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

Item # HN-MEAD332

Dimensions & Specifications

Aperture
80mm
Battery
8xAA
Battery Included
No
Brand
Meade
Component
1.45 Resolution, SP26mm Eyepiece 2, 1.45 Resolving Power, 12 Limiting Magnitude
Configuration
7 lbs. Weight Optical Tube
Eyepiece 1
SP9.7mm
Features
GoTo
Focal Length
400mm
Focal Ratio
f/5
GPS
No
GoTo
Yes
Good for Astrophotography
Yes
Highest Useful Magnification
160x
Lens Coating
Multi-Coated
Mount Design
Dual Fork Arm
Optical Design
Refractor
Power Source
Battery
Recommended Usage
Viewing Planets, For the Enthusiast, Astrophotography, Viewing the Moon
Star Diagonal
1.25 Inches
Type
Meade ETX Telescope Series
Usage
For the Enthusiast
User Level
For the Enthusiast
Warranty
Weight Complete
13 lbs.

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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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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
 
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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        Customer Q & A

        7 Questions About This Product
        Q: "Does the ETX-80 come with a viewfinder?"
        A: No, the ETX 80 does not come with a viewfinder.  Right now there is no viewfinder available for this specific model.
        Q: "Do you have available a carrying case for the ETX-80AT-TC?"
        A: The hard carrying case for the ETX80 is sold separately. It is listed under Item# MEAD023. 
        Q: "How does the Meade series 4000 telescope eye piece and filter improve the Meade ETX-80AT-TC Astro Telescope with AutoStar?"
        A: The Meade Series 4000 eyepiece kit provides a more convenient viewing experience. It provides multiple magnifications and different colored filters you can apply. The different magnifications will expand what you are able to see and the filters will change the color skew of what you are viewing to make details "pop" out.
        Q: "Does the ETX-80 come with a tripod?"
        A: Yes, this telescope comes with a tripod.
        Q: "Does the ETX-80 show images upside down?"
        A: No, this telescope has a built in diagonal for right side up viewing.
        Q: "Can you take photographs through this telescope?"
        A: Yes you can!  If you are using a SLR camera then you would need the T-Ring Adapter for a 1.25" eyepiece, as well as a T-Ring for your specific camera model.  If you are using a small or medium sized digital camera, you would just need to get the Universal Digiscoping Adapter.
        Q: "Does the ETX-80 come with the AC adapter?"
        A: This does not come with an AC adapter.
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