Meade 10 Inch LX90 GPS Telescope with UHTCItem#: HN-MEAD354
$2,399.00 to $2,649.00
10" LX90 Telescope, Standard Field Tripod, AutoStar Suite Software, Series 4000 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece, 1.25" Diagonal Prism
Meade 10-Inch LX90 GPS Telescope with UHTC
The LX90GPS can locate over 30,000 objects including itself. Turn it on and the built-in Sony GPS receiver immediately determines your precise date, time, and location. In just minutes, your scope is ready to give you a tour of the most spectacular sights in the universe with GPS precision. With all the features of a legendary LX90, plus the ability to track satellites, Meade's new LX90 GPS has it all.
When you consider competing methods of alignment (synchronizing your telescope's computer with the night sky), nothing is easier than Meade's AutoAlign. Not even competing three-object alignment methods. That's because LX90GPS telescopes are smart scopes that know the night sky right out of the box. When it comes to industry leading optics, oversized primary mirrors, depth of features, and value for your dollar, the LX90GPS is the best Schmidt-Cassegrains on the market.
The 10" LX90 has a 10” diameter f/10 optical system (focal length 2500mm) and Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) for maximum image brightness and contrast. Electronics include the advanced Meade 497 AutoStar computer system with over 30,000 object library, multiple guided tours, High Precision Pointing capability, and Meade SmartDrive with Permanent Periodic Error Correction.
All LX90 GPS models 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.
The LX90-ACF comes fully equipped with a heavy duty height adjustable Meade Field Tripod, 1.25" diagonal prism, Series 4000 26mm Plössl eyepiece, and Meade AutoStar® Suite Astronomer Edition Software for PC.
Scope weight is 50 pounds with 19 pound tripod. Ships in 2 boxes.
GPS - 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™ –LX90s 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.
OVERSIZED PRIMARY MIRROR – Only Meade manufactures their primary mirrors in diameters larger than their listed aperture (e.g. the diameter of the 8" LX90’s 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.
8X50 VIEWFINDER – Quickly and easily locate and center deep sky objects.
SLEW SPEED – The LX90 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 LX90 will show you two to three times more objects.
RIGID CAST ALUMINUM FORK MOUNT – The Meade LX90's Optical Tube Assembly is mounted on two sturdy fork arms giving you a rock solid platform for astrophotography.
LX200™ - SERIES TRIPOD – The LX90 comes standard with the same sturdy field tripod as the LX200-ACF series telescope.
SMART DRIVE™ – Meade’s AutoStar® provides Periodic Error Correction (in polar mode). Over the course of one or more training periods your LX90 will minimize guiding corrections during long exposure astrophotography.
NEW AUDIOSTAR CONTROLLER – Originally developed for the ground breaking series of Meade LS™ LightSwitch® telescopes, Astronomer Inside is built into the new AudioStar™ Handbox that is included with Meade's LX90™, LT™ and LXD75™ lines of telescopes. Now the intelligence integrated into these Meade telescopes provides the user with all the experience and astronomical knowledge that a professional astronomer could offer.
The incredible Astronomer Inside does all this:
Knows the sky so you don't have to.
Controls the telescope to find and track any of over 30,000 celestial objects automatically.
Takes you on a guided tour.
Shows you the best objects in your sky from your location and time and then plays audio descriptions of those objects so you learn the details of what you are seeing.
Has over four hours of audio descriptions of astronomical objects including planets, stars, constellations, clusters, nebula, galaxies and more that bring astronomy to life. It's like having a professional astronomer standing next to you at the telescope.
The AudioStar computer controller with speaker helps you quickly find and GoTo over 30,000 objects in the night sky.
View planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae, comets and more-all at the push of a button. Don't know what you want to view this evening? Then go to the Tonight's Best™ tour in your AudioStar. It automatically selects the best objects in the sky for that particular time and location.
The UHTC Advantage
Meade Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)are an amazing scientific breakthrough that increases brightness by the equivalent of nearly an inch of aperture (depending on scope size). These coatings are exclusive to Meade and make a real difference over competing scopes. Image brightness is increased by 15% over standard coatings.
Meade High Precision Pointing HP Feature
This feature is most helpful to astrophotographers interested in imaging objects too faint to be confirmed with the naked eye. Or those who want to place an item dead center on a very small CCD chip. When you turn this feature on and ask the scope to slew to an object, the scope will first slew to a star right next to the object and ask you to center that star perfectly. The star is likely to be perfectly centered already (that's how accurate Meade telescopes are). But once you have confirmed the star's precise location, the scope will slew to the nearby deep sky object and place it exactly in the center of your field of view. For normal observing, this level of precision isn't necessary. But HPP gives you the confidence to kick off a two-hour long imaging sequence without even visually confirming a faint object's existence!
Choice of Schmidt-Cassegrain or Advanced Coma Free Optics
The choice is yours! New in 2009, Meade is now offering their LX90 series telescopes with your choice of Schmidt-Cassegrain (SC) optics or Advanced Coma Free (ACF) optics. Both telescopes and all included accessories are identical; the only difference is the optical system.
The Schmidt-Cassegrain option is a high-quality, economically priced telescope package. These optics deliver high performance at the best possible value. Meade uses water-white glass with superior light transmission across the entire visible spectrum. SC optics are great for both observation and astrophotography. For the person looking to get the most for their astronomical dollar, look no further.
The new Advanced Coma Free option is an upgraded optical system. For the truly discerning astronomer who demands nothing but the very best, ACF optics present an attractive option. Technologically superior to SC optical systems, ACF optics produce a flatter, coma-free field of view with pinpoint images all the way to the edge of the field. The performance of these optics rivals that of Ritchey-Crétien system at a fraction of the cost. ACF is the perfect solution for the astrophotographer or the visual astronomer looking for observatory-class optics.
Here's What We Recommend
If you're new to large-aperture telescopes and plan on using yours mainly for celestial observation, you will likely be extremely pleased with the images that the Schmidt-Cassegrain produces.
If you plan on using your telescope for astrophotography, the Advanced Coma Free option is likely worth the investment. Even if astrophotography is not your goal, you may want the best optics available for your telescope. That's exactly what you'll get with ACF optics. These optics produce tack-sharp, fully rounded stars without the crescent-shaped distortions known as "coma" - an optical aberration found on Schmidt-Cassegrains, and most other optical systems.
Supplier SKU 1010-90-05 10" LX90-SC (f/10) Schmidt-Cassegrain w/UHTC
Supplier SKU 1010-90-03 10" LX90-ACF (f/10) Advanced Coma-Free w/UHTC
Product Number SC: 1010-90-05 ACF: 1010-90-03
Clear Aperture 10" (254mm)
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain or Advanced Coma-Free
Focal Length 2,500mm
Focal Ratio f/10
Telescope Mounting Rigid Cast-Aluminum Fork mount; double-tine
Optical Coatings Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
Resolving Power (Dawes Limit) 0.456 arcseconds
AutoStar Controller AudioStar
Object Database 30,000 objects
Viewfinder 8x50mm with cross-hair reticle
Eyepiece 26mm Series 4000 Super Plossl
Diagonal 1.25" diagonal prism
Pointing Precision (High-Precision Mode) 3 arcminutes
Go-To Pointing Precision (Approx.) 5 arcminutes
Periodic Error Correction Polar mode only
Slow Motion Controls Electronic
Slew Speeds RA and Dec:1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 128x sidereal and 1.5°/sec., 3°/sec., 6.5°/sec.
Tracking Rates Sidereal, lunar, or custom-selected from 2000 incremental rates
Tripod Standard field Tripod
Batteries (User-Supplied) 8 x C cells
Battery Life (Typical) 60 hrs.
Power 12V DC, 5 amp power supply (optional)
GPS Receiver Included
Smart Drive Yes
Oversized Primary Mirror Yes
AutoStar Suite Planetarium Software Included
Primary Mirror & Secondary Mirrors Low expansion borrosilicate glass
Correcting Plate/Lens Schott Water-white Glass
Optical Tube Aluminum
Weights and Dimensions OTA Dimensions 12 in x 12 in x 23 in
Tripod Weight 19 lbs.
Tripod Dimensions 30" to 44" variable
Telescope weight (not including tripod) 50 lbs.
Dimensions & Specifications
8 X C cell
Alt-Az Mount, GoTo, GPS
Highest Useful Magnification
Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters, Viewing the Moon, Viewing the Planets
Meade LX90 GPS Telescopes
For the Expert
Type, Schmidt-Cassegrain, Advanced Coma Free
- Series 4000 Super Plossl Eyepieces
- 52 Degree Apparent Field of View (44 Degree on the 40mm)
- Includes 2x Barlow Lens
- 4 Color Filters & Moon Filter
- Aluminum Hard Carry Case
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Comments about Meade 10 Inch LX90 GPS Telescope with UHTC:
My first "good telescope". Had a cheap, discount brand previously and the difference is astounding. Very quick and easy to initialize the autostar computer which, so far, has been very accurate. The 50 lb wt makes carrying it a long distance a bit of a chore. Short distances are fine and very easy with two people. I think this size is a very nice compromise between aperture and weight. Highly recommend.
- Was this a gift?:
- AutoStar and GPS
- Quality Lenses
- A little heavy
- Generation 1 of AutoStar
Comments about Meade 10 Inch LX90 GPS Telescope with UHTC:
I bought the 10" LX90 in October 09. On the first night I had it I used the automatic alignment (auto level, finds north) feature of the AutoStar computer. It then moved to two areas of the sky and asked me to center the brightest star I saw in that area. After being used to technology products often not working as advertised I was very pleased that this scope did. It took less than 5 minutes to be aligned and ready to go. I then took the AutoStar's evening tour and in less than an hour saw 21 objects from variable stars, to open and globular clusters to planets and galaxies. Every time it moved to a new object it was within the field of view of the 26mm eyepiece that came with it.
As for the scope the views are stunning. This is the largest aperture scope I've owned and it really brings in the light. I've recently added TeleVue's 13mm Ethos lens to it and now have a combination where I feel like I'm walking in space.
This is not a light scope coming in at about 70 pounds with the base. But I knew that when I bought it and still find it easy enough to move around. For the extra light it brings in it's worth it to me.
The AutoStar computer is menu driven and can take a little getting used to. Typing in specific objects can take awhile to learn too and is not as intuitive as the 2nd generation AutoStar seems to be. On the plus side having a scope that can set itself up and be aligned in under 5 minutes and then find and automatically track something like 40,000 objects means you spend most of your time looking at the sky instead of setting your scope up. To me, priceless!
The only minor cons are the tripod base seems a little light for this scope and the focus knob has a greasy feel to it not a firm adjustment feel like some other scopes I've had. But I repeat, these are both very minor nits for what I consider a very fine scope that I intend to have for years to come.