Meade LX65 telescopes


Premium optics in an easy-to-use telescope system.

The LX65 5" & 6" Mak models are expected in the United Kingdom in mid December 2018.
The LX65 6" & 8" ACF models are expected in the United Kingdom in April 2019.


Meade’s founder, John Diebel was a visionary who was determined to provide amateur astronomers with quality products at a reasonable price and great consumer experience. At Meade, we believe the universe should be accessible at a moment’s notice, and the new LX65 Series combines advanced features and premium optics in an easy-to-use telescope system.



Single Fork Mount

The LX65 features a newly designed single arm mount with Meade’s AudioStar® Hand controller. 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 favourite dark sky location!

This sturdy mount uses AudioStar®, a database containing over 30,000 objects for you to observe! With a push of a button, let the AudioStar® Astronomer Inside take you in a guided tour of tonight’s best objects in the sky! With its built-in speaker, you will be able to learn so much about the objects you’re viewing, it’s like having an astronomer there with you!

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 and press ALIGN and you’re ready to go!

This versatile scope features two dovetail receivers that allows you to use two optical tubes at once. Attach up to a 3.2kg (7 lb) OTA on the secondary saddle for a chance to observe your objects both in wide field or close up. This added versatility makes the LX65 great for community outreach or sharing the night sky with others and will be sure to impress anyone with its technology and optics.

Premium Optics

The LX65 is available in 4 different models, 5” & 6” Maksutov-Cassegrain, and 6” & 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 favourite dark-sky location and you’ll see the 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!






Models and Prices

LX65 5" Mak LX65 6" Mak LX65 6" ACF LX65 8" ACF
Opticstar Retail Price (inc VAT) £730.00 £785.00 £980.00 £1,245.00
Product Code (SKU) 228001 228002 228003 228004
UPC 709942998863 709942998870 709942998887 709942998894
Warranty 1 year UK warranty 1 year UK warranty 1 year UK warranty 1 year UK warranty
Clear Aperture 5" (127mm) 6" (150mm) 6" (152mm) 8" (203mm)
Optical Design Maksutov-Cassegrain ACF™ - Advanced Coma-Free
Optical Coatings UHTC™ - Ultra High Transmission
Focal Length 1,900mm 1,800mm 1,524mm 2,032mm
Focal Ratio f/15 f/12 f/10 f/10
Hand Controller AudioStar™ AudioStar™ AudioStar™ AudioStar™
Object Database 30,000 objects 30,000 objects 30,000 objects 30,000 objects
Mount Type Aluminium, single arm alt-azimuth. Ability to hold two optical tubes. Up to 3.2 kg (7 lbs) for the secondary tube.
Focuser Single Speed Internal Focuser
Viewfinder Red Dot Viewfinder
Eyepiece(s) 26mm Series 4000™ Super Plössl, 1.25"
Diagonal Meade #07202 Diagonal Mirror, 1.25"
Power Eight (8) C size batteries or 12v external power. User supplied.
Control Panel Ports • Handbox • Aux1 port • Aux2 port • 12v power
Dovetail Saddle Vixen-style on primary and secondary saddles
Secondary Saddle Vixen-style with horizontal and vertical adjustments to allow alignment with primary optical tube
Bubble Level / Compass Fits 1.25" eyepiece holder
Software DVD Meade Autostar Suite Astronomy Planetarium
Optical Tube Weight 2.8 kg (6.2 lbs) 5.8 kg (12.7 lbs) 4.2 kg (9.14 lbs) 5 kg (11.10 lbs)
Optical Tube Dimensions ⌀=15cm x 36cm
(⌀=5.8" x 14.3")
⌀=19cm x 46cm
(⌀=7.5" x 18.1")
⌀=22cm x 42cm
(⌀=8.5" x 16.5")
⌀=25cm x 46cm
(⌀=9.8" x 18.1")
Mount / Tripod Weight Mount: 9kg (19 lbs), Tripod: 4kg (8.5 lbs)
Mount / Tripod Dimensions 86cm x 99cm x 161cm (33.5" x 39" x 63.5")
Assembled Product Weight 15.5 kg (34.2 lbs) 18.2 kg (40.2 lbs) 17.2 kg (37.8 lbs) 18 kg (39.5 lbs)
Assembled Product Dimensions 85cm x 99cm x 152cm
(33.5" x 39" x 60")
85cm x 99cm x 160cm
(33.5" x 39" x 63")
85cm x 99cm x 159cm
(33.5" x 39" x 62.5")
85cm x 99cm x 159cm
(33.5" x 39" x 62.5")
Transit Weight
(Box 1, Box 2)
15 kg
5 kg
15 kg
8 kg
15 kg
7 kg
15 kg
9 kg
Transit Dimensions
(Box 1, Box 2)
76cm x 61cm x 25cm
54cm x 21cm x 22cm
76cm x 61cm x 25cm
68cm x 26cm x 29cm
76cm x 61cm x 25cm
64cm x 22cm x 30cm
76cm x 61cm x 25cm
69cm x 30cm x 36cm

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