This Meade LX70 6” reflector telescope has:
- fast focal ratio 6” f/5 Newtonian reflector optics
- LX70 equatorial mount with steel tripod
- manual slow motion controls (motor drive optional)
- 6 x 30mm finderscope
- 2" rack-and-pinion focuser with 1.25" adapter
- 26mm and 9mm Plössl eyepieces
This Meade LX70N6 consists of a 6" fast focal ratio/wide field reflector optical tube on a robust German equatorial mount. The substantial 6” aperture of this Meade reflector makes it an excellent scope for all-around solar system and deep space observing alike. It has 474x the light-gathering capacity of even the sharpest dark-adapted eye, allowing you to see faint deep space galaxies and nebulas that would be otherwise invisible.
This Meade reflector works well visually from many city and suburban sites, as its 6" aperture and f/5 focal ratio keeps moderately light-polluted sky backgrounds reasonably dark to avoid washing out faint nebula detail. As with any scope, however, transporting the Meade LX70N6 to a dark sky observing site will markedly improve its performance on faint deep sky objects at low powers.
In addition, the 750mm focal length of this Meade makes it easy to achieve the high powers needed for detailed lunar and planetary observing. Simply add an optional Barlow lens, and/or additional optional higher power eyepieces, and this Meade telescope will provide you with crisp and sharply detailed close-up views of the Moon and planets.
The scope’s lightweight optical tube and easily assembled go-to mount make it quick to set up and enjoy – either in your back yard or at a distant dark sky site. Its quality optics, precision mount, and reasonable price make the Meade LX70N6 an excellent buy for the beginning and advanced astronomer alike.
This Meade Telescope’s Optical System . . .
This Telescope’s Mount . . .
- Newtonian reflector optical tube: 6” aperture 750mm focal length f/5 parabolic primary mirror. The scope’s tube end rings are sturdy die cast aluminum, to protect the tube during transport and provide rigid support for the optics. The mirror cell’s six-screw push/pull locking collimation system keeps the primary mirror aligned – so you spend more time observing, and less time adjusting the optics. The lightweight optical tube rotates in its felt-lined die cast cradle rings to bring the focuser and finder to the most comfortable viewing position. The mounting rings even include a built-in piggyback mount for wide field astrophotography. The 27” long aluminum optical tube weighs only 12 pounds, making it easy to transport and assemble in the field.
- Finderscope: 6 x 30mm straight-through achromatic design.
- Focuser: 2” rack and pinion, with 1.25" adapter and extension tube for astrophotography.
- Two Eyepieces: 1.25” 26mm Plössl (29x) and 9mm Plössl (83x). The 1.72° field of the 26mm eyepiece is nearly three and a half times the diameter of the Moon, for exciting views of large objects such as the Pleiades and the Lagoon Nebula. The 9mm eyepiece provides a 0.6° field that is 20% larger than the full Moon.
- LX70 German equatorial mount: The Meade LX70 mount has smooth manual slow motion controls with brass worm-gear drives in both axes for visual observing. Large slow-motion control knobs allow you to easily track the stars while wearing gloves or mittens. To do a casual polar alignment for visual use quick and easy, there’s a latitude scale and fine adjustment controls in both altitude and azimuth. The easily transportable Meade LX70 mount weighs only 37 pounds, including tripod and one 11.4 pound counterweight. The complete scope weighs only 49 pounds.
- Adjustable height tripod: The tripod has steel legs with a center leg brace for rigidity, with excellent damping characteristics. The center leg brace is drilled to form a convenient accessory tray that holds 1.25" and 2" eyepieces to keep them up out of the dew-soaked grass.
- Dovetail slide bar: An adjustable Vixen-style dovetail slide bar allows the optical tube to be quickly and precisely balanced fore and aft on the mount, eliminating the need for an extra counterweight to balance heavy accessories. Setup and takedown times are exceptionally fast, as a single large hand-tighten knob holds the optical tube in place.
- Mount Options: A dual-axis battery operated motor drive is available as an option to allow hands-free visual tracking and astrophotography. An optional polar alignment scope is available as for faster and more accurate alignment on the pole. A set of optional vibration suppression pads #4525 under the tripod feet will improve the telescope damping time for steadier very high power observing.
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