter image fields while reducing astigmatism and eliminates diffraction spikes. Features include a 6" (152mm) aperture, 1524mm focal length, and f/10 focal ratio. Equipped with an internal single speed focuser and Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™) for the improvement of brighter star clusters, more fine detail in nebulae, and greater surface features on planets. Includes (2) 1.25" Plossl eyepieces (9mm & 26mm) and a viewfinder (8x50 optical with crosshair) along with a vixen-style dovetail. The OTA alone weighs 4.2 kg (9.14 lbs) and has dimensions of ⌀=22cm x 42cm (⌀=8.5" x 16.5").

Meade's new LX85 Series features a high-quality, portable, GoTo, German Equatorial Mount. 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.

Sturdy GoTo Mount
The LX85 mount features a vixen-style dovetail, for mounting optical tubes up to 15 kg (33lbs), coupled with a sturdy build, that ensure smooth tracking performance. With it's included integer gearing in the motor drive, you’ll be able to track through long exposures using permanent periodic error correction (PPEC), another benefit for astrophotography. Seamlessly image the best parts of night sky with not having to worry about performing a meridian flip. This stable mount can impressively handle slight load imbalances with ease. This mount includes an integrated autoguider port to readily connect to your autoguider camera, making your astro-imaging experience easy and straightforward.

Meade LX85
Meade LX85 Series.

The Meade AudioStar® hand controller features audio files and an internal speaker. This computerized celestial object location system plugs into the telescope's handbox port, allowing a quick telescope alignment. Once aligned with the sky, the AudioStar® is ready to take you to any object in the over 30,000 object database. In addition to GOTO and tracking capability, AudioStar® permits a wide array of fascinating and educational functions such as multiple guided tours, digital positional readouts, the ability to link with a PC using optionally available software and cord, and much more.

Even more features
If these features weren't already enough, the LX85 is compatible with the Meade Zero Image Shift Electronic Micro Focuser (SKU: 07080) and wired illunimated reticles.


Model Meade LX85 6" ACF
Meade SKU 217005
UPC 709942998788
Warranty 1 year UK warranty
Aperture 152mm (6")
Focal Length 1,524mm
Focal Ratio f/10
Optical Design Advanced Coma Free (ACF)
Optical Coatings UHTC - Ultra High Transmission Coatings
Focuser Internal Single Speed
Dovetail Vixen-style
Eyepieces 9mm & 26mm Series 4000™ Super Plössl, 1.25"
Diagonal 1.25" 90-Degree Mirror Diagonal
Viewfinder 8x50mm Optical with crosshair
Optical Tube Weight 4.2 kg (9.14 lbs)
Optical Tube Dimensions ⌀=22cm x 42cm (⌀=8.5" x 16.5")
Software DVD Meade Autostar Suite Astronomy Planetarium
(requires PC running Microsoft Windows)
Hand Controller AudioStar™
Object Database 30,000 objects
Saddle Vixen-style
Motor Low-cog 12V DC servo motors; both axes
Control Panel Ports • Guide • Auxiliary • Handbox • DEC
Power 12vDC, 5 amp power supply optional
Accessories Accessory tray & Bubble Level Compass
Counterweight 4.1 kg (9 lbs)
Mount Type German Equatorial Mount with AudioStar
Mount Body Weight 5 kg (10.9 lbs)
Mount Body Dimensions 12.2cm x 31.5cm x 33.5cm (4.8" x 12.4" x 13.2")
Mount Payload 15 kg (33 lbs)
Tripod Material Aluminium castings with 4.45cm (1.75") diameter steel tube legs. Rubber tripod leg spikes.
Tripod Weight 5.6 kg (12.4 lbs)
Tripod Height • Min: 80cm (31.5") • Max: 110.5cm (43.5")
Tripod Dimensions Collapsed 100cm x 14.6cm x 16cm (39.5" x 5.75" x 6.25")
Assembled Mount/Tripod Weight 15.5 kg (34.1 lbs)
Assembled Mount/Tripod Dimensions 120cm x 120cm x 5cm (47.2" x 47.2" x 5.8")
Assembled Product Weight 21 kg (45.5 lbs)
Assembled Product Dimensions 120cm x 120cm x 160cm (47.2" x 47.2" x 63")
Transit Weight Box 1 (Mount): 21 kg (45 lbs)
Box 2 (Optical Tube): 7 kg (14.5 lbs)
Transit Dimensions Box 1 (Mount): 104cm x 52cm x 26cm
Box 2 (Optical Tube): 64cm x 22cm x 30cm

We are constantly checking the accuracy of the technical data. We are prepared to provide more detailed information on request. Technical data is subject to change without notice.

How To Order Terms & Conditions Email Us
Product Search

Promotional Offer
Cash Back on Opticstar
Imaging Products
updated: 1st August 2017
Opticstar cashback offer.

Customers who purchase any Meade telescopes or Meade optical tubes or Meade mounts listed on this page qualify for a 10% cash back on any Opticstar astronomy cameras purchased at the same time or at a later date.

This offer is valid for 1 year commencing on the date that the Meade product is purchased from the Opticstar website or the Opticstar showroom.

Any additional purchases at a later date of Meade products that qualify for this offer will renew the cash back period to 1 full year.

Opticstar astronomy cameras that qualify for this offer include the following: Once an Opticstar CCD or CMOS camera has been purchased within a year of the qualifying Meade purchase, the cash back can be claimed by contacting Opticstar by email or over the phone quoting the receipt number(s). Please allow up to 14 days to process the payment.

Sample Images
Opticstar DS-145M ICE
posted: 13th March 2009
Sample image.
The M20 nebula shot by John Haunton with the Opticstar DS-145M ICE.
We want to hear your comments.
Sample Images
Opticstar DS-335C ICE
updated: 20th August 2010
Sample image.
The M42 nebula shot by Peter Shah with the Opticstar DS-335C ICE.
Opticstar Imaging
posted: 26th February 2013
Opticstar telescopes for imaging.
High quality refractor telescopes, bundled with CCD cameras for deepd sky imaging, planetary video imaging and auto-guiding.
A&M 80mm f/6 Review
"Best Of Breed"
updated: 25th March 2009
A&M 80mm f/6 A&M/TMB.
The A&M 80mm f/6 A&M/TMB has been reviewed in Cloudy Nights and it has been hailed as the "best of breed". The review concludes by saying "offers stunning performance while standing out from the crowd, look no further".
Willmann Bell
Books for Astronomy
updated: 6th September 2021
Willman Bell books.
Acclaimed books from Willmann Bell...
Opticstar News
New DS-616C XL+ Model
posted: 7th September 2021
Opticstar DS-616C XL+.
Star product, improved.

The new Opticstar DS-616C XL+ deep-sky CCD is the successor to the popular DS-616C XL that earned the annual star product award back in 2013. It maintains all the features of the original model as well as other improvements.

DS-616C XL is Astronomy Magazine's Star Product
posted: 12th September 2013
Opticstar DS-616C XL is Astronomy magazine's product of the year.
Star product.

The Opticstar DS-616C XL deep-sky CCD camera has earned the annual star product award from Astronomy, the world's best-selling astronomy magazine. Read about it in the September 2013 issue.

© Opticstar Ltd 2021