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    I came across a used Meade 8" LX90-SC w/ UHTC for $1200. It is from a well known dealer that also sells used telescopes and they rate it a 9+ condition wise. This will be my first real telescope and I've decided I want to go the "buy once, cry once" route, although I hear trying to limit yourself to just one telescope is futile! I took a look at this model when narrowing my search for a scope but a new one was out of my price range. Its fits all the critirea I was looking for too; atleast 8" in aperture, portability, goto, and suited for astrophotography if that's a road I want to go down in a few years. Is this a deal I'm going to kick myself for later if I don't buy it? I look forward to hearing your opinions!

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    I got one and it's pretty good - the optics are great and the goto works
    don't like the tripod much though
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    YES...no other answer is possible for that price from a dealer especially if he will back up the purchase....

    Actually I would MUCH (caps intentional) buy a used (3-4 year old) LX90 then I would a brand new one because Meade has had some problems with the drive the last few years....

    That said...If you decide to get into AP be prepared to defork the OTA and mount it on a Gem Mount for two reasons...
    1. the Lx90 is under mounted (not as big deal with the 8") but it sure is with the 10 and 12 inch models..
    2. its just easier to image with a Gem mount to eliminate field rotation (streaking stars at the edge of the frame) and the expense is close to the cost of a Wedge ...

    Nice scope...good price...if the dealer will back it up don't let it get away...

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    Do not worry if it does not have the latest ACF coatings..but if it did not I'd ask him to lower the price by 20 bucks... because that is my personal opinion of how much better the ACF optics are. LOL

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    I also bought a LX90 (older model) With low miles ..Mine has the UHTC coatings which i hear make a little difference ..I cant see it but it sure is a nice scope ...I have a standard field tripod from a lx200 and it is a lot sturdier than the lx90's regular tripod ...I also bought mine from a reputable dealer ...Good luck with your scope purchase ...
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    ACF is actually a front lens configuration that flattens the field - much like a Richey-Chretien.
    The UHT coatings are just a non reflective and very fragile coating to allow better light transmission
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