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Meade ETX-90AT Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope

Item# MEAD463
 
4.0

(6 Ratings)

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  • Brand new from Meade Instruments
  • All new ETX-90AT telescope
  • Includes #884 Steel Tripod with Tripod Bag
  • #497 AutoStar Handbox
  • Upgrade to the "Portable Observatory" that includes a hard case

Description

This Meade ETX-90 telescope is available in two versions.  In the standard "Telescope and Tripod" configuration that includes the Telescope, #884 Steel Tripod with Tripod Bag, 497 AutoStar Controller, and a 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece.  The "Portable Observatory" adds a Hard Case for the telescope and an additional 9.7mm Super Plossl Eyepiece.

Dimensions & Specifications

Weight

13.3 lbs Tripod , 9.05 lbs Telescope

Recommended Usage

Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters , Viewing Nebulae , Viewing the Moon , Viewing the Planets

Warranty

1 Year

Battery

6 AA

Features

Alt-Az Mount , GoTo

Configuration

UHTC Optical Coating

Brand

Meade

Usage

For the Enthusiast

Finderscope

Red-Dot Finder

GoTo

Yes

Good for Astrophotography

Yes

Telescopes Series

Meade ETX Telescopes

Optical Design

Maksutov-Cassegrain

Aperture

90mm

Focal Length

1250mm

Focal Ratio

f/13.8

Mount Design

Dual Fork Arm

Eyepiece 1

26mm (48x)

User Level

For the Beginner , For the Enthusiast

Object Database

30000 objects

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Meade ETX-90AT Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope
 
4.2

(based on 6 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate (6)
  • Compact (6)
  • Quality lenses (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Lightweight (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

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    5.0

    Great Value

    By Chris

    from SARASOTA,FL

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Meade ETX-90AT Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope:

      My second Meade telescope. Great value. Great power and clarity in a compact package.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Purchase

      By John V

      from RANDALLSTOWN,MD

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses
      • Separate Camera Port
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • No Hook For Controller

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Astro photography

      Comments about Meade ETX-90AT Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope:

      The telescope arrived quickly. Set-up was a breeze. Got spectacular pictures of the moon the first night of use. Waiting for a clear night to see other objects. I ordered a better viewfinder. The one that comes with the scope is accurate but wiggles around. Also ordered two more eyepieces and a barlow. Being able to attach my camera to a separate port is a definite advantage. Just flip the mirror and go to using the eyepiece with the camera still attached. The tripod is heavy and stable. There could have been some kind of hook for the computer control but the coiled cord is short enough to keep it from hitting the ground if dropped. It was a hard decision to pick this telescope over the models offered by Celestron. I am happy with my decision.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Not bad considering...

      By Greg

      from Milford,Ct.

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses

      Cons

      • Very Fragile Gearing

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Bird Watching
      • Travel

      Comments about Meade ETX-90AT Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope:

      I bought this scope as a gift for myself, I've always wanted a telescope. This one came,I set it up and used it that night. It started to push against the stop in " home " position. I got to buy another one while I waited for Meade to move to Mexico before they could fix it. I finally got a refund after six or so weeks. I purchased the " new" scope from BH and found the skewing gears had so much slop that they (BH) had to tighten the slew screw so much that the slowest speeds on the control, ( anything under 5),wouldn't work. This I found by loosening the screw and finding all that slop. By this time the warranty was up, ( I had surgery ) and BH new nothing of any slop in any scope they sold, and of course they would never sell a demo or floor model as "new" . I beg to differ. I LOVE THIS TELESCOPE ! Aside from lousy dealers, this scope is fantastic. It's easy to align, easy to set up, easy to use. Push the GOTO button, it GOES TO. I've used it for night and day observation and it works excellently for both. Just don't look at the sun !

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A work of art.

      By Brett

      from WINTER PARK,FL

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Meade ETX-90AT Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope:

        A great replacement for my old f8 4-1/2" reflector! Better visibility and the same basic controls. I wish set-up was a little easier, but it doesn't get any more portable (safely portable!) than this. As another viewer complained about, there is a distinct grinding noise as the motors are tracking, however I'm going to suspend paranoia until it has a little time to wear in.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        power supply wires got stuck in gears

        By Ben

        from Keizer, OR

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Lenses

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy
          • Travel

          Comments about Meade ETX-90AT Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope:

          This is a nice scope with a major design flaw. I had high expectations when I purchased my ETX90 and that had a lot to do with the 10" Meade LX200 Schmidt Cassegrain that I sold away some years back. The LX was nice. It ran perfectly. I used it a TON for years and never had a single issue. On the ETX's very first night of full-on use it was having issues. Toward the end of that night, it was not slewing to the next object and was making a funny "I'm stuck" noise. Later, I went to take out the batteries and their casing would not pull free due to the slack in the wiring that should be there was non-existent. After a couple days of pulling at the battery casing to try and take them out, (they recommend removing batteries after each use) one of the wires had snapped, "bye warranty". My brother in law was nice enough to help take it apart and look at what happened. From a former Meade owner with high expectations, this was not a purchase I can recommend.

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          • No

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