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Meade LX90-ACF 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit

B&H # MELX90ACF8Q Mfr # 0810-90-03
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Product Highlights
  • 2000mm f/10 Catadioptric
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • "GO-TO" Capacity

The Meade 8" LX90-ACF Telescope yields similar optical brilliance to the LX200 flagships, but in a package providing better value for those primarily observing rather than imaging.  The quality, workmanship, design, and features will satisfy novices and experienced professionals alike.  This is the "ACF" version of the 8" LX90, which stands for "Advanced Coma-Free".  Meade has employed advancements beyond the traditional Schmidt-Cassegrain catadioptrics for the LX90-ACF, gaining significant resolution increases as you move away from the center of the field towards the edge.

The 8" LX90-ACF with UHTC multicoatings provides enough aperture for some serious deep space viewing, but is a size that can be managed simply enough by one person, even to a remote location.  Meade's combined high quality optics, stable double fork mounting, computerized control, and streamlined appearance in a single unit.  The list of technology within is long and exhaustive:  a rigid mount with beefy tripod, an oversized primary mirror, truly diffraction-limited optics, and the very finest of simple and accurate GPS-enabled alignment.

The 8" LX90-ACF's standard-equipment AudioStar computer controller connects to the telescope's control panel and permits viewing and tracking of 30,223 database objects.  That's 50 objects in the solar system, 8 major planets from Mercury to Pluto, the Moon, 26 asteroids & 15 comets.  An apparent endless supply of galaxies, diffuse nebulae, planetary nebulae and star clusters are present, including the complete Messier, Caldwell, IC, and NGC catalogs.  You'll also enjoy looking at 50 satellites, including the International Space Station and the Hubble telescope.

You can do some light-duty lunar/planetary imaging (of up to ~5 minute exposures) with the LX90 through the eyepiece using a digiscoping adapter or with an SLR via the SLR adapter and your camera system's specific T-mount.  For deep space images of exposures much longer than a few minutes, you'll need either a Meade Deep Sky Imager (which uses software to correct for field rotation) or their dedicated #07002-1 Wedge to turn it into an equatorial-type scope.

Power for the LX90-ACF is supplied by 8 "C" batteries, but via optional accessories you can also adapt to an AC wall unit or a vehicle's cigarette lighter (which can operate in the field off of a Celestron Power Tank).  Everything needed to begin observing immediately is included except for the power supply.

Advanced f/10.0 Optics
Advanced catadioptric optics perfect for demanding research and enthusiast imaging; renderings of stars remain tight circles from center to edge of field.
Sony® GPS Sensor
The LX90 features a Sony GPS receiver sensor, which automatically inputs ultra-exact time, date & location values to help quickly align the telescope with remarkable (~1 arc minute) precision.
AutoAlign™
After you level the scope and point it roughly north, AutoAlign™ picks two alignment stars for you and places them right in your viewfinder-just center them to fine tune alignment and the universe is at your fingertips!
Inspected Exclusively in Irvine, California
The hand matched diffraction-limited optical system is individually inspected at Meade's Irvine, California facilities after production.
Oversized Primary Mirror
The primary mirror's diameter is larger than the listed aperture, yielding a wider & fully-illuminated viewing field.
UHTC Ultra-High Transmission Coatings
UHTC Ultra High Transmission Coatings (employed upon all optical surfaces) yield a 20% decrease in light loss and dramatically-enhanced detail of deep space objects.
Imaging Ready
Make ~5-minute lunar/planetary exposures in the LX90's standard mode (with a digiscoping adapter or SLR camera adapter), or longer exposure deep space images by adding either a Meade Deep Sky Imager or Meade's #07002-1 Wedge.
3 Power Options
Use 8 "C" batteries right out of the box, or instead adapt to AC power with the #07584 AC Adapter or to a vehicle's cigarette lighter port (or a Celestron Power Tank's port) with the #07043 DC Power Cord with Cigarette Lighter Adapter.
Optical Design Hybrid catadioptric
Optical Lens Diameter 8.0" (203mm)
Focal Length 2000mm
Focal Ratio f/10.0
Maximum Useful Magnification 400x
Resolving Power 0.56
Optical Tube Dimensions 9.1 x 16.0" (23.1 x 40.6cm) WxL
Mount Type Altazimuth
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2"-18 (1.25" reducing adapter included)
Finderscope 8x50 Straight
Tripod Standard field tripod w/ 2" segments (30-44"/76-112cm)
Motor Yes
GO-TO Capability Yes
PC Compatible Yes
Power Source 8 1.5-volt "C" batteries
Optional #547 AC adapter
Optional #607 Cigarette plug adapter
Weight 53.0 lbs (24.06kg)

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MeadeLX90-ACF 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit
 
4.3

(based on 3 reviews)

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Pros

  • Strong construction (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (3)

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    5.0

    Fantastic!

    By Whytlash

    from Pacific Northwest

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Meade LX90-ACF 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

      I recently received this as a Christmas present, and I couldn't have asked for more! It's an amazing piece of equipment. Setup is simple, and alignment is just as easy. The GPS inputs your location, date and time, the telescope slews to two bright objects, you center them and press Enter, and off you go!Being in the Pacific Northwest, the weather hasn't been too kind this time of year so I've only had a few opportunities to use it, but those few times have been incredible. With a good alignment, every goto is in the eyepiece. The view of Jupiter is awe-inspiring! I added the Meade Series 5000 2" diagonal and the Celestron 2" Eyepiece and Filter Kit, and I heartily recommend them. The expanded field of view is majestic. The mount and tripod are very sturdy, giving very little shake when focusing.Viewing from my back patio (which is South-facing, luckily) I use the Meade AC adapter for power. The only negative is that the finderscope came with one collimation screw stripped, which made using it a bit of a challenge. However, I found that you can purchase them direct from Meade, in a 10 pack for $. So I did. The finderscope is now perfectly aligned. Now if the sky will just cooperate, I'll be good to go. (It will eventually. Patience is a virtue!)Overall, this is a fantastic telescope. One that will always reward you with incredible views of the night sky.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      4.0

      Love it

      By SYZYGY

      from Connecticut

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Meade LX90-ACF 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

        After owning a Meade ETX90, I made the switch to the largest aperture I could handle and a scope I wouldn't grow out of. This is it. The main reason I bought this and not their competitors is because this is the only model with the features I required that does not need an external power supply.
        Anything larger and I wouldn't want to carry it. Anything smaller and I wouldn't be getting the most out of the deep space object (DSO's) I enjoy observing. This makes it all the more awesome for solar system objects as well.
        There were/are a couple minor problems but nothing I can't handle.
        Optically and functionally, the telescope is spectacular and thus far I am well satisfied.
        For what it's worth, B&H offered this item for less than ANYONE on the internet for this particular model, so I jumped on it without hesitation.

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        4.0

        "Great Quality Affordable ACF Scope"

        By Gary in N. California

        from Northern California

        About Me Avid Adventurer

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        Pros

        • ACF Optics
        • GPS
        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Meade LX90-ACF 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

        I received this telescope a couple weeks ago and am very satisfied. Years ago I used to have a 4" reflecting telescope, eventually giving it away. I would consider myself an advanced beginner.

        Over the past 6 months I did a lot of research on what type and size telescope plus what would fit into my budget. My needs were portability, ease of use, possible astrophotography in the future, and quality of viewing.

        It has been a while since I viewed through a telescope, just binoculars and my eyes. I decided to go with the Meade LX-90 GPS with ACF optics. It took a lot of reading the manual, getting familiar with all the parts and how they operate. My advice is to set it up and knowing where all the parts are during daylight. By doing this it makes it easier when it is dark outside. I am lucky to live in Northern California and have very good skies to view.

        Be patient with the scope and all of its technology, auto-alignment is not always perfect, but with practice it becomes easier. So far I have taken it out 6 times and the viewing is exceptional. Moon clarity and detail, Jupiter's clarity, and the Andromeda galaxy.

        My recommendation is to buy a complete lense and filter kit and also a nebular filter (it will help with pollution and bring in more clarity with deep sky objects).

        Pros:
        ACF optics
        Sony GPS
        True North Technology
        Lots of available accessories
        Autostar
        High quality product

        Cons:
        Still feels heavy 53 pounds, but I did not want to go with a smaller scope.
        Really need to purchase a lense and filter kit which costs more money.
        And Make sure you have a place to store it, right now it's taking up a whole corner of my living room.

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        Power Supplies

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        Required item: Mount powered by 'C' size battery.

        Duracell -  C Alkaline Coppertop Battery (1.5V, 2 Pack)
        • You Pay: $3.99
         
        Meade -  Universal AC Adapter
        • You Pay: $54.00
         

        Eyepieces, Lenses & Diagonals

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        Meade -  Series 4000 Super Plossl 20mm Eyepiece (1.25")
        • You Pay: $29.89
        Back-ordered i This item is backordered by the manufacturer. Order now and we'll deliver when available. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
         
        Meade -  Series 5000 Ultra Wide Angle 14mm Eyepiece (1.25")
        • You Pay: $129.00
         

        Astrophotography

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        Celestron -  Universal Digiscoping Adapter
        • You Pay: $36.95
         

        General Accessories

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        Meade -  SCT Thread to 2" Adapter - Allows 2" Slip-Fit Accessories on LX Telescopes
        • You Pay: $39.00
         
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