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Meade 70mm Quadruplet APO Astrograph on LX85 GoTo Equatorial Mount - 217010

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Meade 70mm Apochromatic Astrograph on LX85 Computerized Equatorial Mount



The innovative 70mm LX85 Astrograph is designed by Meade and features an apochromatic refractor optical design as well as the Meade GoTo Equatorial Mount and tripod. This impressive LX85 package is ideal for astrophotography, planetary and lunar work, as well as deep-sky observations of brighter galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and more. The 70mm astrograph weighs only 4.5 pounds, which means you can add all kinds accessories, like a camera, guider, and more.



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.




About the 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.



About the Meade 70mm Quadruplet APO Astrograph



This Meade 70 mm Astrograph is a true quadruplet-element Apochromatic Refractor (APO) telescope and thus offers unbeatable sharpness in wide field observing and imaging. For any price, Meade LX85 APO Refractors are among the finest on the market.



With 350 mm of focal length (f/5), the impressive LX85 Quad APO Refractor is perfect for performing advanced astrophotography. Contains a fully multi-coated quadruplet objective lens constructed from the highest quality FPL53 ED (extremely low dispersion) glass for remarkable contrast and sharpness along with almost no noticeable chromatic aberration or "color fringing."



The Meade 70mm astrograph optical tube assembly comes with a 2.5" rack and pinion focuser for fast and easy focusing. A 2" 90-degree mirror diagonal is included, as is 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 Super Plossl) as well as an 8 X 50 optical finder with the LX85 package. Your new telescope will be ready for observing right out of the box!



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


Meade 70mm Astrograph Specifications



  • Optical Design: Astrograph

  • Clear Aperture: 70mm (2.76")

  • Focal Length: 350mm

  • Focal Ratio: f/5

  • Optical Coatings: Multi-Coated

  • Focuser: 2.5" Rack and Pinion

  • Dovetail: Vixen-Style

  • OTA Weight: 4.5 pounds

  • OTA Dimensions: 12.25" x 4.5"
Description
Description

Meade 70mm Apochromatic Astrograph on LX85 Computerized Equatorial Mount

The innovative 70mm LX85 Astrograph is designed by Meade and features an apochromatic refractor optical design as well as the Meade GoTo Equatorial Mount and tripod. This impressive LX85 package is ideal for astrophotography, planetary and lunar work, as well as deep-sky observations of brighter galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and more. The 70mm astrograph weighs only 4.5 pounds, which means you can add all kinds accessories, like a camera, guider, and more.

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.

About the 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.

About the Meade 70mm Quadruplet APO Astrograph

This Meade 70 mm Astrograph is a true quadruplet-element Apochromatic Refractor (APO) telescope and thus offers unbeatable sharpness in wide field observing and imaging. For any price, Meade LX85 APO Refractors are among the finest on the market.

With 350 mm of focal length (f/5), the impressive LX85 Quad APO Refractor is perfect for performing advanced astrophotography. Contains a fully multi-coated quadruplet objective lens constructed from the highest quality FPL53 ED (extremely low dispersion) glass for remarkable contrast and sharpness along with almost no noticeable chromatic aberration or "color fringing."

The Meade 70mm astrograph optical tube assembly comes with a 2.5" rack and pinion focuser for fast and easy focusing. A 2" 90-degree mirror diagonal is included, as is 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 Super Plossl) as well as an 8 X 50 optical finder with the LX85 package. Your new telescope will be ready for observing right out of the box!

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

Meade 70mm Astrograph Specifications

  • Optical Design: Astrograph
  • Clear Aperture: 70mm (2.76")
  • Focal Length: 350mm
  • Focal Ratio: f/5
  • Optical Coatings: Multi-Coated
  • Focuser: 2.5" Rack and Pinion
  • Dovetail: Vixen-Style
  • OTA Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • OTA Dimensions: 12.25" x 4.5"
Specifications
Specifications
Model Number 217010
Telescope Series Meade LX85
Focal Ratio f/5
Optical Design Refractor
Telescope Aperture 70mm (2.8")
Telescope Mount Type Equatorial
Type of Electronics Computerized GoTo
Number of Refractor Elements 4 (Quad)
Focal Length (mm) 350mm
Optical Coatings Multi-Coated
Focuser Style Rack & Pinion
Focuser Size 2.5"
Focuser Speed Dual Speed
Telescope OTA Length (in.) 12.25
Telescope OTA Weight (lb.) 4.5
Warranty Meade 1 Year
Telescope Mount Weight Capacity (lb.) 33
Objects in Telescope Database 30,000
Telescope Mount Weight - Not Including Tripod (lb.) 34.1
Total Weight without Counterweights (lb.) 38.6
Tripod Height Range (in.) 31.5 - 43.5
Telescope Tripod Weight (lb.) 12.4
What's in the Box?
What's in the Box?
  • Meade 70 mm LX85 Series APO Astrograph Refractor
  • Computerized GoTo German Equatorial Mount
  • Adjustable Metal Tripod with Spreader Bar and Accessory Tray
  • Fully Extendable Dew Shield
  • 2.5" Dual-Speed Rack & Pinion Focuser
  • AudioStar Hand Controller with 30,000 Object Database
  • One 9 lb. Counterweight
  • Counterweight Shaft
  • Vixen-Style Dovetail and Rings
  • Hard Aluminum Carry Case
Files
Files
  • Meade 70mm Triplet APO Astrograph on LX85 GoTo Equatorial Mount
  • Meade AudioStar Hand Control
  • Meade LX85 GoTo Equatorial Mount - Facing Right
  • Meade LX85 GoTo Equatorial Mount - Facing Front
  • Meade LX85 GoTo Equatorial Mount - Ports
  • Meade LX85 GoTo Equatorial Mount - Facing Left
  • Meade LX85 GoTo Equatorial Mount Close Up
  • Meade LX85 GoTo Equatorial Mount Close Up
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