Meade LX80 Multi-Mount Features
The LX80 Multi-mount operates in three modes, offering unprecedented flexibility. The equatorial mode, depicted at right, is preferred for astrophotography with instrument loads of up to 40 pounds. There is a general rule of thumb in astrophotography stating that you should attempt to "over mount" your instrument package by a factor of two. The LX80 with 8-inch ACF leaves sufficient headroom for most cameras without violating this rule of thumb.
The LX80 Multi-mount also supports simple altazimuth operations with an advertised load up to 40 pounds, or a dual-scope side-by-side configuration with an advertised load of up to 75 pounds. We suspect that these load figures may be a little ambitions; your mileage may vary. The alternate modes are usually preferable for visual observing due to the ease of setup; there is no need for a polar alignment in altazimuth mode.
The LX80 brings together an astonishing array of technological and
mechanical achievements that provide the kind of innovation and quality that
only Meade can deliver. This one-of-a-kind, three mode system features:
- Industry-standard Vixen Saddle and Dovetail: The LX80 features the industry-standard
Vixen saddle and dovetail bar, providing an open platform capable of supporting many other optical
- Heavy-duty mount: Rock-solid, stable platform with precision worm gear drives on
both axes for both visual and astrophotographic requirements.
- Sectional counterweight shaft:
Allows for selecting the ideal shaft length for
counterbalancing or dual-tube configurations.
- Multi-mount adjustment:
Quickly change between alt-az mode
and German Equatorial mode.
- Control panel: Includes power connector, handbox port and
two auxiliary ports for connecting optional equipment.
- Audiostar™ computer-control handbox:
Meade’s revolutionary AudioStar computer controller finds and
points your telescope to over 30,000 objects in the night sky. With
its Astronomer Inside™ digital audio technology, everyone around
the telescope can listen and learn about the 500-plus celestial
objects contained in its database, including planets, nebulae,
star clusters, the Moon and much more.
- Fine-tune tripod adjusters:
Quickly and easily level your tripod
for optimum pointing accuracy.
- Stainless-steel tripod legs:
Two inch diameter legs provide a stable foundation
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