|Meade ETX-80AT-TC Achromatic Refractor Telescope #0805-04-21 with Field Tripod|
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|All of the major planets except Pluto are easily observable through Meade's brand-new 80mm (3.1) achromatic refractor telescope. You can study Saturn and its ring system; the primary cloud belts of Jupiter and its 4 major satellites; the Moonlike phases of Mercury and Venus; and much more.|
|MPN||0805-04-26, 110080, 3052005, 8050421, MEDETX80AT|
|Lens Size||3.1 in. (80 mm)|
|Focal Length||15.7 in. (400 mm)|
|Optical Diameter||3.1 in. (80 mm)|
|Optical Design||Achromatic Refractor|
|Max. Magnification||x 270|
|Measurement||270 x 80 mm|
Average review score based on 13 user reviews
This new etx80 series is absolutley phenomenal.
With its internal 2x flip up barlow lens, you can attain out of the box magnifications well over 200x on the moon, and the electronic tracking mount is stable enough to record flawless video at the maximum level of magnification.
The scope is further compatible with a secondary external 2x barlow which physically quadruple's its lunar magnification ability, and stays vividly clear even at 400x.
This is by far the best telescope you can ever buy for the incredible low 249$ price. It comes with autostar, two super plossl eyepieces, and even the tripod.
The seller even accepted my offer of $199 making it an absolutley amazingly insanely good deal, brand new.
The etx80at is so incredible and impressive that I actaully bought a second one, and have used them both every single night, and day.
I am now considering buying a 3rd etx80at to keep in my car at all times for bird watching. Telescopes literally do not get any better than this.
Dont hesitate, if you are considering a telescope, buy the etx80at immediatley.
You wont regret it.
My only complaint about this new version scope is its newly designed vertical focusing knob. It used to be linear horizontal on the older models, and could incorporate customized knob fittings.
You cannot remove the new vertical drive focusing gear, and as a result you cannot take the scope apart without destroying the focuser assembly.
Overall, you will be absolutley stunned by the performance of the etx80 and will become immediatley addicted to its power, and clarity.
It is advertised as a 400mm focal point, however the built in 2x barlow automatically extends this to a whopping 800mm without sacrificing space or detail. It is the most compact 80x800mm scope you can physically buy.
I love this Meade ETX-80AT-TC Telescope. Great for a beginner and you can really see the planets. Even as an old man I was able to learn how to use it. Once you learn the setup it tracks the rotation of the earth and you do not spend your time keeping up with everything moving.
Nice beginner telescope. Hard to align but once you've got it aligned it works nicely. Was nice to see Saturn although it took 3 nights worth of trying to align to finally get it right. I use with my digital camera that mounts on the end of scope via some adapters I have taken some nice pics of the moon. The 400mm focal length will limit me to only shooting pics of the moon though. Doesn't give enough magnification for pics of other planets without the purchase of other equipment. All in all I enjoy it and my 14yr old son enjoys it.
We have been looking for a telescope for my nine year old son. After checking out all the stores, We looked at E-bay. There we found more telescope for less money. My son and our whole family have been checking the stars and planet. The telescope we purchased has a tracking system built in it, this makes finding planets and stars much easier. Meade is the top of the line product, and we can not wait to get more eye pieces to see even more!!! If you are looking for a telescope, I can truly recommend Meade and E-bay!!!
I am just a novice at star gazing, but this telescope made it easy even for me. The automated system helps you quickly find what you’re looking for, which is especially useful when you don't know what you’re looking at in the first place. In addition to the software integrated in the telescope the included discs enable you to find and track your favorite celestial objects while at your home computer. This telescope really helps cut down on wasting time wandering through the cosmos looking for objects to view.
Great product for the beginning astronomer!