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Mystery OTA

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I am really hoping someone here can shed some like on this particular scope. I just recently picked up an8” Meade SCT at the swap meet during the Almost Heaven Star Party, I am trying to find out more about it. Like I said, its 8”, its a blue tube, and there is a sticker on the side that says LX90. But it is not like any LX90 I can find online. To begin, it came with a dovetail, and no signs of ever being fork mounted. There is nothing after the LX90 on the label. There is a paper sticker on the tube that is partially covered but the dovetail that appears to have the year 2003 on it, but that is the only other marking I can find.
Whatever it is, I am pretty happy with it. When I got it the corrector plate was filthy, but once I got that cleaned, the views through it are very nice.
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Hi Tom, sounds like a good find! Can you post a picture of it? I'm sure someone on here would know :D

Glad you're enjoying the views and all the best,
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Ok, here are some pictures of the OTA in question. You can see the sticker I mentioned sticking out from under the telrad mount that someone else had already attached before I got it..

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Thank you for this link. I am pretty sure I have seen this document before, but because I have never owned an SCT before, it wasn't important. The section on the history of the LX90 was a very cool read. it seems that the LX90 was introduced in 2000, and was always sold as a fork mounted scope. This one must have spent some time on a fork even if there is no sign it was ever mounted that way. And it seems that $200 was a pretty fair price for the OTA alone. Thanks again for the help.
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Good find, welcome to the SCT club! :D
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102ED; Celestron: 14" & 9.25" EdgeHD, 8" SCT, 150ST, Onyx 80ED; iOptron: Hankmeister 6" Mak; SW: 7" Mak; Meade: 80ST.
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NIce scope and a good pick-up. Enjoy!
-Michael
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