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LX85 or LX90, Which Telescope is Right for Me?

If you're wondering which type of telescope to get — an LX85 with its dedicated equatorial GoTo mount or a telescope supported by an Alt/Az fork mount such as one of the Meade LX90 GoTo models, the answer comes down to how you plan to use it. If your main interest is deep-sky astrophotography, the equatorially mounted LX85 is the way to go. Tracking and guiding the long exposures needed to capture faint objects requires an equatorial mount that is precisely polar aligned. But if your primary interest lies mostly in visual pursuits — observing objects rather than photographing them — then the fork mounted LX90 is a better choice: it is simpler, doesn't involve counterweights, and doesn't require critical polar alignment.

Mind you, either type of mount can be used for both astrophotography and observing. It's just that each mount type is better suited to one or the other. For instance, you can do deep-sky astrophotography with an Alt/Az fork mount if you add an "equatorial wedge" to essentially convert it to an equatorial mount. Without the wedge, images will exhibit "field rotation," in which stars toward the periphery appear as arcs rather than pinpoints. But polar alignment will be more precise with the LX85 because it accommodates an optional polar scope, which the LX90 does not. The polar scope is extremely helpful for dialing in the pinpoint alignment needed for deep-sky astrophotography.

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Meade 8" f/10 LX85 ACF Optical Tube Assembly
Features coma-free pinpoint star images and flatter fields while reducing astigmatism and eliminating diffraction spikes. 8" aperture, 2032mm focal length (f/10). Includes a Vixen dovetail bar to attach to any compatible Vixen style mount.
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Meade 6" f/4.1 LX85 Astrograph Reflector Telescope
The Meade 6" f/4.1 LX85 Astrograph Reflector Telescope and mount is the perfect combination of portability, high quality tracking and GoTo slewing technology. Ideal for both visual and astrophotographic pursuits. Weighs 46.8 lb. fully assembled.
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Meade 6" f/10 LX85 ACF Telescope with Mount and Tripod
The Meade 6" f/10 LX85 ACF Telescope is a high end imaging and visual telescope in a very compact, lightweight form. ACF optics deliver excellent views with no coma, and the LX85 mount features the AudioStar controller with robotic GoTo technology.
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Meade 8" f/10 LX85 ACF Telescope with Mount and Tripod
The Meade 8" f/10 LX85 ACF Telescope is a high end imaging and visual telescope in a package smaller than many other 8" designs. ACF optics deliver superb views with no coma, and the LX85 mount features the AudioStar controller with GoTo technology.
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Meade 8" f/4 LX85 Astrograph Reflector Telescope
The Meade 8" f/4 LX85 astrograph reflector telescope features the AudioStar controller - a full GoTo system to locate and track objects. Ideal for both visual and astro-imaging of those faint objects in the night sky. Weighs 59.1 lb. fully assembled.
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Meade 6" f/4.1 LX85 Reflector Optical Tube Assembly
The Meade 6" f/4.1 astrograph reflector optical tube works equally well visually or for astrophotography. F/4.1 means very short exposures, and a long back focus means compatibility with a variety of camera gear. Weighs just 12.7 lbs.
$599.99
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Meade 8" f/4 LX85 Reflector Optical Tube Assembly
The Meade 8" f/4 LX85 Astrograph Reflector is a workhorse for both visual and astrophotography pursuits. The BK7 optical glass at f/4 allows for quite short exposures, and the 2" focuser works equally well with a camera or any 2" or 1.25" eyepiece.
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Meade 6" f/10 LX85 ACF Optical Tube Assembly
ACF optical design providing coma-free pinpoint star images and a flat field while reducing astigmatism and eliminating diffraction spikes. Features include a 6" (152mm) aperture, 1524mm focal length, and f/10 focal ratio.
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