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Meade - 80mm LX80 ED APO Refractor Telescope


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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 - 80mm LX80 ED APO Refractor Telescope
Manufacturer Meade
Model MEA-0306-08-01
Manufacturer Part No MEA-0306-08-01
Telescope Aperture 3.1" - 4"
Alignment Procedures
Aperture 80mm
Barlow Lens FPL53 extra-low dispersion glass
Batteries 8xAA
Computer Hand Control AutoStar Controller
Counterweights 35 lbs
Database 30,000 objects
Eyepieces 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl
Focal Length 480mm
Focal Ratio f/6
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 Fully Multi-Coated
Optical Design Apochromatic Refractor
Optical Tube Aluminum
Power Requirements 12v DC, 5 amp power supply
Star Diagonal 2 inch with 99% refelctivity
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