Meade 12" ACF LX90 Telescope

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Meade 12" ACF LX90 Telescope

Regular Price: $2,899.00

Special Price $2,599.00

Item # ME-1210-90-03
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  • The Meade 12" LX90-ACF sports an advanced coma-free design that includes 305mm (12") of clear aperture, 3048mm (f/10) focal length and comes with Meade's high transmission UHTC coatings.
  • Technologically superior optical design, ACF gives a flatter, coma-free field of view with pinpoint images all the way to the edge of the field
  • The Meade 12" LX90-ACF Telescope reduces astigmatism and eliminates diffraction spikes.
  • The Meade 12" LX90-ACF Telescope comes fully equipped with a Sony GPS receiver, rigid cast aluminum fork mount and LX200 Series tripod, an oversized primary mirror with diffraction limited optics, Smart Drive, Periodic Error Correction (PEC), AudioStar, and more!


Meade LX90-ACF Advanced Coma Free Telescopes

For the truly discerning astronomer who will not tolerate anything but the very best, there is Meade's Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical system. Meade LX90-ACF models includes all of the features of the SC models and then some. With it's technologically superior optical design, ACF gives a flatter, coma-free field of view with pinpoint images all the way to the edge of the field, rivaling Ritchey-Crétien performance at a fraction of the cost. ACF is the perfect solution for the serious astroimager or visual astronomer looking for observatory-class optics.

Highlights of the Meade LX90-ACF Telescope

GPS - The Meade 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. Meade's AutoAlign™ technology then uses this info to align your scope for a tour of the most spectacular sights in the universe.

Easy Align™ – Meade 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 telescope's viewfinder. Just center these two stars to fine-tune your alignment and the wonders of the universe will be 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.

8 X 50 Viewfinder – With the 8x50 finderscope, you can quickly and easily locate and center deep sky objects.

Slew Speed – The Meade LX90 telescope can slew (move) 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, or OTA, 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, adjustable field tripod as the more expensive Meade LX200-ACF series telescope.

Smart Drive – Meade’s AudioStar® 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.

About the Meade 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. The AudioStar controls the telescope to find and track any of over 30,000 celestial objects automatically.
  • The Meade AudioStar takes you on a guided tour... and 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.
  • With over four hours of audio descriptions of astronomical objects including planets, stars, constellations, clusters, nebula, galaxies and more that bring astronomy to life, the Meade AudioStar is like having a professional astronomer standing next to you at the telescope!

Meade guarantees their product to perform as well as promised and the First Light Program was made to prove this to the customers.

If your telescope's workmanship or materials fail within the first 30 days of ownership, Meade will replace it- no questions asked! See the Sales Info/ Services button to your left for more information.

Meade Product Number: 1210-90-03

Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU ME-1210-90-03
UPC Code 709942370249
Manufacturer Meade
Telescope Series Meade LX90
Optical Design Modified Cassegrain
Mount Type Alt-Azimuth - GoTo
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Telescope Aperture 12"
Telescope Focal Ratio f/10
Telescope Focal Length 3048mm
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14.8
Highest Useful Magnification 720x
Optical Coatings Meade UHTC
Dew Shield Included? No, Sold Separately
Diagonal Included? Yes - 1.25" Star Diagonal
Eyepiece(s) Included 26mm Super Plossl
Optical Tube Weight Not provided by manufacturer
Total Telescope Weight 60 lbs.
Length of Optical Tube 26"
Optical Tube Outer Diameter 14"
Tube Color or Finish Meade Crackle Blue Matte
OTA Mount Type Dual Fork Arms
Finder Included 8 x 50 Optical Finder
CD ROMs Included AutoStar Suite
Hand Controller Included? Yes
Controller Type AudioStar
Objects in Database 30,000 Objects
Astronomer Inside? Yes
Smart Drive? Yes
GPS Included? Yes
Autoguider Port? Yes
Mount Weight N/A
Tripod Type Included Adjustable with Steel Legs
Counterweights Included N/A
Power Adapter Included None - Requires C Batteries
Included Items

Included Items

  • Meade 12" LX90-ACF UHTC Telescope
  • Variable Height Standard Field Tripod
  • 8X50 Finderscope
  • 1.25" Diagonal Prism
  • Series 4000 Super Plossl 26mm Eyepiece (1.25")
  • AutoStar Suite Software
  • AudioStar Controller
  • Instruction Manual
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

Is the fork mount on these new Meade's sufficient to handle the 12 inch aperture?  What about the gears?
Most Cassegrains I've encountered are hybrids, either Schmidt or Maksutov.  This one is cited as "modified."  How does this design compare in performance and ease-of-use with the 2 more familiar hybrids?
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