Meade LX90-10ACF 10" f/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope (OTA & Mount Only)

Meade LX90-10ACF 10" f/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope (OTA & Mount Only)

Meade LX90-10ACF 10" f/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope (OTA & Mount Only)

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Meade LX90-10ACF 10" f/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope (OTA & Mount Only)

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  • 10" (254mm) Catadioptric OTA
  • 2500mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • Advanced Coma Free/UHTC Optical Systems
  • Motorized Dual-Tine Alt-Az Fork Mount
  • AudioStar GoTo Computer Hand Controller
  • 30,000+ Object Database with Tours
  • Astronomer Inside Multimedia System
  • 26mm Eyepiece, 90° Diagonal
  • 8x50 Finderscope with Crosshair Reticle
  • Tripod or Pier Required for Proper Use
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Meade LX90-10ACF overview

  • 1Description

Representing the mid-range in the series for the perfect combination of power and portability, the Meade Instruments LX90-10ACF 10" f/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope provides users with a competent observational platform to view the moon, planets, and deep sky objects, all packed into a compact form factor.

It utilizes their Advanced Coma Free catadioptric light path to reduce color fringing and off-axis comas to enable it to clearly resolve dim deep-sky objects and easily split binary stars with tack-sharp clarity. Complementing the ACF system is their Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) system that improves light transmission through the entire light path across the whole visible spectrum. A combination of high-transmittance lens coatings and highly-reflective mirror coatings boost image brightness, while minimizing internal and external light loss and diffraction.

The next generation of their iconic GoTo system, the AudioStar hand controller, is packed with over 30,000 objects and features audio commentary on select celestial objects to give users information, history, and mythology through its on-board speaker. Multiple assisted alignment procedures help to get users observing faster, aided by an on-board 16-channel GPS module for precise setup and alignment. There is also an option for guided tours to be generated by the AudioStar; or to be custom-made by the user and downloaded to the controller, and uploaded to the internet and shared.

An aluminum dual-tine alt-az fork mount carries the OTA and runs on eight user-supplied C-cell batteries for off-the-grid observation sessions. To get users out and observing immediately, Meade includes a low-power eyepiece, a 90° star diagonal, and an 8x50 finderscope finderscope. This iteration of the LX90-10ACF is offered here without a tripod for those users who already have a heavy-duty support system or a permanent pier that is capable of carrying it.

Optical Tube Assembly
  • Large 10" (254mm) aperture reveals exceptional lunar and planetary details, while allowing the observation of dimmer deep sky objects
  • Long 2500mm focal length helps to produce a moderate focal ratio and high magnification potential
  • Advanced Coma-Free catadioptric design yields superior image quality and long effective focal length while maintaining a compact form factor
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) system system maximizes light transmission through the entire optical path
  • 0.456 arcsec Dawes' limit resolution enables small objects to be more easily seen while allowing close objects, like binary stars, to be split
  • Single-speed internal focusing mechanism
  • Standard 1.25" SCT screw-in visual back is compatible with the most popular size of eyepieces and accessories
Optical Technologies
Advanced Coma Free system:
  • Reduces off-axis comas and astigmatism for sharper images
  • Eliminates diffraction spikes for better resolution
  • Aplanatic design produces flat, distortion-free images across the field of view - especially at the edges
Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC):
  • All corrector plate and mirror surfaces are fully multi-coated to maximize light transmission and limit light loss
  • Engineered to optimize visual, photographic, and CCD imaging
  • Improves light transmission across the entire visible spectrum through the optical path
  • Corrector plate coatings made up of multiple layers of aluminum oxide (Al2O3), titanium dioxide (TiO2), and magnesium fluoride (MgF2)
  • Mirror coatings consist of aluminum with multi-layer coatings of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and silicon dioxide (SiO2)
AudioStar GoTo Computer Hand Controller
  • Two-line LED display
  • Twenty-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, 128x sidereal; 1.5°/sec, 3°/sec, 6.5°/sec, max
  • Tracking rates: Sidereal, Lunar, Custom (select from 2000 incremental rates)
  • Assisted alignment procedures: Easy (Two-Star), One-star, Two-star
  • Customizable guided tours for specific day, time, and location
  • Astronomer Inside: Built-in speaker provides over 5-hours of audio commentary on over 500 objects including scientific data and history
  • Projects events to plan future astronomy sessions such as Sunrise/sunsets, Moon phases/moon rise/moon set, Meteor showers; Lunar/solar eclipses, Equinoxes/solstices
  • SmartDrive Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) allows system to learn tracking errors and continually improve tracking over time
  • 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
  • Updateable via Internet, and remote computer control of the mount, using RS-232 port
Database objects:
  • 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
Mount
  • Aluminum motorized dual-tine alt-azimuth fork
  • Integrated 16-channel GPS module obtains accurate day, time, location information without requiring user input
  • Large 4.875" worm-gears
  • Dual-axis mechanical locks allow adjustment without power
  • Adjustable hand controller holder keeps AudioStar safe while avoiding cord-wrap
  • Runs on eight user-supplied C-cell batteries; 60-hour max runtime
  • OTA and mount only: tripod or permanent pier required for proper use
  • Total weight for mount and OTA: 50 pounds
Included Accessories
Eyepiece:
  • 1.25" diameter barrel
  • Accepts most 1.25" astronomical filters
  • 26mm Super Plossl eyepiece produces 96x
  • 52° apparent angle of view
  • 18mm eye relief
  • Fold-down rubber eyecup
Diagonal:
  • 1.25" snout and eyepiece holder
  • 90° angle places head in a comfortable viewing position, especially when OTA is pointed at or near the zenith
  • Star configuration corrects images horizontally, but not vertically
Finder:
  • 8x power magnifies the night sky while preserving a wide field of view
  • Large 50mm objective lens allows dimmer reference stars to be visible to provide more alignment star options
  • Illuminated crosshair reticle ensures proper centering without obstructing target
  • Variable intensity LED illumination
  • Quick-release mounting bracket
UPC: 709942999600
In the Box
Meade LX90-10ACF 10" f/10 Catadioptric GoTo Telescope (OTA & Mount Only)
  • Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece (1.25")
  • AudioStar GoTo Hand Controller
  • #828 8x50 Rear-Focus Viewfinder (Blue)
  • 1.25" 90° Star Diagonal
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • Set of Hex Wrenches
  • Bubble Level / Compass Eyepiece Insert
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Meade LX90-10ACF specs

    Optical Design Advanced Coma Free Catadioptric
    Aperture 10.0" / 254 mm
    Focal Length 2500mm
    Focal Ratio f/10
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal 90° star
    1.25" snout and eyepiece holder
    Finderscope 8 x 50
    Illuminated crosshair reticle
    Tripod None
    Mount Type Dual-Tine motorized alt-azimuth fork
    GO-TO Capability AudioStar hand controller
    Power Source 8 x C-cell batteries
    Optical Tube Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight 50.0 lb / 22.7.0 kg

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