Meade LX70 M6 6 Inch Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope on German Equatorial Mount

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  • This 6” Mak provides high contrast images with inky black background skies
  • Meade M6 LX70 includes a sturdy German equatorial mount to track the stars
  • Six inches of aperture lets you enjoy solar system and deep space objects
  • Comes with two 1.25” eyepieces and a 2” diagonal for fun right out of the box
  • Stainless steel tripod is adjustable and dampens vibrations for steady viewing
  • Includes one 11.4 pound weight for counterbalancing
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  • Description

    The Meade M6 LX70 telescope offers refractor-like contrast from an optical tube that is about half the length!  Maksutov-Cassegrain telescopes, with their unique folded optical design, have a long focal length for their size, resulting in bright images that contrast nicely against a dark background sky.  This 6 inch f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope assembly is attached to the matching LX70 German equatorial mount via a pair of cradle rings mounted on a Vixen dovetail bar.  When set to the user's latitude, an equatorial mount will follow the movement of the stars across the sky by simply turning the precision slow-motion controls.  Add an optional dual-axis drive to your telescope and motors will do the work for you!

    Mak-Cass OTA for high power, high contrast views

    This telescope may be shorter than a refractor or reflector, but it is powerful!  A full six inches of aperture allow you to enjoy objects in and out of our solar system.  Check out the rings of Saturn or Jupiter and his many moons.  Inspect the fine, wispy structure of the Orion Nebula or the spiral arms of the Andromeda Galaxy.  The rear end of this popular optical tube is threaded to accept a myriad of accessories, including camera adapters and other astrophotography equipment.  Zero in on objects with the help of the included 8x50 optical finderscope, and then turn the knob of the 2" focuser until your chosen object is nice and sharp. You can use both 1.25" and 2" eyepieces and other astronomy accessories with your telescope thanks to the included eyepiece adapter.

    Sturdy equatorial mount offers an outstanding platform for visual or photographic use

    The Meade LX70 Equatorial Mount has a weight capacity of 20 pounds.  Since the 6 inch Mak weighs just 12 pounds (including dovetail), this gives you plenty of room for accessories with weight to spare.  Many amateur astronomers will buy a second optical tube assembly at some point for the ultimate in flexibility.  Because the LX70 mount accepts a Vixen-style dovetail for mounting OTA's, it is easy to swap, say, an 8 inch Newtonian for the 6" Mak for times when you want to delve deeper into the Universe or you'd like a wider field of view.

    With brass worm-gear drives, you can ensure smooth tracking performance. Large slow-motion control knobs allow you to easily track the stars on those frigid nights where wearing gloves is a necessity. Precision push-pull adjustments in both azimuth and elevation make aligning on the celestial pole simple. The elevations built-in micrometer scale will help you dial in your site latitude quickly every time.

    Stainless steel tripod holds everything steady

    All Meade LX70 telescopes come with a beefy stainless steel tripod.  A threaded bolt connects the LX70 mount to the top of the tripod, and a spreader bar fits into position against each of the tripod legs to help with vibration dampening.  The spreader bar has a few cut-outs so that you can store your extra eyepieces nearby.  

    Ready to use right out of the box

    The Meade M6 LX70 telescope comes with accessories that will get you up and running right away!  Included are a 2 inch to 1.25 inch adapter so your 2" focuser can also accept standard 1.25 inch eyepieces, a 9mm and 26mm 1.25 inch eyepiece, and a full-sized 8x50 optical finderscope.  An 11.4 pound counterweight, painted white to match your mount and OTA, are also part of the package. 

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    What's Included

    • Meade 6” Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope OTA
    • Meade LX70 Equatorial Mount
    • Tripod
    • 2” Rack & Pinion Focuser
    • 2” Diagonal
    • 2” to 1.25” Adapter
    • 8x50 Finderscope
    • 26mm Plossl 1.25” Eyepiece
    • 9mm Plossl 1.25” Eyepiece
    • 11.4 lb. Counterweight
    • Mounting Rings
    • Vixen Dovetail

  • Dimensions & Specifications

    Optical Design:




    Focal Length:


    Focal Ratio:


    Mount Style:

    German Equatorial

    Mount Electronics:

    None, dual axis drive sold separately


    Stainless steel, adjustable


    2” Internal



    Included Eyepieces:

    9mm and 26mm with 1.25” barrels

    Eyepiece Adapter:

    2” to 1.25”

    Mount Weight Capacity:

    20 pounds

    OTA Weight:

    12 pounds

    Mount Weight:

    9 pounds

    Tripod Weight:

    12 pounds


    11.4 pounds

    Total Telescope Weight:

    49 pounds

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