Meade LX90-ACF 10"/254mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit

Meade 10" LX90-ACF Telescope Kit with Case

Meade 10" LX90-ACF Telescope Kit with Case

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Meade 10" LX90-ACF Telescope Kit with Case

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Meade LX90-ACF 10"/254mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit JMI Telescopes CASELX10 Telescope Carrying Case Meade 10" LX90-ACF Telescope Kit with Case

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  • 10" (254mm) Aperture
  • 2500mm f/10 Optical System
  • Advanced Coma-Free Optical Design
  • Ultra-High Transmission Optical Coatings
  • Heavy-Duty Altazimuth Fork Mount
  • Molded ABS Plastic Carrying Case
  • Three Steel-Reinforced Handles
  • Interior Storage Compartment
  • Die-Cut Foam Inserts
  • Built-In Wheels
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  • 1Description

The Meade 10" LX90-ACF Telescope with Case is a two-piece B&H Kit including the 10" configuration of Meade's LX90 advanced coma-free telescope and a molded plastic carrying case from JMI Telescopes. The all-in-one LX90 telescope comes with 10" optical tube, Super Plossl eyepiece, heavy-duty fork mount, standard field tripod, finderscope, go-to hand controller, and a full complement of accessories to get you stargazing right out of the box. The LX90 finderscope and hand controller must be detached from the optical tube before storing inside the carrying case. The molded ABS plastic carrying case has die-cut foam lining and compartments to accommodate the LX90 optical tube, eyepiece, and accessories. Four locking latches, three steel-reinforced carrying handles, and two built-in wheels equip the carrying case with the user-friendly features needed to safely and efficiently transport the LX90 telescope.

  • Meade LX90-ACF 10"/254mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit

    The Meade 10" LX90-ACF 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.  This is the "ACF" version of the 10" LX90, which stands for "Advanced Coma-Free".  Meade has employed advancements beyond the traditional Schmidt-Cassegrain catadioptrics for the LX90-ACF, gaining significant resolution increases as you move away from the center of the field towards the edge.

    The 10" LX90-ACF with UHTC multicoatings is a serious deep space aperture instrument, but is still of a size that can be managed by one able-bodied person.  It provides a notable difference in brightness and resolving power versus the more common 8" catadioptric scopes.  To truly appreciate the aperture, you'll need dark skies above you, whether you're blessed not to live amongst artificial light pollution or able to commute to a similar location for observing purposes.

    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 10" LX90-ACF'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 10" 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-ACF 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.

    Advanced f/10.0 Optics
    Advanced catadioptric optics perfect for demanding research and enthusiast imaging; renderings of stars remain tight circles from center to edge of field.
    Sony® GPS Sensor
    The LX90 features a Sony GPS receiver sensor, which automatically inputs ultra-exact time, date & location values to help quickly align the telescope with remarkable (~1 arc minute) precision.
    After you level the scope and point it roughly north, AutoAlign™ picks two alignment stars for you and places them right in your viewfinder-just center them to fine tune alignment and the universe is at your fingertips!
    Inspected Exclusively in Irvine, California
    The hand matched diffraction-limited optical system is individually inspected at Meade's Irvine, California facilities after production.
    Oversized Primary Mirror
    The primary mirror's diameter is larger than the listed aperture, yielding a wider & fully-illuminated viewing field.
    UHTC Ultra-High Transmission Coatings
    UHTC Ultra High Transmission Coatings (employed upon all optical surfaces) yield a 20% decrease in light loss and dramatically-enhanced detail of deep space objects.
    Imaging Ready
    Make ~5-minute lunar/planetary exposures in the LX90's standard mode (with a digiscoping adapter or SLR camera adapter), or longer exposure deep space images by adding a Meade Deep Sky Imager.
    3 Power Options
    Use 8 "C" batteries right out of the box, or instead adapt to AC power with the #07584 AC Adapter or to a vehicle's cigarette lighter port (or a Celestron Power Tank's port) with the #07043 DC Power Cord with Cigarette Lighter Adapter.
    UPC: 709942370522
  • JMI Telescopes CASELX10 Telescope Carrying Case

    The JMI CASELX10 Telescope Carrying Case (Black) is a molded ABS plastic case with die-cut foam lining and compartments for telescope, eyepieces, finder scope and accessories. The case is designed to carry Meade LX50 10", LX90 10", LX90GPS 10", LX100 10", LX200 10" (non-GPS), LX200GPS 10", LX200R 10" telescopes that have the ability to be stowed with the nose facing down. If your scope must be stowed with the nose up, it will not fit in this case. To fit properly in the case, the finder scope must be removed from the telescope and placed in a foam compartment. The lid has a 3.0 x 30" steel hinge and four lockable latches. The case can be transported by three steel-reinforced handles or the built-in wheels.

    • Molded ABS plastic with die-cut foam lining and compartments for telescope, eyepieces, finder scope and accessories
    • Four lockable latches
    • 3.0 x 30" steel hinge
    • The three-point automatic-repositioning quick-release bracket allows the Meade LX90 LNT Module with SmartFinder to be removed and placed in the carrying case without losing positioning
    Carrying options
    • Three steel-reinforced handles
    • Built-in wheels
    Compatible with
    • For use only with models that can be stored with the nose down between the mount forks
    • Meade LX50 10", LX90 10", LX90GPS 10", LX100 10", LX200 10" (non-GPS), LX200GPS 10", LX200R 10" telescopes
    • The following fork-mounted telescopes should fit inside the CASELX10 with a small amount of space between the fork arms and the foam. A small cut may be needed for the fork arms and/or control panel.
    • Most 10" fork-mounted SCT including Meade 2120, 10" LX2 through LX10 and Ultima 9-1/4"
    • Optical tube of Celestron and Meade 10" German Equatorial will fit inside loosely with extra padding needed to take up extra space, especially at one or both ends of the optical tube
In the Box
  • LX90-ACF 10"/254mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit
  • Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece (1.25")
  • #828 Viewfinder 8x50mm Blue Tube with Bracket
  • Eyepiece Holder (aka Visual Back) - for 1.25" Acc. on 2"-18 Rear Cell
  • #918A 90-Degree Prism Diagonal (1.25")
  • #497 Autostar Computer
  • AutoStar Suite Software
  • Internal "C" Cell Battery Chamber
  • Standard Field Tripod
  • 1-Year Warranty Against Manufacturer Defects
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Meade LX90-ACF 10"/254mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit
    Optical Design Hybrid catadioptric
    Optical Lens Diameter 10.0" (254mm)
    Focal Length 2500mm
    Focal Ratio f/10.0
    Maximum Useful Magnification 500x
    Resolving Power 0.46
    Optical Tube Dimensions 11.8 x 22.0" (30.0 x 55.9cm) WxL
    Mount Type Altazimuth
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2"-18 (1.25" reducing adapter included)
    Finderscope 8x50 Straight
    Tripod Standard field tripod w/ 2" segments (30-44"/76-112cm)
    Motor Yes
    GO-TO Capability Yes
    PC Compatible Yes
    Power Source 8 1.5-volt "C" batteries
    Optional #547 AC adapter
    Optional #607 Cigarette plug adapter
    Weight 70.0 lbs (31.78kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 39.0 x 38.0 x 38.0"
  • JMI Telescopes CASELX10 Telescope Carrying Case
    Material Exterior: Molded ABS plastic
    Interior: Die-cut foam lining
    Type of Closure Four lockable latches
    3.0 x 30" steel hinge
    Exterior Dimensions 36-3/4 x 24-5/8 x 16-1/2" (93.35 x 62.55 x 41.91cm) (WxDxH)
    Interior Dimensions Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Accommodates Meade LX50 10", LX90 10", LX90GPS 10", LX100 10", LX200 10" (non-GPS), LX200GPS 10", LX200R 10" telescopes
    Carrying/Transport Options Three handles
    Built-in wheels
    Weight 26.2 lbs (11.88kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 38.5 x 26.0 x 19.0"

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