Meade LXD55 - Series telescopes provide a new level of sophistication and precision at a moderate price and include the exclusive Meade LXD55 equatorial mount with Autostar control system. Manufactured entirely at the Meade Irvine facility, LXD57 series diffraction-limited Schmidt-Newtonian optics yield pinpoint stellar images over extremely wide fields, with one-half the coma of paraboloids of the same focal ratios. Combined with the fast f.4 optics, the standard equipment Super Plossl 26mm eyepiece yields an actual field of 1.8°, for brilliant, rich-field imaging of nebulae, galaxies and star clusters. The new Meade LXD75 German-type Equatorial Mount has been designed by Meade engineers and is manufactured of machined aluminium for high performance photo-visual observing, moving effortlessly across the skies in either tracking or automatic GO TO modes. Manual fine-adjustment controls in azimuth (horizontal) and elevation (latitude angle) facilitate alignment of the mounting to the celestial pole; the standard-equipment polar alignment viewfinder, with illuminated reticle for easy visibility against the night sky, provides confirmation of precise alignment. The Autostar Dual-Axis Electronic Control System is of advanced electronic design and is included as standard with the LXD75. It offers automatic GO TO facilities at 4.5°/second on both axes simultaneously, to 30,223 database objects.