Just because a star may be millions of years old, doesn't mean it should take you that long to find it.
Until now, the stargazer's two biggest challenges to enjoying the night sky have been aligning their telescope and finding objects. Meade’s ETX-AT Edition eliminates these two challenges and makes astronomy as easy as pushing a button – right out of the box. Want to see a hard-to-find deep space galaxy? Simply push a button. The same goes for planets, stars, nebulae and more. Just pick an object you want to observe, press a button, and then AutoStar® will automatically point your telescope and put it right in your eyepiece.
Don't know what you want to see this evening? Go to the “Tonight's Best™” tour in your AutoStar. It automatically selects the best objects in the sky for that particular time and location (from its database of over 30,000 celestial objects). All you need is a clear night, a dark sky and a little curiosity. Whether you already know the sky by heart, or are just beginning your journey of discovery, your Meade ETX-AT will take you where you want to go. Astronomy has never been so fun and rewarding.
Meade's ETX-AT with Easy Align. You just enter your time & location and use the included bubble level compass to level the telescope and point it North. The ETX-AT will then point to the first of two alignment stars. Use the red dot finder to center the alignment star in the eyepiece. It's that easy!
The AutoStar controller helps you quickly find, and GO TO over 30,000 objects in the night sky. View planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae, and comets, all at the push of a button. AutoStar is pre-programmed with several guided tours, including the popular Tonight's Best. Input date, time and location - then let AutoStar take you on a guided tour of the best objects that particular night.
Optional Aluminum Hard Carry Case
This heavy duty ETX-90 Aluminum Hard Carry Case enhances the portability of your scope and protects your investment during transport. Aluminum construction, with custom fitted molded foam inserts for your telescope, eyepieces and accessories.
Electronics include the Meade #497 AutoStar keypad, periodic error correction, and easy to use red dot viewfinder with adjustable brightness control. The Autostar may be linked to a PC using an optionally available software and cable connector set, allowing the telescope to be controlled via a laptop or other PC. The telescope is conveniently internally powered by 8 (user-supplied) AA batteries which will run it for approximately 20 hours under normal usage. An AC adapter is also available for separate purchase.
Standard equipment includes a Meade 884 field tripod, Meade Meade 26mm Series 4000 1.25" Super Plössl eyepiece (73X), and Meade AutoStar Suite Astronomer Edition Software and Instructional DVD. The very stable tripod features chrome plated tubular steel legs and for the astrophotographer conveniently has a built in wedge which can be used for polar alignment of the telescope. The included software will help you locate objects in the night sky, print star maps, and learn more about the use and uses of your new telescope.