Meade ETX Observer


The Legacy Continues.

For 20 years, Meade's ETX series telescopes have provided novice astronomers quality, value and performance, with each new model bringing enhancements and improvements. The all-new ETX Observer model continues that legacy.

ETX80 & ETX90 New Features

The ETX Observer models come in either the 80mm achromat refractor telescope design or a 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope design. These telescopes now feature a removable optical tube, as well as the AudioStar handbox controller. The removable optical tube brings versatility and customization to the ETX. The AudioStar handbox controller gives you easy access to the ETX's 30,000 object database, and includes a built-in speaker that plays educational content about the celestial objects you view!

The Ultimate Portable Computerized Telescope

Whether you are hiking, camping, or in the backyard, both the 80mm and 90mm models are made for observing anytime, anywhere. The ETX80 fits in the included backpack making it great for people on the go, while the ETX90 comes with a hard carry case and a tripod bag to protect it when transporting. With GoTo and tracking capabilities, these are the ultimate portable computerized telescopes.


ETX80 Observer


  • 80mm f/5 Achromat Refractor; 400mm focal length.
  • AudioStar handbox with over 30,000 objects in it's database and 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” Super Plössl Eyepieces: 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.

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.



ETX90 Observer


  • 90mm f/13.8 Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope with Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC); 1250mm focal length.
  • AudioStar handbox with over 30,000 objects in it's database and 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” Super Plössl Eyepieces: 26mm (48x) and 9.7mm (129x), and a Red Dot Viewfinder to help aim the scope.
  • Includes a hard carry case for the mount/optical tube and accessories, and a tripod bag for the tripod.

Starting your astronomy journey with the ETX90 is an excellent choice. Take advantage of 90mm of aperture to enjoy close-up views of the solar system and celestial objects anytime, anywhere. Packing your ETX 90 Observer and tripod at a moment’s notice is a breeze with the carrying case and durable tripod bag.

The ETX90 Observer fully equips the modern explorer with a sophisticated, automated and portable telescope. Its dual-purpose design includes a removable OTA and includes exceptional features like AudioStar, GOTO technology, and large 30,000 object database. It’s a perfect scope to accompany you during camping, hiking, and outdoor activities. Exploring and night-sky stargazing is made fun, easy and educational. With the ETX 90, you’ll see planets, stars, galaxies and nebulae at the push of a button. The legacy of the ETX Series continues.

The ETX90 Observer has a Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design for pinpoint star images and extraordinary contrast, making it a great deep sky performer and ideal for detailed lunar and planetary observation at high magnifications. The Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) give maximum light transmission, ensuring the brightest images and the highest contrast. It has a flip mirror included to let light focus to the rear of the telescope (instead of the mirror reflecting the light 90 degrees to the eyepiece), allowing attachment of a camera on the back of the scope (adapters not included). The ETX90 Observer comes with a bubble Level/Compass to make sure your tripod and mount are level.

Includes a portable but extremely stable full size steel tripod, and comes with an equatorial tilt plate, allowing for polar alignment which is critical for long exposure astrophotography. Also includes a hard carry case for the mount/optical tube and accessories, and a tripod bag for the tripod.




ETX125 Observer

The return of the extremely popular ETX125 takes mobile astronomy to the next level. We know you were excited about the 80mm and 90mm apertures. Now, the return of the extremely popular ETX125 takes mobile astronomy to the next level! This large 127mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope marries the portability of the ETX with Meade’s premium optics. Enjoy detailed close-up views of the Moon and planets, and be amazed by the stunning views of star clusters, nebulae, and more!

  • Fork Mount with DC Servo Motors
  • Full Size Steel Tripod with EQ tilt plate
  • 9.7mm and 26mm Super Plossl eyepieces
  • 127mm f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain Optical Tube Assembly
  • Internal 90° Degree Diagonal
  • AudioStar controller containing over 30,000 celestial objects
  • Internal Flip Mirror System

The ETX125 Observer is a fully-featured GoTo telescope that includes the AudioStar® controller, the heart of this computer guided telescope. In addition to finding and tracking objects in the night sky for you, the AudioStar® controller boasts a number of features of its own, including a 30,000+ object database, built-in speaker, and over 4 hours of of audio content that educates you about objects you observe.

Whether you’re observing on the go or from your backyard, the ETX125 Observer will make exploring the night sky easy, educational, and exciting. The beloved ETX125 telescope is back. Go ahead, start exploring!



Models and Prices

ETX80 Observer ETX90 Observer ETX125 Observer
Opticstar Retail Price
(inv VAT)
£285.00 £445.00 £645.00
Product Code 205002 205004 205005
Clear Aperture 80mm 90mm 127mm
Optical Design Achromatic refractor Maksutov-Cassegrain
Optical Coatings Multi-Coated UHTC™ - Ultra High Transmission
Focal Length 400mm 1250mm 1900mm
Focal Ratio f/5 f/13.8 f/15
Resolving Power (Dawes' Limit) 1.45 arc-seconds 1.29 arc-seconds < 1 arc-second
Viewfinder Red Dot Red Dot Red Dot
Eyepiece(s) 1.25” Super Plössl Eyepieces:
26mm (15x magnification)
9.7mm (41x magnification)
1.25” Super Plössl Eyepieces:
26mm (48x magnification)
9.7mm (129x magnification)
1.25” Super Plössl Eyepieces:
26mm (73x magnification)
9.7mm (196x magnification)
Barlow Internal Flip-Function 2x Barlow Internal Flip-Function 2x Barlow Internal Flip-Function 2x Barlow
Dovetail Vixen-Style Vixen-Style not applicable
Dew Shield Yes No No
Mount Type Fork type; double-tine Fork type; double-tine Fork type; double-tine
Hand Controller AudioStar™ AudioStar™ AudioStar™
Object Database 30,000 objects 30,000 objects 30,000 objects
Tripod Lightweight Aluminium Tripod Full Size Steel Tripod with EQ tilt plate
Time Chip Yes Yes Yes
Assembled Product Weight 5.3 kg (11.72 lbs) 8.6 kg (18.91 lbs) 11 kg (24.25 lbs)

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