Meade DS-2080LNT 80mm/3.1" Achromatic Refracting Go To Telescope with LNT Auto Align & Autostar

SKU: MDDS2080LNT MFR: 20085

About Meade

Meade introduces Digital Series telescopes with Auto-align LNT (Level North Technology) Module with SmartFinder. The little black box that makes alignment faster and easy.
Just enter your point of departure to embark on a tour of the universe.
Meade introduces what everyone's been waiting for: automatic alignment. There's no time and date to enter. No scrolling through a long list of locations. No plodding from star to star. Just give AutoStar your Zip Code and Auto-align automatically aligns your telescope and finds two finetuning stars for you. Center them and you're ready to tour the universe

Two stars are easier than thre
Conventional three-star alignment requires you to first enter your precise time, date and location and then choose, move to, and center, three bright objects in the night sky. This means you have to guess at random which objects are bright enough (only a limited number of objects will work, and in a dark sky everything may look bright to you).You must decide which objects are far enough apart and geometrically diverse enough to work. If one of your objects is too faint, or too close to another star, or in line with your other two objects, your alignment may fail. With Auto-align you simply: A) Enter your zip code. B) Center a star your scope finds for you. C) Repeat. It's that easy.

SmartFinder. The easiest way to center a star.
Another Meade exclusive, SmartFinder, helps novices with one of the early frustrating parts of astronomy: Centering objects in the finder scope. To the veteran, this is easy. But for a novice it can feel like looking for stars through a drinking straw. By contrast, Meade's unique red dot finder lets you look at a wide field of the sky with both simply center the red dot on the object you want to see. Then move to your telescope's eyepiece for a closer look.

More innovation dollar for dol
Because Meade spends more on research and development than any other telescope manufacturer, innovation like Auto-align are always coming down-market from high-end telescopes to every product in our line. Auto-align gives Meade DS telescopes the same precision, ease-of-use, and accuracy of scopes costing hundreds and even thousands of dollar more. It's the fastest, easiest way to alignment. No one else has it. No other telescope in the price range can touch it.

Meade Features

  • 80mm/3.1" Achromatic Refracting Telescope
  • A High Performance GO-TO telescope
  • Built-in internal tracking motors, gears and cords
  • LNT Module: Electronic compass, electronic level, precise time, advanced red projection-point finder.
  • Over 1400 fascinating celestial objects Database
  • Two Premium 4-element Super Plossl eyepieces included
  • Pristine, ultra high-contrast images

Meade Specifications

Optical Design
Achromatic Refractor
Focal Length, Focal Ratio
80mm (3.14") diameter (f/10),
800mm focal length refractor. Silver tube.
Optical Coatings
8 1.5-volt "AA" Alkaline Batteries
Compatibilty to PC
With Optional #505 Cable
Mount Type
Altazimuth Mount: Streamlined single-tine fork mount provides smoother, more rigid motions in altitude and azimuth.
Smart Finder Red Dot
Aluminum - Full Size
Autostar Control System with LNT: Includes #494 Autostar with 9-speed controller and automatic GO TO capability to any of over 1400 celestial objects. Includes internalized motors, cords, gears and battery compartment (requires 8 AA-sized user-supplied batteries).
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