Meade ETX-80 Observer Telescope with Backpack
Meade ETX-80BB Backpack Observatory Telescope is no longer available.
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In addition to the exceptional features of the Meade ETX-80AT-TC Telescope, the BackPack version has a slightly lighter field tripod with bubble level indicator and a special edition Meade backpack. This model is perfect for camping and quick grab-and-go astronomy trips. We recommend this version for travel use due to the lighter weight of the tripod. Meade's brainy AutoStar computer solves the stargazer’s two biggest challenges in navigating the heavens with a computer telescope: aligning the telescope with the night sky and finding celestial phenomenon in the vast starry firmament. Right out of the box with a simple initialization, AutoStar makes finding the sky’s elusive jewels virtually as easy as pushing a few buttons. Observe land or over 1,400 sky objects in stunning high resolution, and learn about the sky with Meade's extensive astro-library.
#494 AutoStar Computer Controller
The AutoStar computer controller automatically guides your telescope to over 1,400 objects. View planets, stars, galaxies, and nebulae all at the push of a button. Don’t know what to see on a particular night? Don’t worry. Just select the Tonight’s Best tour and AutoStar will automatically take you on a guided tour of the best planets, stars, nebulae, and other objects out that particular night. Want to know more about what you’re looking at? The LCD display teaches you about what you’re viewing with details like distance, temperature, mass, and historical information. AutoStar is your guide to the universe.
More Power Than You’ll Ever Need.
Any astronomer will tell you that light gathering-not power-is what matters. A small, crisp image is better than a large hazy one. Meade’s 1.25-inch-diameter Super Plössl eyepieces provide wider fields of view, allowing you to see more of the sky at greater magnifications. The Meade ETX80 also makes a fantastic land-based observing scope.
AutoStar Suite Astronomer Edition Software on DVD + Instructional Video
AutoStar Suite Astronomer Edition software will help you learn the night sky. It displays more than 10,000 celestial objects including planets, stars, galaxies and nebulae. You can print out star charts and even plan your observing sessions. It operates on any Windows-based PC.
Available for shipment to the USA and Canada only.
Backpack, Astronomy Software, Instructional Video
Dimensions & Specifications
Highest Useful Magnification
Dual Fork Arm
1400 object library
Objective Lens Size Code
Viewing the Planets
Viewing the Moon
Meade ETX Telescopes
For the Enthusiast
For the Enthusiast
12 Years & Up
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1-year limited manufacturer's warranty
Return & Exchange Policy
At our site, returns are easy! You may return new, unused, and resalable items for a refund or exchange. Simply ensure that the item is returned in its original product packaging within 30 days of delivery.
Q1: Does this scope and tripod fit into the backpack? "
A: All of the included items in this package fit conveniently inside the backpack.
Q2: Does the #506 AstroFinder and Connector Cable work with Vista? USB version?
A: No the Meade #506 AstroFinder Software and Cable Connector Kit for ETX 70/80AT and DS2000 Series Telescopes is not compatible with Windows Vista.
Q3: I believe the back pack version can be run from a laptop, do I need to purchase additional items to do this?
A: Yes. For PC operation you will need the #506 AstroFinder Software and Connector Cable. You can locate this item on our site by searching for item # MEAD079.
Q4: What size and types of battery does this use? And how long do they last?
A: This telescope takes 6 AA batteries and the battery life is 20hrs.