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Meade - LX80 Multi-Mount with 6" SC OTA - DISCONTINUED


Discontinued Product

Manufactured by: Meade


This is a discontinued item. We recommend the iOptron iEQ45 as a replacement to the mount. We recommend a wide variety of optical tubes for a replacement.


Now you no longer have to make the difficult decision between the ease of setup and operation of an altazimuth mount or the versatility and long duration imaging capability of a German Equatorial Mount.  Meade's new LX80 is the only mount that gives you both plus one more - three computerized GoTo mounts for the price of one.  



The remarkable LX80 Multi-mount operates in three modes, German equatorial, single OTA altazimuth and dual OTA altazimuth. Setting up in any mode is quick and easy:

  • Solid aluminum structure, with two large, tapered roller bearings.
  • Carries a total payload of up to 40 pounds in EQ/Alt-Az modes and 75 pounds in dual OTA modes.
  • Precision worm gear drives on both axis deliver smooth, accurate tracking.  Meade's proprietary SmartDrive™ provides periodic error correction that dramatically reduces errors providing performance only available on much more expensive mounts.
  • Primary and secondary OTA dovetail plates are industry-standard for maximum compatibility with all of your OTAs.
  • The computerized GoTo mount is controlled with the amazing AudioStar Computer Controller with Meade's exclusive Astronomer Inside audio descriptions of the objects you are viewing.
  • With large two inch diameter stainless steel legs, the all new LX80 tripod is rugged and stable. Built-in fine-tune leg levelers at the top of each leg make doing small adjustments the easiest they've ever been.
  • The LX80 is available with a variety of optical tube assemblies including Meade's Schmidt-Cassegrain systems in 6, 8 and 10 inch apertures. The new Series 6000 ED Triplet APO refractors, in 80mm and 115mm apertures, Coronado SolarMax II 60 and SolarMax II 90 for H-alpha solar viewing. The LX80 is also available as mount/tripod only.

The new line of LX80s with Multi-Mount from Meade Instruments is the most innovative and versatile mid-range telescope system available anywhere.

Product Series

LX80 MULTI-MOUNT FEATURES The LX80 brings together an astonishing array of technological and mechanical achievements that provide the kind of innovation and quality that only Meade can deliver. This one-of-a-kind, three mode system features:

Industry-standard dovetail OTA mounting The die-cast aluminum, industry-standard dovetail provides compatibility with most OTAs.

Heavy-duty mount Rock-solid, stable platform with precision worm gear drives on both axes for both visual and astrophotographic requirements.

 Sectional counterweight shaft Allows for selecting the ideal shaft length for counterbalancing or dual-tube configurations.

 Multi-mount adjustment Quickly change between alt-az mode and German Equatorial mode.

 Control panel Includes power connector, handbox port and two auxiliary ports for connecting optional equipment.

Audiostar™ computer-control handbox Meade’s revolutionary AudioStar computer controller finds and points your telescope to over 30,000 objects in the night sky. With its Astronomer Inside™ digital audio technology, everyone around the telescope can listen and learn about the 500-plus celestial objects contained in its database, including planets, nebulae, star clusters, the Moon and much more.

Fine-tune tripod adjusters Quickly and easily level your tripod for optimum pointing accuracy.

Stainless-steel tripod legsTwo inch diameter legs provide a stable foundation.

Additional Information

Name Meade - LX80 Multi-Mount with 6" SC OTA - DISCONTINUED
Manufacturer Meade
Model 0610-08-01
Discountinued Yes
Custom Stock Status Out of Stock
Alignment Procedures
Aperture 6 inch
Barlow Lens Aspheric high-spectral transmission Borofloat glass from Shott AG Germany
Batteries 8xAA
Communication Ports 12v DC, Power, HBX port, 2 Aux ports (RS232)
Computer Interface
Computer Hand Control AutoStar Controller
Counterweights 35 lbs
Database 30,000 objects
Eyepieces 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl
Focal Length 1524mm
Focal Ratio f/10
Internal Clock
Latitude Range 25° to 90°
Material Diecast aluminum with ABS panels
Motor Drive Smart Drive
Mount 12 inch L x 8 inch W x 14 inch H
Mount Weight 35 lbs
Mounting connections
Optical Coatings UHTC
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
Other alt-az or German EQ configuration, dual OTA configuration, optional plug-in autoguider port
Payload Capacity
Power Requirements 12v DC, 5 amp power supply
Primary Mirror Low-expansion borosilicate glass
Slew Speeds RA and Dec:1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal and 1.5°/sec., 3°/sec., 6.5°/sec.
Software Features AutoStar Suite Planetarium Software
Software Precision Up to 5 arcminutes
Star Diagonal 1.25 inch diagonal prism
Tracking Rates Sidereal, lunar or custom selected from 2,000 incremental rates
Tripod Adjustable-height tripod with 2 inch stainless steel legs. Includes fine adjustment leg levelers on each leg. Range of fine adjustment for each leg + 0.2 inch. Tripod height adjusts from 30.5 to 47 inches.
Viewfinder 8x50mm with cross-hair reticle