Celestron 80 LCM 80mm f/11 achromatic go-to altazimuth refractor

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The Celestron 80LCM is a substantial, yet very affordable and very portable, 80mm refractor on a battery-operated computerized go-to mount that will get you and the whole family up close and personal with the sky by night and nature by day . . .
Our Product #: LCM80
Celestron Product #: 22051
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Product Description

This Celestron 80LCM telescope has:
• 80mm f/11.25 fully-coated achromatic refractor optics
• computerized go-to altazimuth mount
• pre-assembled aluminum tripod
• StarPointer red dot finder
• 25mm (36x) and 9mm (100x) 1.25" eyepieces
• 1.25" 90° star diagonal
• 2-year warranty

You don't have to know anything about right ascension and declination or how to find the north celestial pole or how to read a star chart to find your way around the sky with the Celestron 80LCM 80mm go-to refractor. Its easy SkyAlign alignment technology and StarPointer red dot LED finder make lining up on the sky a breeze. Once aligned, the scope's NexStar-technology computer hand control will find more than 4,000 celestial objects for you and will track them unerringly while you observe at your leisure. With its pre-assembled adjustable height aluminum tripod and easy no-tool assembly, the Celestron 80LCM can be up and ready to take you on a tour of the Universe in a matter of minutes.

The Celestron 80LCM is a good choice for a beginning astronomer who wants to do some more-than-casual looking at the heavens, but at a surprisingly inexpensive price. This Celestron 80LCM has 80mm achromatic refractor optics with 77% more light gathering capacity than a 60mm scope. That means visibly brighter deep space images and the ability to see many more faint objects than a 60mm scope could ever hope to show. It has a third higher resolution than a 60mm scope as well, to let you see more sharper and detailed views of the Moon, planets, binary stars, and star clusters.

The Celestron 80LCM has all the features and optical performance needed to keep a casual backyard astronomer happily observing for years to come. And it can be used for terrestrial observing, too - birdwatching, scanning the scenery from the home with a view, and more.

This Telescope's Optical System . . .

Achromatic refractor optical system: 80mm aperture (900mm focal length f/11.25) aluminum tube. The tube is connected to the mount by a no-tool quick release dovetail for fast assembly. Fully coated optics for high light transmission and good contrast. A good-sized lens shade is provided to shield the lens from ambient light for improved contrast and retard the formation of dew for maximum uninterrupted observing time.

Finder: StarPointer non-magnifying variable brightness illuminated red dot finder on a quick-release dovetail mounting bracket. The StarPointer is a quick and easy way to point your telescope exactly to the desired object in the sky. There's no need to worry about the inverted images you see through traditional finders. Just align the red dot seen in the StarPointer with the desired star in the sky and you're done.

Focuser: 1.25" rack and pinion.

Star diagonal: 1.25" 90° erect image prism that shows you celestial and terrestrial sights oriented the same way you see them with your bare eye. There's no confusing image reversal or inversion as you get with many other astronomical telescopes.

Two 1.25" eyepieces: The first is a 25mm providing a magnification of 36x. The eyepiece field of view is 1.1° across, more than twice as wide as the diameter of the full Moon for expansive views of globular star clusters and terrestrial observing. The second is a 9mm (100x) with a 0.44° field for more close-up views of the Moon, planets, and globular star clusters.

This Telescope's Mount . . .

Fork mount/drive system: Single fork arm altazimuth design with pre-installed enclosed dual DC servo motor drives. A compartment in the drive base accepts eight user-supplied AA batteries for powering the telescope. An optional AC adapter and rechargeable battery pack are available to conserve battery life. For more details, click on the "mount" icon above.Usable day or night, this LCM scope can be used to observe wildlife and sights on the ground during the day, as well as the Moon, planets, star clusters and more in the sky at night. Light enough for a youngster to take out on their own, this is a scope that will get more family use than you might expect.

LCM computer control: The supplied NexStar-technology computer hand control has an illuminated numeric keypad and a two-line 16-character LCD display. It has a database of 4,033 stars and objects it can find and track for you, including the complete Messier and Caldwell catalogs of famous deep space objects; a selection of the brightest and best deep space objects from the Revised New General Catalog (NGC); selected SAO stars, including the best variable stars and multiple star systems; the planets; the Moon; the Sun; and more.

When you are ready to observe, simply input the date, time, and your location into the LCM computer hand control and use the StarPointer red dot finder to point the telescope at any three bright stars, or to two stars and a bright planet or the Moon. The LCM computer system will automatically align itself on the sky. Then, a few keystrokes on the LCM hand control and the computer automatically will slew your scope to any of the 4,033 objects in its memory you choose and track it so you can observe at your leisure. You can find hundreds of fascinating deep space objects your first night out, even if you have never used a telescope before. No matter what level of experience you start from, your LCM scope will unfold all the wonders of the Universe for you, your family, and your friends. For more details, click on the "computer" link in the support tab above.

Adjustable height tripod: The preassembled tripod has aluminum legs to damp vibrations quickly. The center leg brace holds a convenient no-tool quick-release accessory tray to keep your eyepieces and accessories up and out of the dew-soaked grass. The tripod has maximum height of only 44", however, so be aware that most of your observing will have to be done from a seated position.

Two-year warranty: All Celestron telescopes have a two-year warranty.

Tech Details

Aperture 3.1"
Focal Length 900mm
Focal Ratio f/11.25
Highest Useful Magnification 180x
Motorized Controls Computer Go-To
Weight 14 lbs.
Resolution 1.45 arc seconds
Supplied Eyepiece 25mm and 9mm
Telescope Type Refractor
View Finder StarPointer
Visual Limiting Magnitude 12
Warranty 2 years


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Supplied Accessories

  • 80mm fully coated refractor optics
  • Go-to computerized altazimuth mount with dual-axis DC servo motor drives
  • Pre-assembled adjustable height aluminum tripod
  • Accessory tray
  • Hand control with 4,000+ star and object database for go-to operation
  • Internal AA battery compartment (batteries not supplied)
  • Battery-powered variable brightness StarPointer red LED non-magnifying finder (battery supplied)
  • 1.25" rack and pinion focuser
  • 1.25" prism-type star diagonal
  • 1.25" 25mm eyepiece (36x)
  • 1.25" 9mm eyepiece (100x)
  • TheSky X - First Light Edition CD-ROM star-charting software for PC or Mac
  • Dust covers.