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(based on 4 ratings)
Brand: Meade
Located in: Telescopes

Explore the Galaxies far away, or the wildlife in this one, all at the touch of a button, with this fantastically priced, all-inclusive telescope.

Now even the most novice of amateur astronomers can locate and explore the planets, asteroids, and comets, as well as nebulae, star clusters, galaxies, and hundreds of other deep-space objects, all at the push of a button with the included Autostar Hand Controller. The Meade ETX-80AT Astro Telescope brings the full range of celestial images to your eye with an astonishing level of clarity and resolution. And, carrying on Meade's incredible ETX tradition of optical and mechanical excellence, the 70mm ETX includes many of the same features as their larger ETX telescopes, and is 36 percent brighter than the ETX-60AT.

For the introductory student of astronomy, or for the casual observer, the Meade ETX-80AT opens up the skies at modest cost to an amazing breadth of celestial detail utterly invisible without the telescope.

For the non-celestial inclined, the Meade ETX telescopes make excellent land-view instruments for the birdwatcher, the naturalist, or for the home with a view as well. ETX image quality and resolution typically far exceed the levels normally expected of terrestrial telescopes. Terrestrial observers quickly appreciate the advantages afforded by the Autostar hand controller, notwithstanding the Autostar's primary applications to astronomical observing. Using Autostar, many land objects can be readily followed, or tracked, from a distance, using one of nine selectable speeds from slow to fast .

Sky & Telescope Magazine calls the Autostar Hand Controller "the greatest happening in amateur astronomy yet." For all of Meade's advanced imaging capabilities, portability, ease of use, and contemporary cosmetic design, Meade ETX telescopes are above all uniquely defined by the revolutionary Autostar hand controller. This great device is included as standard equipment with ETX 70mm Telescope. The 494 Autostar controller permits the automatic location of over 1400 celestial objects, just enter the object you wish to observe on to the Autostar display, press GO TO, and watch as the telescope moves rapidly in seconds to place the object in the telescope's field of view. One observing session validates Sky & Telescope's rich praise.

The Meade ETX-80AT is supplied as a complete observing instrument, with two fine Modified Achromatic eyepieces as standard equipment for powers of 14X and 39X. Premium Meade optional accessories are available to expand the telescope's capabilities, including additional eyepieces and Barlow lenses for higher magnifying powers.

The ETX-80AT Astro Telescope includes achromatic refractor optical tube assembly (D = 60mm, F = 350mm, f/5.8 or D = 70mm, F = 350mm, f/5) with multi-layer optical coatings; internal flip-mirror system for either straight-through or 90 degrees observing position; fork mount with electric slow-motion controls, setting circles, and locks on both axes; electronic control panel; 9-speed (2x sidereal through 4.5 degrees/sec.) dual-axis motor drive system with #494 Autostar computer controller; sidereal-rate tracking; internal battery compartment accepting six (user-supplied) AA-size batteries; MA9mm (39X) and MA25mm (14X) multi-coated eyepieces; operating instructions.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4 stars
(based on 4 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Accurate(3), Comfortable eyepiece(4), Quality lenses(3), Strong construction(3)
Best Uses:
Astronomy(4)

[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great scope fot hicker/camper
By Zebu from Waxahachie, TX on 3/3/2008
Pros:
Accurate, Comfortable Eyepiece, Portable, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Astronomy, Bird Watching, Bright Conditions, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Meade Meade ETX-80AT Astro Telescope:

comes with a tote bag for tripod but would recommend a case for the scope. Have talen it camping with a laptop and had great results

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Perfect for astrophotography!
By srosenow_98Verified Reviewer from Shelton, Washington on 10/22/2007
Pros:
Accurate, Comfortable Eyepiece, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Astronomy, Astrophotography, Deep sky observing
Describe Yourself:
Avid Adventurer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Meade Meade ETX-80AT Astro Telescope:

I purchased my ETX-80AT from a camera shop in Lacey, Washington and was impressed with it the first night! Setup and initialization couldn't have been easier, and I soon found it easy to take pictures using the existing digital camera I have, right through the eyepiece. It works well enough that I was able to get a few really superb shots of the Orion Nebula, along with the Pleiades cluster. It's a great telescope for what it's worth!

[1 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Awesome Telescope
By Princess TitanVerified Reviewer from Rolette, North Dakota on 4/24/2007
Pros:
Accurate, Comfortable Eyepiece, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Astronomy, Travel, Yachting
Describe Yourself:
Astronomer, Avid Adventurer, Birder, Casual/ Recreational, Professional Guide
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Meade Meade ETX-80AT Astro Telescope:

I have used this product before and I love it! maybe people ned more time with it and try different angles, lightning and maybe they need to be more proficient with the sky and astronomy in general

[5 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

 
Not ment for digital SLR camera
By PhotoboyVerified Reviewer from Dallas, TX on 1/27/2007
Pros:
Comfortable Eyepiece, Works well as a telescope
Cons:
Can't handle a digatal SL
Best Uses:
Astronomy, Bird Watching

Comments about Meade Meade ETX-80AT Astro Telescope:

The telescope worked ok for looking at stars. As far as mounting a digital SLR camera to it. It doesn't work. You can not get the camera to focus. I emailed Meade customer server. Never heard from them. [...]....I talked to an expert in telescopes. He said that this telescope can't handle a camera of the size of a digatal SCR, my case a Canon 10D. Even thou I was told that it would work. The camera makes the telescope back-end heavy and the front of the telescope wants to move up or creap up. If you want time exposures shots. This is not the telescope to use. As you have to really tighten it down so that it doesn't move. But it still moves and blurs the picture. I was told that by having to tighten that to so it doesn't move will eventually break the bolt inside.If you want a telescope to look at the moon. This telescope will work for you. If you want a telescope to take pictures with. This telescope will not work. Save your money and by a Celestron.

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