Designed as a mid-level platform for small to medium optical tube assemblies (OTAs) of all types, theMeade Instruments LX65 GoTo Mount & Tripodfeatures 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.
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