The optics are great. Beyond that; I have little positive to say about the Meade LX90 ACF. I am now on my 2nd 8 inch LX 90 ACF. Meade replaced the 1st one within 30 days of my purchase. I have no luck getting this scope to align on one or 2 guide stars. I've been back and forth with Meade and no satisfaction. I will be requesting a refund and go with another brand. It is not user error. I've had telescopes in the past; this is my first GoTo scope. If this is the quality control of Meade of late, I am not impressed.
Can not get the scope to automatically find anything on its own after aligning it from the home position . have spoken to meade and they don't know why it won't find objects on its own. I live in a retirement community called lake havasu arizona . it's in the desert ,so sky's are unbelievably clear. I'm going to an astronomy club that meets today and ask them about the alignment procedure. Found out that their are 60 members of this club and most of them are retired rocket scientists, 3 worked on Apollo mission and the rest are mostly scientists from observatorys around the country.. Maybe they can assist me.
Excellent optics, very little image shift when focusing. Electronics work great - very accurate GOTO, reasonably good tracking (fine for visual; could be smoother for long exposure astrophotography. I use this scope a lot! It's the sweet spot for me: decent aperture but light weight enough to be easy to lift and setup. Complaints: recent scopes do not have sufficient space to swing the tube face-down to the mount. It will not fit in my LX200 JMI case. I don't why Meade changed this - I see no advantage to the change. #2: the Audiostar controller works great however Meade's current Autostar Update software is NOT compatible. It can't update the comet, asteroid, or satellite databases.