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On a meade ETX 90RA Premier edition

On a meade ETX 90RA i just got (used)the objective lense appears to have some kinda smudging on the inner surface and the entire scope was left open to dust via the eyepiece aperture being left open during storage otherwise it seems to function normally but has no internal barlow.If this scope were refurbished would it be a much better scope than a new ETX80-AT? Also would the 10 digit handbox(cat# unknown)be interchangeable with the ETX 80 handbox wich has no 10 digit keypad (cat# 494) and would i want to?The ETX80 is new but the 90 accepts more accessories would i be better off with the 90 refurbished and would you have any idea what that might cost.Also are there manuals available for the 90 from meade.Given the situation what would you reccomend fixing the 90 or keeping the 80.Also i cant tell how old the 90 actually is and im new to this and dont know the diff between altaz and LNT.The 80 has no finderscope or even a place i can see to mount one.If you were in my place and on a budget what would you reccomend,also is there somewhere to obtain a manual should i choose to keep the 90.Basically is there that much difference between the two to make it worth investing in getting the 90 fixed up aside from the better accessorie options i.e.electric focuser etc and the mere 50x magnification.Comparing scopes by looking at the moon the 80 with the barlow seems to give a much better view than the 90 without but im assuming part of this may be due to the optics being in such bad shape.I know this is about 5+ ?'s but if you were in my place wich would you choose to do fix up the 90 or sell and keep the 80,remember im on a tight budget.I appreciate any advice you can offer.Thank You.Bob

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Contact Meade and see what they charge to CLEAN the telescope:

I seem to remember it was about $100 plus shipping. The 80 is a completely different telescope style-- the 90mm is a Maksutov Telescope.

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