Meade LX70 German Equatorial mount. This high quality mount includes slow-motion controls for both RA and Declination and a heavy-duty, fully height adjustable tripod (33” to 46”) with steel legs. Advanced features include including brass worm-gear drives on both axes for smooth tracking performance, aluminum setting circles and a built-in leveling bubble. The slow-motion control cables make it easy to track objects even on those frigid nights when wearing gloves is a necessity.
Precision push-pull adjustments in both azimuth and elevation make accurate polar alignment a breeze while the elevations built-in latitude scale will help you dial in your site latitude quickly.
The mount includes a vixen-style dovetail for mounting any Meade or third party optical tube having this common and standardized type dovetail rail and up to approximately 20 pounds in weight. Mount weight fully assembled is 21 pounds, including tripod, but excluding counterweights. Two (2) 11.4 pound counterweights included.
The Meade LX70 8” Newtonian Reflector is equipped with a high-quality f/5 parabolic primary mirror. This fast f/5 optical system provides spectacular wide-field images for the discriminating deep-sky observer and astro-photographer. Its 8” aperture allows it to resolve details down to 0.57 arc-seconds across and can be viewed using the two included 1.25” Plossl eyepieces (9mm & 26mm). With its smooth 2” Crayford-style focuser it is equipped to handle wide-field 2” eyepieces out of the box. The 8x50 optical viewfinder with cross-hair reticle makes locating faint object quickly and easily.
Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.
Optional #670011 dual-axis motor drive also available, for fully automatic tracking of objects in the night sky after polar alignment is completed. Also available and sold separately is the model #670010 polar scope as an aid in finding the celestial pole with high accuracy for purposes such as astrophotography. The Meade LX70 mount is designed to keep you looking up for many years to come.
|Clear Aperture||200mm (8")|
|Optical Design||Newtonian Reflector (Parabolic)|
|Resolving Power (Dawes' Limit)||0.570 arc-seconds|
|Viewfinder||8x50 with cross-hair reticle|
|Eyepiece(s)||1.25” Plossl Eyepiece, 1.25” Plossl Eyepiece|
|Focuser Mechanism||2" Crayford-style with 1.25" adapter|
|Dovetail||Vixen-style with cradle rings|
|Typical Guiding Performance with StarLock||< 1 arc-second|
|Slow Motion Controls||Yes, both axes|
|Assembled Product Dimensions||45" x 45" x 78"|
|Assembled Product Weight||56.5 lbs (25.7 KGS)|