Meade LX85 70mm f/5 Petzval APO Refractor Telescope

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Meade LX85 70mm f/5 Petzval APO Refractor Telescope

The Meade LX85 70mm APO's optical design yields high-resolution images and outstanding contrast for lunar, planetary, and deep-sky viewing! This refractor’s 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 Astrograph’s 4-element Petzval optical design features FPL 53ED (Extremely Low Dispersion) optical glass, yielding outstanding high-contrast and sharp images with nearly no detectable chromatic aberration or “color fringing”. In addition to top-of-the-line optics, the LX85 70mm Petzval Refractor’s sturdy GoTo Mount will handle up to 33lbs 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.


  • 2.5" dual rack & pinion focuser- for ultra-fine focus control
  • Multi-Coated Optics- produce sharp, high contrast images
  • 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.

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"


Back Focus55mm
Camera/Eyepiece ConnectionMale 2" Filter/Wide T—Ring (M48x0.75)
Corrected Image Circle42mm
Dawes Limit1.66 arcseconds
Drive TypeLow Cog 12v DC Servo Motors
Focal Ratiof/5
Free ShippingYes
Head DesignGerman Equatorial
Hightest Magnification140x
Instrument Capacity33 lbs
Light Gathering Power100x
Limiting Magnitude13
Mount Head Weight108lbs
Optical DesignPetzval
Power Consumption12v 5a
Telescope ConnectionVixen Style
Total Weight34.1 lbs
Tripod Weight12.4 lbs
Tube Length311mm
Tube Weight4.5 lbs


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