Meade Series 6000 80mm f/6 ED triplet apo


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This 80mm (3.15") Meade Series 6000 refractor puts top-quality apochromatic FPL-53 ED triplet optics in a compact scope that's great for travel and grab-and-go observing, as well as a great wide field scope for the serious astrophotographer . . .
Our Product #: M680EDT
Meade Product #: 261001

Product Description

This Meade Series 6000 80mm ED triplet refractor has:

• 80mm f/6 air-spaced triplet apochromatic optics using an FPL-53 ED element
• dual-speed 2" Rack and Pinion focuser with 10:1 ratio fine focusing and 2" accessory holder
• retractable dew shield
• dual split mounting rings with Vixen-style dovetail
• foam-fitted hard case

    The Meade Series 6000 80mm refractor uses a premium FPL-53 ED glass element and state-of-the-art optical multicoatings in its apochromatic air-spaced triplet optics. The result is images that are essentially free of the annoying halo of unfocused violet light (chromatic aberration) that mars the view of bright stars and solar system objects in lesser scopes, despite the scope's relatively large aperture, and even at very high magnifications.

    The Meade 80mm is an excellent astrograph for wide field imaging, as well as crisp solar system imaging. It is compact enough to be your year-round travel scope or your grab-and-go scope for spur of the moment backyard observing.

Features of this telescope . . .

  • Air-spaced ED apochromatic triplet refractor optics: 80mm (3.15") aperture, 480mm focal length, f/6 focal ratio three-lens air-spaced optical system. The optics use a center lens element of premium FPL-53 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass. This ED element produces superior sharpness and color correction by minimizing the chromatic aberration, the "false" color fringing seen around bright objects when light rays pass through standard crown-and-flint doublet objectives, particularly those with apertures in the 80mm class. The result is to reduce spurious color halos and fringing to vanishingly low levels.

  • Fully multicoated optics: The 80mm Meade triplet objective lens has antireflection multicoatings on all air-to-glass surfaces for high light transmission, minimal light scatter, and excellent contrast.

  • Internal light baffles: Contrast-enhancing internal light baffles and a specially darkened tube interior provide dark sky backgrounds and high lunar/planetary contrast.

  • Dew shield: The supplied retractable dew shield slows the formation of dew on the lens in cold weather to extend your undisturbed observing time. It also improves the contrast, similar to the effect of the lens shade on a camera lens, when observing during the day or when there is excessive ambient light at night, such as a neighbor's backyard security light. A metal dust cap is standard.

  • Dual speed 2" Rack and Pinion focuser with 2" accessory holder: The precision-made no-backlash focuser has dual-speed focusing. There are two coarse focusing knobs. The right knob also has a smaller concentric knob with a 10:1 reduction gear microfine focusing ratio. This provides exceptionally precise image control during high magnification visual observing and critical DSLR or CCD imaging. The large focus knobs have ribbed gripping surfaces so they are easy to operate, even while wearing gloves or mittens in cold weather. A knob underneath the focuser lets you adjust the tension on the drawtube to accommodate varying eyepiece/photo accessory loads, as well as firmly lock in a photographic focus.

  • Mounting rings and dovetail: The 80mm Meade Series 6000 apo has dual split hinged mounting rings with a dovetail plate that fits the Vixen-style dovetail slot on the head of many of the most popular medium capacity German equatorial mounts.

  • Shipping/storage case: The scope comes in a deluxe foam-fitted shipping/storage hard case.

Tech Details

Aperture 3.15"
Binary and Star Cluster Observation Very Good
Focal Length 480mm
Focal Ratio f/6
Galaxy and Nebula Observation Fair
Highest Useful Magnification 160x
Lunar Observation Great
Weight 7.2 lbs.
Planetary Observation Very Good
Resolution 1.45 arc seconds
Telescope Type Refractor
Visual Limiting Magnitude 12
Warranty 1 year


Review by:
This Meade 6000 80 mm triplet has made all the difference in my enjoyment of astrophotography, to the point that I look forward to clear skies just to use it, even when the temp is well below freezing. It is a quality built APO! The 10:1 2.5" fine focuser is so smooth it makes focusing easy. The aluminum carrying case is a nice bonus as well. I'm hooked. (Posted on 11/18/2018)
Review by:
I am impressed with the high quality workmanship of the Meade 5000 and 6000 series refractors. The images are fantastic and it operates very smoothly. I would recommend this series of telescopes to anyone! (Posted on 10/10/2018)
Review by:
I haven't had much time to use it this year due to the great grey water nebula, but when I have had the opportunity, the views were wonderful. No real color distortion on the moon, nice pinpoint stars. Well baffled and a nice focuser. It appears that the new version does not come with the diagonal, and the trim looks a little different, a blue focuser instead of the black. My real purpose will be imaging, but I have not tried that yet. (Posted on 10/10/2018)
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