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Meade R8 8” Reflector on LX70 Equatorial Mount
Meade 8” f/5 Newtonian Reflector Telescope
A Newtonian reflector is the perfect way to see into the furthest reaches of space without paying an astronomical price. The Meade 8” Newtonian reflector has the largest optics in the LX70 line. Dig deep into far-off galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, and more with a full 8” of light gathering capability. With an 8” Newtonian, you will have access to thousands of objects; enough to keep you busy for years to come.
The Meade LX70 8” Newtonian Reflector has a fast f/5 focal ratio, yielding bright, wide field images of the sky. Amateur astronomers who wish to try their hand at astro-imaging will appreciate the wide field of view.
A large 8x50 finderscope helps you find objects by providing a low power (8X magnification) view of the sky. After you align the finder with your telescope, all you have to do is center an object of interest in the finderscope and then look through the eyepiece!
The Meade R8 8” reflector comes with a 2" rack and pinion focuser for fast and easy focusing, complete with 2" to 1.25" adapter. This flexible arrangement allows you to use either 2" or 1.25" eyepieces or other barreled accessories. To start you off right, Meade is including two 1.25" eyepieces (a 26 mm and a 9 mm) with the R8 LX70 package.
Meade LX70 German Equatorial Mount
The Meade LX70 is a lightweight yet sturdy, classic German equatorial mount. The mount is made of metal and is anodized with a white finish, while a few components, like the polar alignment scope cover and the setting circles, are finished in “Meade Blue”. The LX70 mount breaks down into three lightweight pieces. The mount head weighs just 9 pounds, the tripod weighs 12 pounds, and the counterweight weighs 11.4 pounds. With weights as low as these, even older children and teens can set it up!
The LX-70 Equatorial Mount comes with slow-motion control knobs so that the user can manually move the mount in smooth increments to center and/or track an astronomical object. To make larger “across the sky” movements, just loosen the lock knobs on the RA and Dec axes as necessary. An optional dual-axis motor drive is available that will make these movements for you with the push of a button.
The adjustable metal tripod included with the Meade LX70 weighs twelve (12) pounds. The height of the steel legs can be adjusted so that the tripod will stand anywhere from 33” to 46” tall. The tripod footprint is 38” from leg tip to leg tip. A metal tripod leg spreader bar, which helps immensely with tripod stability, doubles as an accessory tray.
The Meade LX70 Equatorial Mount comes with a metal counterweight shaft and one 11.4 lb. counterweight, finished in white to match the mount. A metal counterweight knob threads into the side of each counterweight to hold it firmly in position on the shaft.
- Meade 8" Newtonian Reflector
- 8x50 Finderscope
- 2" Rack & Pinion Focuser
- 2" to 1.25" Adapter
- 26 mm Plossl 1.25" Eyepiece
- 9 mm Plossl 1.25" Eyepiece
- Astrophotography Extension Tube
- Meade LX70 Equatorial Mount
- Adjustable Tripod
- Tripod Spreader Bar
- One 11.4 lb. Counterweight
- Vixen-Style Dovetail & Rings
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