Meade ETX-80, 80mm Achromatic Refractor Telescope with Motorized Altazimuth Mount, Autostar Computerized Hand Controller & Tripod


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About Meade ETX-80

The ETX-80 is a powerful companion for exploring the universe at an incredibly attractive price. For the casual observer interested in viewing the Moon, planets, bright deep-space objects, and terrestrial landmarks, the ETX-80 is the perfect instrument.

The #494 Autostar computer system with integrated, factory calibrated time chip, permits the automatic location of over 1400 celestial objects. Just enter the object you wish to observe on to the Autostar display, and press GO TO.

The scope Features a built in Flip-in Barlow Lens, Field Tripod and two Super Plossl eyepieces 9.7mm and 26mm. Meade's 1 year warranty.

Meade ETX-80 Features

  • Additional Features of the ETX-80
  • Flip-Mirror System:
    For observing in the standard 90° position, flip the internal, optical flat mirror "up." For terrestrial observing with the optional #933 45° Erecting Prism or for photography with the optional #64ST T-Adapter, flip the mirror "down."
  • Ultra portable and Simple to Use:
    Easy to carry to any observing location, whether a distant mountain top or your own back yard, the Meade ETX-80AT telescope brings the excitement of astronomy to users of any age.
  • Just place the telescope on any flat surface (or use the standard-equipment field tripod), do a quick, easy alignment of the telescope's computer to the sky, and start observing. Six internal (user-supplied) AA-batteries power the ETX-80AT for about 20 hours.
  • Included as standard equipment with the ETX-80AT, the #494 Autostar controller permits the automatic location of over 1400 celestial objects, including all of the objects located in the telescope's onboard database.
  • Just enter the object you wish to observe on to the Autostar display, press GO TO, and watch as the telescope moves rapidly in seconds to place the object in the telescope's field of view.
  • One observing session validates the prediction made by Sky & Telescope that "The ETX/Autostar concept will go down as the greatest happening in amateur astronomy yet."
  • Objects stored in the #494 Autostar's database include the entire range of celestial phenomena and are designed to keep the active observer busy for many a starlit evening.
  • The above database listing has been specifically chosen as suitable for observing with the ETX-80AT and provides an excellent introduction to the diversity of astronomical objects visible through the telescope.
  • In addition to its object-locating capabilities Autostar permits pushbutton centering of objects within the telescopic field at any of nine selectable speeds. Once Autostar locates an object, it directs the telescope automatically to track the object across the sky, compensating fully and precisely for the effects of the Earth's axial rotation.

Meade ETX-80 Specifications

Optical Design
Achromatic Refractor
Clear Aperture
80mm (3.1")
Focal Length, Focal Ratio
400mm f/5
Near Focus (approx.)
17 ft. (5.2m)
Resolving Power (arc secs.)
Optical Coatings
multi-coated objective lens
Limiting Visual Stellar Magnitude
Image Scale
Maximum Practical Visual Power
Optical Tube Dimensions (dia. x length)
3.6" dia. x 12" (9.3cm x 30.4cm)
MA9mm, MA25mm
Telescope Mounting
fork type; double tine
Setting Circle Diameters
Dec.: 3.7"; RA: 7"
RA and Dec. Motor Drive Systems
DC servo motors with encoders, both axes; 9-volts DC
Slow-Motion Controls
electric, 9-speed, both axes
Autostar Controller
included (#494)
Hemispheres of Operation
North and South
Batteries (user-supplied)
6 x AA
Battery Life (approx.)
20 hrs
Dec.: Acetal; RA: Nylon
Materials: Tube Body Mounting
high-impact ABS aluminum
Tripod; net weight
#882 Field Tripod; 6 lbs.
Telescope Dimensions
15" x 7.3" x 8.5"
Telescope Net Weight, less tripod
6.8 lbs. (3.0 kg)
Telescope Shipping Weight, less tripod
11.9 lbs (5.4 kg)
Mfr #

Meade ETX-80 Reviews

Reviewed by 1 customers

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the build is a little cheap.


from garnerville NY,  -  Avid Adventurer

the tripod needs to be handle carefully.and is china made.but for a begginer would be great.


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Shopper  what magnification power does the telescope have?
RICHARD S  The Meade ETX-80 : The maximum amount of magnification for a 3.1inch aperture 'scope would 140x-150x. (refractor) that is, about 50x the inch of aperture.
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