Meade LX80 Multi-Mount w/AudioStar & Tripod [37-0080-00] - DISCONTINUED
Retail Price: $1,109.00 CDN


About the Meade LX80 GoTo Multi-Mount...

Now you no longer have to make the difficult decision between the ease of setup and operation of an alt-azimuth mount or the versatility and long duration imaging capability of a German equatorial mount. The Meade LX80 Multi-Mount is the only telescope mount that gives you both plus one more- three computerized GOTO mounts for the price of one.

The Meade 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.

The Meade LX80 Multi-Mount is a computerized mount which 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. Meade SmartDrive periodic error correction (active in Polar mode only) dramatically reduces errors providing performance only available on much more expensive mounts, taking your astro imaging to a new level of precision. The complete mount is powered by 8 user supplied "AA" batteries. An optional 12V DC power supply is available for separate purchase. Includes two RS-232 serial interface ports (USB Adapter available separately). An optional plug-in Autoguider port is also available and sold separately.

Meade LX80 Altazimuth/Equatorial Multi-Mount Features...

  • Three mounts in one! Alt-Azimuth, Equatorial, or dual optical tube mount options are easily swapped from one to the other.

  • 40 pound load capacity for Alt-Az and EQ modes, 70 pound capacity in dual OTA mode.

  • Ultra stable 2 inch tripod legs feature levelers at the top of each one for easy fine tuning after set up.

  • Includes two auxiliary ports to connect your additional accessories.

  • Primary and secondary dovetails are made to common industry standards for maximum compatibility with all of your exisiting optical tubes.

  • SmartDrive provides periodic error correction that drastically improves performance over similarly priced mounts.

  • Precision worms and drives for a smooth ride.

  • Includes one 11 pound counterweight.

Meade LX80 Computerized Multi-Mount Specifications...

Equipment Type: LX80 Multi-Mount - EQ and AZ Combo
Tripod: 2 inch steel with fine-tunable levers
CD Rom: AutoStar Suite Planetarium Software
Power: 8 AA batteries or optional AC supply
Tripod Weight: 31.5 lbs.
Mount Weight: 35 lbs.
Counterweights: (1) 11 lb.
Controller: AudioStar
Payload: 40 lbs. in single OTA mode, 70 lbs. in dual OTA mode
Latitude Range: 25 degrees to 90 degrees
Slew Speed: RA and Dec:1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal and 1.5/sec., 3/sec., 6.5/sec
Tracking Rates: Sidereal, lunar or custom selected from 2,000 incremental rates
Tracking Modes: Alt-Azimuth or Equatorial
Database: 30,000 Objects
Construction Finish: Anodized Metallic Blue
PEC: Polar Mode Only
Extra: Include Astronomer Inside
Extra: Pointing Precision in High Precision Mode is 10 Arc Minutes
Meade Product Number: 37-0080-00
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