Meade LX85 GoTo German Equatorial Mount
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Meade LX85 GoTo German Equatorial Mount
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.
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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"
|Drive Type||Low Cog 12v DC Servo Motors|
|Instrument Capacity||33 lb|
|Mount Head Weight||10.8lb|
|Telescope Connection||Vixen Style|
|Total Weight||34.1 lb|
|Tripod Weight||12.4 lb|
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.
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.