Meade 8" f/4 LX85 Astrograph Reflector Telescope

MSRP: $2,299.99 Please see your local authorized reseller for pricing and availability.

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  • 8" f/4 astrograph reflector optical tube really pulls in the faint light from distant celestial objects, perfect for both visual and photographic work
  • Precision-made (8") parabolic primary mirror reflector telescope with fast 800mm focal length (f/4) provides exceptionally bright and crisp images of both solar system and deep-sky objects
  • LX85 equatorial mount and tripod with GoTo slewing and tracking, and AudioStar controller for automated pointing to over 30,000 night sky objects
  • Requires 12v DC power source, or AC-DC power inverter
  • Includes robust 2" linear bearing Crayford focuser with 1.25" adapter, 8x50 finder scope, 26mm Super Plössl eyepiece, 2" diameter steel leg tripod, and more!
Item #: 217012

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The Meade 8” f/4 LX85 astrograph reflector telescope is a compact wide field telescope, with an immense amount of light grasp, thanks to the large 8” BK7 (Borosilicate) mirror and >90% enhanced reflectivity coatings. The f/4 system is incredibly fast, meaning with a camera it will collect a lot of light in a short time, perfect for taking shorter exposures while still recording all sorts of detail in the nebulae and galaxies.

With an 800mm focal length, pairing this telescope with a DSLR or other astro camera will yield large and rich swaths of sky, perfect for framing any number of deep-sky objects. And with the 2” linear bearing Crayford focuser, try pairing it with a low power 2” eyepiece with a large apparent field of view. From a dark-sky location away from city lights, objects such as the Veil Nebula will reveal structures you may not have seen before. The focuser features a 10:1 reduction fine focus knob, brass compression rings (so you don’t mar the barrel of your eyepieces or camera adapters) and a 2” to 1.25” step down adapter (also with a brass compression ring).

The LX85 mount features fully automated GoTo slewing to (and tracking of) over 30,000 objects in the night sky. This stable mount can impressively handle slight load imbalances with ease. With its built-in integer gearing motor drive, you’ll be able to track through long exposures using Meade’s Smart Drive feature for recording permanent periodic error correction (PPEC). Seamlessly image the best parts of the night sky without having to worry about performing a meridian flip. The LX85 mount also includes an integrated autoguider port to readily connect to your autoguider camera, making your astro-imaging experience easy and straightforward.

With the included AudioStar hand controller you have easy access to over 30,000 objects that you can view with a simple press of a button! AudioStar Astronomer Inside technology features a built-in speaker that plays over four hours of educational content about the celestial objects you view!

Meade AudioStar

The Meade AudioStar features audio files and an internal speaker. This computerized celestial object locating system plugs into the telescope's handbox port allowing a quick telescope alignment. Once aligned with the sky, the AudioStar is ready to take you to any object in the over 30,000 object database. In addition to GoTo and tracking capability, the AudioStar permits a wide array of fascinating and educational functions such as multiple Guided Tours, digital positional readouts, the ability to link with a PC using optionally available software and cord, and much more.

This complete telescope package includes a 26mm Super Plössl eyepiece, 8x50 finderscope with crosshairs, 2” diameter eyepiece extension tube, hinged tube rings, Vixen-style dovetail rail, tripod accessory tray, 25’ DC power cable, two 9-pound counterweights, and AutoStar Suite software available as a download. Weighs 59.1 lbs fully assembled.

Warranty:
Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for two years from date of purchase. This warranty is provided by Meade for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact Meade at 800-626-3233.
Warning:

Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.

Best for viewing
Fainter deep sky
Best for imaging
Deep sky
Astro-imaging capability
Lunar, planetary & long exposure
User level
Intermediate
Optical design
Reflector
Optical diameter
200mm
Focal length
800mm
Focal ratio
f/4.0
Finder scope magnification
8x
Lens diameter
50mm
Coatings
Enhanced aluminum
Backfocus Distance
83.2mm
Optics type
Parabolic
Glass material
BK-7
Eyepieces
Super Plossl 26.0mm (1.25")
Magnification with included eyepieces
31x
Resolving power
0.58arc*sec
Lowest useful magnification
29x
Highest useful magnification
300x
Highest theoretical magnification
400x
Limiting stellar magnitude
14.2
Optical quality
Diffraction limited
Finder scope
8x50
Focuser
2" dual-speed linear bearing Crayford
Mount type
Equatorial
Tube material
Steel
Length of optical tube
27.5 in.
Weight, optical tube
16.0 lbs.
Additional included accessories
26mm Super Plossl eyepiece, 2" diameter 35mm long eyepiece extension tube, 25' DC power cable
Other features
Dual speed linear bearing Crayford focuser, Smart Drive w/ Permanent Periodic Error Correction, AudioStar Controller with multiple guided tours
Warranty
Two year