Meade’s new, larger 80mm diameter ETX delivers more light-gathering for increased image brightness and greater detail. Moon craters by the hundreds, cloud belts on Jupiter, and Saturn’s rings are just the beginning of what can be seen with this telescope.
Meade’s brainy Auto Star 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, Auto Star makes finding the sky’s elusive jewels virtually as easy as pushing a few buttons. Observe land or over 1400 sky objects in stunning high resolution, and learn about the sky with Meade’s extensive astro-library.
The Meade ETX-80AT-TC has these new advanced features as standard-equipment:
A built-in Barlow lens flips into position when needed. This highly desirable feature provides more power when studying lunar and planetary surface features.
An internal Time Chip (TC) keeps precise factory calibrated time and date.
A Bubble-level/ Compass is provided to make initialization faster and easier.
Now includes two premium 4-element 1.25" Super Plössl eyepieces (SP9.7mm, SP26mm) offering comfortable long eye-relief and an expansive wide visual field.
Bonus! Auto Star Suite Astronomer Software on DVD for PC, now with instructional DVD.
#494 Auto Star® Computer Controller
The Auto Star computer controller automatically guides your telescope to over 1400 objects. View planets, stars, galaxies, and nebulas 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 Auto Star will automatically take you on a guided tour of the best planets, stars, nebulas 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. Auto Star 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" diameter Super Plössl eyepieces provide wider fields of view, allowing you to see more of the sky at greater magnifications.
Auto Star Suite™
Software on DVD + Instructional Video Auto Star Suite Astronomer Edition software will help you learn the night sky. It displays more than 10,000 celestial objects including planets, stars, galaxies and nebulas. You can print out star charts and even plan your observing sessions. It operates on any Windows® based PC.
Optical Design - Achromatic Refractor
Clear Aperture - 80mm (3.15")
Focal Length Focal Ratio - 400mm f/5
Maximum Practical Visual Power - 275X
Optical Tube Dimensions (dia. x length) - 3.6" dia x 14.5"
Eyepiece(s) - Super Plössl 9.7mm and 26mm
Barlow Lens - Built-in flip Barlow
Telescope Mounting - Fork type; double tine
RA and Dec. Motor Drive Systems - 12V DC servo motors w/encoders
Slow-Motion Controls - Electric, 9-speed; both axes
Auto Star® Controller - #494 Included
Planetarium Software and Instructional DVD - Included
Batteries (user-supplied) - 6 x AA
Battery Life (approx.) - 20 hrs.
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