Meade 10" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope with LX80 Multi-Mount

SKU: MDLX8010SCOT MFR: 1010-08-01

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About Meade

The Meade 10" SC Schmidt-Cassegrain includes (254mm) f/10 optical tube with industry leading Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) achieving 15% better light transmission than standard coatings, thermally stable oversized primary mirror, and water-white glass corrector plate unlike the inferior plate glass used by some other telescope manufacturers. The result is a spectacular viewing experience not available on competitors' SC telescopes.

The LX80 Multi-Mount operates in three modes: German equatorial, single OTA alt-az and dual OTA alt-az. Setting up in any mode is quick and easy, while tapered roller bearings in each axis ensure rock solid performance with a total payload of up to 40 pounds in German EQ or single OTA alt-az modes and an amazing 75 pounds in the dual OTA configuration. Mount weight is 35 pounds. The all new fully height adjustable (30.5" to 47") tripod features built in leg levelers at the top of each leg, 2" diameter stainless steel legs for ultimate stability and durability and weighs an additional 31.5 pounds. Latitude range in polar mode is 25 to 90 degrees.

This complete GOTO computerized scope comes fully equipped with the Meade AudioStar handbox with over 30,000 object library, 10 arcminute pointing accuracy (5 arcminutes with High Precision mode active) and Astronomer Inside digital audio technology with audio files on over 500 objects. An optional 12V DC power supply is available for separate purchase. Includes two RS-232 serial interface ports (USB Adapter available separately).

Meade Features

  • Industry-standard Vixen Saddle and Dovetail: The LX80 features the industry-standard Vixen saddle and dovetail bar, providing an open platform capable of supporting many other optical tubes
  • Heavy-duty mount: Rock-solid, stable platform with precision worm gear drives on both axes for both visual and astrophotographic requirements
  • Sectional counterweight shaft: Allows for selecting the ideal shaft length for counterbalancing or dual-tube configurations
  • Multi-mount adjustment: Quickly change between alt-az mode and German Equatorial mode
  • Control panel: Includes power connector, handbox port and two auxiliary ports for connecting optional equipment
  • Audiostar computer-control handbox: With its Astronomer Inside digital audio technology, everyone around the telescope can listen and learn about the 500-plus celestial objects contained in its database, including planets, nebulae, star clusters, the Moon and much more
  • Fine-tune tripod adjusters: Quickly and easily level your tripod for optimum pointing accuracy
  • Stainless-steel tripod legs: Two inch diameter legs provide a stable foundation

Meade Specifications

Optical Design
Clear Aperture
254mm (10")
Focal Length, Focal Ratio
1016mm; f/4
Resolving Power (arc secs.)
Optical Coatings
MgF2; standard aluminum
Limiting Visual Magnitude
Limiting Photographic Magnitude
Image Scale (degs./inch)
1.42 Degree / inch
Maximum Practical Visual Power
35mm Angular Film Coverage
1.34 Degree x 1.91 Degree
Secondary Mirror Obstruction
3.19"; 10.2%
Tube Body
Enameled Steel
Mount Castings
Correcting Plate/Lens
Pyrex Glass
Objective Lens
Clear Float Glass
Field Tripod Height
27" - 43" / 69 - 109.2 cm
12V DC
Slew Speeds
1x sidereal to 6.5 degrees/second
Pointing Accuracy
10 arcminutes (5 arcminutes in High-Precision Mode)
Latitude Range
25 to 90 degrees (German EQ Mode)
Telescope: 85 lbs / 38.5 kg
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