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Meade ETX 80 Telescope with Tripod

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  • AutoStar #497 GoTo Hand Controller: Controls the complete electronics of the telescope and contains over 30000 different astronomical objects that can be tuned in by pressing a button
  • Optical design: Achromatic refractor (lens telescope)
  • Front lens: 80mm
  • Focal length/aperture: 400 mm/F5
  • Delivery: Meade ETX-80 AT, AutoStar # 494 GoTo controls, two fork mount with motors in both axes, aluminium field tripod with 1:25 inserts for 1:25 eyepieces, carrying bag for tripod, two eyepieces (Super Plössl 9.7 mm (41x magnification) and 26 mm (15x magnification)/52 ° field of view), AutoStar Suite software DVD with instructional videos (English), compass
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  • Boxed-product Weight: 9 Kg
  • Item model number: 110080
  • ASIN: B003LJIWYS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 May 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,318 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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The telescope ETX-80-AT consists of a lens telescope (refractor) and an automatically controlled, azimuthal two-arm fork mount. The refractor with 80mm opening has a focal length of 400mm, and therefore an aperture ratio of F5. The azimuthal mounting helps to navigate the telescope with two motors, by horizontal and vertical movements across your range. The Autostar handbox electronic control is included. Without having to use your home PC, the Autostar is able to automatically move and track a large number of objects in the night sky so that the object of attention always remains in the field of view despite the Earth's rotation. It comes supplied with a compass, which will help set up the mount and also when orienting the night sky. The built-in telescopic Barlow lens doubles the magnification potential when observing. Application: The ETX-80 offers ambitious beginners and amateur astronomers the opportunity to approach the night sky with confidence. Automatic positioning with countless stored objects, automatic tracking and very low weight allow the amateur astronomers to observe the skies from the comfort of their own garden or local countryside. The 80mm telescopic opening shows the moon with its craters and valleys, the rings of Saturn or the cloud bands of Jupiter. However, especially large objects need little magnification, such as the Pleiades and other star clusters, which are suited for this telescope. With an optional 45° reversing prism, the telescope can also be used for daily observations. Features: AutoStar # 494 GoTo hand controller: Controls the complete electronics of the telescope and contains over 1400 different astronomical objects that can be reached by pressing a button. Features: Optical design: An achromatic refractor (lens telescope) Front Lens diameter: 80mm Focal length/aperture: 400mm/F5 Theoretical resolution in arc seconds: 1:44 Recommended maximum magnification: 160x Eyepiece barrel diameter: 31.7mm (1.25 inches) Stand height: 53.5cm min/max 120cm Stand weight: 1.45kg Support material: Aluminium Mounting height: 51.5cm Mount weight: 2.7kg (without batteries) Batteries (not included): 6xAA Control: AutoStar # 494 GoTo Total weight: 4.15kg Scope of delivery Meade ETX-80 AT AutoStar # 494 GoTo Two-fork mount with motors in both axes Aluminium field tripod with 1:25 inserts for 1.25 inch eyepieces Carrying bag for tripod Two eyepieces (Super Plössl 9.7mm (41x magnification) and 26mm (15x magnification)/52 ° Field of view) AutoStar Suite software and DVD with instructional videos (English) Compass


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The Telescope arrived today, and alarm bells started to ring as soon as I opened the box. The instructions, set up manuals and guides were all written in German, and not for the same Meade model of scope. Not much of a problem I thought, so I downloaded the english version to set it up. Set up was easy, until I switched it on to initialise the Autostar. The 494 handset readout was also in German so I could not understand the set up. Looking online for info about changing the language on the controller, I quickly learned that you can't change the language on the handset. So sadly it is going back to Amazon. A very disappointing experience with this. If you are fluent in German then it would be fine, but if not - avoid this product.
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the right arm dont no what the left arm is doing i have been with amazon a lot of years i ordered this for my sons birthday he was so excited spent a long time putting together switched it on and everything was in german and it could not be changed in to english it was factory set in german i phoned amazon they had it back waited for refund so could order other scope the day before refund he found a similar scope about the same price a nexstar 5se so i put it in the basket only to find the next day that amazon had removed it i got in touch again to be told that this item was sold and was out of stock this did not sound right so i asked to speak to a manger and he told me that the reason amazon removed it was because it was priced up wrong it looks to me when it comes to money dont trust amazon my son was let down on his birthday i feel that because of what had happened with the mistake that amazon made with the first order they should have honoured the price on the nexstar se5 but no it dont matter about a boys birthday it maybe that all mangers at amazon dont have kids i have spent a lot of money with amazon the long time i have been with them i am also in business and if i treated my costumers in this way i would be out of work so we feel let down and thinking about not using amazon again i send this reply to amazon but i dont think i will get a reply
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Cracking little observatory that can give some amazing details to some of our planets.

Meade will replace the Autostar FOC. Send it back and they will send you an English version. Understandably, this is not perfect. But it is a FOC solution.
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Two times I got the teleskoper with German set-up, eventhoug I order the telescopes with at English setup. Wery desapointing!
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