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Meade - 10" LX80 (f/10) Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope


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Meade 10" LX80 (f/10) Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope


Included items:

  • 10" SC Optical Tube
  • 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl
  • 8x50mm Finder with Cross-Hair Reticle
  • 1.25 inch Diagonal
  • LX80 Multi Mount
  • Tripod
  • (1) 11 lb. Counterweight


The Meade 10" SC Schmidt-Cassegrain includes (254mm) f/10 optical tube with industry leading Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) achieving 15% better light transmission than standard coatings, thermally stable oversized primary mirror, and water-white glass corrector plate unlike the inferior plate glass used by some other telescope manufacturers. The result is a spectacular viewing experience not available on competitors' SC telescopes.

The LX80 Multi-Mount operates in three modes: German equatorial, single OTA alt-az and dual OTA alt-az. Setting up in any mode is quick and easy, while tapered roller bearings in each axis ensure rock solid performance with a total payload of up to 40 pounds in German EQ or single OTA alt-az modes and an amazing 75 pounds in the dual OTA configuration. Mount weight is 35 pounds. The all new fully height adjustable (30.5" to 47") tripod features built in leg levelers at the top of each leg, 2" diameter stainless steel legs for ultimate stability and durability and weighs an additional 31.5 pounds. Latitude range in polar mode is 25 to 90 degrees.

This complete GOTO computerized scope comes fully equipped with the Meade AudioStar handbox with over 30,000 object library, 10 arcminute pointing accuracy (5 arcminutes with High Precision mode active) and Astronomer Inside digital audio technology with audio files on over 500 objects. An optional 12V DC power supply is available for separate purchase. Includes two RS-232 serial interface ports (USB Adapter available separately).












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 - 10" LX80 (f/10) Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
Manufacturer Meade
Model MEA-1010-08-01
Manufacturer Part No MEA-1010-08-01
Telescope Aperture 8.1" - 10"
Alignment Procedures
Aperture 10 inch
Barlow Lens Aspheric high-spectral transmission Borofloat glass from Shott AG Germany
Batteries 8xAA
Computer Hand Control AutoStar Controller
Counterweights 35 lbs
Database 30,000 objects
Eyepieces 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl
Focal Length 2540mm
Focal Ratio f/10
Latitude Range 25° to 90°
Material Diecast aluminum with ABS panels
Mount 12 inch L x 8 inch W x 14 inch H
Optical Coatings UHTC
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
Power Requirements 12v DC, 5 amp power supply
Primary Mirror Low-expansion borosilicate glass
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