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Meade ETX-90 AT 3.5"/90mm UHTC Catadioptric Telescope Kit

B&H # MEETX90T Mfr # 3514-04-15
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You Pay: $399.00
Product Highlights
  • 1250mm f/13.8 Maksutov-Cassegrain
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • "GO-TO" Capacity
  • Entry Level
  • Super Plössl 26mm Eyepiece

The ETX-90 AT 3.5"/90mm UHTC Catadioptric Telescope Kit from Meade is a handsome, compact instrument that's easy to transport and optically pleasant to view with. The telescope itself is less than 10 pounds. Its 3.5" aperture, Maksutov-Cassegrain optics, 1250 mm focal length and f/13.8 focal ratio make it bright enough to deliver satisfying celestial observation with clarity and detail. An entire online community of ETX-90 dedicated users exists, giving tips and sharing images.

The dual-fork altazimuth mount works with the AutoStar #497 controller to deliver GoTo ability for over 30,000 database entries. AutoStar Suite Planetarium Software for PCs allows total computer control of the mount and telescope. A Red-Dot viewfinder accelerates manual prospecting for celestial nuggets of gold. Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) with the included Super Plössl 26mm eyepiece provide increased light transmission and superior optical performance.

An adjustable-height steel leg tripod provides solid support for the mount and scope while the slewing is powered by 6 user-supplied AA batteries or an AC power adapter. This is a very popular entry level scope for a reason. No, make that a few reasons.

Excellent Maksutov-Cassegrain optics in a very small, ultra-portable package
Built-in flip mirror mechanism; viewing can be done from either 90° or straight through
Autostar controller enables immediate access to its database of over 30,000 celestial objects
Fast and easy alignment procedure; just roughly level scope, point roughly north, and center two bright stars in view
Moon craters by the hundreds, cloud belts on Jupiter, and Saturn's rings are just the beginning of what can be seen with this telescope
Optical Design Maksutov-Cassegrain
Aperture 3.5" / 90 mm
Focal Length 1250 mm
Focal Ratio f/13.8
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
Diagonal 90°
Viewfinder Red-Dot
Tripod Adjustable-height steel leg tripod
Mount Type Dual Fork Altazimuth
Power Source 6 AA Cell Batteries
Optical Tube Dimensions 13 x 4.0" / 33 x 10.2 cm
Weight Telescope: 9.05 lb / 4.1 kg
Tripod: 13.3 lb / 6.0 kg
Meade ETX-90 AT 3.5"/90mm UHTC Catadioptric Telescope Kit
  • Red-Dot Viewfinder
  • AutoStar Suite Software
  • AutoStar Hand Controller
  • Super Plössl 26mm Eyepiece
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • Tripod
  • Tripod Bag
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    MeadeETX-90 AT 3.5"/90mm UHTC Catadioptric Telescope Kit
     
    4.5

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (4)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Quality lenses (4)
    • Strong construction (4)
    • Accurate (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (3)

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      4.0

      Great scope for the price

      By Anne

      from Glen Cove, NY

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Flimsy Red Dot Finder
      • Manual Difficult To Read

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Meade ETX-90 AT 3.5"/90mm UHTC Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

      I wanted a portable reasonably priced scope for astronomy and this fits my needs perfectly. It has been 25 years since I bought a scope. I wanted a Meade because of their great quality. I was little a disappointed when I opened the box to see it said "Made in China", but the optics and the gears for the GOTO drive are great. I took off one star only because the red dot finder is a little flimsy. I have to align it each time I put it on. But it works great after it is aligned. The power only works with the 6 AA batteries or the Meade #547 AC adapter. The manual is a little difficult to read. Overall I am very happy with the scope.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      very nice

      By patron

      from ilivenewyork

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Meade ETX-90 AT 3.5"/90mm UHTC Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

        Very useful.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        The great Meade ETX-90 Telescope Kit

        By Bob

        from Bel Air, MD

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Nothing

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy
        • The Stars At Night

        Comments about Meade ETX-90 AT 3.5"/90mm UHTC Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

        I had the original ETX-90 scope for 14 years, excellent. This scope compared to the old one cost less and inncluded the tripod and AutoStar, which I had to pay extra in 1999. This scope is improved over the old one in that they eliminated the stops which was a problem to some. I don't like the snap clip for the AD/DC adapter. It does not appear to be too strong but with careful attention should prove to serve its purpose.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
        • Similar:
        • Celestron 8 inch scope purchased in 1974

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        4.0

        Quality Telescope

        By Matt the beginner

        from New York

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Meade ETX-90 AT 3.5"/90mm UHTC Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

          I bought this as a nice starter telescope not using one as a child. The instructions are very easy to follow and assembly was quick. I have some initial trouble finding true north but only because I glanced at the instructions instead of reading them thoroughly! Only draw back I can tell so far is that I should have bought a Barlow eye piece to increase the magnification.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          Power Supplies

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          Required item: 6-AA batt. (not included) are required, don't get caught in middle of a star party without power.

          Duracell -  AA 1.5v Alkaline Coppertop Battery (4-Pack)
          • You Pay: $1.99
           
          Watson -  8-Bay Rapid Charger Kit with AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh, 8-Pack)
          • You Pay: $54.95
           

          Eyepieces, Lenses & Diagonals

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          Eyepieces widely enhance your stargazing experience.

          Meade -  Series 5000 HD-60 4.5mm Eyepiece (1.25")
          • You Pay: $79.00
           

          Accessory Kits

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          Save by purchasing eyepieces and filters in an accessory kit.

          Celestron -  AstroMaster Accessory Kit
          • You Pay: $44.35
           

          Filters are a great enhancement for lunar and planet viewing.

          Meade -  Series 4000 Moon Filter ND96 (1.25") - For Viewing Brighter Moons
          • You Pay: $12.95
           

          Cleaning and Anti Fog

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          Help keep your optics clean & fog free with these tools.

          Pearstone -  Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, 18% Gray (7 x 7.9")
          • You Pay: $4.99
           

          Navigation & Alignment

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          Aim your scope at an object in the sky with a guiding system.

          Celestron -  Polar Axis Finderscope
          • You Pay: $39.00
           

          Astrophotography

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          Take stunning portraits of constellations, nebulas, star clusters, and our home galaxy.

          Meade -  SLR Camera Adapter
          • You Pay: $32.09
           

          Requires Camera-Specific T-Mount Adapter

          General Accessories

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          Expand your telescope's usefulness with these accessories.

          Meade -  Cable Connector Kit - #506
          • You Pay: $35.43
          Usually ships in 7-14 business days i Estimated arrival at B&H is 7-14 business days. An authorization for this product will be processed upon placing the order. You will be charged for this item at the time of Shipment.
           
          Meade -  USB Cable
          • You Pay: $46.39
           
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