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Meade - 12" LX90-SC (f/10) Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope - (UHTC) - DISCONTINUED


Discontinued Product

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12" LX90-SC (f/10) Schmidt-Cassegrain w/UHTC #1210-90-05 Description

This is a discontinued product. We recommend the Meade - 12" LX90-ACF (f/10) Advanced Coma-Free Telescope with UHTC Coatings as a replacement

Meade 12" LX90-SC with Schmidt-Cassegrain optics #1210-90-05. The perfect platform for the demanding visual observer and imaging enthusiast in a larger package. When it comes to industry-leading optics, depth of features, and computerized operation, the LX90-SC represents an incredible value. This largest of the Meade LX90 models offers astonishing performance for the investment.


More Details and Specifications
Meade 12" LX90-SC with Schmidt-Cassegrain optics #1210-90-05. The perfect platform for the demanding visual observer and imaging enthusiast in a larger package. Meade's popular LX90 with its great combination of highly usable electronic features, solid and relatively light weight mount, and very reasonable cost, with Schmidt-Cassegrain optics.

The 12" LX90-SC has an 12” diameter f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain optical system (focal length 3048mm) and Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) for maximum image brightness and contrast. This largest of the LX90 models collects over twice as much light as an 8" telescope, effectively doubling the image brightness on faint deep sky targets. Electronics include the advanced Meade 497 AutoStar computer system with over 30,000 object library, multiple guided tours, High Precision Pointing capability, and Meade SmartDrive with Permanent Periodic Error Correction.

Precise and quick star alignment is done near effortlessly with an incorporated 16 channel genuine Sony GPS receiver. The Autostar is flash-updatable via free downloads at (optional cable required).

All LX90 models feature the solid and stable LX90 aluminum double fork mount, with fast slew speed adjustable from 1 to 7 degrees per second. Fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal in one one-hundredth increments. The mount and all electronics are internally powered by 8 (user supplied) C-cell batteries which will typically operate the telescope for a generous 60 hours (optional Meade Universal AC adapter also available). The mount also has mechanical locks in both axis allowing adjustment even without power.

The LX90 comes fully equipped with a heavy duty height adjustable Meade Field Tripod, 1.25" diagonal prism, 26mm Series 4000 Plössl eyepiece, Meade AutoStar® Suite Astronomer Edition Software for PC, and an 8x50 viewfinder with quick release bracket. Scope weight is 60 pounds with 19 pound tripod. Ships in 2 boxes.

Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.


Specifications for 12" LX90-SC (f/10) Schmidt-Cassegrain w/UHTC #1210-90-05
Aperture 305mm (12")
Focal Length 3048mm
Focal Ratio f/10
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain with UHTC
Mount Dual fork GPS equipped mount with GOTO

Product Series

LX90-SC Meade's Schmidt-Cassegrain (SC) optics give you high performance for the best possible price. For the person looking to get the most from their astronomical dollar, look no further. Meade uses water-white glass with superior light transmission across the entire visible spectrum, unlike inferior standard plate glass used by other telescope manufacturers. Combined with our industry-leading Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) -- with 15% better light transmission than standard coatings -- and oversized, thermally-stable Pyrex® primary mirrors for optimum light collection, you get a spectacular viewing experience not available on comparable competitors telesscopes. 

GPS - LX90 can do more than track satellites. It talks to them as well. Turn it on and the built-in Sony® GPS sensor immediately determines your precise date, time and location. AutoAlign™ then uses this info to align your scope for a tour of the most spectacular sights in the universe. 

EASY ALIGN™ - LX90s are smart scopes that know the night sky right out of the box. Easy Align picks two alignment stars for you and places them right in your viewfinder. Just center them to fine tune your alignment and the wonders of the universe are at your fingertips. 

OVERSIZED PRIMARY MIRROR - Only Meade manufactures their primary mirrors in diameters larger than their listed aperture (e.g. the diameter of the 8" LX90's primary mirror is actually 8.25").This additional 1/4" yields a wider, fully illuminated field-of-view, and allows you to see the light other telescopes leave behind. 

8 X 50 VIEWFINDER - Quickly and easily locate and center deep sky objects

SLEW SPEED - The LX90 slews (moves) from star to star at 7 degrees per second. That is more than twice as fast as the competition. This means that over the course of an evening, a Meade LX90 will show you two to three times more objects. 

RIGID CAST ALUMINUM FORK MOUNT - The Meade LX90's Optical Tube Assembly is mounted on two sturdy fork arms giving you a rock solid platform for astrophotography. 

LX200™ - SERIES TRIPOD - The LX90 comes standard with the same sturdy field tripod as the LX200-ACF series telescope. 

SMART DRIVE™ - Meade's AutoStar® provides Periodic Error Correction (in polar mode). Over the course of one or more training periods your LX90 will minimize guiding corrections during long exposure astrophotography. 

AUTOSTAR CONTROLLER - Meade's AutoStar® can be updated after purchase. Click here to download software upgrades, guided tours and timely objects like comets, satellites and new discoveries - Free! Keep your AutoStar up-to-date, and your LX90 will grow with you for years to come.

Additional Information

Name Meade - 12" LX90-SC (f/10) Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope - (UHTC) - DISCONTINUED
Manufacturer Meade
Model 1210-90-05
Discountinued Yes
Custom Stock Status Out of Stock
Aperture 305mm (12")
Focal Length 3048mm
Focal Ratio f/10
Mount Dual fork GPS equipped mount with GOTO
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain with UHTC