Scheduled to release to the Meade Instruments telescope dealer network soon, the Meade LX65 Dual-Scope Single-Fork Arm Mount features a newly designed single arm mount with Meade’s AudioStar hand controller. This new mount is compact, yet sturdy, providing a great combination of portability and performance, but the headline feature is its ability to hold two optical tubes.
With its quick and portable setup, you’re ready to start observing in minutes. The LX65 system breaks down into three compact pieces and does not require any tools, making it a breeze to transport to your favorite dark sky location.
The LX65 is a smart mount that knows the night sky right out of the box. Enter your site information, find level and North, and Easy Align picks two alignment stars for you and places them right in your viewfinder. Center them to fine tune your alignment, and the wonders of the Universe are at your fingertips.
The Meade AudioStar hand controller features audio files and an internal speaker. This computerized celestial object-location system plugs into the telescope’s hand-control port, allowing a quick telescope alignment. Once aligned with the sky, AudioStar is ready to take you to any object in the over 30,000 object database. In addition to go-to and tracking capability,
AudioStar permits a wide array of fascinating and educational functions, such as multiple guided tours, digital positional readouts, the ability to link with a PC using optionally available software and cord, and more.
This versatile mount features two dovetail receivers that allow you to use two optical tubes at once. Attach up to a seven-pound OTA in the secondary position, such as a rich-field refractor, on the secondary saddle to observe objects both in wide-field and in high-magnification close-up with the primary OTA. This added versatility makes the LX65 mount great for astronomy outreach, or for sharing the night sky with others, and will be sure to impress anyone with its technology and optics.
But the heart of any mounting system, no matter how sophisticated, is the optics it carries, and the LX65 will initially be available in multiple scope configurations include an 8-inch f/10 ACF ($1199US), shown here with an optional 80-mm apo, a 6-inch f/12 Mak-Cass ($899US), a 6-inch f/10 ACF ($949US), or a 5-inch Mak-Cass ($799US.
Each of these time-tested designs features a large aperture and Meade’s Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC), giving you the ultimate in premium optics and an ideal high-resolution visual-observing instrument but is also fully qualified for the more advanced areas of astronomy, including planetary astrophotgraphy.