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    I have had telescopes in the past and have gotten out of the hobby way back and I am wanting to get back into this. I have about 2500-3000 dollars I can play with and I am looking at the Meade LX90 12" GPS Telescope. I want to buy just one telescope one last time and thats it. Can anyone give me any incite to this one, or something else that you would recommend in the price range above? I do want a GPS scope, so I don't want to leave this feature out. Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Do you want to do astrophotography or strictly visual? The cpc 1100 by celestron is superb scope for visual and limited ap. It rock solid and would treat you well.
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    That's a nice scope choice, and Celestron also has some great scopes too. Your choice depends on what you want to do, Visual Observing, or Astrophotography. That's a whole different ball game. Orion has some really nice DOB's, which give you larger apertures for the money, a come in Go-To models. They aren't however good for Astrophotography. We kind of need more info from you so we can help. Use the Orion Link at the top of the page to see their line of scopes, and go to Telescopes.com for more scopes. Check Celestron.com for their scopes too. Lots of great choices.
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    I may would do photography, but at this point, no. I definitely do want a GPS scope, and the Meade that I was speaking about seems to be the easiest to use as far as it goes with GPS stuff. Self aligning, and they will "talk back and forth" as it says. Plus its 1" bigger than the Celestron. And by what I read about the Celestrons, they don't have that whole GPS like the Meade's have. I know they have GPS, but you still have to do the initial set up. I know this is most likely a dumb question, but would I see a difference in the 1"? Thanks for each of your time.

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    Hi, Welcome to the Astronomy Forum.

    One thing to consider. SCTs larger than 10 inches in aperture are heavy and bulky ... difficult to impossible for one person to mount; thus, better suited for a permanent mounting in an observatory.

    The difference between the light gathering capabilities of 11 and 12 inch SCT is small, ~20% The advantage of the 12 inch will be seeing on the margins.
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    You'll need a wedge with that for AP.
    As SX said, it's a big lump and takes a lot of moving - which is fine if you have an observatory - it is a beautiful piece of glass - and with an F10 focal length will give you bright and clear vision or piccies.
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    I definitely do want a GPS scope
    When you say "GPS", are you referring to the Global Positioning System, which figures out where on the Earth you are located, or do you perhaps mean "goto", which locates objects in the sky? I suspect the latter, since GPS (though handy) is really only useful if you move the scope around to different viewing sites. Goto, on the other hand is very useful no matter where you are located.

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    Another thing with the Meade, right now they do have a rebate form where they will send you a 2" diagonal and a 24mm Ultra Wide Eyepiece. So thats another thing that draws me to the Meade. And I do want the ACF that is offered by Meade. I know this thing is going to be HUGE needless to say, and heavy indeed. But, I am willing to lug it if I have to. Not that I am going to be moving it around alot. I just want to be able to see basically anything I want to see, with lighting pollution I know is harder. Thanks for all of your input, it is really helping the decision.

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    I think everyone else has answered your questions. The GPS is only good for telling you you particular location your at. If you plan on going to many different places, I guess it's OK, but not a necessary add-on. The scope is a Go-To, so it will find whatever is in it's Database. It's a very nice scope, and you'll really enjoy it. Download the Manual for it at Meade.com, and read it several times. You'll have many more questions but understand the scope a little more.
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    My perspective on the LX90? Never seen one, but Joe LaLumia sure seems to like his!

    I've got the LX200 at 10 inches and that is somewhat similar but a bit better suited to AP if one gets the wedge.

    I just brought my LX200 in - carried it on its tripod so I consider it to be fairly manageable.

    Personally, I think you'll love the LX90. Not really designed with AP in mind but at least one of our members makes some really excellent photos by taking many short exposures with his digital camera and then using the appropriate software to stack them. I'd be proud to be able to claim to have taken those pics (in reality I've done absolutely no AP).

    Upshot is that from my point of view I'd be happy to have the LX90. I'm sure it is a great instrument!

    Tonight I was wishing I'd pulled out my 12 inch Dob for a better look at M51 - but that would have taken much longer. So I took out the 10 incher and enjoyed M51, Saturn, M13 (really awesome tonight for some reason), M81/82, etc. If I'd had only the 12 incher I'd have not done any viewing tonight. Point being that the convenience factor is significant and can make the difference between viewing and not viewing - and if you're not viewing, your telescopes do no good at all.

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