Meade M6 6" Maksutov on LX70 Equatorial Mount
Meade 6" f/12 Maksutov Telescope
If you are looking for a super-portable equatorially mounted telescope, the Meade 6” Maksutov LX70 package is a perfect fit! The Maksutov telescope is popular for its folded optical design and refractor-like images. High contrast views, with velvety black skies and sparkling stars, are yours for the taking when you look through the Meade 6” Maksutov. This contrast is due to the long focal length (1800 mm) and f/ratio (f/12) that is commonly found on classic refractors, but instead of a long and somewhat heavy optical tube, Mak owners enjoy a lightweight, portable telescope that can be set up by most anyone and go just about anywhere.
An 8x50 finderscope helps you find objects by providing a low power (8X magnification) view of the sky. After you align the finder with your telescope, all you have to do is center an object of interest in the finderscope and then look through the eyepiece!
The Meade M6 6” Mak is white with blue highlights to match the LX70 mount. It has an internal focuser that is easy to adjust. The package comes with a 2” diagonal as well as a 2" to 1.25" adapter. This flexible arrangement allows you to use either 2" or 1.25" eyepieces or other barreled accessories. To start you off right, Meade is including two 1.25" eyepieces (a 26 mm and a 9 mm) with the M6 LX70 package.
Meade LX70 German Equatorial Mount
The Meade LX70 is a lightweight yet sturdy, classic German equatorial mount. The mount is made of metal and is anodized with a white finish, while a few components, like the polar alignment scope cover and the setting circles, are finished in “Meade Blue”. The LX70 mount breaks down into three lightweight pieces. The mount head weighs just 9 pounds, the tripod weighs 12 pounds, and the counterweight weighs 11.4 pounds. With weights as low as these, even older children and teens can set it up!
The Meade LX-70 Equatorial Mount comes with slow motion control knobs so that the user can manually move the mount in smooth increments to center and/or track an astronomical object. To make larger “across the sky” movements, just loosen the lock knobs on the RA and Dec axes as necessary. An optional dual-axis motor drive is available that will make these movements for you with the push of a button.
The adjustable metal tripod included with the Meade LX70 weighs twelve (12) pounds. The height of the steel legs can be adjusted so that the tripod will stand anywhere from 33” to 46” tall. The tripod footprint is 38” from leg tip to leg tip. A metal tripod leg spreader bar, which helps immensely with tripod stability, doubles as an accessory tray.
The Meade LX70 Equatorial Mount comes with a metal counterweight shaft and one 11.4 lb. counterweight, finished in white to match the mount. A metal counterweight knob threads into the side of the counterweight to hold it firmly in position on the shaft.