Meade ETX80 Observer Telescope with Backpack

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  • Aperture: 80mm (3.15")
  • Focal Ratio: f/5
  • Focal Length: 400mm
  • Optical Design: Achromatic Refractor


Meade ETX80 Observer Telescope with Backpack

The Meade ETX80 Observer Backpack Version Telescope. It's onboard computer knows the night sky. After a short alignment procedure, your telescope will be ready to take you on a tour of the universe, and you will see more objects in one night than Galileo saw in a lifetime! See planets like Saturn and Jupiter, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more.

This new and improved ETX80 telescope is truly the ideal choice for any beginning astronomer in search of new and interesting experiences, with it's computerized mount, fast focal ratio, and solid optical quality. The ETX80 Observer fully equips the modern explorer with a sophisticated, automated and portable telescope. Its dual-purpose design includes a removable OTA that is ideal for both day or night observing and includes exceptional features like AudioStar, GOTO technology, and large 30,000 object database.

The ETX80 Observer comes with a number of features and accessories, including: Backpack for the mount/OTA; AudioStar handbox controller with over 30,000 objects and a built-in speaker; lightweight but sturdy adjustable height tripod; internal flip function Barlow lens to increase the magnification of the eyepiece in use; Flip mirror to let light focus to the rear of the telescope allowing attachment of a camera on the back of the scope; dew shield to prevent dew buildup and block stray light; Multi-coated optics for higher contrast and brighter details; 45 degree roof prism for a more comfortable viewing position; bubble level/compass to make sure your tripod and mount are level; achromatic design to reduce optical aberrations.

Included Technology

Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)

Specialized Multi-layered coating that are preciesely designed to improve the performance of your telescopes optics. You'll see brighter star clusters, more fine details in nebulas, and more surface features on planets with UHTC than without. Averaged over the entire visible spectrum, total light transmission to the focus increases by 15%.


Case Included?Yes
Dew Shield IncludedYes
Diagonal Included1.25 Inch Star Diagonal
Eyepiece(s) Included 26mm & 9.7mm Super Plossls
Finder IncludedRed Dot Finder
Free ShippingYes
Hand Controller IncludedAudioStar
Highest Useful Magnification190x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude12
Mount DesignAzimuth
Mount TypeComputerized GoTo
Objects in Database30000
Optical DesignDoublet
Software IncludedAutoStar Suite
Telescope Aperture80 mm (3.15")
Telescope Focal Length400mm
Telescope Focal Ratiof/5
Telescope SeriesMeade ETX
Total Telescope Weight11.72 lbs
Tube Color or FinishMeade Gloss Blue
Warranty1 Year Warranty


  • Meade 80mm f/5 achromatic refractor on GoTo mount
  • AudioStar Handbox
  • AutoStar Suite Software
  • 9.7mm Super Plossl Eyepiece
  • 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece
  • 45 Degree Erect Prism
  • Red Dot Viewfinder
  • Dew Shield
  • Backpack
  • PECF
  • Adjustable Height Tripod
  • Instructions


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  • I know the OTA is removable. Would it be possible to mount a Coronado Solarmax 60 in the forks without to much trouble?

    Good afternoon and thanks for asking. I'm afraid that combination isn't possible. The mounting base isn't compatible with standard V or D size bars that a Coronado would use. The other issue is that if it were possible to attach the scope, it would only b

  • Can it be used in daytime

    This would be a great daytime use telescope. Perfect for wildlife or ships on the ocean viewing.

  • Does the backpack full loaded fit in an airline carry on space?

    The backpack would fit with most domestic and some international airlines, but you would likely need to put the tripod through checked luggage.

  • Would recommend this scope for use with the Daystar Quark solar filter?

    Unfortunately, no. This scope was not designed to carry the extra weight of a Quark and eyepiece, and the ETX80 has a limited amount of focus travel. You would be better mounting the quark to a more conventional refractor with a 2"+ focuser.

  • Does the back pack fit the tripod as well


  • Does the back pack fit the tripod as well

    Unfortunately, no, although you can strap the tripod to the outside rear of the backpack by slipping one or more legs through the elastic compression straps on the back.