Meade ETX90 MAK Obervatory Set combines the best features we look for in beginner telescopes – It is extremely portable, can be used on a table top if desired, has lots of optional accessories, has a computer drive, and, most importantly, features high quality optics. Its relatively small size means that it is easier to transport and setup as opposed to more conventional telescopes. Certainly one of the best for beginners.
I have had the pleasure of setting up a Meade ETX telescope for a friend, and it was easy and straight forward. The compact size of the tube assembly and mount together make it a joy to use on a regular basis. One of the biggest obstacles to using and enjoying a telescope is the setup required every time you use it. With the Meade ETX series of telescopes, you can choose to not use the tripod and place the telescope on a flat surface such as a picnic table. Setup times drop to a minute or two, which means that you will be much more likely to pull your telescope out of the closet and put it to use. Ease of setup cannot be emphasized enough!