Founder Optics 86 mm ED APO Refractor on Meade LX85 Equatorial Mount Package

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Superb Telescope Package for Imaging & Visual Work!

We've created a telescope package that is full of great features!  First up is the telescope itself, which is a portable 86 mm Triplet ED APO refractor with an f/6.5 focal ratio and a fast 560 mm focal length.  The optics are beautifully done, with two ED lenses (FPL53 & FPL51) and full multi-coatings for sharpness and contrast.  This telescope comes with its own case as well as its own field flattener.  

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 86 mm Triplet as well as the Meade LX85 mount and tripod.  Available as a package while supplies last!

About the Founder 86 mm Triplet ED APO Refractor

This beautiful 86 mm f/6.5 ED APO Triplet Refractor by Founder Optics includes not one but two ED APO lenses for amazingly sharp and clear images!  One of the lenses is made with FPL53 glass and the other is designed with FPL51 glass.  The lenses are widely spaced and fully multi coated for protection and to further enhance the views to a very low distortion level of just -0.016%.  Founder Optics was not messing around!  

The FOT86 has a focal length of 560 mm.  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 M42 thread, M48 adapter, and dovetail.  

The optical tube is made of aluminum and the patented hybrid-style dual speed 2" rack and pinion focuser can carry a load of up to 8kg.  


  • Aperture:  86 mm
  • Focal Length:  560 mm
  • Focal Ratio:  f/6.5
  • Optical Construction:  Triplet, including two ED lenses (FPL53 & FPL52 glass)
  • Lens Coating:  Fully Multi-Coated
  • Distortion:  -0.016%
  • Tube Material:  Aluminum
  • Focuser:  2" Rack & Pinion Hybrid Drive, Dual Speed 1:11 fine focus, patented
  • Accessories:  Tube Ring with Axis in Lock, Star Finder Shoe, Crank Handle, Field Flattener with M42 thread, M48 Adapter, 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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