Meade 8in LX90-SC Telescope with 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' telescopes.
The 8" LX90-SC Telescope by Meade has an 8" diameter f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain optical system (focal length 2000mm) and Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) for maximum image brightness and contrast. Electronics include the advanced Meade 497 AudioStar computer system with over 30,000 object library, multiple guided tours with audio playback, 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. 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 - LX90's Telescopes 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.
All LX-90 models of Meade telescopes 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. This Telescope LX 90 SC by Meade comes fully equipped with a heavy duty height adjustable Meade Field Tripod, 1.25" diagonal prism, Series 4000 26mm 5-Element Plossl eyepiece, Meade AudioStar Suite Astronomer Edition Software for PC, and an 8x50 viewfinder with quick release bracket. Scope weight is 33 pounds with 19 pound tripod.
Only Meade manufactures their primary mirrors in diameters larger than their listed aperture, the diameter of the 8" LX90's telescope by Meade 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. The Meade LX-90 telescopes 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 LX 90 Telescope will show you two to three times more objects.
The Meade Telescope LX90 's Optical Tube Assembly is mounted on two sturdy fork arms giving you a rock solid platform for astrophotography. The LX90 scope from Meade comes standard with the sturdy field tripod. Meade's AutoStar provides Periodic Error Correction (in polar mode). Over the course of one or more training periods your Meade Telescope from LX90 will minimize guiding corrections during long exposure astrophotography.