This Meade LX70 8” reflector telescope has:
- fast focal ratio 8” f/5 Newtonian reflector optics
- LX70 equatorial mount with steel tripod
- manual slow motion controls (motor drive optional)
- 8 x 50mm finderscope
- 2" rack-and-pinion focuser with 1.25" adapter
- 26mm and 9mm Plössl eyepieces
- bright deep space views, plus high-power performance inside the solar system
This Meade LX70N8 is a big 8" fast focal ratio/wide field reflector optical tube on a robust German equatorial mount. The substantial 8” aperture of this Meade reflector makes it an excellent scope for all-around solar system and deep space observing alike. It has 843x 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, although its large aperture and fast f/5 focal ratio may brighten moderately light-polluted sky backgrounds enough to wash out some of the fainter deep space objects. In such cases, a light pollution filter will help improve your view the faint fuzzies outside our solar system. As with any scope, however, transporting the Meade LX70N8 to a dark sky observing site will markedly improve its performance on broad, faint, deep sky objects at low powers.
In addition, the 1000mm focal length of this Meade LX70N8 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. Its large aperture and fast focal ratio will yield solar system images that are quite bright however, particularly the Moon, and you may find that a neutral density filter threaded into your eyepiece will help reduce the brightness for more comfortable viewing.
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 superb optical quality and reasonable price make it an excellent buy for the beginning and advanced astronomer alike.
This Meade Telescope’s Optical System . . .
This Telescope’s Mount . . .
- Newtonian reflector optical tube: 8” aperture 1000mm 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 during transport – 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 aluminum optical tube weighs only 20 pounds, complete with its cradle rings, making it easy to transport and assemble in the field.
- Finderscope: 8 x 50mm straight-through achromatic design.
- Focuser: 2” rack and pinion, with 1.25" adapter and extension tube for astrophotography.
- Two Eyepieces: 1.25” 26mm Plössl (38x) and 9mm Plössl (111x). The 1.3° field of the 26mm eyepiece is over two 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 0.45° field, with the Moon completely filling the eyepiece field.
- 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 49 pounds, including the tripod and two 11.4 pound counterweights. The complete scope weighs only 69 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, no matter what the accessory load. 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 track and astrophotography. An optional polar alignment scope is available as options to allow astrophotography. 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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