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Meade LX85 GoTo German Equatorial Mount

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  • Maximize Your Viewing Experience With Precise Tracking and Support!
  • Features AudioStar: 30,000+ Object-Database!
  • GoTo German Equatorial Mount with 33-pound Payload Capacity.
  • Low-Cog Servo-Motors for Pointing and Tracking Accuracy.
  • Integrated ST-4 Compatible Autoguider Port.

 

Product Details

  • The Meade LX85 GoTo German Equatorial Mount delivers top-notch performance for beginner astronomers and experienced astrophotographers alike! Capable of handling a wide variety of optical tubes and equipment, this reliable mount carries you through all your night sky journeys!

    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.

    Special Features Of The Meade LX85 GoTo German Equatorial Mount

    • 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.
    • AudioStar Hand Controller-view over 30,000 celestial objects and access over four hours of educational content.
    • Weight Capacity-33-pounds.

    Full Specifications List

    • Mount Type: German Equatorial.
    • Hand Control: AudioStar.
    • Software DVD: Autostar Suite Astronomer Edition.
    • Supports ASCOM: Yes, via AudioStar Controller.
    • Motors: Dual Axis Low-Cog 12V DC Servo.
    • Dovetail: Vixen Style.
    • Mount Dimensions: 4.8 x 12.4 x 13.2-inches.
    • Tripod Dimensions (Collapsed): 39.5 x 5.75 x 6.25-inches.
    • Tripod Material: Aluminum castings with 1.75-inch diameter steel legs.
    • Tripod Height: Minimum is 31.5 inches and the maximum is 43.5 inches.
    • Counterweight: One, 9-pound.
    • Assembled Mount Weight: 34.1-pound.
    • Assembled Mount Dimensions: 47.2 x 47.2 x 5.8-inches.
    • Accessories: Bubble Level Compass and Tripod Accessory Tray.
    • Continued below.
  • specifications

    ComputerizedComputerized
    Drive TypeLow Cog 12v DC Servo Motors
    Free ShippingYes
    Head DesignEquatorial
    Instrument Capacity33 lb
    Mount Head Weight10.8lb
    PECYes
    PortsAutoguider
    PortsAUX
    PortsDEC
    PortsHBX
    Telescope ConnectionVixen Style
    Total Weight34.1 lb
    Tripod Weight12.4 lb
  • included items

    • Maximize Your Viewing Experience With Precise Tracking and Support!
    • Features AudioStar: 30,000+ Object-Database!
    • GoTo German Equatorial Mount with 33-pound Payload Capacity.
    • Low-Cog Servo-Motors for Pointing and Tracking Accuracy.
    • Integrated ST-4 Compatible Autoguider Port.

     

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01/07/2021
Bill
United States United States
Goog Value for the money

I bought this mount primarily because of the payload specs. Can it really hold20- 33 lbs and track effectively? So far so good. The mount works well. Motors are not that noisy, I don't see what the big deal is about. I did adapt the QHY polemaster to the scope and that is far better than the built in polar scope. Other than that, the mount tracks very well, set up is easy and so is using the audiostar controller. Also has a auto guide port, all for a very good price. No complaints

CN
11/05/2020
Cleston N.
United States United States
Save yourself from the frustration

Hi Opt you know that I love you guys but I have to say the **** truth that no one want to talk about. This mount don’t deliver what’s supposed to. Simple, just put your money somewhere else and save yourself from the frustration to have something bad designed and engineered. Just read some reviews on CN and you’ll see what I’m talking about. From too noise to inverted circuits so you have to use exclusively Meade cables to connect it on your Pc or Mac. Just don’t buy it. Again... OPT team I really love you guys!

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05/18/2020
Anonymous
United States United States
Meade LX 85

Mount delivers as advertised. Both Dec and RA bearings are smooth but drive motors are somewhat noisy. FYI:This the first equatorial mount I installed a Meade LX10 EMC 8” SCT. Had to fabricate a weight and mount it opposite the 8x50 scope to balance SCT. I also recommend a good level, the provided Disc bubble level is not accurate. Love the Audiostar! Easy setup. I definitely recommend this mount.

GL
04/02/2020
George L.
United States United States
Meade LX85 GoTo German Equatorial Mount

I was torn between and IOptron Goto mount and this one but since all of my gear is Meade I decided on the LX85. My impressions are the tripod legs need a heavier screw to keep them in position. The Meade Audiostar controller is slow to respond to initiation and get going. When the telescope is set in the home position and the date, location, and time are set the first star align was Sirius and the telescope pointed way off the point. That was probably my fault. The slew motors are noisy at the higher speeds Most of the reviews I read confirm this. On the positive note it carries my Meade 8 inch SCT with a ***** mounting bar and requires an extra weight to balance the OTA. I can not see the Pole Star from my house so Polar alignment is hap hazzard. It is nice to use with my William Optics Zenithstar refractor since it is relatively light. More experience should iron out these difficulties.