Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Meade LX65 redefines ease of use

What is more important? Premium optics or ease of use? Now you can have both! The up and coming LX65 telescope series from Meade is packed with more features than any other telescope in its class.

It is lightweight, portable and accessible at a moment’s notice. Yet, it is sturdy enough to support two optical tubes at once thanks to its innovative design. The LX65 is the perfect telescope for aspiring newcomers to astronomy and for seasoned astronomers who appreciate its ease of use and portability.


The LX65 ACF (advanced coma-free) optics are available in 6” and 8” aperture sizes, accomplishing the best all-round performance for planetary and deep-sky observation. However, amateur astronomers dedicated to planetary astronomy will also be interested in the LX65’s alternative models; 5” and 6” Maksutov-Cassegrain optical tubes. All models are optically coated with Meade’s UHTC (Ultra High Transmission Coatings) for enhanced light transmission. The LX65 optics are sharp, bright and uncompromising.


The innovative single arm fork mount has the ability to hold two optical tubes at once! Simply add a secondary short focal length optical tube to browse the sky and locate objects of interest quickly. Yet, simultaneously observe those objects in detail through the primary ACF or Maksutov optical tube.


The telescope is controlled through its AudioStar handbox controller. Its database contains over 30,000 objects to observe at a push of a button. The Astronomer Inside feature, will take you on guided tours of the sky with full speech. Star aligning the telescope with the AudioStar is a simple 2-star procedure and you will be observing the night sky in just a couple of minutes!


The LX65 is sturdy enough to be used for planetary and lunar photography. Simply attach your Meade LPI-G camera at the back (replacing the eyepiece), connect the camera to your computer’s USB port and start capturing images and video. The LX65 is ideal for visual observation as well as the gateway to astrophotography.


There are four LX65 models:

Meade LX65 5" Mak (SKU: 228001)
Meade LX65 6" Mak  (SKU: 228002)
Meade LX65 6" ACF  (SKU: 228003)
Meade LX65 8" ACF  (SKU: 228004)


The LX65 series will be released later this year and are expected to be available in the United Kingdom in January 2019.

Find out more about the Meade LX65 series at:

Opticstar is official importer of Meade Instruments in the United Kingdom.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Coronado SolarMax III 90 announced

Meade Instruments has announced four new Coronado solar telescopes in the latest SolarMax III series. The new models are fitted with full aperture 90mm external etalon filters, surpassing the performance of solar telescope designs that use smaller internal H-α etalons.


The SolarMax III 90 will be available with either a 15mm blocking filter or a 30mm blocking filter. Optionally, each of these models will be available with a second 90mm external etalon in a double stacked configuration. It is also possible to retrofit the second etalon to the single etalon models at any time. The configurations are:
  • SolarMax III 90, BF15  (SKU: 324011)
  • SolarMax III 90, BF15, Double Stacked  (SKU: 324012)
  • SolarMax III 90, BF30  (SKU: 324013)
  • SolarMax III 90, BF30, Double Stacked  (SKU: 324014)

All models are bundled with a full range of CEMAX eyepieces and barlow lens as standard. A hard carry case is also included. To retrofit single etalon models to a double stack configuration please use the Coronado 90mm Double Stacking Etalon (SKU: SME-90).

Multiple improvements

The larger, full aperture etalon filters ensure that solar views have better contrast and more detail. Other improvements of the SolarMax III 90 include a 2” dual speed focuser with fine control. The Coronado SolarMax III range represents the cutting-edge in solar observation and imaging. 

The SolarMax III 90 etalon(s) and rear blocking diagonal filter can be removed to use the scope as a standard refractor for night time astronomy. 

Safety: The SolarMax III solar telescopes should never be used to observe the Sun without the etalon filter(s) and blocking filter (diagonal) fitted. Otherwise, immediate and irreversible eye damage may result.


These solar telescopes will be released later this summer and are expected to be available in the United Kingdom in autumn 2018.

Find out more about the Coronado SolarMax III range at:

Opticstar is official importer of Meade Instruments in the United Kingdom.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

How to setup & align your ETX Observer

The ETX Observer telescopes are lightweight and portable, making them ideal for astronomy on the move and newcomers to the hobby.

This tutorial video demonstrates how to set up and star align these telescopes.

The Legacy Continues

For 20 years, Meade's ETX series telescopes have provided novice astronomers quality, value and performance, with each new model bringing enhancements and improvements. The all-new ETX Observer model continues that legacy.

For more information on the ETX Observer please follow the link below.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

New law against laser pointer use

Under new proposals there will be severe punishments for offenders shining laser pens at air, ground or sea vehicles. The new law has been put forward by the transport department.

The first reading of the Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill took place at the House of Lords on 20 December 2017. This stage is a formality that signals the start of the Bill's journey through the Lords. The second reading will include the general debate on all aspects of the Bill and will take place on 9th  January 2018.

Amateur astronomers with laser pointers should exercise caution.

The current legislation punishes someone found guilty of shining a laser at an aircraft with a maximum fine of £2,500.  The new laser misuse (vehicles) bill, published today, expands the types of transport that are covered to include trains, buses, boats and hovercraft.

There has a been a steady increase in incidents involving the misuse of lasers since 2011. Approximately 1,250 cases were reported in total in 2016. Laser beam attacks at Heathrow airport rose by 25% in the last year.

When a laser beam hits the windscreen of a cockpit glass the light spreads dazzling the pilot and making it very difficult to see the ground.

People convicted of shining a laser at the operator of any vehicle could face five years in prison. The Department for Transport (DfT) has put forward tough new penalties for the offence, including unlimited fines. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is also considering the findings of a call for evidence on updating regulations for selling laser pointers.

Tougher new law

The new law will make it easier to prosecute offenders by removing the need to prove they intended to endanger a vehicle. It will be an offence to dazzle or even distract the operator of a vehicle either deliberately or if reasonable precautions to avoid doing so are not taken.

Laser pointers

Laser pointers or laser pens are portable, low-powered, battery-operated hand-held devices. They are often used during presentations in astronomy to point out or highlight a planet or a star. They produce a small and narrow beam of visible red or green light.

Laser pointers purchased from reputable UK sources are limited in their power density so that damage cannot be caused to the eyes. However, there are laser pointers sold online, often from sellers in the Far East, that are much more powerful.

Up to date information on the Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill at:
UK Parliament - Laser Misuse Vehicles Bill

Thursday, 19 October 2017

SolarMax III and Series 6000 ED Quad

The new Meade Series 6000 ED70 ED Quadruplet and the Coronado SolarMax III 70 telescopes have been announced in the November 2017 issue of Astronomy Now magazine.

Meade Series 6000 70mm Quadruplet

For crisp wide field observing and imaging, nothing can beat a true quadruplet-element Apochromatic Refractor (APO). Find out more about the Meade Series 6000 ED Refractors on Opticstar’s Meade UK website:

Coronado Solar Max III 70

The SolarMax III is a 70mm F/5.7 refractor equipped with 60mm external hydrogen – alpha (H-α) filters. The single-stacked (<0.7 Angstrom) bandpass is available with either 10mm or 15mm blocking filter. More information on the Coronado SolarMax III 70 solar telescopes on Opticstar’s Meade UK website:

About Astronomy Now magazine at:

Opticstar is official importer of Meade Instruments in the United Kingdom.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Introducing the Coronado SolarMax II

Find out why the revolutionary Coronado SolarMax II with RichView™ tuning technology brings solar viewing to a whole new level.

The Coronado range of solar telescopes are manufactured by Meade Instruments. For more information on the Coronado SolarMax II please follow the links below.

Coronado Solar Telescopes

Opticstar is official importer of Meade Instruments in the United Kingdom.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Meade LPI-G camera review

A review of the LPI-G Colour camera has been published in the July 2017 issue of BBC Sky at Night magazine. The LPI-G is a planetary, lunar and solar imaging camera.

Note: for solar imaging the camera must be used with a dedicated solar telescope.

Planetary Imaging

The LPI-G is attached to a computer via a USB port and it is entirely operated through its bundled software. The camera has a built-in frame buffer (memory) to ensure that it does not drop frames when operated at high speeds. For planetary imaging, the camera can operate at a maximum resolution of 1280 x 960 pixels at 28 frames per second. Supported computer operating systems include Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X and Linux


The LPI-G can operate as an auto-guide camera when used with a Windows based computer through the ASCOM software platform. An auto-guide cable is included with the camera. The auto-guide cable is attached to the telescope’s auto-guide port (ST4-type) on one side and on the camera on the other side.

Please note that if you wish to use the LPI-G with a Meade LX90 telescope, the Meade Auto-guider Port Module (SKU: 07509) is required. The port module is plugged into the telescope’s auxiliary port enabling it to be used as an auto-guide port.

Colour or Monochrome

There are two models of the LPI-G; colour (SKU: 645001) and monochrome (SKU: 645002). To produce colour images using the monochrome model requires optical filters and typically a filter wheel. This type of imaging is undertaken by experienced users in order to get the best results possible. However, the colour model can produce good results with less effort.

Find out more about BBC Sky at Night magazine at:

More information about the Meade LPI-G cameras on Opticstar’s Meade UK website:

Opticstar is official importer of Meade Instruments in the United Kingdom.