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Meade LX65 GoTo Mount & Tripod

SKU: 228000

Meade LX65 GoTo Mount & Tripod
Meade LX65 GoTo Mount & Tripod
Meade LX65 GoTo Mount & Tripod
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Meade LX65 GoTo Mount & Tripod

SKU: 228000


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Designed as a mid-level platform for small to medium optical tube assemblies (OTAs) of all types, the Meade Instruments LX65 GoTo Mount & Tripod features a motorized single-arm fork mount that is designed for portability and versatility. It is equipped with two Vixen-style dovetail saddles that allow you to mount an OTA on the primary and mount a secondary OTA or camera rig on an outside saddle. The mount has an integrated handle to make setup and breakdown easier and safer, and a battery compartment for the eight C-cell batteries required to run it and the controller. A stainless steel tripod with a center leg lock that improves stability and dampens vibrations supports the mount and OTA.

The brain of the LX65 is the venerable AudioStar computer controller. Equipped with a database of over 30,000 objects, including the planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and the complete Messier catalog, it can also be programmed with custom user-defined objects. Its intuitive menu-driven user interface provides the power to observe the heavens with ease, especially with features such as guided tours, extended information on popular objects, and multiple alignment options. This updated version of the AudioStar has an integrated speaker so you can listen to a narration about what you are looking at without having to divert your eye or attention from the eyepiece, for added enjoyment.

Mount

  • Motorized single-arm fork
  • Controlled through the AudioStar controller
  • Vixen-style dovetail saddle will accept most small to mid-size OTAs outfitted with compatible rails/bars
  • Secondary Vixen-style dovetail saddle enables dual-mounting of a smaller OTA, guidescope, imaging rig, or wide-field DSLR. 7-pound payload capacity
  • Integrated handle improves security when carrying to observation site and during setup and breakdown
  • Runs on eight user-supplied C-cell batteries or an external 12 VDC power source
  • 15-pound payload capacity enables the use of small to medium optical tubes of all designs plus accessories

AudioStar Controller

  • 2-line LED display
  • 20-key alphanumeric keypad, red LED backlight
  • 68HC11, 8MHz processor
  • Built-in red utility light
  • 30,000+ object database
  • User-friendly menu-driven system navigation
  • Slew speeds: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 0.5°/sec, 1°/sec, 1.5°/sec, 4°/sec (max)
  • Assisted alignment procedures: Easy (Two-star), One-star, Two-star, Three-star
  • Customizable guided tours for specific date, time, and location
  • Built-in speaker provides descriptions of over 500 objects, including scientific data and history
  • Predicts events to plan future astronomy sessions, such as sunrise/sunset, Moon phases/moonrise/moonset, meteor showers, lunar/solar eclipses, and equinoxes/solstices
  • Backlash compensation allows user to train out the intrinsic play between gears to improve GoTo and tracking accuracy
  • Powered by mount to be lighter and easier to use
  • 24" coiled cord
  • Updatable via Internet using RS-232 port

Database Details:

  • Solar system, including Moon, Sun, planets
  • Comets and asteroids
  • 88 major constellations
  • Popular named objects
  • Galaxies, quasars, and nebulae
  • Multiple catalogs including Messier, Caldwell, and NGC
  • Stars, including named stars, SAO catalog, double stars, variable stars
  • Satellites, including the International Space Station (ISS) and Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
  • User-defined astronomical and terrestrial objects

Tripod

  • Adjustable height accommodates a wide variety of users and viewing positions for maximum comfort
  • Center leg lock/brace adds stability and vibration suppression
  • Stainless steel legs offer strength and durability

Specs:

Mount
Mount Type Motorized; Alt-Azimuth Single Fork
GoTo Capability Yes, Audiostar
Payload Capacity Primary: 15 lb / 6.8 kg
Secondary: 7 lb / 3.2 kg
Motor Yes
Polar Axis Scope None
Tripod
Materials Stainless Steel
General
Batteries 8 x C
Adapter 12 VDC (Not Included)
Mounting System Vixen Style
GPS No
Wi-Fi No
Dimensions Not Specified by Manufacturer
Weight 18.7 lb / 8.5 kg (Mount)
8.5 lb / 3.9 kg (Tripod)
27.2 lb / 12.3 kg (Fully Assembled)

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