ETX80 Observer


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  • Click HERE for Instructional Video

  • 80mm f/5 Achromat Refractor; 400mm focal length

  • AudioStar handbox with over 30,000 objects in it's database & a built-in speaker

  • Removable optical tube assembly (OTA), allowing the user to take the scope off of the fork mount for customization

  • Includes two 1.25” MA: 26mm (15x magnification) and 9.7mm (41x magnification), and an internal flip-function 2x Barlow lens to double the magnifying power of each eyepiece

  • Comes with a backpack that fits the telescope/mount and accessories, tripod, 45-degree roof prism, dew shield, bubble level/compass, and software DVD

SKU: 205002

Product Description

Click HERE for Instructional Video on How To Setup & Align Your ETX Observer Telescope.

Over the years, ETX Series telescopes have provided novice astronomers quality, value and performance, with each new model bringing enhancements and improvements. The ETX 80 Observer continues that legacy.

Starting your astronomy journey with an ETX 80 is the perfect choice. Take your 80mm lens and enjoy close-up views of land and celestial objects anytime, anywhere. Packing your telescope and tripod at a moment’s notice is a breeze with the comfortable and durable backpack.

The ETX 80 Observer fully equips the modern explorer with a sophisticated, automated and portable telescope .Its dual-purpose design includes a removable OTA that is ideal for both day or night observing and includes exceptional features like AudioStar, GOTO technology, and large 30,000 object database.

It’s perfect for daytime observing during camping, hiking, and outdoor activities. Night-sky stargazing is made fun, easy and educational. With the ETX 80, you’ll see planets, stars, galaxies and nebulae with the push of a button.

The ETX80 Observer comes with a number of features and accessories, including: Backpack for the mount/OTA; AudioStar handbox controller with over 30,000 objects and a built-in speaker; lightweight but sturdy tripod; internal flip function Barlow lens to increase the magnification of the eyepiece in use; Flip mirror to let light focus to the rear of the telescope allowing attachment of a camera on the back of the scope; dew shield to prevent dew buildup and block stray light; Multi-coated optics for higher contrast and brighter details; 45 degree roof prism for a more comfortable viewing position; bubble level/compass to make sure your tripod and mount are level; achromatic design to reduce optical aberrations.


Review by:
Pros- Small, compact, easy to actually pack and go. The optics are great, and can easily be transported. For the price, the tripod is stable enough and it is easy to align.

Cons- The only problem/issue I have is the focuser knob. While focusing on an object, it is easy to bump the tube and makes it more difficult than it has to be.

I was also able to see Jupiter with its 4 moons, Saturn with its rings and 1 moon. I also bought a sun filter and I am was able to view sunspots on it.

Ask yourself, which is a better telescope, one with that is 80mm that you can bring anywhere, or a huge telescope you can rarely transport with you. Of course the images aren't as great with an 8inch or bigger telescope. However, if you need a truly transportable telescope, I would recommend this one,.
I would recommended rechargeable batteries for this telescope.

Other issues: Meade it is 2017, give us better software and the ability to use a USB cable to hook this telescope up with our laptops. No one uses a RS232 serial PC Interface Cable anymore. (Posted on 9/17/2017)
Review by:
I bought this on a recent trip to the USA for the 21 August Eclipse. I am amazed how good it is for the price. It represents excellent value and the voice narrative of celestial objects is a hit with the children.

I also like that it can be battery powered. It is lightweight enough to transport readily and I foresee a lot of use. (Posted on 8/24/2017)
Review by:
Fully Multi-Coated Optics from Meade Instruments who as of 2013 is owned by Sunny Optics, Inc. out of China.
Great 3" Short-Tube Achro Refractor used for Terrestrial spotting and Planetary/Lunar observation that can be utilized (when more invested in the hobby) as a guide-scope. Image quality is great as Meade optics excel past the mid-range amateur market. The chromatic aberration is minimal and the FOV is upright, crisp and sharp to the edges
Tripod is made for mobility (Grab n Go) and is lightweight so you will want to get a 2000g Calibration Weight with bungee-cord to hook on the bottom of tripod for stability.

Note: Get a couple of higher end eyepieces, as the ones provided are usable but not the best. *A good 9mm eyepiece + x3 Barlow will get 133.33 magnification as the scopes max is around 157. (Posted on 6/20/2017)


Series ETX Telescopes
Warranty 1 Year
Experience Level Beginner, Intermediate
Clear Aperture 80mm
Optical Design Achromatic Refractor
Optical Coatings Multi-Coated
Focal Length 400mm
Focal Ratio f/5
Resolving Power (Dawes' Limit) 1.45 arc-seconds
Viewfinder Red Dot
Eyepiece(s) 1.25” Super Plössl Eyepieces: 26mm (15x magnification) & 9.7mm (41x magnification)
Barlow Internal Flip-Function 2x Barlow
Dovetail Vixen-Style
Dew Shield Yes
Hand Controller AudioStar™
Object Database 30,000 objects
Tripod Lightweight Aluminum Tripod
Time Chip Yes
Assembled Product Weight 11.72 lbs


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