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Meade 10 Inch LX90 GPS Telescope with UHTC

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Brand
Meade
Weight Complete
70 lbs.
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Recommended Usage
Viewing the Planets, Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters, Viewing the Moon
Power Source
Battery
Features
Alt-Az Mount, GoTo, GPS
Focal Length
2500mm
Highest Useful Magnification
500x
Battery
8 X C cell
Object Database
30000 objects
Star Diagonal
1.25 inches
Focal Ratio
f/10
User Level
For the Expert
Aperture
254mm
Telescopes Series
Meade LX90 GPS Telescopes

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  • AudioStar Handbox with audio descriptions
  • GPS sensor automatically determines date, time, and location
  • Locates and tracks over 30,000 objects
  • Available in your choice of SC or ACF optics
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Meade 10 Inch LX90 GPS Telescope with UHTC
 
3.3

(based on 3 reviews)

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2.0

great optics, but that's where it stops

By cobretti

from dayton ohio

About Me Avid Adventurer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

  • Difficult to Use

Best Uses

    Comments about Meade 10 Inch LX90 GPS Telescope with UHTC:

    well, let me begin by saying I just got off the phone with meade's customer support. The guy sounded like he couldn't wait to get off the phone with me. Why this company doesn't have correspondance available through email isn't really surprising after my recent experience with my LX90.

    If you search the internet for LX90, you will inevitably stumble across a phenomenon called "rubberbanding". what it means is astrophotography will be extremely difficult if not impossible. Basically, once you center something in the eye piece the scope will slew away from it. so, you center it again and it slews away again. Like it's being elastically pulled back. So, you over correct to compensate for the rubberbanding phenomenon and the object still slews out of site. So, you over correct so far that the object is completely of the the eyepiece. You would need 3 times the diameter of the eye piece to still see the object. It's way out of the field of vision. You wait for it the drift back in to the field of view. Maybe you went too far and it's not coming back. If you're lucky, the object will rubberband to the center of the eye piece. So, now you take out the eye piece and put in your camera. The camera is stronger than the eyepiece and the object is not centered or even in the the field of view. So, you start the compensation for rubberbanding all over again. even if your just tap a slew direction, the rubberbanding phenomenon will throw the object completely out of the field of view.

    So, I investigated online and found to correct the rubberbanding issue you can "train the drive". Which I promptly did... which had no improvement whatsoever.

    Then I found that it could be an out of date firmware and that could need to be updated. So, here's the other reason for my 2 star review. you can't update the software through usb. You need a special adapter that converts usb to this old, archaic port... that no computer later than 1995 will have. So, you need an additional adapter for the adapter that creates a "virtual port" in your computer that is newer than 1997 and this comes with a cd driver that is compatible with certain versions of windows... prior to windows XP. So, if your computer is newer than 2007 and you have windows 7 you need to purchase an additional driver for the adapter.... and after all of this it might correct the problem?!?!

    This is unacceptable. I've read reviews for other brand telescopes and yes they too use archaic connecters but I've never heard of any other telescope having this rubberbanding issue. Since I just purchased my telescope in 02/2012 the firmware should be up to date. I read online that older versions of the software IE mid 90's could be glitchy, but it's unacceptable for a telescope from 2012 to not have these bugs worked out.

    I'm to the point where I just want to sell my meade and be done with it. I bet I can at least send celestron an email. Meade is technologically stuck in 1993 and you feel it with this telescope.... so badly.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very nice.

    By .

    from NC

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    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.

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    4.0

    Very nice fully automatic scope!

    By Star Walker

    from Eau Claire, WI

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • AutoStar and GPS
    • Quality Lenses

    Cons

    • A little heavy
    • Generation 1 of AutoStar

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    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.

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