Meade - 8" LX90 ACF f/10 Advanced Coma-Free Telescope

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The Meade 8" LX90-ACF Telescope yields similar optical brilliance to Meade's more advanced telescopes, but in a package providing better value for those primarily observing rather than imaging. Advanced Coma Free optics provide a flatter field than traditional Schmidt-Cassegrains making the 8" LX90 ACF by Meade a portable, powerful and versatile telescope.

SKU: MEA-0810-90-03
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Product Description

Meade 8" LX90 ACF f/10 Advanced Coma-Free Telescope - 0810-90-03

The Meade 8" LX90 ACF UHTC Catadioptric Telescope yields optical brilliance similar to the Meade 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 professional astronomers alike.  This is the ACF version of the Meade 8" LX90, which stands for "Advanced Coma-Free".  Meade has employed advancements beyond the traditional Schmidt-Cassegrain optics for the LX90-ACF, gaining significant resolution increases as you move away from the center of the field towards the edge, meaning stars are sharp to the far edges of your view.  

The Meade 8" LX90-ACF telescope with UHTC multi-coated optics provides enough aperture for some serious deep space viewing, but is a size that can be managed simply enough by one person, even to a remote location remaining a portable telescope.  Meade's combined high-quality optics, stable double fork mounting, computerized control, and streamlined appearance in a single unit.  The list of technology included is long and exhaustive:  a rigid mount with sturdy tripod, an oversized primary mirror, truly diffraction-limited optics, and the very finest of simple and accurate GPS-enabled alignment.

The Meade LX90 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 a DSLR via a standard t-adapter and t-ring for your specific lens bayonet.  For deep space images of exposures much longer than a few minutes, you'll need Meade's dedicated #07002-1 Wedge to turn the LX90 Alt-Az mount into an equatorial-type mount eliminating the stair stepping motion created by an Alt-Azimuth's natural movement.

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. 

Scope weight is 33 pounds with a 19 pound tripod. 

 

Specifications

Name Meade - 8" LX90 ACF f/10 Advanced Coma-Free Telescope
Manufacturer Meade
Model MEA-0810-90-03
UPC 709942370225
In The Box 8" LX90 ACF Telescope with Alt-Az Mount Base Standard Field Tripod 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl Eyepiece 8x50 Finderscope & Bracket
Telescope Aperture 7.1" - 8"
Aperture 203mm (8")
Batteries 8 X C cells (not included)
Focal Length 2000mm
Focal Ratio f/10
GPS Yes
Mount Dual fork GPS equipped mount with GOTO
Optical Coatings Ultra-High Transmission Coatings
Optical Design Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) with UHTC
Optical Tube Aluminum
Power (Optional) 12v DC, 5 amp power supply
Primary Mirror Pyrex glass
Tracking Rates sidereal, lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates
Tripod Standard Field Tripod
Viewfinder 8 X 50

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The Meade LX90 ACF telescope is the work horse of the advanced performance GOTO telescopes that Meade offers. I have used one for over 3 years and it has performed just perfect. It makes a great next step telescope for those who are ready to make the jump to a more sophisticated system. The 8” OTA fairly light and is easy to handle and with the GPS, setup is simple. I would recommend this to anyone without hesitation.

(Posted on 6/20/2017)
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In the Box

8" LX90 ACF Telescope with Alt-Az Mount Base
Standard Field Tripod
26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl Eyepiece
8x50 Finderscope & Bracket