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Meade ETX-80AT-TC Astro Telescope with AutoStar

Item# MEAD132
 
4.5

(250 Ratings)

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$299.00

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  • Automatic locating and tracking of thousands of objects
  • AutoStar Suite Astronomer Edition Software on DVD
  • Includes Super Plössl eyepieces (SP9.7mm, SP26mm)
  • Compact, portable, and easy to use
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What's Included?

Telescope, Tripod, AutoStar Software, Instructional Video, 2 Eyepieces

Description

Ever get so far away from the city that the stars look like you could reach out and touch them?  Wish you could get just a little closer?  Now you can.  The ultra-portable Meade ETX-80AT-TC Astro Telescope with AutoStar is the perfect campground telescope observatory.  It's ideal for camping, hiking, picnics, the beach, vacations, or any other time you want to connect with nature and the universe. The smallest Meade ETX has big advantages If aperture is so important, why buy the Meade ETX-80AT-TC Astro Telescope with AutoStar?  Besides its low cost, this is simply a great telescope.  Unlike the rest of the Meade ETX line, it is a refractor.  To you, this means an ultra lightweight, portable telescope with just the right amount of aperture to see hundreds of the brightest astronomy targets in all their glory. It's the perfect scope for daytime bird and nature watching too. What can you see with the Meade ETX-80AT-TC Astro Telescope with AutoStar?  Practically everything. Large aperture telescopes are awesome, but how likely are you to lug them out to your favorite dark sky location?  Remember, more aperture lets you see fainter objects.  In a different way, so does getting away from the city lights.  You can study craters on the moon, the rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter, plus hundreds of galaxies, nebulas, double stars, clusters, you name it.  The Meade ETX-80 gathers 246% more distant star light than Galileo's telescope.  Meade's new, larger 80mm-diameter ETX Telescope 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 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 phenomena 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.

 


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.
  • A bubble-level/compass is provided to make initialization faster and easier.
  • Includes sturdy, adjustable, aluminum tripod.
  • Now includes two premium four-element 1.25-inch Super Plössl eyepieces (SP9.7mm, SP26mm) offering comfortable long eye-relief and an expansive visual field.
  • Bonus! AutoStar Suite Astronomer Software on DVD for PC, now with instructional DVD.

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 Meade's 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 Telescope 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.

Meade 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. Connect the Meade ETX-80 To Your Camera for More Fun 

With all of these features, you'll be engaged with the world around and above you in ways you never thought possible. The Meade ETX-80AT-TC Astro Telescope with AutoStar packs a lot of knowledge into your brain. Don't miss out on seeing your world.

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0805-04-21
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Available for shipment to the USA and Canada only.

Dimensions & Specifications

Recommended Usage

Astrophotography , Viewing the Moon , Viewing the Planets

Warranty

1 Year

Power Source

Battery

Battery

8xAA

Features

Alt-Az Mount , GoTo

Configuration

7 lbs. Weight Optical Tube

Brand

Meade

Usage

For the Enthusiast

Weight Complete

13 lbs.

Lens Coating

multi-coated

GPS

No

GoTo

Yes

Good for Astrophotography

Yes

Telescopes Series

Meade ETX Telescopes

Optical Design

Refractor

Aperture

80mm

Focal Length

400mm

Focal Ratio

f/5

Mount Design

Dual Fork Arm

Battery Included

No

Eyepiece 1

SP9.7mm

Highest Useful Magnification

160X

Star Diagonal

1.25 Inches

User Level

For the Enthusiast

Object Database

1400 object library

Component

1.45 Resolution , 1.45 Resolving Power , 12 Limiting Magnitude , SP26mm Eyepiece 2

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Meade ETX-80AT-TC Astro Telescope with AutoStar
 
4.3

(based on 250 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (117)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (106)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quality lenses (148)
  • Accurate (129)
  • Strong construction (124)
  • Compact (109)
  • Comfortable eyepiece (54)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (24)
  • Difficult to focus (20)
  • Unstable (11)
  • Poor lens quality (6)
  • Sticky zoom (3)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (187)
  • Bird watching (57)
  • Travel (46)
  • Bright conditions (18)
  • Hiking (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (174), Avid adventurer (27)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (49), Yes (29)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good first scope.

This is my first telescope used for both a spotting scope for target shooting and as a go-to scope to explore the heavens. Excellent introduction to the stars and planets as the pointing computer...Read complete review

This is my first telescope used for both a spotting scope for target shooting and as a go-to scope to explore the heavens. Excellent introduction to the stars and planets as the pointing computer has a built-in facts on each heavenly body. Calibration couldn't be easier - point the tube north and level and center the suggested stars. The "night's best tour" is a fun start but soon you'll find yourself drawn into exploring on your own.

Using the 25mm eye piece the eye relief is very kind and the image is bright. The more powerful 9.6mm lens is a bit tougher to use as it's eye relief is less but it's still very bright. The telescope isn't the most powerful but the smaller size makes it easy to pack and take out to better sites. I took the scope out to the desert on a night without a moon and was able to see an amazing amount of stars. On another night the view of the moon was stunning.

The tripod feels really light and that's a bit of a concern for long term durability. There are two small screws that connect the scope's base to the tripod that look like they'd get lost in the grass if dropped. I bought and recommend the matching Meade case to house the scope it as it's not made to roll around in the back seat.

Overall a lot of scope for the money.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointing

1. The Autostar is not difficult to set up or use. Just remember to calibrate the motor and train the drive. After you get it set up, it's fun to use.2. In...Read complete review

1. The Autostar is not difficult to set up or use. Just remember to calibrate the motor and train the drive. After you get it set up, it's fun to use.2. In your alignment, don't use the included compass to find north, try to eyeball Polaris. If you live in an area where the magnetic variation is significant, you can be off 10-15 degrees.3. If you decide to purchase it, invest in a power adapter. [$] They say the batteries will run for about 20 hours....yeah, right. After one night out it will become sluggish and slow.4. The chromatic aberration on bright objects is horrible.5. The focus knob/mechanism is very frustrating. The entire objective lens moves to get the target in focus. It will take 20-30 turns of the knob to get into focus. Change lenses, and another 20-30 turns will be required. Add a barlow, and another 20-30 turns will be required...you get the picture. If you get impatient and turn the focus knob too fast, you will induce backlash in the mechanism and the target will move halfway across the field of view, if not out of it completely.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Solid little scope for the price.

By Christopher

from HALIFAX,MA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Quality Lenses
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Difficult To Focus

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

Comments about Meade ETX-80AT-TC Astro Telescope with AutoStar:

I had some trouble with the easy alignment at first thinking stars were very far from their actual locations but it seems to work now. The motorized mount makes it much easier to accurately move the scope.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not a heat of the moment review ETX 80

By Tony

from Virginia Beach, VA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Quality Lenses
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • Travel

    Comments about Meade ETX-80AT-TC Astro Telescope with AutoStar:

    I got this neat little scope for Christmas and I love it. So now that it has been one month to the day here is my review. At first the alignment was a little difficult but after a handful of trys ALMOST anyone can do it. The scope is very portable and the optics are very good. It does take some turning on the focus knob the very first time you set it up or you use the 2x barlow, not a big issue with me. I do suggest calibrate the motors and train the drive, in that order. If you are thinking about buying a nice scope that travels well, this is your scope. One last thing, my parents said Hayneedle customer service was great!

     
    5.0

    great telescope

    By Tommy

    from VIRGINIA BEACH,VA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Meade ETX-80AT-TC Astro Telescope with AutoStar:

      great telescope and cant beat the price

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      exactly as described

      By Travis

      from INVER GROVE HEIGHTS,MN

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Quality Lenses

      Cons

      • Difficult To Focus

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Bird Watching

      Comments about Meade ETX-80AT-TC Astro Telescope with AutoStar:

      By no means is this the best telescope out there, but I felt like i was getting the most for my money. I do not know why some people are saying it is hard to calibrate because I have had no trouble. It is tricky to focus but once you get used to it, it is not that difficult.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great gift!

      By Kenneth M

      from SWEDESBORO,NJ

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Meade ETX-80AT-TC Astro Telescope with AutoStar:

        Got this for my wife for her birthday. Very easy to set up and use. Really neat piece of equipment!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        Q1: Does the ETX-80AT-TC come with the pictured tripod?

        A: Yes, this scope does come with the pictured tripod.

        Q2: What kinds of photography equipment are available with the ETX-80AT-TC ASTRO TELESCOPE ?

        A: All of the photography equipment for the telescope will be sold separately. I would recommend something like the Meade LPI Imager for taking Lunar and Planetary images. If you have a regular camera, we have options available for connecting that directly to the telescope.

        Q3: If I have a digital Nikon D50 camera, is there specific accessories I need to buy to take photos with this telescope other than the LPI Imager?

        A: The LPI imager is, in itself, a CCD camera. To use your Nikon D50 camera - you would need a Nikon T-ring - and Universal T-Adapter to connect the camera to a telescope.

        Q4: What type of telescope is this? A reflector?

        A: The ETX 80 is a refractor

        Q5: What is the difference between your XTC-80AT-TC and your EXT 80-BB Telescope?

        A: We sell the ETX-80AT-TC. The BB is a version of the scope that folds up into a backpack.

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