Until now, the stargazer's two biggest challenges to enjoying the night sky havebeen aligning their telescope and finding objects. Meade's new ETX Premier Edition eliminates these two challenges and makes astronomy as easy as pushing a button right out of the box. Want to see a hard-to-find deep space galaxy? Simply push a button. The same goes for planets, stars, nebulae and more. Just pick an object you want to observe, press a button, and then AutoStar will automatically point your telescope and put it right in your eyepiece.
Don't know what you want to see this evening? Go to the Tonight's Best tour in your AutoStar. It automatically selects the best objects in the sky for that particular time and location (from its database of over 30,000 celestial objects). All you need is a clear night, a dark sky and a little curiosity. Whether you already know the sky by heart, or are just beginning your journey of discovery, your Meade ETX-Premier Edition will take you where you want to go. Astronomy has never been so fun and rewarding.
Meade's new ETX-Premier Edition automatically levels your telescope, points it to North and sets the time. You just enter your location or zip code. After your ETX completes its patented Level North automatic alignment procedure it will point to the first alignment star. Use the new wide-field SmartFinder to center the red dot over the alignment stars for ultra-precise pointing accuracy. It's that easy.
Meade UHTC is a series of exotic optical coatings precisely tuned to optimize the visual, photographic and CCD imaging performance of your ETX telescope. Image brightness is increased by nearly 15% over standard Meade coatings. Objects such as stars, galaxies and nebulae as observed through your ETX will be dramatically brighter. Even observations of the Moon and planets will benefit in increased image brightness from the full spectrum of light transmission
Optical Design: Maksutov-Cassegrain
Clear Aperture: 3.5"/ 90mm Optical Diameter
Focal Length, Focal Ratio 1250mm /49.2"
Focal Ratio: f/13.8
Resolving Power (arc secs.) 1.30
Optical Coatings: Multicoated
Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) Included in this Version
Maximum Practical Visual Power 325X
Optical Tube Dimensions (dia. x length) 5.2 x 8.5" (13.2 x 21.6 cm) WxL
Eyepiece(s) 26mm 1.25" Eyepiece (48x) Included
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
Telescope Mounting Motorized Altazimuth
RA and Dec. Motor Drive Systems Motor 12-Volt DC servo with dual axis encoders
Autostar Controller Included (#497)
Batteries (user-supplied) (User Supplied) Eight 1.5-volt "AA" batteries
Optional #541 AC adapter
Tripod; net weight #884 Deluxe Field Tripod;
SmartFinder 8x21 Finderscope