Meade LX-90 EMC
$1100 w/out case
I am selling my Meade 8” LX90 with the EMC multi-coatings, a JMI travel case, as well as a number of optional accessories. Basically, this sale is for all that you need to get up and running.
This would make a great holiday gift to anyone who wants to get into astronomy and learn the sky.
This is an 8” Meade LX90 EMC f/10 Schmidt Cassegrain telescope. (With the manual)
I have had this scope for a number of years and it has performed great.
I am a member of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society (LAAS) and had some of the older and more experienced members rate the optics. They give it an A-. I have only needed collimated this scope once (when I got it) and it has held ever since. The EMC coatings, barely visible in one of the pictures, help to increase light transmission through the Schmidt corrector plate.
I’m selling this because I mostly run the 31” f/4.9 telescope for the LAAS so I don’t have much time for this scope anymore.
This scope uses the Meade GOTO system and, once aligned, will accurately point to basically anything in the sky that you could possible want to see, and some things that you cannot actually see with this scope. (Unless you have really dark skies and a vivid imagination)
This scope works great on planets, the nearby galaxies, and nebulas.
I have used this scope for visual work, for webcam based planetary imaging, and hooked it up to a Canon Rebel XTi for digital photography of some nebulas.
This scope has a Skylight filter that caps the OTA. This keeps the dust out. It went on when I got the scope so the insides are pretty clean. This filter costs around $50 new and comes with this OTA.
I am selling this scope with the JMI ABS plastic with molded foam case. This is an excellent case and, in my opinion, a must-have for this type of scope. The case fits the OTA perfectly, along with the 8x50mm finder scope, the electronics and a couple of eyepieces. I would really prefer to sell the scope with the case. The JMI case will run you ~$360 new. This one is included with the price of the scope. If you want it separate, I’ll part with it for $250 as I do have the original case for the LX90.
The scope comes with the OTA, The tripod, the electronics, power converter, the Meade 26mm Super Plossl, a Meade Series 500 10mm eyepiece, a Meade Tele-Negative 2x Barlow (really nice), and the 90 degree 1.25” prism diagonal.
The power converter usually comes separate. The first one broke so this is a mix-and-match assembly of one that works great. You can also use a set of 8 C-cell batteries. They work fine as the scope does not draw much power.
The tripod is rock solid and works great. Meade makes really great tripods for their scopes. A solid mount is key to getting the most out of the optical system. The tripod is missing one of the two thumbscrews on one of the legs. It has never bothered me and I have always, on all of the legs, only used one of the screws. If you really want to replace it, it costs something like $10 from McMaster.
I am selling the following optional equipment as well. All of these things have found use on my scope and are in excellent condition. All of these are for about ½ off the list or less. Astromart will not let me attach external web links, but if you email me, I can show you the prices for all of these things new. You cannot get a better deal than what you see in this ad.
Meade Camera Mount Adapter
This allows you to mount a camera on top of the scope via the ¼-20 threaded thumbscrew. This basically makes the scope a really large and incredibly stable tripod that tracks the sky.
I have used this mount to make beautiful wide field pictures of the night sky with long exposures and a standard camera.
The camera adapter is seen attached to the scope on the top in several of the images.
Orion 2” Mirror Diagonal
This mirror diagonal threads directly to the back of the OTA and allows you to use 2” eyepieces. This can be nice if you want to get some really wide field views of the sky. The mirror gives you a better amount of light reflectance than some prisms’ transmission. $30/obo
Orion 2” 40mm Optilux eyepiece
This eyepiece gives a 25X ultra wide field view of the sky. It is really clean and crisp. A great eyepiece. $70/obo
Orion 2” Deluxe Barlow
This multicoated Barlow is a great way to extend the range of your eyepieces. It’s elegant multicoated optics yield low light loss and sharp images. $60/obo
This threads to the back of the OTA and allows you to directly attach a camera (with the correct T-mount) to the scope. This gives you camera a 1000mm f/10 lens. Great for astrophotography.
Meade LPI $50/obo
Meade Lunar Planetary Imager for sale. Also a great deal. This very capable CMOS imager is much better than what you find in other webcams because it allows you to perform longer exposures and thus get deeper objects than the standard webcam. The Meade Autostar Software (included but free) is intuitive and capable. You will be taking great images in no time. The cable (not pictured) is included.
I would like to sell this scope so make me an offer.
Paypal is 3% extra. I'll take cash or a money order/cashier's check. I'd need to wait for a personal check to clear. I will ship this but would prefer to hand this over in person. I'm in the Los Angeles Area (90035)