Meade - 6" Newtonian Reflector LX85 Telescope

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  • This telescope package includes a Meade 6" f/5 Newtonain and the Meade LX85 EQ mount. Prized for their simple yet effective fast optical design, the Newtonian makes a great all around telescope for both observing and imaging. At f/5 exposure times are greatly reduced.

  • The LX85 features smart technology including the Meade AudioStar computerized controller with a more than 30,000 object database, Astronomer Inside and a built in speaker so you can hear educational content about the the night sky above you, an autoguider port and compatibility with the Meade Zero Image Shift Focuser and wired illuminated reticles.

  • V series saddle plate. Includes 8x50 finder and two eyepieces.

SKU: MEA-217003
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Meade 6" f/5 Newtonian with LX85 German Equatorial Mount

Drawing from their past line up of highly popular lightweight EQ mounts like the LXD75, the LX85 series features a fully computerized German Equatorial mount that is both portable, afforadable, capable and flexible.   Available as a stand alone mount or with a wide variety of optical tubes, the LX85 is an optimal choice for a grab and go observing and imaging solution.   This complete telescope package includes a 6" Newtonian optical tube, 2" rack and pinion focuser, 9mm and 26mm 1.25" Plossl eyepieces and a 8x50 finder with crosshair.  

About the Meade 6" f/5 Newtonian...

Newtonian telescopes are one of the earliest reflector telescope designs and have been a standard ever since thanks to a simple yet effective optical design that allows for short focal lengths and excellent image quality and clarity.   This 6" Newtonian from Meade is a great choice for wide-field observing and astrophotography.   At f/5 exposure times can be kept much shorter than with traditional SC or Mak-Cassegrain telescope designs. 

About the LX85 EQ Mount... 


The LX85 features a Vixen-style dovetail receiver for mounting observing equipment up to 33 lbs., coupled with a sturdy build and low-cog servo-motors that ensure smooth tracking performance. This stable mount can impressively handle slight load imbalances with ease. With its built-in integer gearing motor drive, you’ll be able to track through long exposures using Meade’s Smart Drive feature for recording permanent periodic error correction (PPEC). Seamlessly image the best parts of the night sky without having to worry about performing a meridian flip. The LX85 mount also includes an integrated autoguider port to readily connect to your autoguider camera, making your astro-imaging experience easy and straightforward. If these features weren’t already enough, the LX85 is compatible with the Meade Zero-Image Shift Electronic Micro focuser and wired illuminated reticles.

With the included AudioStar® hand controller you have easy access to over 30,000-objects that you can view with a simple press of a button! AudioStars®Astronomer Inside technology features a built-in speaker that plays over four hours of educational content about the celestial objects you view!


Capable of handling a wide variety of optical tubes and equipment, expandable and upgradable, the Meade LX85 mount is designed for you to rediscover the night sky again and again. Whether you are at a beginner level or you’re venturing into astrophotography, the LX85 Series is the portable and reliable mount to grow with your level of experience.  Optical tubes are easily swapped out and because the mount can carry up to 33 pounds, a wide variety of telescopes up to mid-sized SCT's will work with this mount. 

Meade LX85 Features & Specifications: 

  • AudioStar® Hand Box- 30,000 Object-Database
  • Vixen-Style Saddle ready to accept any V series dovetail
  • 33lb. Payload Capacity
  • Built-In Integer Gearing Motor Drive
  • AudioStar hand controller with over 30,000 objects. 
  • Astronomer Inside with a built in speaker that plays more than 4 hours of fascinating educational content about the night sky objects above.
  • Integrated Autoguide port
  • Meade Zero Image Shift Focuser and wired Illuminated reticle compatibility. 
  • Meade Smart Drive with Permanent Periodic Error Correcton (PPEC) 


Name Meade - 6" Newtonian Reflector LX85 Telescope
Manufacturer Meade
Model MEA-217003
UPC 709942998764
In The Box 6" Newtonian Optical Tube 8x50 Optical Viewfinder with Crosshair 2" Rack and Pinion Focuser LX85 EQ Mount Head 9mm & 26mm Super Plössl (1.25") 2" Steel Tripod with Anodized Legs 1 Counterweight Accessory Tray Hand Controller with Cable
Aperture 6" (150mm)
Computer Hand Control AudioStar™
Database 30,000 objects
Dimensions LxHxW 47.2" x 47.2" x 66"
Dovetail Compatibility Vixen-Style
Eyepiece 1 9mm Plossl
Eyepiece 2 26mm Plossl
Focal Length 750mm
Focal Ratio f/5
Focuser 2" Rack and Pinion
Optical Design Newtonian Reflector
Power 12v DC, 5 Amp Power Supply (Optional)
Viewfinder 8x50 Optical with Crosshair
Warranty 1 Year


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I used this telescope to begin my plunge into astrophotography, and found both the OTA and mount to be fantastic for visual and photography. Love it. (Posted on 1/24/2019)
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In the Box

6" Newtonian Optical Tube
8x50 Optical Viewfinder with Crosshair
2" Rack and Pinion Focuser
LX85 EQ Mount Head
9mm & 26mm Super Plössl (1.25")
2" Steel Tripod with Anodized Legs
1 Counterweight
Accessory Tray
Hand Controller with Cable