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Meade LightBridge 12 Inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope

Item# MEAD384
 
4.5

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In spite of its impressive size, the Meade LightBridge Truss-Tube Dobsonian - Deluxe is remarkably portable. This unique and lightweight telescope breaks down and sets up in just minutes, and is designed to fit in virtually any size of car. Although it offers many advances, including premium components and the high-quality optics for which Meade is known, this scope is priced to compete with ordinary entry-level Dobsonians.

This deluxe telescope comes complete with a 26mm QX wide-angle eyepiece with a 2-inch optical design and impressive 70-degree field of view. Other features include advanced 4-reticle red-dot viewfinder and steel RA roller bearings. It has a solid laminated base that is built to last, resisting dew and the elements. This telescope features aluminum coatings with a magnesium fluoride overcoat provide bright, crisp images full of detail and contrast. The included 2-inch Crayford-style machined aluminum focuser with 1.25-inch adapter enables smooth and precise focusing. The addition of a focus tension knob and lock design means that you have complete control over focus. A battery-powered built-in primary mirror-cooling fan brings the scope into thermal equilibrium both quickly and efficiently. It is located near the rear of the vented primary mirror cell for speedy cool-down.

Originally founded in 1972 as a small start-up, Meade Instruments Corporation is a world leader in both the design and manufacturing of telescopes for amateur astronomers. Meade combines innovation, technological advances, and a commitment to customer satisfaction, product quality, and value.

 

Supplier SKU 1005-05-02 12" LightBridge (f/5) Truss-Tube Dobsonian

Dimensions & Specifications

Weight

80 lbs

Recommended Usage

Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters , Viewing Nebulae , Viewing the Moon , Viewing the Planets

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Features

Alt-Az Mount

Configuration

47 lbs. Weight Optical Tube

Brand

Meade

Finderscope

Red Dot

Lens Coating

Multi-Coated

GPS

No

GoTo

No

Good for Astrophotography

No

Optical Design

Newtonian Reflector

Aperture

305mm

Focal Length

1524mm

Focal Ratio

f/5

Mount Design

Dobsonian

Eyepiece 1

26mm Wide-Angle

Highest Useful Magnification

600X

User Level

For the Enthusiast

Component

0.38 Arc Seconds Resolution , 0.38 Arc Seconds Resolving Power , 14.9 Limiting Magnitude

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Meade LightBridge Deluxe 12-Inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope
 
4.3

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Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (3)

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    3.0

    Good optics, weak mechanical structure

    By John B.

    from Baltimore, MD

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Optics

    Cons

    • Mechanical Problems
    • Unstable

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Meade LightBridge Deluxe 12-Inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope:

    First the good news: The initial service from Telescopes.com was flawless. According to the website the LightBridge 12 was in stock. I selected overnight shipping and had the scope sent to south Florida where I would pick it up in two days. The scope arrived exactly on schedule and location -- perfect so far!

    This was the third Meade LightBridge 12 I've owned, so I have some prior experience. The scope was easy to assemble. The wooden base went together without significant problems. The scope is a managable size -- one adult could pick up and move the scope in two parts (base and assembled tube). Many factory improvements had been made since earlier one's I've owned -- like blackening the truss poles and some of the metal fittings. Also the new two-speed focuser worked flawlessly. Some after-market add-ons like counter-weights were still necessary, however.

    The optics were very good -- the intra/extra focal star tests at 500x showed about 1/6 wave PTV spherical over-correction with no astigmatism -- very nice for mass produced optics. I used this scope for six nights at Winter Star Party 2013, and it provided many memorable views. Sirius B, the faint companion of this bright star, was an easy object. Jupiter showed many festoons in the cloud bands, and some detail was noted on the Jovian moons. The globular cluster Omega Centauri was resolved into millions of pin-point stars. While the scope is rather basic, it is easy to use and capable of very nice views.

    Now the bad news: While the optics were good, the scope would not hold proper optical alignment for more a few minutes. Every new target required re-collimation of the primary mirror to get the best views. As much time was spent adjusting the optics as actually viewing. After two nights I noticed the black metal casting at the top of the lower optical tube was cracked completely through near the lower truss attachment point. As a result, the truss attachment point was loose on the lower tube, which probably explains the unstable optical alignment. My impression was that the metal casting was of poor quality or the metal was too thin by design -- there was no obvious shipping damage to the carton, nor any damage events during assembly or use. I contacted Meade who agreed to send a replacement part right away -- this would have been an ideal solution since I could have replaced the part in about 10 minutes. But after a week they called and said the part was not available, and that I would need to return the scope to them. I returned the entire scope to Meade, and after another week I am awaiting further news.

    Overall I would recommend the Meade LightBridge 12, but with reservations.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I think Meade has been paying attention

    By Jerry

    from FAIRHOPE,AL

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Easy to Use
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Meade LightBridge Deluxe 12-Inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope:

      I purchased this scope after much information gathering. I expected a few items would have to be upgraded. Wow! were we surprised! All the usual upgrades have already been done. Stiffer springs, Blacked out trusses and rings on the ota, 2 speed focuser, and an extension tube just in case to boot! True, it still needs better eyepieces, counterweights, and a better finder scope of some sort, but that is less than earlier designs. The optics are absolutely great and we could not be more pleased. The service here is awesome. I have had no need whatsoever to contact anyone. Everything has gone exactly as expected. I have since returned here and purchased more items just because I like how easy it is. Telescopes.com, you have a customer here!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (8 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Telescope

      By Capt. Ian

      from Near Gainesville Fl

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Easy to Use
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Meade LightBridge Deluxe 12-Inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope:

      It was very easy to assemble. It took me less than 20 min and put it to use right away viewing Mars.

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