With their ETX90 Observer 90mm f/13.8 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope, Meade gives you a complete GoTo-capable observation rig, including the means to safely store and carry your gear. Similar to their Schmidt cousins, this 90mm f/13.9 Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope exchanges the front corrector plate with a convex meniscus lens which not only eliminates the need for periodic collimation, but the nature of the lens requires a smaller secondary mirror which limits obstruction and increases contrast. The Mak-Cass optical path results in a slower focal ratio and narrower field of view versus a similar Schmidt-Cass, but the optical benefits makes this an ideal scope for planetary and double-star observation. For those who want to use it for astrophotography, an internal mirror flips down to direct the optical path straight back for prime-focus photography using a DSLR camera body and optional adapters. An equatorial tilt plate is included which allows for proper polar alignment and single-axis tracking, for smoother and more precise tracking as required by long-exposure photography.
The brains of this system is Meade's revolutionary Autostar hand controller. Equipped with a 2-line LED display and 20-key red backlit keypad, it controls the motorized mount for precise GoTo capabilities. Its internal 30,000+ object database is updateable via the internet, and has the capability to take you on a hands-free guided tour of the night sky above them. To consult star charts, 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.
This kit also includes two eyepieces that produce 48x and 129x magnifications for well-rounded observational options, plus a red-dot finder which with its exceptional field of view makes finding objects faster and easier. To complete to package is a sturdy stainless steel tripod to support all the gear; plus a hard carrying case for the mount, OTA and accessories, and a carrying bag for the tripod.