The Meade 12" LX90-SC 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.
The 12" LX90-SC with UHTC multicoatings is a serious deep space aperture instrument, and is also a very big scope with a huge chunk of glass at the front. While a single strong person could likely set it up (the heaviest portion is the bulky 60 lbs optical tube/fork mount chunk), this is a task best handled by a pair of people. But if you're used to the performance of 8" Schmidt-Cassegrains, the 12" LX90-SC will astound you in all optical parameters. Go after the faint fuzzies and see what you can see. To truly appreciate the 12" aperture, though, you'll need seriously dark skies above.
Meade combines 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 12" LX90-SC's standard-equipment AutoStar 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 a Meade Deep Sky Imager; the 12" LX90 cannot use a wedge and thus cannot make streak-free long exposures with an SLR camera (the Deep Sky Imager's software corrects for field rotation).
Power for the LX90-SC 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.