Meade LX850 Mount with StarLock and Tripod

The new standard in astrophotograhic performance.

  • Rock-solid platform
  • StarLock automatic guider
  • Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC)
  • AutoStar II handbox
  • 145,000+ object database
  • Giant Field Tripod
  • UK warranty
Meade LX850 Mount with StarLock and Tripod
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Meade Instruments proudly introduces the new standard in astrophotograhic performance, the LX850 mount with StarLock dual imager full time autoguider. Includes AutoStar II GOTO system with over 145,000 object library and all the features an advanced visual observer or astrophotographer would ever want. Take your imaging to the next level.

The LX850 mount, constructed of machined stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminium is a rock-solid platform for the most demanding applications, with a 41 kg (90 lbs) payload capacity and pointing accuracy as good as one arcminute.

Features include precision roller bearings on each axis, a 1.75” (4.45cm) stainless steel RA shaft, 5.8" (14.7cm) main gears, fine manual adjustment controls on both axes, illuminated reticle output port, telescope to computer USB cable and AutoStar Suite software. Mount main body weight is 25 kg (55 lbs). The fully height adjustable - 74cm to 115cm (29 to 45") - tripod features massive 7.62cm (3") diameter stainless steel legs for rock steady performance and weighs 16.3 kg (36 lbs).






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Includes StarLock- the revolutionary new technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic. With Meade's exclusive LightSwitch technology at its core, StarLock uses an 80mm f/5 optic and two camera sensor system to provide computer assisted polar alignment using the drift method. Once aligned the StarLock is guiding the mount in real time, and even automatically programs periodic error correction, achieving a guiding accuracy of up to 1 arcsecond in good seeing and with the capability of guiding on stars as faint as 11th magnitude.


The LX850 features DC-servo motors on each axis with a maximum slew speed of 3 degrees per second, allowing slewing 180 degrees to the opposite side of the sky in one-minute flat. Fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal, with faster slewing at 2x, 8x, 16x, or 1/4, 1/2, 1 or 3 degrees per second.


The mount and all electronics are externally powered by the included Meade Universal Power Supply (12V). An external DC battery or power pack may also be used; Meade #607 Power Cord sold separately. The mount includes both mechanical locks and slow-motion manual controls in both axis if for some reason you found yourself without power.

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

'Sky & Telescope' review

"...the LX850 Astro-Imaging System is a quantum leap forward. It has done for deep-sky astrophotography what Go To telescopes did for observing, turning what many consider a daunting task into something that can be done with push-button ease. It’s quite an accomplishment."

Review by Dennis di Cicco, 'Sky & Telescope' magazine, December 2013.


A smarter telescope system - only from Meade

Drawing on over 40 years of experience and innovation, Meade Instruments introduces the latest in a long line of advanced astronomical products: the LX850. Using revolutionary new technology, every aspect of this amazing telescope system has been designed to deliver the new standard in astrophotographic and visual performance.

Precision machined, solid German equatorial mount

Constructed of machined stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminium, the LX850 mount presents a rock-solid platform with precision roller bearings on both axes and a 1.75" (4.45 cm) stainless steel R.A. shaft. Its 0.68" (1.73 cm) diameter brass worms and 5.8" (14.7 cm) diameter, 225-tooth aluminium gears deliver smooth, precise movement with up to a 40 kg (90-pound) instrument load. A fully-computerized GoTo mount with GPS, the LX850 comes with a database of over 145,000 objects. All this set atop a new super-stable tripod.

StarLock - full time automatic guiding

StarLock is the revolutionary new technology that makes target acquisition on your imaging sensor and accurate guiding during exposures completely automatic. StarLock uses an 80mm f/5 optic and a super wide-angle lens in a two-camera system that automatically finds your target in high-precision, immediately captures a field star as dim as 11th magnitude and then guides to an accuracy of one arcsecond. There's no need for a separate guide or computer and the StarLock requires no user focusing or guide star selection. StarLock automatically programs periodic error correction and then corrects for any other errors down to virtually zero.

With the robust German equatorial mount and the revolutionary StarLock system, the LX850 is the smartest and most complete astro-imaging solution available.

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Meade LX850 Mount with StarLock and Tripod
Attribute Specification
Meade Product Code / sku 37-0850-00
Universal Product Code (UPC) 709942600605
Warranty 1 year UK warranty by Opticstar Ltd on behalf of Meade Instruments USA
Series LX850
Experience Level Advanced
Telescope Mounting Precision machined German equatorial mount
Payload Capacity 41 kg (90 lbs)
Hand Controller AutoStar II
Object Database 145,000 objects
Pointing Precision 1.0 arc-minute (+/-); High Precision Mode
Periodic Error Correction Both Axes
Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) Yes
StarLock™ Yes
StarLock Wide-field Camera 25mm x 26mm f/1.04 optic with 1/2 inch format CMOS sensor gives field of 14.72 x 11.78 degrees
StarLock Narrow-field Camera 80mm x 400mm f/5 optic with 1/2 inch format CMOS sensor gives fi eld of 57.2 x 45.8 arcminutes (2.68 arcseconds/pixel)
StarLock High-precision Pointing +/- 1 arcminute
StarLock High-precision Guiding +/- 1 arcsecond (with good seeing. 1-4 second correction update rate depending on star magnitude. Faintest guide star 11th mag.)
StarLock High-precision Alignment Semi-automatic drift align procedure for ultra-precise polar alignment
StarLock Weight 1.2 kg (2.7 lbs)
Slow Motion Controls Electronic
Slew Speeds RA and Dec: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x sidereal and 0.25°/sec, 0.5°/sec, 1°/sec, and 3°/sec (max)
Tracking Rates Sidereal, Lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates
Periodic Error Correction Permanent periodic error correction (PPEC)
Control Panel Ports • On/Off Switch
• 12vDC Power Input
• 12vDC Power Output
• Illuminated Reticle
• Handbox (HBX) Port
• RS-232 Port
• StarLock Port
• Aux Guide Port
• Focuser
Power Requirements 12v DC, 5 amp Meade Universal Power Supply included
Mount Type Germal equatorial mount
GPS Receiver Yes
Time Chip Yes
Smart Mount™ Yes
Smart Drive™ Yes
Tripod Giant Field Tripod
Anti-vibration Pads Included
Mount Main Body Weight 25 kg (55 lbs)
Tripod Weight 23 kg (50 lbs)
Tripod Dimensions 86cm x 137cm (34” to 54”) variable
Transit Weight • Box 1 (mount body): 32 kg
• Box 2 (mount accessories): 20 kg
• Box 3 (counterweight): 14 kg
• Box 4 (tripod): 27 kg
Transit Dimensions • Box 1 (mount body): 54cm x 41cm x 79cm
• Box 2 (mount accessories): 72cm x 42cm x 28cm
• Box 3 (counterweight): 27cm x 27cm x 14cm
• Box 4 (tripod): 49cm x 44cm x 111cm
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Astro images
08 February 2019

Reviewed by Dennis di Cicco, Sky & Telescope magazine....the LX850 Astro-Imaging System is a quantum leap forward.

24 June 2016

Meade's Scott Byrum demonstrates to Dennis di Cicco from Sky & Telescope magazine the LX600, LX850, ETX Observer and LightBridge Mini telescopes. Plus, the Stella Wi-Fi Adapter.