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Meade ETX80 Observer Telescope with Backpack

SKU : ME-205002

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  • This is a wonderful portable telescope that you can bring with you almost anywhere to observe with and have a super fast set-up time.
  • A convenient has been included for you to travel with.
  • Aperture: 80 mm (3.15-inch)
  • Focal Ratio: f/5
  • Focal Length: 400 mm
  • Optical Design: Achromatic Refractor

Product Details

  • 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.

  • specifications

    Aperture80 mm (3.15")
    Case Included?Yes
    Dew Shield IncludedYes
    Diagonal Included1.25 Inch Star Diagonal
    Finder IncludedRed Dot Finder
    Focal Length400mm
    Focal Ratiof/5
    Free ShippingYes
    Hand Controller IncludedAudioStar
    Head DesignAltitude Azimuth
    Highest Useful Magnification190x
    Limiting Stellar Magnitude12
    Objects in Database30000
    Optical DesignDoublet Refractor
    Software IncludedAutoStar Suite
    Total Telescope Weight11.72 lbs
    Tube Color or FinishMeade Gloss Blue
    Warranty1 Year Warranty
  • included items

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

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Robert W.
United States United States
Nice Portable Budget Observatory

I got mine in a bundle pack that came with a power tank and 20 foot cord. If you know what you're buying this for, then you will be pleased. If you don't, you may end up frustrated and hating the thing. I bought this telescope to educate myself in the basic second steps of astrophotography and to train myself in how to set up and utilize a GOTO mount. The first basic steps of astrophotography I think are to hold your phone up to a manually-controlled telescope. Which you can do with this one (it can be used without power, make note!) but you would be overpaying if that was all you wanted to do. The next step is to hook a camera up to the eyepiece or in this telescope's optional terrestrial port. Even better would be to get the telescope to track something so you don't have to keep adjusting the field of view for your shot. This telescope does all that. I call the secondary viewport the terrestrial port because if you hook a camera up to it (which focuses well with a DSLR) the telescope can not aim higher than about 50-60 degrees before your camera strikes the mount, restricting this port to mostly terrestrial observations. If you hook the DSLR up to the 90-degree eyepiece port then you will need a barlow lens to achieve focus with it. Overall, not the best imaging scope with a DSLR, but still do-able. I'd recommend just using a smartphone or an entry-level planetary imaging camera like the ZWO ASI 120 MC. However, with the Orion Nebula at just the right altitude I was able to get a good image (after taking many and using stacking techniques) using a Canon Rebel SL2 and the terrestrial viewport. (scroll down for the orion neb photo) It's also great for imaging globular clusters and the Moon using a small planetary camera in the eyepiece port. Haven't tried planets yet. It has no equatorial wedge and so you will be restricted to short exposures, but the mount does have an EQ mode programmed into it so if you can make your own wedge then this is a cool thing to experiment with. Which I have and it works! Much to every EQ-Snob's shagrin, it managed to keep good alignment with a cardboard tube holding it up at a 48 degree angle (my altitude) but I would NOT recommend this unless you don't have heart problems :) Visual Performance: For using this just as a viewing telescope, I see no deal-breaking issues. The tripod is indeed flimsy, but also very lightweight and will hold your telescope just fine. If you find the shaking too intolerable, adding some weight to the legs really solves this, which might be what the hook at the bottom of the eyepiece tray was designed for. Orion, Hercules Glob, Andromeda Galaxy, The Moon, Saturn and Jupiter all look cute. Small little versions of each one. No eye-popping details like in a 10" Dobsonian or crisp, colorless craters like an APO, but you can gaze at Tycho Crater and tease the Great Red Spot with much satisfaction. I haven't managed to see the Cassini Division, but I could make out the Rings of Saturn. The Pleiades was perhaps my favorite thing to look at with the ETX 80. It captures excellent wide field views and in dark enough conditions any 80mm will show you things a hundred times better than what you would normally see with your ***** eyes. The internal barlow requires a ton of focus adjusting once engaged because it's the tube itself that is the focuser. Indeed, the entire ota will extend and retract to achieve focus, which lends to a more compact design and ability to "shrink" before putting it away in the backpack. I use a zoom lens instead. The focuser is very fine and makes small adjustments so you will be using it a lot. After a solid year of use it has become much smoother and i've gotten used to its angle and feel, but it's still an awkward little thing compared to most focusers. Terrestrial use is awesome. We got a lot of bald eagles around here in the puget northwest and they look great even over a mile away through the ETX 80. All in all, I'd buy this scope again if all I had was $400, a phone, and a decent pair of eyes. It's motors work just fine. They are noisy but they do the job well and I can keep stars in the center of my view for up to an hour using just the "easy" alignment. There is options for high-precision tracking which helps with photography. Lastly, I've dropped this thing 4 feet onto the ground while it's clutches were engaged. I heard the gears grind as the OTA changed direction due to the sudden impact. It rolled slightly and there were accompanying noises of clicks and clacks along with the grind. That was day 2 after owning it and I took the photo of the Orion Nebula 3 months later. It's a travel GOTO scope for sure. Be sure to do your research on EVERY ASPECT of whatever telescope you plan to buy or run the risk of disappointing yourself with a mismatched purchase! It's done everything I wanted it to do and more within the budget I had. What more could I want? 5/5

Dan H.
Good scope, terrible tripod

I recently purchased an ETX 125 because I am not happy with this scope. The ETX 80 has ok optics for what it is, but the tripod is useless. I cannot believe that Meade would market this scope for camping and include this lightweight tripod. I can use it by hanging a gallon of water on the hook at the bottom of the tripod, but vibration during focusing makes the terrible focuser on the telescope even worse. A better tripod would have made the ETX 80 a keeper. Get an ETX 90 or ETX 125 instead if you can afford it. The ETX 80 feels more like a toy.

United States United States
Disappointed on “New” Condition

The telescope front metal tube had slipped below the tube bracket and the bracket appears to have been attempted to be attached with the metal tube under it resulting an important bracket screw having been stripped. The 9V battery clip was malformed. These conditions took a lot of the fun out of having the scope.