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Meade LX90 ACF 12" UHTC
Advanced Coma-Free Optics - UHTC Coatings - Fully Computerised
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Meade LX90 ACF 12"
  • Optical Design: Advanced Coma-Free (ACF)
  • Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
  • Pyrex Primary Mirror
  • Aperture: 305mm (12")
  • Focal Length 3048mm (f/10)
  • Meade AudioStar hand controller
  • Meade AutoStar Suite Software
  • Motorized Fork mount and Field Tripod
  • Sony GPS
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Package includes:
  • Meade LX90 ACF 12" f/10 Optical Tube with UHTC coatings.
  • Meade Fork Mount and Tripod.
  • Meade AudioStar Hand Controller (GoTo).
  • Sony GPS.
  • Meade Series 4000 Plossl 26mm Eyepiece (1.25").
  • Meade Series 4000 Star Diagonal (1.25").
  • Viewfinder 8x50mm.
  • Instruction Manual.
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty.
  • OFFER: Please refer to the right hand column on this page.
Accessories
Meade 4000 Series Super Plössl Eyepiece & Filter Set. + £192.00
5A Regulated Mains Power Supply Unit to power telescope. + £34.95
Meade LXPS 17 Rechargeable Power Supply + £125.00
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Outline
For the truly discerning astronomer who will not tolerate anything but the very best, there is Meade's Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical system. ACF takes all of the features of the SC models and then ups the ante. With it's technologically superior optical design, ACF gives a flatter, coma-free field of view with pinpoint images all the way to the edge of the field, rivaling Ritchey-Crétien performance at a fraction of the cost. ACF is the perfect solution for the serious astroimager or visual astronomer looking for observatory-class optics.

Advanced Coma-Free optics
Meade’s (Advanced Coma-Free™) optics deliver stunning Ritchey-Chretien performance at a Schmidt Cassegrain price.

GPS
LX90 can do more than track satellites. It talks to them as well. Turn it on and the built-in Sony® GPS sensor immediately determines your precise date, time and location. AutoAlign™ then uses this info to align your scope for a tour of the most spectacular sights in the universe.

Easy Align™
LX90s are smart scopes that know the night sky right out of the box. Easy Align picks two alignment stars for you and places them right in your viewfinder. Just center them to fine tune your alignment and the wonders of the universe are at your fingertips.

Oversized Primary Mirror
Only Meade manufactures their primary mirrors in diameters larger than their listed aperture (e.g. the diameter of the 8" LX90’s primary mirror is actually 8.25"). This additional 1/4" yields a wider, fully illuminated field-of-view, and allows you to see the light other telescopes leave behind.

8 X 50 Viewfinder
Quickly and easily locate and center deep sky objects.

Slew Speed
The LX90 slews (moves) from star to star at 7 degrees per second. That is more than twice as fast as the competition. This means that over the course of an evening, a Meade LX90 will show you two to three times more objects.

Rigid Cast Aluminium Fork Mount
The Meade LX90's Optical Tube Assembly is mounted on two sturdy fork arms giving you a rock solid platform for astrophotography.

LX200™ - Series Tripod
The LX90 comes standard with the same sturdy field tripod as the LX200-ACF series telescope.

Smart Drive™
Meade’s AutoStar® provides Periodic Error Correction (in polar mode). Over the course of one or more training periods your LX90 will minimize guiding corrections during long exposure astrophotography.

AudioStar Handbox
The AudioStar controller provides all of the telescope control functions of the previous AutoStar handboxes but adds unique Astronomer Inside digital audio software and a speaker built into the AudioStar body that can provide you with more than four hours of fascinating and professionally-recorded audio descriptions of the objects you are observing. With Astronomer Inside technology, everyone around your telescope can listen and learn about more than 500 of the celestial objects contained in the AudioStar database, including planets, nebulas, star clusters, the Moon, and much more. Astronomer Inside puts the experience and astronomical knowledge of a professional astronomer in the palm of your hand.

Included in the AudioStar’s database are all of the following 30,000+ astronomical objects and stars – a range of objects certain to keep even the most active amateur astronomer growing in his or her studies of the skies for years:
  • the complete Index Catalog (IC), containing 5,386 galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters of all types;
  • the complete New General Catalog (NGC), containing 7,840 galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters of all types;
  • the complete Messier catalog of 110 Messier (M) objects, the best-known catalog of heavenly showpieces for the amateur astronomer;
  • the 109 objects of the Caldwell Catalog, a new listing of the best objects for small telescopes that expands the Messier catalog;
  • 16,800 stars from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) catalog, including double stars, variable stars, and other stars of special note;
  • 50 Earth-orbiting satellites, 26 asteroids (including all of the brightest asteroids), 15 periodic comets, and the 8 major planets from Mercury to Pluto.
With a talking AudioStar plugged into your Meade scope, the astronomical universe is in the palm of your hand. Never before has such powerful telescope technology been so informative and easy to operate, even by the most casual observer.




Specifications LX90 ACF 8" LX90 ACF 10" LX90 ACF 12"
Optical Design Advanced Coma-Free Advanced Coma-Free Advanced Coma-Free
Clear Aperture 203mm (8") 254mm (10") 305mm (12")
Focal Length Focal Ratio 2034mm f/10(8") 2540mm f/10 (10") 3048mm f/10 (12")
Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC™) Included Included Included
Optical Tube Dimensions (dia. x length) 9.1" x 16.75" 11.75" x 22" 13.6" x 25"
GPS Sony®GPS Sony®GPS Sony®GPS
Viewfinder 8 x 50mm 8 x 50mm 8 x 50mm
Telescope Mounting fork-type; double tine fork-type; double tine fork-type; double tine
Setting Circle Diameters, RA and Dec. RA: 8"; Dec: 5" RA: 8"; Dec: 5" RA: 8"; Dec: 5"
GO TO Pointing Precision (approx.) 5-arc mins. 5-arc mins. 5-arc mins.
Pointing Precision, High Precision Mode 3-arc mins. 3-arc mins. 3-arc mins.
Slow-Motion Controls electric, RA and Dec electric, RA and Dec electric, RA and Dec
Handbox Controller AudioStar AudioStar AudioStar
Batteries (user-supplied) 8 x C-cells 8 x C-cells 8 x C-cells
Battery Life (approx.) 60 hrs. 60 hrs. 60 hrs.
Onboard Celestial Object Database 30,223 objects 30,223 objects 30,223 objects
Slew Speeds: RA and Dec: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal and 1.5°/sec., 3°/sec., 6.5°/sec.
Tracking Rates sidereal, lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates
Tube Body aluminium aluminium aluminium
Mount Castings aluminium aluminium aluminium
Primary, Secondary Mirrors Pyrex® glass Pyrex® glass Pyrex® glass
Correcting Plate/Lens clear water white glass clear water white glass clear water white glass
Telescope Weight 33 lbs. 50 lbs. 60 lbs.
Tripod Weight 19 lbs. 19 lbs. 19 lbs.
Field Tripod Height all models: 30" to 44" variable 30" to 44" variable 30" to 44" variable


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