FREE SHIPPING

On Hundreds of Products details ›

CALL US TOLL FREE 800-266-9590

Meade LX85 GoTo Equatorial Mount - MEA-217000

SKU: MEA-217000

This item is in stock and typically ships in 1 day or less.

free shipping free shipping

One of the many benefits to becoming a customer of High Point Scientific is that you receive Unlimited Tech Support on all of the products you purchase from us.  We understand that many of our products are technical in nature and require support.  Rest assured that our team of Telescope and Telescope Accessory experts will be standing by (800.266.9590) to support you for as long as you own one of our products!  

Our price: $799.00
Bread Checkout
 

Meade LX85 German Equatorial Mount


The Meade LX85 is a lightweight yet sturdy, classic German equatorial mount that has been upgraded with an AudioStar hand controller for state-of-the-art GoTo electronics. The LX85 GEM is fitted with 12v DC low-cog servo motors on both axes (right ascension and declination). Meade's Smart Drive offers PPEC training so that you can easily track through long exposures or just keep objects in your eyepiece for a good, long time without the need to adjust for drift. Also, there is no need to perform a meridian flip with the LX85 and an integrated guide port is ready and waiting to accept your favorite autoguider.



The LX85 mount is made of metal and is anodized with a white finish, while a few components, like the setting circles, are finished in “Meade Blue”. The LX85 mount breaks down into three lightweight pieces. The mount head weighs just 19.9 pounds, the tripod weighs 12.4 pounds, and the counterweight weighs 9 pounds. With weights as low as these, even older children and teens can set it up!



Use the AudioStar controller to find objects, do an easy alignment, move the mount electronically, or take a tour of the night's best objects.



With a database of over 30,000 objects and a built-in speaker, the Meade AudioStar will not only help you find objects with its easy, user-friendly interface, it can talk to you about a wide range of objects for a truly interactive experience.



If you don’t know what’s up in the sky on a particular evening, or don’t have a particular observing schedule in mind, let the Meade AudioStar show you “Tonight’s Best”. Choose the Tonight’s Best tour on the controller and you will be shown, you guessed it, the best objects in the sky for that particular date and time. The AudioStar controller has a multitude of functions for you to explore, such as digital positional readouts, a database of up to 200 user-defined objects, 9-Speed dual-axis movement, and much more.




The Meade LX85 has a weight capacity of approximately thirty-three (33) pounds, which allows you to ride a wide variety of telescopes on the mount and still have capacity left for accessories. Just attach an OTA with a Vixen-style dovetail to the saddle and add extra counterweights, if necessary, to balance the load. One 9-lb. counterweight is included with the LX85 mount package.



The adjustable aluminum and steel tripod included with the LX85 weighs just 12.4 pounds. The height of the steel legs can be adjusted so that the tripod will stand anywhere from 31.5” to 43.5” tall. A metal tripod leg spreader bar, which helps immensely with tripod stability, doubles as an accessory tray.



Please Note: This mount requires a user-provided 12V DC power source and supply. We recommend the Meade Universal AC Power Adapter (07584) or the #607 DC Power Cord (07043) and a 12V Power Supply. Please see the Recommended Accessories for a full list of power options.




Meade LX85 GoTo Equatorial Mount Specs



  • Mount Type: German Equatorial

  • Hand Control: AudioStar

  • Software DVD: Autostar Suite Astronomer Edition

  • Supports ASCOM: Yes, via AudioStar Controller

  • Motors: Dual Axis Low-Cog 12V DC Servo

  • Power: 12VDC, 5amp power supply (User Supplied)

  • Dovetail: Vixen Style

  • Weight Capacity: 33 pounds

  • Mount Weight: 10.9 pounds

  • Mount Dimensions: 4.8" x 12.4" x 13.2"

  • Tripod Weight: 12.4 pounds

  • Tripod Dimensions (Collapsed): 39.5" x 5.75" x 6.25"

  • Tripod Material: Aluminum castings with 1.75" diameter steel legs

  • Tripod Height: Minimum is 31.5" and maximum is 43.5"

  • Counterweight: One, 9 pounds

  • Assembled Mount Weight: 34.1 pounds

  • Assembled Mount Dimensions: 47.2" x 47.2" x 5.8"

  • Accessories: Bubble Level Compass and Tripod Accessory Tray
Description
Description

Meade LX85 German Equatorial Mount

The Meade LX85 is a lightweight yet sturdy, classic German equatorial mount that has been upgraded with an AudioStar hand controller for state-of-the-art GoTo electronics. The LX85 GEM is fitted with 12v DC low-cog servo motors on both axes (right ascension and declination). Meade's Smart Drive offers PPEC training so that you can easily track through long exposures or just keep objects in your eyepiece for a good, long time without the need to adjust for drift. Also, there is no need to perform a meridian flip with the LX85 and an integrated guide port is ready and waiting to accept your favorite autoguider.

The LX85 mount is made of metal and is anodized with a white finish, while a few components, like the setting circles, are finished in “Meade Blue”. The LX85 mount breaks down into three lightweight pieces. The mount head weighs just 19.9 pounds, the tripod weighs 12.4 pounds, and the counterweight weighs 9 pounds. With weights as low as these, even older children and teens can set it up!

Use the AudioStar controller to find objects, do an easy alignment, move the mount electronically, or take a tour of the night's best objects.

With a database of over 30,000 objects and a built-in speaker, the Meade AudioStar will not only help you find objects with its easy, user-friendly interface, it can talk to you about a wide range of objects for a truly interactive experience.

If you don’t know what’s up in the sky on a particular evening, or don’t have a particular observing schedule in mind, let the Meade AudioStar show you “Tonight’s Best”. Choose the Tonight’s Best tour on the controller and you will be shown, you guessed it, the best objects in the sky for that particular date and time. The AudioStar controller has a multitude of functions for you to explore, such as digital positional readouts, a database of up to 200 user-defined objects, 9-Speed dual-axis movement, and much more.

The Meade LX85 has a weight capacity of approximately thirty-three (33) pounds, which allows you to ride a wide variety of telescopes on the mount and still have capacity left for accessories. Just attach an OTA with a Vixen-style dovetail to the saddle and add extra counterweights, if necessary, to balance the load. One 9-lb. counterweight is included with the LX85 mount package.

The adjustable aluminum and steel tripod included with the LX85 weighs just 12.4 pounds. The height of the steel legs can be adjusted so that the tripod will stand anywhere from 31.5” to 43.5” tall. A metal tripod leg spreader bar, which helps immensely with tripod stability, doubles as an accessory tray.

Please Note: This mount requires a user-provided 12V DC power source and supply. We recommend the Meade Universal AC Power Adapter (07584) or the #607 DC Power Cord (07043) and a 12V Power Supply. Please see the Recommended Accessories for a full list of power options.

Meade LX85 GoTo Equatorial Mount Specs

  • Mount Type: German Equatorial
  • Hand Control: AudioStar
  • Software DVD: Autostar Suite Astronomer Edition
  • Supports ASCOM: Yes, via AudioStar Controller
  • Motors: Dual Axis Low-Cog 12V DC Servo
  • Power: 12VDC, 5amp power supply (User Supplied)
  • Dovetail: Vixen Style
  • Weight Capacity: 33 pounds
  • Mount Weight: 10.9 pounds
  • Mount Dimensions: 4.8" x 12.4" x 13.2"
  • Tripod Weight: 12.4 pounds
  • Tripod Dimensions (Collapsed): 39.5" x 5.75" x 6.25"
  • Tripod Material: Aluminum castings with 1.75" diameter steel legs
  • Tripod Height: Minimum is 31.5" and maximum is 43.5"
  • Counterweight: One, 9 pounds
  • Assembled Mount Weight: 34.1 pounds
  • Assembled Mount Dimensions: 47.2" x 47.2" x 5.8"
  • Accessories: Bubble Level Compass and Tripod Accessory Tray
Specifications
Specifications
Model Number 217000
Mount Type Equatorial Mounts
Type of Mount Electronics Computerized - GoTo
Weight Capacity (lb.) 33
Mount Includes Tripod or Pier? Yes
Power Requirements 12V DC @ 5A
Objects in Database 30,000
Motor Type DC Servo
Tracking Rates Sidereal, Lunar, User
Drivers Available ASCOM
Included Accessory Ports Aux, HBX, ST-4
Periodic Error Correction? Yes, plus PPEC
Saddle Type Vixen
Hand Controller Included Yes - AudioStar
Counterweight Total Weight (lb.) 9
Mount Weight (lb.) 34 (Assembled)
Warranty Meade 1 Year
Tripod Weight (lb.) 12.4
Tripod Leg Diameter (in.) 1.75"
Tripod Height Range (in.) 31.5 - 43.5
Tripod Leg Material Stainless Steel/Steel
What's in the Box?
What's in the Box?
  • Meade LX85 German Equatorial Mount
  • Adjustable Metal Tripod
  • AudioStar Hand Controller and cord
  • One 9-lb Counterweight
  • Tripod Spreader/Eyepiece Storage
  • AutoStar Suite Astronomer Edition Software
  • Bubble Level Compass
  • Power Cable and Supply Sold Separately
Files
Files
  • Meade LX85 Equatorial Mount - Side View with AudioStar
  • Meade LX85 Equatorial Mount - Front
  • Meade LX85 Equatorial Mount - Motor Cover & On/Off Switch
  • Meade LX85 Equatorial Mount - Motor Cover
  • Meade LX85 Equatorial Mount - Ports
  • Meade AudioStar Hand Control
  • Meade LX85 Equatorial Mount
Our Customer Commitment
  • Fast Shipping, Same or Next Day: You made the commitment to purchase, now you want that new item fast, we get it! At High Point all in stock orders ship within 24 hours, pending internal credit card approval.Read more ...
  • Unlimited Tech Support Forever: One of the many perks of being a High Point customer is that you get access to our tech support team forever! We are astronomers at heart and truly enjoy helping fellow amateurs achieve success in the field! Read more ...
  • 30 Day Return Policy: Ordered the wrong product? Don't worry, we'll take the majority of our products back within 30 days of the purchase date.We want to get you into the observing setup that bests fits your needs. Read more ...
  • Guaranteed Price Match: Call or email us if you find a better price on a product! Provide a link for our team to confirm the price and within a matter of seconds you'll have a price match providing the re-seller is within the USA and authorized by the manufacturer to sell the product of interest. Read more ...
  • We're Your Connection To The Manufacturer: In the event there is a warranty issue with a product purchased from High Point, we will serve as the liaison between you and the Manufacturer. The net result is faster, more attentive service from the Manufacturer and an enhanced customer experience. Read more ...

Please wait...