Meade LX85 70mm APO Quad Astrograph

Outstanding contrast, sharpness and near zero chromatic aberration.

  • Optical Design: 4-element Petzval
  • Optical Glass: FPL 53 ED
  • Aperture: 70mm
  • Focal Length: 350mm (f/5)
  • AudioStar handbox with speech
  • 30,000+ object database
  • GoTo German Equatorial Mount
  • Permanent Periodic Error Correction
  • Integrated ST-4 compatible autoguider port
  • Meade #607 DC Power Cord
  • UK warranty
Meade LX85 70mm APO Quad Astrograph
  • Product code: 217010
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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 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. Assembly Product Weight: 18 kg (38.6 lbs). Assembled Product Dimensions: 120cm x 120cm x 184cm (47.2" x 47.2" x 72.4").

Important : This refractor is an astrograph built for photographic purposes and cannot be used visually.

Meade's LX85 Series features a high-quality, portable, GoTo, German Equatorial Mount. 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. 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.





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Sturdy GoTo mount

The LX85 mount features a vixen-style dovetail, for mounting optical tubes up to 15 kg (33 lbs), coupled with a sturdy build, that ensure smooth tracking performance. With it's included integer gearing in the motor drive, you’ll be able to track through long exposures using permanent periodic error correction (PPEC), another benefit for astrophotography. Seamlessly image the best parts of the night sky with not having to worry about performing a meridian flip. This stable mount can impressively handle slight load imbalances with ease. This mount includes an integrated autoguider port to readily connect to your autoguider camera, making your astro-imaging experience easy and straightforward.

Even more features

If these features weren't already enough, the LX85 mount is compatible with the Meade Zero Image Shift Electronic Micro Focuser (SKU: 07080) and wired illunimated reticles.

AudioStar™ handbox

With the included AudioStar™ hand controller, you have easy access to 30,000-objects, that you can view with a simple press of a button! AudioStar™ features a built-in speaker that plays educational content about the celestial objects you view!

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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 LX85 70mm APO Quad Astrograph
Attribute Specification
Meade Product Code / sku 217010
Universal Product Code (UPC) 709942998832
Warranty 1 year UK warranty by Opticstar Ltd on behalf of Meade Instruments USA
Series LX85
Experience Level Advanced
Clear Aperture 70mm
Focal Length 350mm
Focal Ratio f/5
Optical Design Apochromatic Refractor; 4-element Petzval
Optical Glass FPL 53 ED (extremely low dispersion)
Optical Coatings Fully Multi-Coated
Focuser 2.5" Dual Rack & Pinion, 10:1 Fine Focuser
Dew Shield Fully extendable dew shield
Dovetail Vixen-style
Eyepieces None
Diagonal None
Viewfinder None
Optical Tube Weight 2 kg (4.5 lbs)
Optical Tube Dimensions 31cm x 12cm x 14cm (12.25" x 4.5" x 5.5")
Hand Controller AudioStar™ with speech
AudioStar Speaker Outputs voiced descriptions and information for 500 objects in the database
AudioStar Object Database 30,000 objects
AudioStar Astronomer Inside Included with multiple Guided Tours and "Tonight's Best"
Motors Low-cog 12V DC servo motors; both axes
Periodic Error Correction Permanent periodic error correction (PPEC); updateable permanent PEC for repeatable performance
Control Panel Ports • 12V Power
• Auxiliary
• ST-4 compatible Autoguider Port
• Electronic Focuser
• Illuminated Reticle
Power Requirements 12V DC, 5 Amp power supply (optional)
Accessories Accessory tray & Bubble Level Compass
Counterweight 4.1 kg (9 lbs)
Mount Type German Equatorial Mount with AudioStar® handbox
Software Planetarium software on DVD for Microsoft Windows 10
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)
Assembled Product Dimensions 120cm x 120cm x 165cm (47.2" x 47.2" x 65")
Transit Weight • Box 1 (mount): 21 kg (45 lbs)
• Box 2 (optical tube): 6 kg (11.5 lbs)
Transit Dimensions • Box 1 (mount): 104cm x 52cm x 26cm
• Box 2 (optical tube): 44cm x 22cm x 30cm
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