I purchased the LX 90 Meade telescope in June 2001 and my first impression of this handsome telescope was its ease of use. I had it set up in under 30 minutes with well written and easy to read instructions. This Meade telescope is ideal for the advanced intermediate users who want to explore more advanced areas of astronomy, such as CCD imaging and long-exposure astrophotography, while maintaining some degree of simplicity and portability.
I am a lover of technology so I tend to gravitate toward the computerized Meade telescope. Once you have carefully aligned the scope using the two star method which I highly recommend, the telescope has no problem finding and centering any object in its database. And a bonus of the object database is that you can update it over the internet.
A great point to remember about this Meade telescope if you don’t have a lot of time for viewing, is that you will be able to see more objects in one hour than you could manually, unless you’re an expert.
The guided tour is excellent, and you can program your own guided tour with up to 200 objects. The objects will stay in view for just over 1/2 hour. This is very handy when you’re showing your friends objects, each person has time to view an object before you need to make any adjustments.
I have tested the telescope on both planetary and deep space and can report excellent viewing. The Eagle Nebula M16 looked beautiful as did the Trifid Nebula M20, which was well defined, clear, and sharp. The diffraction-limited optics are top class and the resolution, contrast and brightness are superior on this Meade telescope. About the only problem I found, and it may not be a problem for some, it can get noisy when slewing on high speed.
With high resolution and the ability to track any object for over 1/2 hour, it is perfect for CCD imaging and astrophotography. I have seen some amazing photos that have been taken using this Meade telescope.
- Meade telescope Aperture 8″
- Meade telescope f/10 F-2000mm Schmidt-Cassegrain
- Go-To Controller with 30,223 Object
- 8×50 Viewfinder
- Multi-coated optics and optional UHTC
- Dual-axis 4.9″ worm-gears
- Autostar hand controller with digital readout
- 9-speed drive controls on both axes
- Eyepiece – 26mm Plossl
- Standard Field Tripod.
I would highly recommend this Meade telescope to anyone at any level, especially those of you who are interested in CCD imaging and astrophotography. If you’re new to astronomy and have the money, you won’t be disappointed.