Meade LX85 telescopes


German EQ mount to grow as you do.


The LX85 telescopes are expected in the United Kingdom in mid December 2018.
The LX85 6" & 8" ACF models are expected in the United Kingdom in April 2019.


Meade’s new LX85 Series features a high-quality, portable, GoTo, German equatorial mount with AudioStar® Hand box. The LX85 Series is the perfect choice for the cultivated observer and astro-imager looking to chase deep sky objects! Use as a stand-alone mount or maximize your viewing potential with an array of different optical tubes to choose from. Meade’s LX85 Series will keep you looking up for many years to come and sets a standard for mid-sized telescopes at a great price.



Goto mount with AudioStar®

The LX85 features a Vixen-style dovetail receiver for mounting observing equipment up to 33 lbs., coupled with a sturdy build and low-cog servo-motors that ensure smooth tracking performance. This stable mount can impressively handle slight load imbalances with ease. With its built-in integer gearing motor drive, you’ll be able to track through long exposures using Meade’s Smart Drive feature for recording permanent periodic error correction (PPEC). Seamlessly image the best parts of the night sky without having to worry about performing a meridian flip. The LX85 mount also includes an integrated autoguider port to readily connect to your autoguider camera, making your astro-imaging experience easy and straightforward. If these features weren’t already enough, the LX85 is compatible with the Meade Zero-Image Shift Electronic Micro focuser and wired illuminated reticles.

With the included AudioStar® hand controller you have easy access to over 30,000-objects that you can view with a simple press of a button! AudioStars®Astronomer Inside technology features a built-in speaker that plays over four hours of educational content about the celestial objects you view!

Versatile optical tubes

With the LX85 series, changing optical tubes is effortless. Whatever your observing style, the LX85 has a scope for you. Choose from a 5” achromatic refractor or a 6” Maskutov-Cassegrain for lunar and planetary viewing, 6” or 8” Newtonian reflector for versatility, or the awesome 6” or 8” ACF™ models for deep sky views. Meade even offers their Series 6000 Apochromatic Refractors paired with this mount. The universe is too grand to be confined to one optical tube! With the easy to use vixen-style dovetail, you can now easily swap out your OTA and continue exploring the night sky!

Grows with your experience

Capable of handling a wide variety of optical tubes and equipment, expandable and upgradable, the Meade LX85 mount is designed for you to rediscover the night sky again and again. Whether you are at a beginner level or you’re venturing into astrophotography, the LX85 Series is the portable and reliable mount to grow with your level of experience.


LX85 5" Refractor

The LX85 Series 5" Refractor has an Achromat Refractor design with a high-quality air-space objective lens producing high resolution and incredible contrast for lunar, planetary, and deep-sky observations. Features a 5" (125mm) aperture, 700mm focal length, and f/5.8 focal ratio. Equipped with multi-coated optical coatings and a 2" Rack & Pinion Focuser. Includes (2) 1.25" Super Plossl eyepieces (9mm & 26mm) and a viewfinder (8x50 optical with crosshair) along with a vixen-style dovetail. The OTA alone weighs 4.5 kg (10.9 lbs) and has dimensions of ⌀=15cm x 71cm (5.8" x 28").


LX85 6" Mak

The LX85 Series 6" MAK 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 as it easily soars to high magnifications. Features a 6" (150mm) aperture, 1800mm focal length, and f/12 focal ratio. Equipped with an internal single speed focuser and Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™) for the improvement of brighter star clusters, more fine detail in nebulae, and greater surface features on planets. Includes (2) 1.25" Super Plossl eyepieces (9mm & 26mm) and a viewfinder (8x50 optical with crosshair) along with a vixen-style dovetail. The OTA alone weighs 5.8 kg (12.7 lbs) and has dimensions of ⌀=19cm x 46cm (⌀=7.5" x 18.1").


LX85 6" Reflector

The LX85 Series 6" Reflector has a Newtonian Reflector with parabolic primary mirror optical design and features a 6" (150mm) aperture, 750mm focal length, and f/5 focal ratio. This f/5 optical system provides spectacular wide-field images for the discriminating deep-sky observer and astrophotographer. Equipped with a 2" rack & pinion focuser and aluminum with SiO2 optical coatings. Includes (2) 1.25" Super Plossl eyepieces (9mm & 26mm) and a viewfinder (8x50 optical with crosshair) along with a vixen-style dovetail. The OTA alone weighs 5.2 kg (11.38 lbs) and has dimensions of ⌀=19cm x 70cm (⌀=7.4" x 27.6").


LX85 8" Reflector

The LX85 Series 8" Reflector has a Newtonian Reflector with parabolic primary optical design and features a 8" (200mm) aperture, 1000mm focal length, and f/5 focal ratio. This fast f/5 optical system provides spectacular wide-field images for the discriminating deep-sky observer and astrophotographer. Equipped with a 2" rack & pinion focuser and aluminum with SiO2 optical coatings. Includes (2) 1.25" Super Plossl eyepieces (9mm & 26mm) and a viewfinder (8x50 optical with crosshair) along with a vixen-style dovetail. The OTA alone weighs 8.4 kg (18.4 lbs) and has dimensions of ⌀=24cm x 101cm (⌀=9.4" x 39.8").


LX85 6" ACF™

The LX85 Series 6" ACF has an Advanced Coma-Free (ACF™) optical design offering the coma-free pinpoint star images and flatter image fields while reducing astigmatism and eliminates diffraction spikes. Features include a 6" (152mm) aperture, 1524mm focal length, and f/10 focal ratio. Equipped with an internal single speed focuser and Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™) for the improvement of brighter star clusters, more fine detail in nebulae, and greater surface features on planets. Includes (2) 1.25" Super Plossl eyepieces (9mm & 26mm) and a viewfinder (8x50 optical with crosshair) along with a vixen-style dovetail. The OTA alone weighs 4.2 kg (9.14 lbs) and has dimensions of ⌀=22cm x 42cm (⌀=8.5" x 16.5").


LX85 8" ACF™

The LX85 Series 8" ACF has an Advanced Coma-Free (ACF™) optical design offering the coma-free pinpoint star images and flatter image fields while reducing astigmatism and eliminates diffraction spikes. . Features include a 8" (203mm) aperture, 2032mm focal length, and f/10 focal ratio. Equipped with an internal single speed focuser and Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™) for the improvement of brighter star clusters, more fine detail in nebulae, and greater surface features on planets. Includes (2) 1.25" Super Plossl eyepieces (9mm & 26mm) and a viewfinder (8x50 optical with crosshair) along with a vixen-style dovetail. The OTA alone weighs 5.3 kg (11.5 lbs) and has dimensions of ⌀=25cm x 46cmm (⌀=9.8" x 18.1").


LX85 70mm APO QUAD Astrograph

The LX85 Series 70mm Astrograph has a 4-element petzval optical design with FPL 53 ED (extremely low dispersion) optical glass for outstanding contrast and sharpness as well as near zero detectable chromatic aberration or "colour fringing". Features a 70mm aperture, 350mm focal length, and f/5 focal ratio. Equipped with a 2.5" dual-speed rack & pinion focuser (10:1 fine focuser) for ultra fine focus control and fully multi-coated optical coatings. Includes a fully extendable dew shield and vixen-style dovetail. Standard equipment also includes an aluminum hard carry case to protect your Astrograph. The OTA alone weighs 2 kg (4.5 lbs) and has dimensions of 31cm x 12cm x 14cm (12.25" x 4.5" x 5.5").


LX85 80mm APO Triplet

The LX85 Series 80mm APO has a 3-element apochromatic refractor optical design and highest grade FPL 53 ED (extremely low dispersion) optical glass to virtually eliminate falso colour, yielding astonishing colour correction, contrast, and sharpness. Features an 80mm aperture, 480mm focal length, and f/6 focal ratio. Equipped with a 2.5" dual-speed rack & pinion focuser (10:1 fine focuser) and fully multi-coated optical coatings. Includes a fully extendable dew shield and vixen-style dovetail. Standard equipment also includes an aluminum hard carry case to protect your 80mm APO. The OTA alone weighs 3.2 kg (7 lbs) and has dimensions of 40cm x 12cm x 16cm (15.5" x 4.5" x 6").


LX85 115mm APO Triplet

The LX85 Series 115mm APO has a 3-element apochromatic refractor optical design using the highest grade extra-low dispersion optical glass to virtually eliminate false colour, yielding astonishing colour correction, contrast, and sharpness. Features a 115mm aperture, 805mm focal length, and f/7 focal ratio. Equipped with a 2.5" dual-speed rack & pinion focuser (10:1 fine focuser) and fully multi-coated optical coatings. Includes a fully extendable dew shield and vixen-style dovetail. The OTA alone weighs 5.5 kg (12.2 lbs) and has dimensions of 75cm x 14cm x 14cm (29.5" x 5.25" x 5.25").





LX85 telescopes including optical tube, mount, tripod and AudioStar controller

LX85 5" Refractor LX85 6" MAK LX85 6" Reflector LX85 8" Reflector
Opticstar Retail Price
(inc VAT)
£1,009.00 £1,229.00 £859.00 £1,039.00
Product Code (SKU) 217001 217002 217003 217004
UPC 709942998740 709942998757 709942998764 709942998771
Warranty 1 year UK warranty
Aperture 5" (120mm) 6" (150mm) 6" (150mm) 8" (200mm)
Focal Length 700mm 1,800mm 750mm 1,000mm
Focal Ratio f/5.8 f/12 f/5 f/5
Optical Design Achromat Refractor Maksutov-Cassegrain Newtonian Reflector
Optical Coatings Multi-Coated UHTC™
(Ultra High Transmission)
Aluminium with SiO2 Coating
Focuser 2" Rack & Pinion Internal Single Speed 2" Rack & Pinion 2" Rack & Pinion
Dovetail Vixen-style
Eyepieces 9mm and 26mm Super Plössl, 1.25"
Diagonal 2" 90° Mirror with 1.25" Adapter not applicable
Viewfinder 8x50mm Optical with crosshair
Optical Tube Weight 4.5 kg (10 lbs) 5.8 kg (12.7 lbs) 5.2 kg (11.38 lbs) 8.4 kg (18.4 lbs)
Optical Tube Dimensions ⌀=15cm x 71cm
(⌀=5.8" x 28")
⌀=19cm x 46cm
(⌀=7.5" x 18.1")
⌀=19cm x 70cm
(⌀=7.4" x 27.6")
⌀=24cm x 101cm
(⌀=9.4" x 39.8")
Software DVD Meade Autostar Suite Astronomy Planetarium
Hand Controller AudioStar™
Object Database 30,000 objects
Saddle Vixen-style
Motor Low-cog 12V DC servo motors; both axes
Control Panel Ports • Guide • Auxiliary • Handbox • DEC
Power 12vDC, 5 amp power supply optional
Accessories Accessory tray & Bubble Level Compass
Counterweight 4.1 kg (9 lbs)
Mount Type German Equatorial Mount with AudioStar®
Mount Body Weight 5 kg (10.9 lbs)
Mount Body Dimensions 12.2cm x 31.5cm x 33.5cm (4.8" x 12.4" x 13.2")
Mount Payload 15 kg (33 lbs)
Tripod Material Aluminium castings with 4.45cm (1.75") diameter steel tube legs. Rubber tripod leg spikes.
Tripod Weight 5.6 kg (12.4 lbs)
Tripod Height • Min: 80cm (31.5")   • Max: 110.5cm (43.5")
Tripod Dimensions Collapsed 100cm x 14.6cm x 16cm (39.5" x 5.75" x 6.25")
Assembled Mount/Tripod Weight 15.5 kg (34.1 lbs)
Assembled Mount/Tripod Dimensions 120cm x 120cm x 5cm (47.2" x 47.2" x 5.8")
Assembled Product Weight 21 kg (45.3 lbs) 22 kg (47 lbs) 21 kg (45.5 lbs) 24 kg (52.5 lbs)
Assembled Product Dimensions 120cm x 120cm x 165cm
(47.2" x 47.2" x 65")
120cm x 120cm x 163cm
(47.2" x 47.2" x 64")
120cm x 120cm x 168cm
(47.2" x 47.2" x 66")
120cm x 120cm x 178cm
(47.2" x 47.2" x 70")
Transit Weight
Box 1: Mount
Box 2: Optical Tube
Box 3: Counterweight

21 kg (45 lbs)
8 kg (17 lbs)
not applicable

21 kg (45 lbs)
9 kg (18.3 lbs)
not applicable

21 kg (45 lbs)
9 kg (18.3 lbs)
not applicable

21 kg (45 lbs)
14 kg (30.2 lbs)
5 kg (10.2 lbs)
Transit Dimensions
Box 1: Mount
Box 2: Optical Tube
Box 3: Counterweight

104cm x 52cm x 26cm
82cm x 32cm x 23cm
not applicable

104cm x 52cm x 26cm
68cm x 26cm x 29cm
not applicable

104cm x 52cm x 26cm
88cm x 31cm x 32cm
not applicable

104cm x 52cm x 26cm
117cm x 42cm x 43cm
39cm x 20cm x 27cm

LX85 ACF telescopes including optical tube, mount, tripod and AudioStar controller

LX85 6" ACF LX85 8" ACF
Opticstar Retail Price (inc VAT) £1,439.00 £1,679.00
Product Code (SKU) 217005 217006
UPC 709942998788 709942998795
Warranty 1 year UK warranty
Aperture 6" (152mm) 8" (203mm)
Focal Length 1,524mm 2,032mm
Focal Ratio f/10 f/10
Optical Design Advanced Coma-Free Advanced Coma-Free
Optical Coatings Ultra High Transmission - UHTC™
Focuser Internal Single Speed Focuser
Dovetail Vixen-style
Eyepieces 9mm and 26mm Super Plössl, 1.25"
Diagonal 1.25" 90° Diagonal Mirror
Viewfinder 8x50mm Optical with crosshair
Optical Tube Weight 4.2 kg (9.14 lbs) 5.3 kg (11.5 lbs)
Optical Tube Dimensions ⌀=22cm x 42cm
(⌀=8.5" x 16.5")
⌀=25cm x 46cm
(⌀=9.8" x 18.1")
Software DVD Meade Autostar Suite Astronomy Planetarium
Hand Controller AudioStar™
Object Database 30,000 objects
Saddle Vixen-style
Motor Low-cog 12V DC servo motors; both axes
Control Panel Ports • Guide • Auxiliary • Handbox • DEC
Power 12vDC, 5 amp power supply optional
Accessories Accessory tray & Bubble Level Compass
Counterweight 4.1 kg (9 lbs)
Mount Type German Equatorial Mount with AudioStar®
Mount Body Weight 5 kg (10.9 lbs)
Mount Body Dimensions 12.2cm x 31.5cm x 33.5cm (4.8" x 12.4" x 13.2")
Mount Payload 15 kg (33 lbs)
Tripod Material Aluminium castings with 4.45cm (1.75") diameter steel tube legs. Rubber tripod leg spikes.
Tripod Weight 5.6 kg (12.4 lbs)
Tripod Height • Min: 80cm (31.5")   • Max: 110.5cm (43.5")
Tripod Dimensions Collapsed 100cm x 14.6cm x 16cm (39.5" x 5.75" x 6.25")
Assembled Mount/Tripod Weight 15.5 kg (34.1 lbs)
Assembled Mount/Tripod Dimensions 120cm x 120cm x 5cm (47.2" x 47.2" x 5.8")
Assembled Product Weight 21 kg (45.5 lbs) 26 kg (56.25 lbs)
Assembled Product Dimensions 120cm x 120cm x 160cm
(47.2" x 47.2" x 63")
120cm x 120cm x 168cm
(47.2" x 47.2" x 66")
Transit Weight
Box 1: Mount
Box 2: Optical Tube

21 kg (45 lbs)
7 kg (14.5 lbs)

21 kg (45 lbs)
9 kg (17.8 lbs)
Transit Dimensions
Box 1: Mount
Box 2: Optical Tube

104cm x 52cm x 26cm
64cm x 22cm x 30cm

104cm x 52cm x 26cm
69cm x 30cm x 36cm

LX85 APO telescopes including optical tube, mount, tripod and AudioStar controller

LX85 70mm APO QUAD LX85 80mm APO Triplet LX85 115mm APO Triplet
Opticstar Retail Price
(inc VAT)
£1,639.00 £1,479.00 £2,179.00
Product Code (SKU) 217010 217008 217009
UPC 709942998832 709942998818 709942998825
Warranty 1 year UK warranty
Aperture 70mm 80mm 115mm
Focal Length 350mm 480mm 805mm
Focal Ratio f/5 f/6 f/7
Optical Design ED Quadruplet Astrograph
4-Element Petzval
ED Triplet Apochromatic Refractor
Optical Glass FPL 53 ED Combination of ED and Lanthanum Elements
Optical Coatings Fully Multi Coated
Focuser 2.5" Dual-Speed Rack & Pinion with 10:1 fine focuser
Dew Shield Fully extendable dew shield
Carry Case Aluminium hard carry case for the optical tube
Dovetail Vixen-style
Eyepieces not included
Diagonal not included
Viewfinder not included
Optical Tube Weight 2 kg (4.5 lbs) 3.2 kg (7 lbs) 5.5 kg (12.2 lbs)
Optical Tube Dimensions 31cm x 12cm x 14cm
(12.25" x 4.5" x 5.5")
40cm x 12cm x 16cm
(15.5" x 4.5" x 6")
75cm x 14cm x 14cm
(29.5" x 5.25" x 5.25")
Software DVD Meade Autostar Suite Astronomy Planetarium
Hand Controller AudioStar™
Object Database 30,000 objects
Saddle Vixen-style
Motor Low-cog 12V DC servo motors; both axes
Control Panel Ports • Guide • Auxiliary • Handbox • DEC
Power 12vDC, 5 amp power supply optional
Accessories Accessory tray & Bubble Level Compass
Counterweight 4.1 kg (9 lbs)
Mount Type German Equatorial Mount with AudioStar®
Mount Body Weight 5 kg (10.9 lbs)
Mount Body Dimensions 12.2cm x 31.5cm x 33.5cm (4.8" x 12.4" x 13.2")
Mount Payload 15 kg (33 lbs)
Tripod Material Aluminium castings with 4.45cm (1.75") diameter steel tube legs. Rubber tripod leg spikes.
Tripod Weight 5.6 kg (12.4 lbs)
Tripod Height • Min: 80cm (31.5")   • Max: 110.5cm (43.5")
Tripod Dimensions Collapsed 100cm x 14.6cm x 16cm (39.5" x 5.75" x 6.25")
Assembled Mount/Tripod Weight 15.5 kg (34.1 lbs)
Assembled Mount/Tripod Dimensions 120cm x 120cm x 5cm (47.2" x 47.2" x 5.8")
Assembled Product Weight 18 kg (38.6 lbs) 19 kg (41.1 lbs) 21 kg (46.3 lbs)
Assembled Product Dimensions to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed
Transit Weight
Box 1: Mount
Box 2: Optical Tube

21 kg (45 lbs)
6 kg (11.5 lbs)

21 kg (45 lbs)
9 kg (17.7 lbs)

21 kg (45 lbs)
13 kg (26.6 lbs)
Transit Dimensions
Box 1: Mount
Box 2: Optical Tube

104cm x 52cm x 26cm
44cm x 22cm x 30cm

104cm x 52cm x 26cm
58cm x 32cm x 33cm

104cm x 52cm x 26cm
80cm x 26cm x 32cm


LX85 mount, tripod & AudioStar (no optical tube)

LX85 mount
Opticstar Retail Price (inc VAT) £679.00
Product Code (SKU) 217000
UPC 709942998733
Warranty 1 year UK warranty
Software DVD Meade Autostar Suite Astronomy Planetarium
Hand Controller AudioStar™
Object Database 30,000 objects
Saddle Vixen-style
Motor Low-cog 12V DC servo motors; both axes
Control Panel Ports • Guide • Auxiliary • Handbox • DEC
Power 12vDC, 5 amp power supply optional
Accessories Accessory tray & Bubble Level Compass
Counterweight 4.1 kg (9 lbs)
Mount Type German Equatorial Mount with AudioStar®
Mount Body Weight 5 kg (10.9 lbs)
Mount Body Dimensions 12.2cm x 31.5cm x 33.5cm (4.8" x 12.4" x 13.2")
Mount Payload 15 kg (33 lbs)
Tripod Material Aluminium castings with 4.45cm (1.75") diameter steel tube legs. Rubber tripod leg spikes.
Tripod Weight 5.6 kg (12.4 lbs)
Tripod Height • Min: 80cm (31.5")   • Max: 110.5cm (43.5")
Tripod Dimensions Collapsed 100cm x 14.6cm x 16cm (39.5" x 5.75" x 6.25")
Assembled Product Weight 15.5 kg (34.1 lbs)
Assembled Product Dimensions 120cm x 120cm x 5cm (47.2" x 47.2" x 5.8")
Transit Weight 20.4 kg (45 lbs)
Transit Dimensions 104cm x 52cm x 26cm (41" x 20.5" x 10.2")

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