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Meade 6" f/10 LX85 ACF Telescope with Mount and Tripod
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  • 6" f/10 Advanced Coma-Free Optics - 1524mm focal length
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
  • 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 26mm Super Plössl eyepiece, 90 degree star diagonal, 8x50 optical finder scope with bracket, 2" diameter steel leg tripod, and more!


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Item #  55892
Mfg Model #  217013

The Meade 6" f/10 LX85 ACF telescope with mount and tripod combines portable but powerful optics with an equatorial GoTo mount that both observers and astro-imagers will appreciate.

The patented Advanced Coma Free (ACF) optics produce impressively flat fields of view with none of the coma distortion inherent in some other designs, even out to the edges of larger format cameras or extreme wide angle eyepieces. With its 6" aperture and long focal length of 1524mm, the 6" f/10 LX85 ACF telescope is the most compact and portable of the LX85 ACF offerings, yet still powerful enough to resolve stunning views of distant star clusters, planetary nebulae, and elusive galaxies — many of which appear tiny and featureless in the wide-angle telescopes so common today.

The optics feature an oversized low-expansion borosilicate primary mirror and vacuum formed glass corrector plate. The corrector plate produces no diffraction spikes because there are no secondary mirror spider vanes, as are standard on other optical designs such as Newtonian reflectors and Ritchey-Chretiens. The primary and secondary mirrors as well as both sides of the corrector plate are vacuum deposited with Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) precisely tuned to optimize the visual, photographic, and CCD imaging performance of Meade telescopes. UHTC coatings yield maximum image brightness and contrast at the eyepiece or camera sensor, serving up beautifully bright images of deep-sky objects, with excellent contrast of surface features found on the Moon and planets.

The optical path and components of the ACF telescope design

The optical path and components of the ACF telescope design

Proudly Designed and Manufactured in North America

The ACF primary, secondary, and corrector plate glass blanks are manufactured in the USA exclusively for Meade. Meade ACF telescopes and mounts are all manufactured and assembled in North America, with meticulous oversight of quality control throughout the production process.

A Rock-Solid Platform for Your Telescope

Enthusiasts will appreciate the stability, pointing precision, and engineering craftsmanship embodied in the LX85 Computerized GoTo Telescope Mount. This fine-quality German equatorial mount, which features fully automated GoTo slewing to thousands of objects via its innovative AudioStar controller, sets the standard for mid-sized telescope mounts. It features a Vixen-style dovetail cradle for mounting telescopes and camera gear weighing up to 33 lb. Supporting the mount is a beefy tripod with 2"-diameter stainless steel legs and a wide stance for stability. The mount readily accommodates the optional Meade LX85 Illuminated Polar Scope, ensuring spot-on polar alignment in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Accurate polar alignment is essential for precise tracking, especially at high powers, and for astrophotographic guiding.

Versatility for Visual Use or Astrophotography

The equatorial design of the LX85 lends itself to both visual use and deep-sky astrophotography. For the latter, the equatorial mount allows the precise polar alignment that is necessary to prevent "field rotation," which degrades long exposures taken with telescopes on Alt/Az mounts. Of course, if your primary interest is visual, you might consider the LX90 series of fork-mounted Alt/Az telescopes, as there is no need for critical polar alignment when observing. But for long exposure photography, the LX85's equatorial configuration and capability for pinpoint polar alignment will set you up better for success.

Advanced Tracking and Guiding Performance

The 6" f/10 LX85 ACF telescope's low-cog servo motors ensure smooth tracking and guiding capability. Their integer drive gearing lets you track through long exposures using Meade's Smart Drive feature, which records permanent periodic error correction (PPEC) to improve tracking accuracy over time. Backlash compensation trains out the intrinsic play between gears to further dial in GoTo and tracking precision. Fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal, with faster slewing up to 4 degrees per second.

Take Aim with AudioStar and Its "Astronomer Inside" Tech

With the included AudioStar controller you will enjoy quick access to over 30,000 celestial objects, which you can view with pushbutton ease. The object library includes the planets, double stars, and thousands of nebulae, galaxies, and star clusters from the Messier, NGC, and IC catalogs. Up to 100 custom user-defined objects can also be added, with filters to create custom object lists.

AudioStar's Astronomer Inside technology features a built-in speaker that plays over four hours of educational content about the celestial objects you are viewing — more than 500 of them! Additional helpful functions are right at your fingertips, including directional slewing keys, Guided Tours of the best objects based on date and location, digital positional readouts, several different star alignment procedures, the ability to link with a PC running optional astronomy software, battery monitor, and updating via the internet through its serial port. AudioStar's intuitive menu-driven user interface and two-line red LCD screen make observing the heavens efficient and easy, for new users and experienced stargazers alike. The top of the AudioStar even has a built-in red LED utility light!

The Meade AudioStar features audio files and an internal speaker.

This computerized celestial object locating system plugs into the mount's handbox port. After an easy star alignment, AudioStar is ready to take you to any object in the over 30,000-object database. Enjoy its intuitive object menus and two-line illuminated LCD screen, plus hours of audio descriptions of what you're viewing. What a fun and informative way to explore the heavens!

The 6" f/10 LX85 ACF Telescope's optical tube measures only 16.5" long, and weighs just 9.9 lb. An internal single-speed focuser lets you dial in the perfect focus. The telescope comes with a Meade 26mm (59x) Super Plössl eyepiece, 1.25" mirror star diagonal, 8x50 crosshair viewfinder, tripod accessory tray, 25' DC power cable, one 9-lb counterweight, and AutoStar Suite software available as a download. Requires a 12V power source or 110V AC to 12V DC power converter (sold separately). Weighs 44 lb fully assembled. And like all Meade products the LX85 6" f/10 LX85 ACF Telescope is backed by Meade's Two Year Limited Warranty.

Powerful, nicely portable, and versatile enough for visual or astrophotographic pursuits — those qualities make the Meade LX85 6" f/10 LX85 ACF Telescope with Mount and Tripod an instrument you can growth with as you go deep exploring what the night sky has to offer.

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.

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  • Best for viewing
    Lunar & bright deep sky
  • Best for imaging
    Solar, lunar, planetary & Messier objects
  • User level
    Intermediate
  • Optical design
    Advanced Coma-Free (ACF)
  • Front-end outside tube diameter
    7.00 in.
  • Optical diameter
    152mm
  • Focal length
    1524mm
  • Focal ratio
    f/10.0
  • Eyepieces
    Super Plossl 26.0mm (1.25")
  • Magnification with included eyepieces
    59x
  • Resolving power
    0.77arc*sec
  • Lowest useful magnification
    21x
  • Highest useful magnification
    300x
  • Highest theoretical magnification
    300x
  • Limiting stellar magnitude
    13.5
  • Optical quality
    Diffraction limited
  • Finder scope
    8x50
  • Focuser
    Internal
  • Diagonal degrees
    1.25" 90° Mirror Star
  • Mount type
    Equatorial
  • Astro-imaging capability
    Lunar, planetary & long exposure
  • Tube material
    Aluminum
  • Length of optical tube
    16.5 in.
  • Weight, optical tube
    9.9 lbs.
  • Additional included accessories
    26mm Super Plossl eyepiece, 8x50 finder scope, 25' DC power cable
  • Other features
    ACF optics for coma-free images, Smart Drive w/ Permanent Periodic Error Correction, AudioStar Controller with multiple guided tours
  • Warranty
    Two year

6" f/10 ACF optical tube
26mm Super Plössl eyepiece
8x50 finder scope
90 degree mirror start diagonal, 1.25"
LX85 EQ head
LX85 tripod assembly
Counterweight shaft
9-pound counterweight
Accessory tray
AudioStar hand controller
AudioStar cable
DC cable

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