Meade 12" f/10 LX90 ACF Telescope with Field Tripod

MSRP: $4,999.99 Please see your local authorized reseller for pricing and availability.

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  • 12" f/10 Advanced Coma Free Optics - 3048mm focal length
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
  • Features AudioStar: 30,000+ Object-Database and built-in GPS
  • Includes Series 4000 26mm Super Plössl eyepiece, 8X50 finderscope, 1.25" mirror diagonal, and Standard Field Tripod with dual-fork mount
  • Internally powered via 8x C-cell batteries (not included) to operate the telescope up to 60 hours
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Item #: 1210-90-03

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Features a 12" aperture, 3048mm focal length, and f/10 focal ratio with Dual-Fork Mounting. Equipped with Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) and a resolving power of 0.456 arc-seconds for the improvement of brighter star clusters, more fine detail in nebulae, and greater surface features on planets. Includes a Series 4000 26mm Super Plössl eyepiece (96x), viewfinder (8x50 optical with crosshair), 1.25" Diagonal Mirror, and Standard Field Tripod. OTA and Mount Weight: 57 lbs. OTA Dimensions/Mount Dimensions: 29" x 18" x 27". Tripod Weight: 19 lbs. Tripod Dimension: 30" to 44" Variable.

Designed and Manufactured in North America.

The patented Meade Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical design offers coma-free pinpoint star images and flatter image fields greatly desired by discerning amateur astronomers, astrophotographers and professional observatories alike. This system also reduces astigmatism and eliminates diffraction spikes. This telescope also features Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC). UHTC are specialized multi-layered coatings that are precisely designed to improve the performance of your telescope's optics. You'll see brighter star clusters, more fine detail in nebulae, and additional surface features on planets. Averaged over the entire visible spectrum, total light transmission to the focus increases by 15%.

The optical path and components of the ACF telescope design

The optical path and components of the ACF telescope design

LX90 electronics include: advanced AudioStar computer system with a 30,000+ object-library, multiple guided tours, High Precision Pointing capability, and SmartDrive with Permanent Periodic Error Correction. Precise and quick star alignment is done near effortlessly with an incorporated 16-channel genuine Sony GPS receiver.

Feature a solid and stable aluminum double-fork mount with fast slew speed adjustable from 1.5 degrees to 6.5 degrees per second. Mount and electronics are internally powered by (8) x C-cell (user-supplied) batteries, which will typically operate the telescope for a generous 60 hours (optional Meade Universal AC Adapter can be used).

With high-quality features and performance, this model is a staple for your astronomy ventures. Make it your time to own "The Legend".

Warranty:
Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for two years from date of purchase. This warranty is provided by Meade for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact Meade at 800-626-3233.
Best for viewing
Fainter deep sky
Best for imaging
Solar, lunar, planetary & Messier objects
Astro-imaging capability
Lunar, planetary & long exposure
User level
Advanced
Optical design
Advanced Coma-Free (ACF)
Optical diameter
304mm
Focal length
3048mm
Focal ratio
f/10.0
Finder scope magnification
8x
Lens diameter
50mm
Eyepieces
Super Plossl 26.0mm (1.25")
Magnification with included eyepieces
117x
Resolving power
0.38arc*sec
Lowest useful magnification
43x
Highest useful magnification
300x
Highest theoretical magnification
604x
Limiting stellar magnitude
15.1
Optical quality
Diffraction limited
Finder scope
8x50
Focuser
Internal
Diagonal degrees
1.25" 90° Mirror Star
Mount type
Altazimuth
Computerized compatibility
Go-To included
Number of objects in database
30,223
Tracking rates
Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Motor speeds
Up to 6.5 degrees/sec
Motor type
DC Servo motors with encoders
Power requirement
12-volt DC - 5A (tip positive)
PEC
Yes
GPS
Included
Backlash compensation
Yes
Setting circles
Electronic, via the hand controller
Available ports
RS-232, Aux
Tube material
Aluminum
Tripod material
Aluminum & Steel
Weight, optical tube
57.0 lbs.
Weight, mount/tripod
19.0 lbs.
Weight, fully assembled
76.0 lbs.
Additional included accessories
AudioStar hand controller, Standard Field Tripod
Other features
AudioStar controller with multiple guided tours, Powered by 8x C-batteries or external 12v, SmartDrive w/ Permanent Periodic Error correction
Warranty
Two year