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Meade 12 Inch LX90 GPS Telescope with UHTC

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Dimensions & Specifications

Aperture
305mm
Battery
8 X C cell
Battery Life
60 hours
Brand
Meade
Component
0.380 arcseconds Resolving Power
Configuration
UHTC Optical Coating
Eyepiece 1
26mm (117x)
Features
Alt-Az Mount, GoTo, GPS
Finderscope
8x50
Focal Length
3048mm
Focal Ratio
f/10
Highest Useful Magnification
600x
Mount Design
Dual Fork Arm
Object Database
30000 objects
Optical Design
Schmidt-Cassegrain or Advanced Coma Free
Power Source
Battery
Recommended Usage
Viewing the Planets, Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters, Viewing the Moon
Star Diagonal
1.25 inches
Telescopes Series
Meade LX90 GPS Telescopes
User Level
For the Expert
Warranty
Weight
19 lbs Tripod, 60 lbs Telescope
Weight Complete
90 lbs.

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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 12 Inch LX90 GPS Telescope with UHTC
 
3.8

(based on 5 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

    Reviewed by 5 customers

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    1.0

    Paper Weight

    By Andrew M

    from LINCOLN,NE

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Control

      Best Uses

        Comments about Meade 12 Inch LX90 GPS Telescope with UHTC:

        Found the scope to be well packed, double boxed, plus a shipping box. Once I freed it from the box, I found the scope housing to have scuffs, and the various seams had sealant pushing out, visually it looked roughly made, but it's the performance not visual appeal we are after. As I was assembling the mount, I found it was missing the spreader bar, not to big of a deal, I can still setup and I will call customer support in the morning for a new one. Then I attempted to lift the scope onto the mount, and heard something fall inside the arm, later found it to be a bolt that had come free, not good. Basically I am sending this back, I wont to turn it on in fear of what ever bolt has fallen out might cause catastrophic failure. Very let down, I've heard that Meade is having quality issues, and they no longer manufacture in the states, very sad to see this happen.

        On the upside Telescopes.com was very helpful in making the return. I have shipped it back today, at zero cost to me, and the customer support person was very helpful, and didn't question me once about returning it.

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        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Meade LX90 ACF 12 inch

        By Valley Stargazing

        from Shenandoah Valley, VA

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Pros

        • Autostar is intuitive
        • Cool Audio Commentary
        • Good 8x50 viewfinder
        • GPS and Easy Alignment

        Cons

        • 1 14 inch diagonal
        • No 2 inch eyepiece holder

        Best Uses

          Comments about Meade 12 Inch LX90 GPS Telescope with UHTC:

          Review: Meade LX90 ACF 12 inch

          Three weeks after placing my order with Telescopes.com, my Meade LX90 ACF 12 inch arrived in two boxes. The box with the tripod was manageable, but the optical tube box needed two burley Fed Ex men to hoist it into my kitchen. I knew then that I was going to have to step up my gym weightlifting regime. The good news is that the scope will fit in a small car. I drive a small Honda hybrid and both boxes will fit through the rear hatch when the back seats are folded down. With the assistance of a wheeled cart one person can manage this scope.

          I was pleased to see how well the scope was packaged. No need to collimate. On my first night of viewing, I was relieved when I focused Capella in the eyepiece, defocused the image, and found that the scope needed no collimation. Good job Meade! The LX90 came with a 1¼ inch diagonal and a 26 mm 1¼ inch super plossl. The 4000 Series Meade Superplossels are OK, but I choose instead to use a 2-inch Celestron diagonal and a 2-inch eyepieces such as the Baader Planetarium Hyperion-Aspheric Modular 31 mm. Unfortunately, the eyepiece holder on the tripod only accepts plossl-sized 1 ¼ inch eyepieces.

          First Night
          Setting up the Meade LX90 for the first time takes patience and is best started before the sun sets. The 8x50 viewfinder has eight screws and it took me about one half hour to align the viewfinder to the scope. A cell tower, about one half mile away was a good target. When Venus emerged in the twilight, I fine-tuned the alignment. Once the viewfinder is aligned to the scope you can remove it by loosening the two mounting slot screws; the next time of use is easy as you only have to do a small amount of tweaking. The 8x50 viewfinder with crosshairs and 5 degree FOV works very well. The Pleiades look great in the viewfinder (not to mention the scope). The variable-height tripod is solid. I would recommend not fully extending the legs especially if you are going to be looking at objects low on the horizon. I am 6'2" and, at full tripod leg-extension, I need a ladder when the scope is pointed near horizontal level.

          The Autostar computer is user-friendly. I took some time to level the tripod before attaching the scope. Then I, per the manual instructions, placed the included compass/ level bubble in the diagonal, leveled the scope and pointed it to magnetic north. One press of a button and the scope knows its location, the time and date. I choose the Easy Align (2 star). The LCD display let me know that it was slewing to Vega. Unfortunately it was off by several degrees. If I knew nothing about the night sky my first night of stargazing with this scope might have ended early, but fortunately, I do know alpha lyrae and I quickly centered it. Then the display informed me it was slewing to the second alignment star, Capella. To my relief, it centered it perfectly and I was ready for a night of viewing. Easy!

          The AutoStar handbox (#497) has an audio component and, as I took the Tonight's Best Tour , it was nice to have the audio give me information on what I was viewing. AutoStar has a nice menu of galaxies, nebulae, SAO catalog, etc.

          Viewing conditions on my first night started out fair but quickly deteriorated. The moon was a 7% waxing crescent, but the atmosphere was jumpy. I did get a good look at Jupiter using a TeleVue Ethos 13 mm. The atmospheric bands were distinct and the scope brought out nice color. For the first time, I saw the shadow of Io transit the surface of Jupiter. Betelgeuse, though still low in the sky, was a brilliant red and was a thrill to view in the 12 inch scope as opposed to my 6 inch SE.

          3 Months Later
          After 3 months and six viewing sessions with the Meade LX90 I am now much more comfortable with the telescope and AutoStar menu. I can set this scope up in about 15 minutes. Instead of using batteries, I added a Celestron battery pack. Autostar has a train-the-drive feature which I use every so often to fine tune the alignment.
          In summary, I am pleased with this scope and would recommend it to the intermediate amateur astronomer.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Performs as expected

          By Bob

          from Knoxville, TN

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Meade 12 Inch LX90 GPS Telescope with UHTC:

          This is my first SCT scope, and by far the largest I've ever had. I was a bit nervous buying a 12" right off the bat, but am happy that I did, as I expect this scope to serve me for years to come - ie, I shouldn't outgrow it anytime soon!

          My main concern was size and portability. Through my research, the 12" LX90 was largest telescope one could reasonably be expected to setup/use alone. It is, of course, rather heavy, and cannot be moved through doors without collapsing the tripod. That's ok, though it does mean a bit more hassle to get it outside and setup. Even so, I have had it out a couple of times already, and have also already taken it to a friend's house and set it up over there with no issues.

          Assembly was easy, though as stated, it is heavy and a bit bulky. The AutoStar controller took a bit of learning, but after a few minutes, I figured it out and it is easy to use now. Still need to work on the best way to align the scope, but I don't see that as an issue (mainly just initial ignorance on my part).

          I ordered one extra eyepiece (9mm), a 2x Barlow, and a car power adapter. Future planned accessories include more (and better) eyepieces, filters, and the Astrofinder software & connection kit so that I can hook the telescope up to my Notebook.

          Overall, very nice product. Pricey, but I think it is the best overall deal out there in the >10" apeture range.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Delivery was quick, on time, and shipping boxes were in good condition. Note that it came in two different deliveries on the same day:

          - The scope came in a large, almost 90 lb box via a truck (because of weight)
          - The tripod plus accessories I ordered came in two separate boxes via a normal FEDEX truck.

          A telescopes.com representative called me the day after delivery to ensure that everything came, was in good condition, etc. Nice! One quick comment on that; the call came through with an "unknown number". I don't normally answer those, and I suspect many other folks do not either. I suggest Telescopes.com change that to show where the call is coming from if they'd like more feedback.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Meade 12 Inch LX90 GPS Telescope with UH

          By Michael

          from Wellington, Florida

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Meade 12 Inch LX90 GPS Telescope with UHTC:

          Love the scope and also the eyepeices ordered as well. Trying to make up castors or some kind of moveable platform to get it in the location at my home.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Meade 12" LX90 GPS / ACF

          By 12lx90acf

          from Lewisberry, PA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Compact
          • Strong Construction
          • Sturdy

          Cons

          • Slightly heavy

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy
          • Visual Astronomy Only

          Comments about Meade 12 Inch LX90 GPS Telescope with UHTC:

          This is a wonderful telescope. I use this telescope in my backyard, local observatory, and at dark sites. Its a very accurate goto system with 30,000+ objects in its database. It's the largest telescope I'd go with by myself or without my own observatory. At 60 lbs. it gets a little heavy if your not used to it. I was looking at the LX200ACF 12", but it requires two people to assemble that because of its weight and this is more compact for the back of the car and transporting but is getting heavy. It's sturdy but because of the big optical tube and on the standard Meade tripod for 7-10" telescopes, this tripod should come with their 12-14" LX200 tripods for added stability. Its a wonderful visual scope. The LX200s are more precise, which is why they are better for astrophotography. The LX90 are a more simple scope. Less things can go wrong on the LX90s than the LX200s. I've had both and the LX90 wins for visually astronomy. This is a perfect scope for picking out those faint objects. It can resolve down 15.1 magnitude under regular skies.

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          Q: "Would this scope work well for astrophotography?
          A: With the computerized mount, large aperture, and crystal clear optics, this is an ideal choice for taking photos of astronomical objects.
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