Meade LX90-ACF 10"/254mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit
- 2500mm f/10 Catadioptric
- Motorized Altazimuth Mount
- "GO-TO" Capacity
- 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
|Optical Design||Hybrid catadioptric|
|Optical Lens Diameter||10.0" ( 254mm )|
|Maximum Useful Magnification||500x|
|Optical Tube Dimensions||11.8 x 22.0" ( 30.0 x 55.9cm ) WxL|
|Eyepiece Barrel Diameter||2"-18 ( 1.25" reducing adapter included )|
|Tripod||Standard field tripod w/ 2" segments ( 30-44"/76-112cm )|
|Power Source|| 8 1.5-volt "C" batteries |
Optional #547 AC adapter
Optional #607 Cigarette plug adapter
|Weight||70.0 lbs ( 31.78kg )|
|Package Weight||97.5 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||39.0 x 38.0 x 38.0"|
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.
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