Meade LX Registry

Registry for Meade 2080/2120 LX-Series Telescopes

If you own one of Meade's 2080 or 2120 series of LX telescopes (ie: LX / LX2 / LX3 / LX5 / LX6 / LX10 / LX50 / LX100 / LX200 / etc) and would be willing to share your serial number and year of manufacture (if known), please contact me at and I will gladly add you to this list! Feel free to send me a pic of your scope as well if you'd like.

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Not sure what you've got? You can look at our Meade LX Spotter's Guide (below) to get an idea of what you may have.

Looking for the manual for your scope? Look at our Meade LX Manuals (below) collection to see if we have it.

How about some vintage ads? Check out our Meade LX Ads (Advertisements) to take a stroll down memory lane!

The 2080 LX Registry (Oldest to Newest)

Owner Model Year Serial Description Pic
Tom D. 2080 LX 1983 803553 Picked up a Meade 2080 today (fork mounted 8" SCT), AC drive only, with a plate on the base saying "LX Drive System". Original instruction manual is dated January of 1983.  
T. Taylor 2080 LX 1984 803952 I just bought the 2080 for $150 bucks and thought for the price I could dip my toe in the water before spending 2K or more T. Taylor's Meade 2080 LX
Barry 2080 LX2 1984 804143 I have the rare Meade 2080LX2. I bought it new in May of 1984 used it through late 80's and left the hobby. Rarely I took it out for some things; Shoemaker Levy 9 hitting Jupiter, Hale Bopp, etc.  
Duane G. 2080 LX2 1984? 804426 Just purchased from man who said he bought it from a friend a few years ago who was the original owner. Purchased new in 1986 [sic].  
dgreenheck 2080 LX 1984? 804791 I recently acquired a old Meade 2080 8" SCT plus mount+motor drive on Craigslist. The previous owner said he used it occasionally when he bought it, but it has been in storage for the last 10-15 years. Manual is dated 1983.  
Jon H. 2080 LX2 1984? 804916 I believe it is a Meade lx2 2080. Serial number 804916. Looks like we have all the accessories as well. Thanks in advance for any help!  
Galen P. 2080 LX 1985? 805113 I inherited this telescope from my father, took some great photos of the moon last night with an iPhone mount. Galen's Meade 2080 LX
Nancy 2080 LX3 1985 805128 Hi. I have a Meade quartz lx drive telescope. The serial number is 805128. Nancy's Meade 2080 LX3
Unknown 2080 LX 1985 805235 Found listing on Goodwill. If you own this scope, contact me at if you'd like!  
Scott S. 2080 LX3 1985 805763 Picked up a mint 2080 LX3 as part of a larger lot of scopes. Even has the 1980's vintage audio cassette!!! Scott's Meade 2080 LX3
Jeff H. 2080 LX 1985? 806079 Recieved this scope: Model 2080 serial number 806079. Everything is working like new and mirrors are wonderful. Jeff's Meade 2080 LX
Paul 2080 LX3 1985 806201 The optics on the 8-inch look great. The electronics on the 8-inch are working fine.  
Keith 2080 LX3 1985 807061 It appears to be an early 2080 LX3, #807061. I had to have the secondary recoated, and was able to improve the views by centering the secondary and rotating the corrector.  
Russ R. 2080 LX3 1985 807721 I have just purchased a Meade 8" scope on an LX3 mount. (2080?) from a guy on Craigslist. The serial number is 807721. Need a power supply and covers for the lens.  
Unknown 2080 LX3 1985? 807768 Found listing on Astromart. If you own this scope, contact me at if you'd like!  
Bill G. 2080 LX3 1986 810720 In the herd is a 2080 LX3 S/N 810720 silvered optical group purchased new in the summer of 1986 at a Meade parking lot sale in Costa Mesa.  
Dan 2080 LX3 1986 810825 I have an 8" LX3 that I still use today. I've deforked it and have it on a CG-5 mount. I bought it in Nov. 1986. Purchase price was $1700, and I got $650 for my Cave 8" trade in (I had that scope for years, and I traded it in for $50 less that I paid for it). The Cave had great optics and rotating tube rings, but it was a pain to transport.  
Bill S. 2080 LX3 1987 811157 I purchased  new in May 1987. On the back of the secondary mirror was stamped Feb.1987.  
Dave 2080 LX3 1987 811244 a 1987 Meade 8" 2080 LX-3 #811244 purchased from Adorama Dave's Meade 2080 LX6
PrimoDude 2080 LX5 1988 811860 I am second owner. First owner bought it late in 1988.  
Geoff 2080 LX5 1988 812202 Just acquired Meade 8 in serial number 812202. I contacted Meade to try to get info on manufacture date but haven’t heard yet. I’m guessing it’s an LX3, but hoping it’s LX5. Perhaps you know? [EDIT: turned out to be an LX5!] Geoff's Meade 2080 LX5
Etienne L. 2080 LX5 1988 813248 Someone just gave me his old telescope. It's an LX5 serial 813248. It's a bit dusty but seems to be in great shape, it came to me with some occulars, Barlow, finder scope. Etienne's Meade 2080 LX5
Bob F. 2080 LX5 1988 814083 n/a  
Eric 2080 LX5? 1988 814277 Purchased at a yard sale for an amazing price.  
Mark B. 2080 LX5 1988 814750 Purchased in the 80's from OPT! In great shape!  
Mark S. 2080 LX5 1988 815194 Third hand, at least. Good condition. Prior owner traded for a television years ago.  
Unknown 2080 LX6 1989 815794 For sale on CN. f/6.3. If you own this scope, contact me at if you'd like!  
Steve A. 2080 LX6 1989 816130 All original packaging, original manuals / charts / books, eyepieces, filters, imaging adapters, barlow lens, and many others I won't mention. Steve's Meade 2080 LX6
Unknown 2080 LX? 1989 816399 Found on Meade Forums. If you own this scope, contact me at if you'd like!  
Bill S. 2080 LX6 1989 816697 I purchased a LX-6 drive base second hand off ebay. I have no idea when it was made.  
Lowell B. 2080 LX6 1989 816900 I just recently inherited this barely used Meade 2080 LX6, serial 816900.  
Brad B. 2080 LX5 1989 817776 I just acquired a Meade 2080 LX5 from a guy who had it for 7 years. Previously it was owned by a Doctor who only used it occasionally. The serial# is 817776 and I guess the date is 1989 based on the manuals (original included). Its seems to be all working!  
Chuck L. 2080 LX5 1989 817790 I have a complete working LX5 with the 2080 optics. Purchased in 1991 from the original owner who had the scope 2-3 years. The main manual...and supplemental documents are dated 1989 and 1988 respectively. Serial number is 817790.  
Tom G. 2080 LX5 1989 817835 Bought this from Broashurst, Clarkson & Fuller in London, UK in 1989, in memory of my dear Grandma. I am still using it 30 years on! Tom's Meade 2080 LX5
William R. 2080 LX6 Premier 1990 817983 Meade 2080 Premier Model 70 f/10 with LX6 drive, serial 817983, manufactured ~1990, original purchase Nov 1990 by previous owner. With 9x60 polar viewfinder and CAT.  
Tim B. 2080 LX5 1990? 818879 I have an eight inch Meade 2080 LX5 f/6.3 wide-field , not sure of the year made. Serial #818879.  
Robi 2080 LX5 1990? 818880 I have a Meade 8" f/6.3 serial number 818880. I bought it at a thift store 2 years ago. I notice you have a listing for 818879 that appears to be just like mine. Mine has the CAT encoder system but I dont have the hand controller or power supply. The base looks like an LX5 with just the one DIN connector.  
Rick T. 2080 LX6 Premier 1990? 818924 My primary scope. Includes hand controller, RA and Dec motors. Works perfectly! Rick's Meade 2080 LX6
Mike G. 2080 LX6 Premier 1990? 819008 Purchased but unknown to what it is. Serial #819008 8" inch SCT. Believe it is a LX5 not an LX6 because it's an f10
[NOTE: based on serial number and other details about the controller, I believe this is an LX6 Premier just like mine! -Rick]
Jean-Luc L. 2080 LX6 Premier 1991 819439 Here are the pics of my new Meade SC 2080 lx6 Scope was bought in Belgium in 1989, and upgraded to lx6 in April 1991. Jean-Luc's Meade 2080 LX6
Jason L. 2080 LX? 1991? 820727 I recently purchased a Meade 2080 on Craigslist.  
Dennis A. 2080 LX6 Premier 1991 820903 Still works perfectly. Only upkeep is to clean all digital circle plug contacts every couple of years with Radio Shack Gold contact cleaner. Dennis' Meade 2080 LX6
Rick T. 2080 LX 1991? 821221 Bought 2nd hand through Kijiji. Manual dated 1994 but serial seems to be more around 1991. Rick's Meade 2080 LX
Walter W. 2080 LX 1991? 821294 There are no markings on the scope other than the serial number of "821294" on a Meade tag. The unit has a right ascension drive that runs off 120 Volts AC.  
Jean R. 2080 LX 1991? 822517 Bought second/third(?) hand three years ago, apparently very little used. No comments about it, it was in perfect condition. Re-equipped with new accessories, a real pleasure to use it! See the picture, such as ready for observation. Jean's Meade 2080
fungus57 2080 LX 1992 822572 This is a really nice Meade 2080 8" Schmidt Cassegrain, recently brought out of storage and barely ever used. The QA sticker says December 1992 and it has the Multicoated optics which look to be in great condition. fungus57's Meade 2080 LX
Steven K. 2080 LX ? 823073 I have just purchased one in near mint condition- coatings are intact, perfect, no degradation.  
Ed S. 2080 LX 1993 824073 Purchased new in December 1993. The scope is a basic AC driven 2080, probably the LX2 model, however there is no “LX” marking on the telescope and I no longer have the box or invoice to be sure. It came with an 8x50 finder, MA25 eyepiece and equatorial wedge. I purchased a Meade UWA and two SWA eyepieces at the same time, and added a telrad finder later. The telescope was used often for about 15 years until a new, larger scope was acquired. It is still used occasionally as a “grab and go” telescope. It is light enough that it can be carried into the yard on it’s tripod. Assuming the equatorial wedge is properly set, all that is necessary is to point the forks north, plug it in and turn it on.  
Elton W. 2080 LX10 ? 836388 I am the current custodian of an LX10 Meade SCT Serial # 836388. It's on a HEQ5 Pro Mount alt/az tripod mount.  
rugby 2080 LX10 2000? 843310 Recently bought a Meade LX 10 sct. It's in very good shape and the optics seem pretty sharp. rugby's Meade LX-10
AJ 2080 LX10 2003? 849367 I bought my LX10 from Astronomics in late 2003 and its serial number is 849367.  I don't know if it was manufactured that year, or earlier.  It possibly could have been in stock for a while before being sold.  

The 2120 LX Registry (Oldest to Newest)

Owner Model Year Serial Description Pic
Sleestax (CN) 2120 LX 1984 100915 It's a Meade System 2000 #2120 that was shipped from Orion (the company) in early Dec 1984, serial #100915. The base has a small aluminum plaque that says "LX Drive System." I have the original invoice, which apparently held up better than the secondary! Has the regular wedge with deluxe latitude adjuster, the field tripod, original 2" diagonal, beer-can-sized (!) 2-inch "research grade" 32mm Erfle, setting-circle illumination, dew shield, high-transmission coatings, counterweights, accessory case, and assorted original eyepieces.  
Andy M. 2120 LX 1984 101720 I have owned from new a 2120LX serial number 101720. Bought in the UK in 1984 and shipped to Canada 5 years ago where I now live. It came on a German EQ with single drive motor and is in excellent condition.  
Terrence B. 2120 LX3 1985? 101871 LX3 2120 s/n 101871 with silver coated optics; purchased second hand in 1988. Terrence's Meade LX3
Mario S. 2120 LX5 1985 101957 My Meade telescope is a LX5 2120, 10 inches, f/10, FL:2500mm, Serial number #101957, made in 1985  
Aaron G. 2120 LX5 1985? 102099  
Neville Y. 2120 LX5 1987? 102204 I bought this 2080 [NOTE: I believe this is a 2120 based on the serial number.] LX5 in 2017. The optics are good but before long the gearbox lost a few teeth. A major rebuild of the drive train was require, but I now have a good instrument. I used it in Sep 2018 to observe/record an exoplanet transit!  
Donnie S. 2120 LX3 1987? 102240 I recently purchased this from our local University. Donnie's Meade LX3
Alan B. 2120 LX5 ? 102384 Just picked up a Meade 2120 LX-5 SCT OTA with Quartz Pulse Drive, serial # 102384, but do not know the manufacture date. Needs a replacement dec motor.  
Walt H. 2120 LX5 ? 102907 I wanted a larger scope for photography and picked up a used 10" Meade. It says Meade Quartz and LX Pulse drive on it. The AC/DC converter that came with it says for 2080/LX5 AND 2120/LX5.  
Donald 2120 LX5 ? 102913 Meade Telescope Model No. 2120 Serial No. 102913 I inherited the above telescope. I would like any available information regarding this model.  
Woody 2120 LX5 ? 102927 This LX-5 2120 10" telescope looks to be in solid shape. Woody's Meade 2120 LX5
Wayne S. 2120 LX5 1987 103032 I just imported my Meade LX5 2120 from Austin, Tx. It is a recent acquisition, but seems to be well documented and cared for. It is a 10 inch f/10 F=2500 mm (100") D=254 mm(10") Purchased new from Meade in Costa Mesa CA in 1988 for $1800USD.  
Steve M. 2120 LX3 1987 103325 Meade 2120 LX3 10 inch MCOG with Equatorial Mount and Field tripod. Bought with Declination motor and Piggy-back mount.  
Kelvin T. 2120 LX5 1988 103824 I am a proud owner of a well maintained Meade LX5 2120 classic scope. It is being kept in excellent condition.  
Paul 2120 LX 1988? 104106    
Albert 2120 LX5? 1988? 104223 Can anyone tell me which model Meade 2120 by serial #104233? I know Meade made many model 2120's. I hope someone know's. Thanks.  
John R. 2120 LX6 1988 104924 I have a 2120 LX6 that I purchased new on 27 October 1988, when they first came out. It is S/N 104924.  
Charlie S. 2120 LX6 1988? 105066 I have just acquired a LX6 10" f/6.3.  
Ken C. 2120 LX6 1988? 105434 Hi Rick, here are my Meade SCT scopes to add to your Meade registry. Thank you in advance, Ken  
Carlo G. 2120 LX5 1988? 105464 Hi, I have bought an LX5 2120, serial 105464 can you help me to know the year? [REPLY: Based on the serial number it was likely made in 1988.]  
Jim R. 2120 LX5 1988? 106384 I have an LX5 2120. Don't know the year. Serial Number 106384. F/10, D=254mm, F=2500mm. Jim's Meade 2120 LX5
Rick C. 2120 LX6 1989? 106709 I have an 10 inch F/6.3 2120 LX6 that I purchased when they first came out. It is NOT the Premier model and doesn't have the digital read out in the handset. My manual is copyrighted 1989, and that was about when I bought it.  
Rick C. 2120 LX6 1990 107115 Replacement for LX6 mount mentioned above (106709).  
Craig W. 2120 LX6 1990? 107600 I have an LX6 2120. Don't know the year. The Manual that came with it is copy righted 1990. Serial Number 107600. F/10, D=254mm, F=2500mm. It came with a 8X50 Polar View Finder.  
Steve H. 2120 LX6 Premier 1991 107892 Purchased a 2120 F/10 LX6 Meade Premier on 6/11/1991 serial # 107892  
Chris S. 2120 LX6 Premier 1991 108779 I recently acquired this scope from a gentleman who lived south of Orange Park, FL. He said he only owned it for a few months. He said he purchased it at an estate sale on Sarasota, FL.  

The LX50 / LX100 / LX200 Registry (Oldest to Newest)

Owner Model Year Serial Description Pic
Ken C. 8" LX50 19?? 834942 Hi Rick, here are my Meade SCT scopes to add to your Meade registry. Thank you in advance, Ken  
Barry S. 10" LX200 1998? 118771 The 10" Meade LX200 EMC dates from approximately 1998/99 and it's serial number plate is located by the electronics on the fork base.  Serial # is 118771.  This tube assembly also has white decal lettering on the tube (but no serial # there).  
Barry S. 12" OTA (LX200) 2000? 121849 The second scope is a 12" purchased as a tube assembly only.  It looks like a scaled up version of the 10".  It has no decal lettering on the tube, but it does have a serial # plate by the grab handle on the outside of the mirror cell.  The number is: 121849.  Having the serial number plate here makes me think that it was purchased as a tube assembly only.  I believe it was purchased sometime between 1999 and 2001.  The grab handle and focusing knob are identical to what is on the 10"  
Terrence B. 10" f/10 LX200 2000? 128174 LX200 EMC 10inch f/10 s/n 128174; purchased new in the early 2000s...don't remember exactly when. I have the super wedge with the LX200; however, the photo shows alt-az mode...easier for me to setup for short duration testing. Terrence's Meade LX200
Jan S. 16" LX200 EMC 199? 160724 I have a Meade 16" LX200 EMC with s/n 160724, any idea what year it was made? [Edit: my best guess is late 1990's - Rick]  
Pat 14" LX200 GPS 2004 099189 My 14" LX200GPS was made in 2004. The serial number is 099189.  

Other Meade LX Telescopes (Oldest to Newest)

Owner Model Year Serial Description Pic
Barry S. 6" LX80 ? 81258 I have a relatively new 6", which was sold as a separate tube assembly but likely came from a total package.  It's serial # sticker says LX80, and the serial # is 81258  

Meade LX Manuals

Meade LX Spotter's Guide

Don't know the difference between an LX3 or an LX200? Perhaps you just bought a scope used and the owner wasn't sure what it was? You can use this handy guide to help identify Meade's LX3, LX5, LX6, Premier, LX10, LX50, LX100 and LX200 telescopes. The information for this guide has been gleaned from the Internet, so it may contain inaccurate information. If you spot an error, please let me know ( and I'll make the necessary corrections.

Original 2080, 2120 and Meade LX (1980 - 1996)

In late 1980, Meade introduced the 2080 - an 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope designed to compete with Celestron's C8 telescope. The fork-mounted drive system included a worm gear which was an improvement over Celestron's spur gear design. The original 2080 drive base (and the 2120 which was introduced in mid-1982) was upgraded with Long eXposure accuracy of improved drive gears in the LX Drive Base in the fall of 1983. All the units look very similar and are easily identified by a flat panel base with no switches or sockets - just a serial number plate. It is driven by a 120V computer-style plug located underneath the drive base.

Meade LX Drive Base
Meade LX Drive Base

Meade LX2 (1984 - ?)

In early 1984, Meade released a new package called the LX2 that included the LX drive system plus upgraded eyepieces and a better finderscope. It is unsure if the actual drive system was improved/more accurate than the original LX system. The appearance is apparently the same as the LX with a flat front panel with just a serial plate - but I have never seen one. Please contact me at if you have some more details regarding this model (including photos!).

Meade LX3 (1985 - ?)

The LX3 was introduced at the beginning of 1985 and these are much easier to differentiate from the base LX. It has a DIN-style socket for the hand controller, as well as a reticle adjustment knob and a few other switches and sockets. It is now either powered by 12V DC or 120V AC and is driven by a quartz-crystal drive for improved accuracy. It would appear the LX and LX2 were produced along side the LX3. The LX3 was available with either the 2080 or 2120 OTAs.

Meade LX3 Drive Base
Meade LX3 Drive Base

Meade LX3 Hand Controller
Meade LX3 Hand Controller

Meade LX5 (1987 - 1990)

This base still only has one DIN-style receptacle, but it now includes an amp gauge. The motor is now all DC powered (12V) and the hand controller has more functionality. The actual face plate is now angled upwards towards the observer instead of being flat like the LX/LX2/LX3. The LX5 was available with the 2080 or 2120 OTAs.

Meade LX5 Drive Base
Meade LX5 Drive Base

Meade LX5 Hand Controller
Meade LX5 Hand Controller

Meade LX6 & Premier (1989 - 1991)

Meade introduced it's f/6.3 optical system in 1989 as the LX6. It continued to sell the f/10 systems as the LX5. In 1990 it consolidated its product lines into the Premier line where you could specify f/6.3 or f/10 optics. The LX6 drive base is notable for having 3 DIN-style receptacles, plus the amp gauge as well as other switches and receptacles. The hand controller now has a digital readout that works when the encoders are installed. Again, the LX6 came with either the 2080 or the 2120.

Meade LX6 Drive Base
Meade LX6 Drive Base

Meade LX6 Hand Controller
Meade LX6 Hand Controller

Meade LX200 (1992 - Present)

Introduced in 1992, the LX200 was an evolution of the LX6/Premier line. The big change? GoTo was now part of the package (where as an LX6/Premier with digital setting circles and the "CAT" system could be considered a SlewTo system). LX200's are easy to spot because they say "LX200" right on the control panel!

Meade LX200 Drive Base
Meade LX200 Drive Base

Meade LX200 Hand Controller
Meade LX200 Hand Controller

Meade LX100 (1992 - ?)

When Meade brought out the GoTo LX200, it continued to provide non-GoTo fork-mounted SCTs in the form of the LX100. It was pretty much idential to the LX200 minus the brainy computer. But it did have programmable periodic error correction as well as a hand controller. Again - easy to spot as "LX100" is right on the drive base!

Meade LX100 Drive Base
Meade LX100 Drive Base

Meade LX100 Hand Controller
Meade LX100 Hand Controller

Meade LX50 (? - 2000)

Meade cancelled the LX100 quietly (anyone know what year? If so, let me know!) and filled the role of non-GoTo fork mounted SCT with the LX50. It was a stripped down version of the LX100 and didn't even include PPEC! But it is easy to spot, as it says "LX50" on the drive base.

Meade LX50 Drive Base and Controller
Meade LX50 Drive Base and Controller

Meade LX10 (1996 - 2004)

After the introduction of the LX200, Meade brought back the basic 2080 LX as its entry level SCT. In 1996 the LX was upgraded to the LX10, which now included a hand controller. Interestingly, the drive base of the LX10 bears a striking resemblance to the original LX drive base! Once again, they are easy to spot with "LX10" printed on the drive base.

Meade LX10 Drive Base
Meade LX10 Drive Base

Meade LX10 Hand Controller
Meade LX10 Hand Controller

Uncle Rod's SCT Guide
Company Sevens's History on Meade's Magazine Rack (Sky & Telescope)