Telescope alignment and locating objects are two of the biggest obstacles for most who observe the night sky. Meade’s ETX-AT-TC Astro Telescope is designed to help overcome these two issues with its AutoStar feature.
This computer controller is able to locate over 1400 objects, including stars, planets, nebulae, and galaxies just by pushing a button.
You can either choose an object to observe, or choose the Tonight’s Best tour feature which will take you on a tour of the best stars, planets, and other objects that night.
There are over 30,000 celestial objects in the computer’s database.There’s even instructions on how to name a star.
Also, the LCD display will provide details about what you’re observing, such as temperature, mass, distance, and historical information.
- Built in Barlow Lens that offers additional power when viewing planetary and lunar surfaces
- Internal Time Chip maintains accurate factory-calibrated time and date
- A bubble-level/compass allows for easier and faster initialization
- Sturdy, adjustable, and lightweight tripod
- Two premium four-element 1.25-inch Super Plössl eyepieces (SP9.7mm, SP26mm) for wide visual field and comfortable eye-relief
- AutoStar Suite Astronomer Software on DVD
The Meade ETX-80AT-TC Astro Telescope is ideal for casual observers who want to view the planets, moon, deep-space objects, and terrestrial landmarks. In addition to astronomy, it’s best used for travel, bird watching, hiking, and travel.
- Quality Lenses
- Wide Field Views
- Well Built
- Comfortable Eyepiece
- AutoStar Learning Curve
- Focus knob is small and tight
- Focusing can cause vibrations at higher magnifications
- Low quality Barlow
- Shaky tripod
Good beginner telescope for the price, it may take a few days to master AutoStar. It’s very easy to put together and rates high for value, quality, and portability.
“This telescope is solidly constructed and is very portable. The instructions are very easy to understand and setting up the Autostar computer is just as easy. Once you are familiar with which two stars to align with setup becomes very quick. I really like the Guided Tours. I really like the automatic tracking because it keeps the object in view when we switch to let other family members take a look. Buy the battery adapters it eats batteries. It packs up nicely in a backpack and does not take up alot of space. This telescope opened up the skies for us and is keeping us interested. For the money this is a good one to start with.” – Ken, Suisun City, Ca
“If you want to look across a valley or at the moon, this will do it. If you want a good look beyond the moon, go to a larger scope. I really like the ease of use, but wanted the ETX-75 the second night I used this.” – NiteLooker, Monett, MO
“This is a fantastic scope by Meade! I’ve had Meade scopes before and always been really happy with them. The automatic Go To locator feature is awesome. I also really like the size because i can have it set up in my living room pointed out the window all the time and it actually fits in very nicely, not too bulky or obtrusive like some telescopes i’ve had. It’s really attractive. I am really surprised by the one reviewer because i didn’t have any problems with the objective lens, in fact everything has been very easy to use and i consistently get amazing views. So easy my dog could probably use it.” – Tim, Longmont, CO