Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Meade LX65 and LX85 in the UK

Christmas is almost here and so are the new LX65 and LX85 telescopes from Meade! The Maksutov, Newtonian and refracting models arrive in the UK this week.

Find out more about these two new telescope series from Meade from the links below.

Meade LX65 series:

Meade LX85 series:

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

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.