Meade LX65 5-inch Maksutov-Cassegrain

Premium optics and ease of use in a portable computerised telescope package.

  • Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™)
  • Aperture: 5-inch (127mm)
  • Focal length: 1900mm
  • Focal ratio: f/15
  • AudioStar handbox controller with speech
  • Over 30,000 object database
  • Ability to hold two optical tubes at once
  • Aluminium tripod with accessory tray
  • One 1.25" Plossl 26mm Eyepiece
  • UK warranty
Meade LX65 5-inch Maksutov-Cassegrain
  • Product code: 228001
  • Availability: In stock
  • Despatch: 2 business days
  • Retail Price: £ 835.00
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Description

The LX65 Series 5" MAK Telescope features 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 5" (127mm) aperture, 1900mm focal length, and f/15 focal ratio. Equipped with an internal single-speed focuser and Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™) for the improvement of brighter star clusters, additional fine detail in nebulae, and greater surface features on planets. Includes (1) 26mm, 1.25" Super Plossl eyepiece and a red-dot viewfinder along with a vixen-style dovetail. The OTA (optical tube assembly) alone weighs 2.8 kg (6.2 lbs) and has dimensions of Ø=15cm x 36cm Length (Ø=5.8” x 14.3” Length).


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Single-arm 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 versatile scope features two dovetail receivers that allow you to use two optical tubes at once, for a chance to observe your objects both in wide field or close up! The main saddle can hold up to 6.4 kg (14 lbs), while the secondary saddle can hold up to 3.2 kg (7 lbs). The max payload capacity for the LX65 mount is 9.5 kg (21 lbs). This added versatility makes the LX65 great for astronomy outreach or sharing the night sky with others and will be sure to impress anyone with its technology and optics.

Note: The maximum payload capacity for the LX65 mount is 9.5 kg (21 lbs) - that is the combined load capacity only. We don’t recommend anyone put 9.5 kg on the main dovetail saddle or the secondary saddle.

Meade premium optics

The heart of any telescope is its optics. Meade delivers the highest quality professional grade optics available. These optical tubes feature large apertures and Meade's Advanced Coma-Free (ACF™) or Maksutov-Cassegrain optics 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.

Easy align

The LX65 are smart scopes that know the night sky right out of the box. Enter your site information, find level and North, and Easy Align picks two alignment stars for you and places them right in your viewfinder. Centre them to fine tune your alignment and the wonders of the Universe are at your fingertips.

AudioStar™

The LX65 are smart scopes that know the night sky right out of the box. Enter your site information, find level and North, and Easy Align picks two alignment stars for you and places them right in your viewfinder. Centre them to fine tune your alignment and the wonders of the Universe are at your fingertips.

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AudioStar handbox controller

The AudioStar computer controller with speaker helps you quickly find and GoTo over 30,000 objects in the night sky. With the AudioStar Controller plugged into your Meade telescope the astronomical universe is in the palm of your hand. Never before has such powerful telescope technology been so easy to operate, even by the most casual observer. Coiled cord and instructions included.

View planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae, comets and more-all at the push of a button. Don't know what you want to view this evening? Then go to the Tonight's Best™ tour in your AudioStar. It automatically selects the best objects in the sky for that particular time and location.

The Meade AudioStar handbox controller features audio files and an internal speaker. This amazing computerised celestial object locating system plugs into the telescope's handbox port allowing a quick telescope alignment.

Once aligned with the sky the AudioStar is ready to take you to any object in the over 30,000 object database. In addition to GOTO and tracking capability the AudioStar permits a wide array of fascinating and educational functions such as multiple Guided Tours, digital positional readouts, a database of up to 200 user-defined objects, 9-Speed dual-axis movement, the ability to link with a PC using optionally available software and cord, and much more.


AudioStar features

The AudioStar controller provides all of the telescope control functions of the previous AutoStar handboxes but adds unique Astronomer Inside digital audio software and a speaker built into the AudioStar body that can provide you with more than four hours of fascinating and professionally-recorded audio descriptions of the objects you are observing. With Astronomer Inside technology, everyone around your telescope can listen and learn about more than 500 of the celestial objects contained in the AudioStar database, including planets, nebulas, star clusters, the Moon, and much more. Astronomer Inside puts the experience and astronomical knowledge of a professional astronomer in the palm of your hand.

Included in the AudioStar’s database are all of the following 30,000+ astronomical objects and stars – a range of objects certain to keep even the most active amateur astronomer growing in his or her studies of the skies for years:

  • the complete Index Catalog (IC), containing 5,386 galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters of all types;
  • the complete New General Catalog (NGC), containing 7,840 galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters of all types;
  • the complete Messier catalog of 110 Messier (M) objects, the best-known catalog of heavenly showpieces for the amateur astronomer;
  • the 109 objects of the Caldwell Catalog, a new listing of the best objects for small telescopes that expands the Messier catalog;
  • 16,800 stars from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) catalog, including double stars, variable stars, and other stars of special note;
  • 50 Earth-orbiting satellites, 26 asteroids (including all of the brightest asteroids), 15 periodic comets, and the 8 major planets from Mercury to Pluto.

Carries full one year UK warranty by Opticstar Ltd on behalf of Meade Instruments Corp.

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Meade LX65 5-inch Maksutov-Cassegrain
Attribute Specification
Meade Product Code / sku 228001
Universal Product Code (UPC) 709942998863
Warranty 1 year UK warranty by Opticstar Ltd on behalf of Meade Instruments USA
Series LX65
Experience Level Intermediate
Clear Aperture 127mm (5-inch)
Focal Length 1900mm
Focal Ratio f/15
Optical Design Maksutov-Cassegrain
Optical Coatings UHTC™ - Ultra High Transmission
Hand Controller AudioStar™
Object Database 30,000 objects
Mount Type Aluminium, single arm alt-azimuth. Ability to hold two optical tubes. Up to 6.8 kg (15 lbs) for the primary tube and 3.2 kg (7 lbs) for the secondary tube.
Focuser Mechanism Single speed internal focuser
Viewfinder Red Dot viewfinder
Eyepiece Meade Series 4000™ 26mm Super Plossl, 1.25"
Diagonal Meade #07202 Diagonal Mirror, 1.25"
Power Requirements • Eight (8) C-cell batteries (user supplied);
• Power supply 12 Volt DC, 5 Amp (user supplied);
Control Panel Ports • Handbox • Aux1 port • Aux2 port • 12v power
Dovetail receivers Vixen-style on primary and secondary dovetail receivers
Optical Tube Assembly (OTA) Removable, allowing the user to take the scope off the fork mount for customization
Bubble Level / Compass Fits 1.25" eyepiece holder
Tripod Aluminium tripod with accessory tray
Software Planetarium software on DVD for Microsoft Windows 10
Optical Tube Weight 2.8 kg (6.2 lbs)
Optical Tube Dimensions Ø=15cm x 36cm (Ø=5.8" x 14.3")
Mount / Tripod Weight Mount: 9 kg (19 lbs), Tripod: 4 kg (8.5 lbs)
Mount / Tripod Dimensions 86cm x 99cm x 161cm (33.5" x 39" x 63.5")
Assembled Product Weight 16 kg (34.2 lbs)
Assembled Product Dimensions 85cm x 99cm x 153cm (33.5" x 39" x 60")
Transit Weight • Box 1 (mount): 15 kg
• Box 2 (optical tube): 5 kg
Transit Dimensions • Box 1 (mount): 76cm x 61cm x 25cm
• Box 2 (optical tube): 54cm x 21cm x 22cm
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