Meade 12" f/10 LX90 ACF Telescope with Field Tripod
Item #56946
$4,999.99
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. Includes eyepiece, diagonal mirror, and tripod.
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  • More Info
    • 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

    The Meade 12" LX90 ACF telescope is an extremely versatile, high-resolution Go-To telescope, in a very compact form given the large aperture. With pushbutton controls, automatic locating and tracking of celestial objects, and a wealth of object data at your fingertips in the AudioStar controller, the LX90 will provide hours of enjoyment under the night sky. Both visual astronomers and astrophotographers alike will appreciate the quality and capability of this powerful telescope.

    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.

    The ACF primary, secondary and corrector plate glass blanks are manufactured in the USA exclusively for Meade.

    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.

    Product Support

    Visit our product support section for instruction manuals and more

  • Specs
    • Best for viewing:
      Fainter deep sky
    • Best for imaging:
      Solar, lunar, planetary & Messier objects
    • User level:
      Advanced
    • Optical design:
      Advanced Coma-Free (ACF)
    • Optical diameter:
      304mm
    • Focal length:
      3048mm
    • Focal ratio:
      f/10.0
    • 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
    • Astro-imaging capability:
      Lunar, planetary & long exposure
    • 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
  • Important Shipping Information

    When an item is not in-stock we will ship it as soon as it becomes available. Typically in-stock items will ship first and backordered items will follow as soon as they are available.

    A per-item shipping charge (in addition to the standard shipping and handling charge) applies to this product. This charge varies based on the shipping method.

    Standard Delivery: $600.00

    SHIPPING RESTRICTIONS APPLY FOR THIS PRODUCT

    This product is available to ship Standard delivery to the 48 continental United States. Delivery is not available to APO/DPO/FPO addresses, US territories/protectorates or Canada. 3 Day, 2nd Day and Next Day delivery is not available.

    The Meade 12" f/10 LX90 ACF Telescope with Field Tripod is a very large, multi-box, telescope and may arrive through freight service on a pallet for curbside delivery.

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