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Meade LX85 70mm APO QUAD Astrograph
Fully Computerised ED Refractor with Equatorial Mount
To order this item outside mainland Britain or Highlands please contact us.
Meade LX85 70mm APO QUAD Astrograph
  • Optical Design: ED 4-element Petzval Aprochromatic Refractor
  • Aperture: 70mm
  • Focal Length: 350mm
  • Focal Ratio: f/5
  • Optical Glass: FPL 53 ED
  • Optical Coatings: Fully Multi Coated
  • Fully extendable dew shield
  • GoTo German Equatorial Mount with 15kg (33 lb) payload capacity
  • Focuser: 2.5" Dual Speed Rack & Pinion with 10:1 fine focuser
  • AudioStar Hand Controller
  • Aluminium hard carry case
  • Meade SKU: 217010
  • 1 year UK warranty
Meade LX85
Meade Telescope
Meade LX85 70mm APO QUAD Astrograph
Package includes:
  • 70mm Apochromatic Refractor QUAD ED optical tube.
  • LX85 German Equatorial mount.
  • Steel tripod.
  • AudioStar Ηand Controller.
  • Software DVD for Microsoft Windows PC.
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MED217010 £ --- £ 20.00
Delivery information: Typically, this item is delivered within 3 business days.
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The LX85 Series 70mm Astrograph has a 4-element petzval optical design with FPL 53 ED (extremely low dispersion) optical glass for outstanding contrast and sharpness as well as near zero detectable chromatic aberration or "colour fringing." Features a 70mm aperture, 350mm focal length, and f/5 focal ratio. Equipped with a 2.5" dual rack & pinion focuser (10:1 fine focuser) for ultra fine focus control and fully multi-coated optical coatings. Includes a fully extendable dew shield and vixen-style dovetail. Standard equipment also includes an aluminum hard carry case to protect your Astrograph. The OTA alone weighs 2 kg (4.5 lbs) and has dimensions of 31cm x 12cm x 14cm (12.25" x 4.5" x 5.5").

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 70mm APO QUAD Astrograph
Meade SKU 217010
UPC 709942998832
Warranty 1 year UK warranty
Aperture 70mm
Focal Length 350mm
Focal Ratio f/5
Optical Design ED Quadruplet Astrograph 4-Element Petzval
Optical Glass FPL 53 ED
Optical Coatings Fully Multi-Coated
Focuser 2.5" Dual-Speed Rack & Pinion with 10:1 fine focuser
Dew Shield Fully extendable dew shield
Dovetail Vixen-style
Carry Case Aluminium hard carry case for the optical tube
Eyepieces not included
Diagonal not included
Viewfinder not included
Optical Tube Weight 2 kg (4.5 lbs)
Optical Tube Dimensions 31cm x 12cm x 14cm (12.25" x 4.5" x 5.5")
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 18 kg (38.6 lbs)
Assembled Product Dimensions to be confirmed
Transit Weight Box 1 (Mount): 21 kg (45 lbs)
Box 2 (Optical Tube): 6 kg (11.5 lbs)
Transit Dimensions Box 1 (Mount): 104cm x 52cm x 26cm
Box 2 (Optical Tube): 44cm 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.

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