Founder Optics 106 mm ED APO Refractor on Meade LX85 Equatorial Mount Package

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This is a serious telescope imaging package that is full of great features!  First up is the telescope itself, which is a big 106 mm f/6 Triplet ED APO refractor.  The optics are beautifully done.  One of the lenses is made of Lanthanum glass and the other two are made of FPL53 & FPL51 (respectively) and full multi-coatings add to overall sharpness and contrast.  This telescope comes with its own case as well as its own 48 mm field flattener.  This is one sweet telescope!

The Meade LX85 equatorial mount will handle the refractor and all your accessories with ease.  GoTo electronics are controlled by the Meade Audiostar hand box so that you can visit thousands of objects at the push of a button.  A tripod and counterweight are included.  

Look below for more information on the Founder 106 mm Triplet as well as the Meade LX85 mount and tripod.  Available as a package while supplies last!

About the Founder 106 mm Triplet ED APO Refractor

Check out the amazing optics on the Founder Optics 106 mm ED APO Triplet Refractor by Founder Optics!  Each of the three lenses is made with special glass and fully multi-coated.  One of the ED lenses is made with FPL53 glass, the other uses FPL51 glass, and, last but not least, the final lens is made with Lanthanum glass.  This threesome results in stunningly sharp images full of contrast in true color. 

The FOT106 has a focal length of 636 mm, and with a large 106 mm aperture, you will enjoy beautiful visual results as well as great deep-sky images should you decide to add a camera to this refractor's arsenal.  Included in the custom foam-lined aluminum case is the scope itself with tube ring and easy-grip crank handle, a shoe ready to accept a finderscope, a Field Flattener with an M48 thread, and dovetail.  

The tube itself is made of aluminum and the patented hybrid-style dual speed 2.7" rack and pinion focuser can carry a load of up to 8kg.  


  • Aperture:  106 mm
  • Focal Length:  636 mm
  • Focal Ratio:  f/6
  • Optical Construction:  Triplet, including two ED lenses (FPL53 & FPL52 glass) and one Lanthanum lens
  • Lens Coating:  Fully Multi-Coated
  • Distortion:  -0.0085% without included flattener, and 0.5968% with flattener
  • Tube Material:  Aluminum
  • Focuser:  2.7" Rack & Pinion Hybrid Drive, Dual Speed 1:10 fine focus, patented
  • Accessories:  Tube Ring with Axis in Lock, Star Finder Shoe, Crank Handle, Field Flattener with M48 thread, Dovetail.

About the Meade LX85 German Equatorial Mount

Meade’s LX85 German Equatorial Mount with AudioStar and Tripod features a high-quality, portable, Go-To, German equatorial mount. The LX85 Series Mount is the perfect choice for the cultivated observer and astro-imager who wants to chase deep sky objects such as galaxies, star clusters, nebulae, and more. With the included AudioStar® hand controller, you have almost instant access to a database of over 30,000 objects, that you can view with a simple press of a button on the AudioStar Handbox Controller!

This Meade LX85 German Equatorial Mount with AudioStar and Tripod has built-in motors (Low-cog 12 Volt DC servo motors both axes), for both Right Ascension and Declination axes drives. The assembled weight of both the mount head and the tripod is a mere 34.1 lb. The payload you can carry and operate with this mount is rated at 33 lb; that's almost the weight of the unloaded mount package! This makes for a super transportable mount which you can take to your favorite observing site, or star party, or just use in your own back yard!

AudioStar® features a built-in speaker that plays educational content about the celestial objects you view! Use as a stand-alone mount or maximize your viewing potential with an array of different optical tubes to choose from. Meade’s LX85 Series German Equatorial Mount and Tripod will keep you looking up for many years to come and sets a standard for mid-sized telescopes at a great price.

This mount includes the Autostar Suite Astronomer Edition software on a DVD, and the easy-to-operate Handbox Controller is the famous Meade AudioStar® model. This LX85 German Equatorial Mount from Meade can be used to support a variety of different mid-sized telescopes, and has a convenient standard Vixen-style dovetail for easy mounting of your chosen telescope.


Product Number: 217000
UPC: 7 09942 99873 3
Software DVD: Autostar Suite Astronomer Edition
Handbox Controller: AudioStar®
Dovetail: Vixen-style
Motor: Low-cog 12v DC servo motors; both axes
Power: 12 VDC, 5 amp power supply (optional, not included)
Accessories: Accessory Tray & Bubble Level Compass
Counterweight: 9 lb
Mount Type: German Equatorial
Mount Body Weight: 10.9 lb
Mount Body Dimensions: 4.8” x 12.4” x 13.2”
Mount Payload: 33 lb
Tripod Material: Aluminum castings with 1.75" diameter steel-tube legs
Tripod Weight: 12.4 lb
Tripod Height (Min/Max): • Min: 31.5” • Max: 43.5”
Tripod Dimensions Collapsed: 39.5" x 5.75" x 6.25"
Assembled Product Weight: 34.1 lb
Assembled Product Dimensions: 47.2” x 47.2” x 5.8”

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