Meade LX85 5" f/5.8 Doublet Refractor Telescope

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Meade LX85 5" f/5.8 Doublet Refractor Telescope

The Meade LX85 5-Inch (125 mm) Aperture Refractor yields high-resolution images and outstanding contrast for lunar, planetary, and deep-sky viewing! The multi-coated optics coupled with its rigid, yet portable, GoTo German Equatorial Mount will have astroimagers of all levels on their way to chasing celestial objects at a great price!

This refractor's achromat design features a high-quality air-space objective lens, along with optical coatings that will produce beautiful, high-contrast images of the celestial objects you are chasing. In addition to top-of-the-line optics, the LX85 5-inch refractor's sturdy GoTo Mount will handle up to 33-pounds of observing equipment, including an array of different optical tubes, while the sturdy build and low-cog servo motors ensures smooth tracking performance. In addition to handling slight load imbalances, this stable mount’s built-in integer gearing motor drive allows you to track through long exposures using the Smart Drive feature to record Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC).

With the touch of a button, you will gain access to over 30,000 celestial objects and over four hours of educational content with the included AudioStar hand controller and AudioStar's Astronomer Inside.



  • 5-Inch (125 mm) Aperture

  • Achromat Refractor Design- yields high resolution and incredible contrast.

  • AudioStar Controller- controls the telescope to find and track any of over 30,000 celestial objects and gives you an audio guide of astronomical objects including planets, stars, constellations, clusters, nebula, galaxies and much more!

  • Vixen-style Dovetail Receiver- capable of supporting up to 33lbs of observing equipment and ensures smooth tracking performance.

  • Built-in Integer Gearing Motor Drive- handles slight load imbalances with ease. Allows tracking through long exposures using the Smart Drive feature to record permanent periodic error correction (PPEC).

  • Integrated Autoguider Port- readily connect your autoguider camera for an easy and straightforward astro-imaging experience.



Image Note: The polar scope is shown for use purposes only and is not include with the Refractor.  You can purchase the #ME-617006 polar scope separately.


Included Technology

Smart Drive

Smart Drive, or permanent periodic error correction, permits a professional level of drive-trate precision. The significant value of the Smart Drive is immediately appreciated during long-exposure astrophotography, where the resultant lower periodic error of the system enables improved tracking while minimizing guide corrections"


Aperture125 mm (5")
Camera/Eyepiece Connection2" Nosepiece
Dawes Limit0.93 arcseconds
Drive TypeLow Cog 12v DC Servo Motors
Focal Length700 mm
Focal Ratiof/5.6
Free ShippingYes
Head DesignGerman Equatorial
Hightest Magnification250x
Instrument Capacity33 lbs
Light Gathering Power319x
Limiting Magnitude14.2
Mount Head Weight108lbs
Optical DesignDoublet
Power Consumption12v 5a
Telescope ConnectionVixen Style
Total Weight34.1 lbs
Tripod Weight12.4 lbs
Tube Diameter147mm
Tube Length711mm
Tube Weight10.9 lbs


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