Meade LX Registry

If you own one of Meade's 2080 or 2120 series of LX telescopes (ie: LX / LX2 / LX3 / LX4 / 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 rick@deepskies.com 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.

Latest Addtions:
Gary's 10" 2120 LX5 [Nov 21, 2020] - Harry's 12" LX200 [Nov 3, 2020] - George's 2080 LX3 [Oct 19, 2020] - Don's 2120 LX [Oct 12, 2020] - Chuck's 2080 LX2 [Oct 10, 2020] - Tom's 2080 LX6 Premier [Sep 28, 2020] - Dougs's super early 2080 LX [Sep 24, 2020] - Perry's 2080 MTS [Sep 12, 2020] - Imack's 2080 LX3 [Sep 9, 2020] - John's 2080 LX3 [Sep 6, 2020] - Eric's 2120 LX200 [Sep 4, 2020]
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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
Doug F. 2080 LX 1980 800575 I just bought this lx 2080 from a local guy who used it twice, but took good care of it. The original owner bought it in 1980.  
François A. 2080 LX 1980 800898 My dad and I bought mine I was 14, in 1981. S/N 800898! Still in excellente condition. Images are clear and pinpoint like they were in 1981. Only the diagonal got less reflective and was to upgrade.  
Mathias S. 2080 LX 1980 801046 I recently bought a used 2080 mount with tripod which is obviously an early one.  
Mike B. 2080 LX 1980 801171 A very early 2080. Serial number 801171. Yes, THAT early. Manual has a Jan 1981 printing date, and an owner wrote "June 1982" on the cover, I assume that's a purchase date. It might have been the second owner!  
Kris W. 2080 LX 1980 801196 Recently got a "New to Me" Meade 2080 S/N 801196. Glad to have found your site!  
Unknown 2080 LX 1980 801334 Found on an astro buy/sell site. Has a 2-bolt collimation! If you bought it, let us know!  
Mark S. 2080 LX 1983 803439 Not sure what year mine is but looking at the registered serials I would assume circa 1983?  
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.  
Chuck R. 2080 LX2 1984 803730 I have what I believe may be one of the rare LX2 2080s and am happy to add it to your registry. I don't know the year of manufacture. It has a PC-like AC power port, and the larger 8x50mm refractor finderscope with a helical focus mechanism and diagonal. The optics and coatings are nearly perfect, despite its age and extensive use. The wormdrive has provided superb tracking for sharp detail with visible errors for exposures over a minute with proper alignment and no guidescope. The serial number is 803730. I bought it from a photographer who hauled it all across North America to national parks for astrophotography. I plan on deforking the OTA and mounting it on a later model LX computerized GoTo fork mount that I have recently restored. Chucks's Meade 2080 LX2
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.  
Val V. 2080 LX 1984 804346 I have a Meade 2080, purchased for me as a gift in 1984 in Perth, Western Australia, and it has a 240V power cable. The serial number is 804346, on a simple flat plate.  
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!  
Unknown 2080 LX 1984? 804987 Found on eBay - if you bought it, let us know at rick@deepskies.com!  
George S. 2080 LX3 1985? 805054 My Meade LX3 has all the MCOG lens enhancements available (A) Enhanced Mirror Coating Group (B) High Transmission Coating and is premo conditions and not for sale.  
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
Dennis T. 2080 LX 1985 805214 I have owned an LX 2080 (8”) since 1985. Serial #: 805214 Nancy's Meade 2080 LX3
Unknown 2080 LX 1985 805235 Found listing on Goodwill. If you own this scope, contact me at rick@deepskies.com if you'd like!  
Andrew W. 2080 LX3 1985 805675 Andrew contacted us looking for info on autoguiding his LX3 for astrophotography!  
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.  
Dave 2080 LX2 1985 806282 I have a Meade 2080 LX2. I'm the original owner. Purchased on June 25th 1985 in preperation of Comet Halley. Dave's Meade 2080 LX2
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.  
Imack C. 2080 LX3 1985 807135 I just recently purchased a Meade 2080 LX3 from an Auction. Unfortunately, the scope had the secondary mirror with the silvering peeled and have to send it out for coating with Enhanced Aluminum. Also the electronic circuit was defective. I have ordered an small inverter board and hope to get it soon from China. In the future, I am considering to replace the small synchronous motor with a small geared stepper motor and in that way I can control the speed, advance and delay via Arduino microprocessor. No need for the ancient hand control. ! The serial number on that set is 807135. Hope will be a good rig when all is repaired and calibrated! Imack's Meade 2080 LX3
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 rick@deepskies.com if you'd like!  
Maurice P. 2080 LX3 1985? 807822 I have the meade LX3 telescope and the serial number is 807822.  
Josh P. 2080 LX3 1985? 808410 We have a Meade 2080 LX3. It was pulled from our club's storage unit and appears to be in good condition. Josh's Meade 2080 LX3
Michael C. 2080 LX3 1986? 809548 I just scored a used telescope from shop goodwill.com and it took me almost a year to find one of this quality and then win the auction.  
John N. 2080 LX3 1986 810581 Just got a LX3 SN 810581 guessing 1986 vintage.  Exterior of the scope and fork looks brand new, but the electronics are not working and it appears to have a replacement tripod.  I think the secondary will need a recoating but everything else appears to be OK.  
Thomas S. 2080 LX3 1986 810653 Meade 2080 LX3 purchased new in 1986 at the Meade parking lot sale in Costa Mesa.  If I remember, it was $1199.  It’s been sitting in the trunk for 25 years and it is in excellent condition, except for the secondary mirror rot. Thomas' Meade 2080 LX3
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
Unknown 2080 OTA 1987? 811400 Found on astro buy/sell website. Might have been from LX3 or LX5? If you bought it, let us know!  
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
Perry P. 2080 MTS 1988 813493 Purchased at garage sale. Came with the MTS pier-style mount, LX Drive, and Multi coated optics. (UPDATE: Perry bought the scope from Steve L.!)  
Bob F. 2080 LX5 1988 814083 n/a  
Eric 2080 LX5? 1988 814277 Purchased at a yard sale for an amazing price.  
Lisa L. 2080 LX5 1988 814323 While I took possession of it in 1989, I purchased it in 1988 and put it on lay-away. I was a poor astrophysics major and $1900 was an extremely large amount of money back then.  
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 rick@deepskies.com 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 rick@deepskies.com 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.  
Darren T. 2080 LX6 1989 817411 My fiance bought it for me as a wedding present and has been well used in its life. The scope has been a workhorse in all types of climate conditions and temperatures here in Canada. Darren's Meade 2080 LX6
Will 2080 LX5 1989 817544 Stock. Will's Meade 2080 LX5
Doug P. 2080 LX5 1989 817566 I bought it from the original owner and have had it for about 7 years. I have replaced the control panel and the motors for focus and dec. It runs like a dream and holds it's own at any star party. Doug's Meade 2080 LX5
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
Peter D. 2080 LX6 Premier 1991 819826 Bought new in 1991 and have had the scope ever since, although it wasn’t used much in the 2000s. The quartz drive microprocessor electronics in the mount have failed (continuous beep on startup and nothing else), so I’m searching for a replacement controller board. If necessary, I will defork for another mount as the F6.3 optics perform well and are still in great shape.  
Tom G. 2080 LX6 Permier 1991 820249 I was given this drive base and forks which has 'Smart Drive' technology and PPEC. Looking forward to tidying this up and seeing what difference this makes to my guiding accuracy.  
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.  
Dr. Adrian J. 2080 LX10 ? 830337 I don't know how many people owned the telescope before me...at least 2. Good luck with your endeavour!  
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
Don S. 2120 LX 1984 100693 I just found a LX 2120 at a resale shop in Door County WI. This appears to be an very early LX. The mirrors appear OK. I bought it from the original owner who had owned it since new, having bought it from the Johannesburg Planetarium. Don's Meade 2120 LX
Peter L. 2120 LX 1984 100870 I bought it from the original owner, who lives in the city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, who had owned it since new, having bought it from the Johannesburg Planetarium. Peters's Meade LX
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.  
Preston M. 2120 LX3 1984 101529 I am the second owner of this scope, the original owner told be he bought the scope in 1984. The secondary has been recoated and the primary mirror is as good as new, the scope's internal primary mirror focuser has been rebuilt to stop mirror flop. The scope'e internal LX quarts drive still works great and there have been many long hours put on the drive system. It was originally used as a portable scope for an observatory outside of Atlanta, GA. It has now found new life at Mt. Rest Observatory in SC and in my back yard. For a 35 year old scope that has seen every type of abuse two active astronomers can deal out this scope continues to perform at the highest level.  
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.  
Stephen S. 2120 LX5 1988 103394 My 2120 LX5 was bought in 1988. the S/N is 103394. I just inherited it and am trying to get it working.  
Gary L. 2120 LX5 1988 103450 Bought it, along with another scope from a daughter of the late owner.  
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.  
Wendy G. 2120 LX5 1988 103848 I bought my what is now I believe to be a LX5 2120 serial #103848 in and around 1989, from Oceanside Photo and Telescope, it had been previously owned.  
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  
Roy K. 2120 LX6 Premier 1991 108094 Original OTA is from an LX5 but is now on an LX6 Premier mount.  
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
Michael M. 8" LX200 Classic 1993 823221 Very good optics on the ronchi star test, second owner, included #1206 Electronic Focuser. 06/93 indicated on hand controller PCB, 1993 on printed Operating Manual. Michael's Meade LX200 Classic
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  
Joel H. 10" LX200 19?? 111455 Reciently purchased and I need a power cord. I am also interested in any upgrades to enhance viewing.  
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"  
OldManTaco70 12" LX200 EMC 2001 122297 Printed circuit boards are dated 1996. User Manual is copyrighted 1996. No label on Dec motor, but the label on RA motor (some say it is the build date for the scope) is "04.19.01 HT". So, was it born on/about April 19, 2001?  
Harry G. 12" LX200 EMC 200? 123725 LX200 EMC 12" electronic focuser. Serial 123725. Maybe 200? Harry's Meade LX200
Eric C. 10" LX200 EMC 200? 124978 I just purchased a 10” LX200 serial 124978 that appears to be in pristine shape. It even had the lock/transport screw still in place on the focuser to lock down the primary. The scope has the upgraded “Classic Telescope / Control System Upgrade” controller on the fork mount. I would LOVE to get any documentation on this upgrade. Note: I sent Eric some info regarding GMD & Associates who make the upgrade in question. Eric's Meade LX200
Tank 12" LX200 EMC 200? 127395    
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 R. 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
Ursula 8" LX90 ? 001692 I recently purchased a Meade LX 90 with serial number 001692  
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 (rick@deepskies.com) 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 rick@deepskies.com 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 LX4 (1986?)

Apparently in 1986, Meade thought about releasing an LX4 model, but decided not to. According to Company Seven's Meade history page: "We observed the announcement of the Meade LX4 telescopes in the late 1980's with the line drawing ads that appeared - while some samples were assembled at Meade no LX4 was ever actually sold; this did not stop a prominent New York mail order house from advertising "in stock now" for some time. Meade probably made a good choice not to market the LX4 after evaluating their pre production models." Here is one ad that talks about taking "LX4" orders:

Meade LX4 Ad
Meade LX4 Ad

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

Sources:
Uncle Rod's SCT Guide
Company Sevens's History on Meade
Archive.org's Magazine Rack (Sky & Telescope)