Meade ETX90 Observer 90mm f/13.8 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

BH #MEETX90OT • MFR #205004
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Meade ETX90 Observer 90mm f/13.8 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope
Key Features
  • 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope
  • 1250mm Focal Length, f/13.8 Focal Ratio
  • UTHC Fully Multi-Coated Optics
  • Dual-Fork Motorized Alt-Az Mount
Meade Instruments gives you a complete GoTo-enabled observation rig with the ability to make detailed observations of the Moon, easily see planets, and reach outside the solar system to resolve bright deep-space objects with their venerable ETX90 Observer 90mm f/13.8 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope. The compact and powerful Maksutov design uses a front corrector plate with a convex meniscus lens to correct off-axis aberrations, like comas, and chromatic aberration to produce images with true-color rendition. The nature of the lens results in a smaller secondary mirrorlimiting obstruction and increasing contrast, while eliminating the need for periodic collimation. This optical path results in a slower focal ratio and narrower field of view versus a similar Schmidt-Cassegrain variant, but the optical benefits makes this an ideal scope for all types of celestial observations.
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Expected availability: Aug 13, 2020
$499.00

Meade ETX90 Observer 90mm f/13.8 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

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Meade ETX90 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Optical Tube Assembly
  • 3AudioStar Hand Controller
  • 4Mount and Tripod
  • 5Included Accessories

Meade Instruments gives you a complete GoTo-enabled observation rig with the ability to make detailed observations of the Moon, easily see planets, and reach outside the solar system to resolve bright deep-space objects with their venerable ETX90 Observer 90mm f/13.8 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope. The compact and powerful Maksutov design uses a front corrector plate with a convex meniscus lens to correct off-axis aberrations, like comas, and chromatic aberration to produce images with true-color rendition. The nature of the lens results in a smaller secondary mirrorlimiting obstruction and increasing contrast, while eliminating the need for periodic collimation. This optical path results in a slower focal ratio and narrower field of view versus a similar Schmidt-Cassegrain variant, but the optical benefits makes this an ideal scope for all types of celestial observations.

For those who want to use it for astrophotography, an internal mirror flips down to direct the light path straight back for prime-focus photography using a DSLR camera body and optional adapters. An equatorial tilt plate is integrated into the tripod, which allows for proper polar alignment and single-axis tracking for smoother and more precise tracking as required by long-exposure photography.

The brain of this system is Meade's revolutionary AudioStar hand controller. Equipped with a 2-line LED display and 20-key red backlit keypad and an integrated speaker, it controls the motorized mount for precise GoTo capabilities. Its internal 30,000+ object database is updatable via the Internet and has the capability to take you on a hands-free guided tour of the night sky above, with audio commentary on select objects with expanded information. To consult star charts and logs, or to change eyepieces and filters, the controller also has a built-in red LED utility light that won't affect your night-adjusted vision.

Optical Tube Assembly

  • 90mm aperture
  • f/13.8 focal ratio
  • 1250mm focal length
  • Maksutov-Cassegrain optical configuration
  • Front convex meniscus lens corrects spherical and chromatic aberrations and comas (off-axis aberrations) across the entire field of view
  • Smaller secondary mirror versus Schmidt-Cassegrains reduces obstructions and increases contrast
  • Proprietary Ultra-High Transmission Coating (UTHC) system improves light transmission for brighter images and increases color fidelity and contrast
  • Resolution: 1.29 arcsec
  • Internal flip mirror for dual viewing: Find, center, and focus a target object visually with an eyepiece, then photograph it with a camera without changing gear
  • Internal focusing system
  • Vixen-style dovetail plate

AudioStar Hand Controller

  • 2-line LED display
  • 20-key alphanumeric keypad, red LED backlight
  • 68HC11, 8MHz processor
  • Built-in red utility light
  • 30,000+ object database
  • User-friendly menu-driven system navigation
  • Slew speeds: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 0.5°/sec, 1°/sec, 1.5°/sec, 4°/sec (max)
  • Assisted alignment procedures: Easy (Two-Star), One-star, Two-star, Three-star
  • Customizable guided tours for specific date, time, and location
  • Built-in speaker provides descriptions of over 500 objects including scientific data and history
  • Projects events to plan future astronomy sessions such as sunrises/sunsets, moon phases/moonrises/moonsets, meteor showers; lunar/solar eclipses, equinoxes/solstices
  • Backlash compensation allows user to train out the intrinsic play between gears to improve GoTo and tracking accuracy
  • Powered by mount to be lighter and easier to use
  • 24" coiled cord
  • Updatable via Internet using RS-232 port
  • Database details:
  • Solar system, including Moon, Sun, planets
  • Comets and asteroids
  • 88 major constellations
  • Popular named objects
  • Galaxies, quasars, and nebulae
  • Multiple catalogs including Messier, Caldwell, and NGC
  • Stars, including named stars, SAO catalog, double stars, variable stars
  • Satellites, including the International Space Station (ISS) and Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
  • User-defined astronomical and terrestrial objects
  • Dimensions:
  • Length: 6.6" (17cm)
  • Width, top: 3.2" (80cm)
  • Width, bottom: 2.25" (57cm)
  • Depth: 0.8" (21cm)
  • Weight: 17.9 oz (508g)

Mount and Tripod

  • Mount:
  • Dual-tine alt-azimuth fork
  • Vixen-style dovetail saddle
  • 1/4"-20 mount to attach onto many photo/video/field tripods
  • Dual DC servo motors with encoders
  • Bearings: Altitude: UHMW polyethylene; Azimuth: PTFE
  • Runs on six user-supplied AA batteries with a max runtime of 20 hours when using AudioStar
  • Compact design: 15x7x9"
  • Tripod:
  • Adjustable height
  • Stainless steel legs
  • Leg-locking plate for additional stability
  • Center column hook for bags, weights, or anchors to add stability and reduce vibrations
  • Equatorial mounting plate for precise polar alignment required for long-exposure astrophotography

Included Accessories

  • Finder:
  • Unmagnified, enables fast and easy alignment
  • Simple red-dot reticle won't obscure small or dim targets
  • Adjustable intensity
  • Eyepieces:
  • 1.25"-diameter barrel
  • Accepts most 1.25" astronomical filters
  • 26mm Super Plössl produces 48x
  • 9.7mm Super Plössl produces 129x
  • Carrying Options:
  • Hard carrying case with custom-cut foam lining for OTA, mount and accessories
  • exterior protects during transport and storage
  • Carrying bag for tripod with shoulder strap
UPC: 709942997514

Meade ETX90 Specs

Optical Tube Assembly
Optical DesignMaksutov Cassegrain
Aperture90 mm / 3.5"
Focal Length1250 mm
Focal Ratiof/13.9
FocuserInternal
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter1.25"
Diagonal90° Star
FinderscopeYes
Mounting SystemVixen Style
Optical Tube Dimensions11 x 4.1" / 10.4 x 27.9 cm
Mount
TypeMotorized; Alt-Azimuth Dual Fork
GoTo CapabilityYes, AudioStar
Tripod
TypeAdjustable
Material of TripodStainless Steel
General
Batteries6 x AA
GPSNo
Wi-FiNo
Assembled Dimensions15.0 x 9.0 x 7.0" / 38.0 x 22.0 x 18.0 cm
Weight9.5 lb / 4.3 kg (Fully Assembled)
9.8 lb / 4.4 kg (Tripod)
Packaging Info
Package Weight43 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)34 x 26 x 12"
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