LX65 Telescopes

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Check out Brand Ambassador, Matt DeSipio's, user experience testing out the LX65 for the very first time! Click HERE to read his review and see some images he captured through the LX65 8" ACF™.

The LX65 features a newly designed single-arm mount with Meade’s AudioStar® Hand controller - 30,000+ object-database. This new mount is compact yet sturdy, providing a great combination of portability and performance. Additionally, the LX65 has the ability to hold two optical tubes, making your experience twice as enjoyable! With its quick and portable setup, you’re ready to start observing in minutes. The LX65 system breaks down into 3 compact pieces and does not require any tools, making it a breeze to transport to your favorite dark sky location!

This versatile scope features two dovetail receivers that allow you to use two optical tubes at once, for a chance to observe your objects both in wide field or close up! The main saddle can hold up to 14lbs, while the secondary saddle can hold up to 7lbs. The max payload capacity for the LX65 mount is *21lbs. This added versatility makes the LX65 great for astronomy outreach or sharing the night sky with others and will be sure to impress anyone with its technology and optics.

*The max payload capacity for the LX65 mount is 21 lbs. - that is the combined load capacity only. We don’t recommend anyone put 21 lbs on the main dovetail saddle or the secondary saddle.*

Aligning your telescope is simple and straightforward, too. With a simple 2-star alignment procedure, you will be observing the sky in minutes. AudioStar® will find two bright objects and once they are centered in your eyepiece, simply press ALIGN and you’re ready to go!


The LX65 is available in 4 different models, a 5” and 6” Maksutov-Cassegrain, and a 6” and 8” Advanced Coma-Free (ACF™) optical system.  These optical tubes feature large apertures coupled with Meade’s Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™), giving you the ultimate in premium optics. The LX65 is an ideal high-resolution visual observing instrument, but is also fully qualified for the more advanced areas of astronomy, including planetary astrophotography. Observe Saturn’s rings, the surface of the Moon, and even the cloud bands on Jupiter in great detail. Want to see deep-sky objects? Head to your favorite dark-sky location and you’ll see galaxies, star clusters, and more!

For the truly discerning astronomer who will not be satisfied with anything but the very best, the ACF™ takes all of the features of traditional telescope models and then ups the ante. With its technologically superior optical design, ACF™ gives a flatter, coma-free field of view free of diffraction spikes and with pinpoint images all the way to the edge of the field, rivaling Ritchey-Chrétien performance at a fraction of the cost. ACF™ is the perfect solution for the serious astro-imager or visual astronomer looking for observatory-class optics.

Combining a sophisticated level of performance, the LX65 Series gives quality features and Meade’s legendary optics with a price tag designed to work for most budgets.  Whether you’re new to astronomy or an experienced pro, it’s a great choice for your first serious telescope, offering exceptional features for a great price!

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