Meade 90 Az-Adr 90mm A-Series Alt-Azimuth Refractor Telescope
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- Aperture 90mm (3.5 inches)
- 900mm Focal Length F/10
- Rack & Pinion Focuser
- Alt-Azimuth Mount With Slow Motion Controls
- Two 1.25 Premium Eyepieces
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|Item Dimensions||7.2 x 9.5 x 41.5 inches|
|Item Display Weight||21 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||15.15 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
Since purchasing the telescope, I've bought a Celestron 8mmm-24mm Zoom eyepiece, Celestron 2x Barlow Lens, moon filter, and a Zhumell Z Series 6mm eyepiece. I highly recommend the moon filter, Zoom, and 6mm eyepiece. 6mm provides 150x magnification, and is about as high as you can realistically go with this scope.
I also had a problem with plastic diagonal mirror that came with the scope. Meade sent me a new metal one quickly, at no cost.
However, when I received it I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the core pieces. The tube is metal and appears to be fine quality. The internal focuser is plastic but not flimsy. The optics are good, but with quite a bit of false color. That is to be expected for an achromat refractor at this price though. The tripod is fairly sturdy and the mount is solid enough. It excels at slow motion tracking, the knobs work considerably better than my celestron alt/az tracking knobs.
Now for the bad. The finder scope is trash, it jiggles easily and loses collimation every time you setup the scope. An adequate replacement finder can be found for around $30 or more. Secondly, the diagonal is flimsy and cheap. I would recommend a replacement within a few weeks, but definitely get a better finder first. Lastly, throw away the tube sleeve as soon as you open the box. Instead, install a nice set of tube rings on an 8" dovetail. If you don't, even the slightest gust of wind will send the objects your viewing bouncing all over the eyepiece.
An additional investment of $100 on these items will turn this into a fine telescope, still well below the price of similar refractors this size from the other two makers, and much better than any "department store" telescope.
- Price (around 150)
- Easy setup (in 30 minutes)
- Great view - practically zero learning curve
- Stable tripod
- Cheap plastic material for few peaces
Also the list price is $199, not $299, another false information!
Update on 7/2/11: I have used this telescope to observe Jupiter with its satellites and Saturn with its ring. Very good experience! The images are rather tiny, but it is definitely different from other more remote celestial objects. The tripod is sturdy and optics is decent, but alt-azimuth type mount requires constant adjustments of both knobs (horizontal and vertical) to follow the object as the sky rotates (or Earth rotates). With higher magnification, you have to adjust more frequently, which is cumbersome sometimes.
Overall, I am satisfied with the purchase, but again this is a starter scope. If you are serious in pursuing amateur astronomy, I would suggest higher-price telescope with equatorial mount.
Other comments: Consider buying a 2x Barlow lens. Your image will definitely be more enjoyable with a 2x larger magnification.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased the telescope for my 7 year old granddaughter. Took about 10 minutes to assemble. Very easy to focus. Very well made metal scope and tripod. Read morePublished 17 months ago by pel815
This was easy to assemble and easy to use. The quality seems quite sturdy and professionally made. A real scientific instrument, at a reasonable price for the beginner astronomer... Read morePublished on January 9, 2010 by Tony P.
I haven't had a chance yet to get out and really enjoy this telescope. I have used it a little and think it will do what I was looking for. Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by Douglas Honeycutt