Meade LX85 8" ACF f/10 Telescope Bundle - ME-217006

  • Produce a Flatter, Coma-free Field of View with Pinpoint Images!
  • Computerized Telescope.
  • Aperture: 203 mm (8 inches).
  • Focal Ratio: f/10.
  • This product is currently expected to be back in stock in late 2020, per the manufacturer.


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Meade LX85 8" ACF f/10 Telescope Bundle - ME-217006


The Meade LX85 8-inch ACF Telescope delivers a high level of optical performance, giving a flatter coma-free field of view with pinpoint images. This telescope’s optics coupled with its portable German Equatorial Mount delivers top-notch performance for beginner astronomers and experienced astrophotographers alike!

The LX85’s Vixen-style dovetail receiver is capable of supporting up to 33 pounds of observing equipment, including an array of different optical tubes, while the sturdy build and low-cog servo motors ensure 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 technology.

Meade LX85 ACF SCT Telescope Features

  • Advanced Coma-Free Optics.
  • Primary Mirror Lock- eliminates focus and mirror shift during long exposures.
  • Oversized Primary Mirror- the primary mirror is larger in diameter than its listed aperture. This additional 1/4-inch yields a wider, fully illuminated field-of-view, and allows you to see the light other telescopes leave behind.
  • Meade Ultra-High Transmission Coatings- increases total light transmission and image brightness by nearly 20% over Meade's standard coatings. Objects such as stars, galaxies, and nebulae will appear significantly brighter.
  • 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 33 pounds 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

Advanced Coma-Free Optics (ACF)

Building from a classic RC design, Meade created a new design with coma-free pinpoint star images and flatter field. The ACF design reduces astigmatism and eliminates dffraction spikes found in classical RCs. TheACF is the perfect plattfor for the demanding researcher and imaging enthusiast with telescopes available in aperture of 6-inches, 8-inches,10-inches, 12-inches, 14-inches, and 16-inches

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"

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%.


Aperture203 mm (8")
Camera/Eyepiece Connection2" Nosepiece
Dawes Limit0.57 arcseconds
Drive TypeLow Cog 12v DC Servo Motors
Focal Length2032 mm
Focal Ratiof/10
Free ShippingYes
Head DesignEquatorial
Highest Magnification406x
Instrument Capacity33 lbs
Light Gathering Power841x
Limiting Magnitude15.3
Mount Head Weight10.8lbs
Optical DesignModified SCT
Power Consumption12v 5a
Slew SpeedSlew Speed
Telescope ConnectionVixen Style
Total Weight34.1 lbs
Tripod Weight12.4 lbs
Tube Diameter249mm
Tube Length460mm
Tube Weight11.5 lbs
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Sass .M
United States United States
lx85 is kind of a lemon

I bought one after a week of light usage stopped turning on..... went to the store got a replacement and now the replacement which is brand new has jerking and knockong issues with its DEC/RA Axis,all in 1 month of usage........MEADE quality control needs to step up their game