Meade SKU: 217010 | Helix SKU: ME217010
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 "color 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)f or 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 4.5 lbs and has dimensions of 12.25" x 4.5" x 5.5".
Meade's new 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 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.
The LX85 mount features a vixen-style dovetail, for mounting optical tubes up to 33lbs, 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 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.
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!
|Focus System||2.5" Dual Rack & Pinion, 10:1 Fine Focuser|
|Optical Design||Apochromatic Refractor|
|Optical Coatings||Fully Multi-Coated|
|Focuser Mechanism||2.5" Dual Rack & Pinion, 10:1 Fine Focuser|
|Object Database||30,000 objects|
|Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC)||Yes|
|Control Panel||12v Power, HBX, Aux1, ST-4 Autoguider Port, DEC, Electronic Focuser, Illuminated Reticle|
|Power Source||12v DC, 5 Amp Power Supply (Optional)|
|Assembled Product Weight||38.6 lbs.|