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Meade LightBridge Plus 12" f/5 Truss-Tube AZ Dobsonian Telescope
Meade LightBridge Plus 12" f/5 Truss-Tube AZ Dobsonian Telescope

Meade LightBridge Plus 12" f/5 Truss-Tube AZ Dobsonian Telescope

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Your Price: CAD1,591.46
Retail Price:CAD1,675.22

Your Savings:CAD83.76(5%)

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Part Number:204011

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Product Highlights

  • Large 305mm (12") Dobsonian Reflector
  • 1524mm Focal Length, f/5 Focal Ratio
  • Rigid Anodized Aluminum Truss Tubes
  • Large 2" Two-Speed Crayford Focuser
  • Focus Lock and Tension Adjustment Knobs
  • Series 4000 26mm QX Wide-Angle Eyepiece
  • Red-Dot Finder with Bracket
  • Primary Mirror Cooling Fan
  • Manual Alt-Azimuth Floor Mount

Sporting an updated focusing system from the original series, the Meade Instruments LightBridge Plus 12" f/5 Truss-Tube Dobsonian AZ Telescope represents the mid-size in the series to give you excellent light-gathering while being easier to set up and break down versus the larger 16" model. This Dobsonian offers you outstanding near- and deep-sky observing capabilities at a reasonable price. Its large primary parabolic mirror draws in copious amounts of light to reveal awe-inspiring details on the Moon and planets, and deep-sky objects like dim galaxies and wispy nebulae.

Its updated 10:1 dual-speed rack-and-pinion focuser can handle heavy eyepieces and imaging systems without flexing, making this an ideal choice for viewing and imaging deep-sky objects. The fast focal ratio enables devices to capture images in less time than slower scopes with a significant reduction in the noise that can decrease resolution on imaging sensors. The focusing mechanism employed gives it the ability to achieve tack-sharp focusing with minimal backlash; and with its focus lock the focuser performs with the high precision required for viewing and imaging deep-space objects. This 2" focuser will accept larger eyepieces so users can enjoy a truly immersive visual experience and will ensure larger imaging sensors are completely covered.

The floor mount provides a rock-steady observational platform with very low vibration. This rocker mount features Teflon-coated roller azimuth bearings and large-diameter aluminum altitude bearings that allow the optical tube to move smoothly with limited vibrations. Finally, the tension control handle allows users to adjust the settings, allowing them to move the mount easily and smoothly by hand with minimal vibrations and maintaining its position when released.

Optical Tube Assembly

  • 304mm / 12" aperture allows deep-sky objects such as dim galaxies and wispy nebulae to be seen
  • Fast f/5 focal ratio ensures even dim deep-sky objects can be clearly resolved
  • 1524mm focal length
  • Dobsonian-style reflector configuration is ideal for detailed lunar observation as well as deep-sky viewing
  • Rigid, open-truss design reduces overall weight versus solid-tube designs while being easier to transport and store
  • Lightweight and strong matte black anodized aluminum truss tubes
  • Four-vane secondary mirror support
  • Resolution: 0.45 arcsec
  • Integrated cooling fan speeds the process of bringing the primary mirror to ambient air temperature, improving image quality; runs on eight AA batteries

Focuser

  • Large 2" holder complements the light-gathering capability for comfortable viewing of dim deep-sky objects
  • Rack-and-pinion style can carry large and heavy eyepieces and imaging systems without flexing
  • 10:1 two-speed mechanism allows ultra-fine and repeatable focusing—especially useful for deep-sky objects and splitting binary stars
  • Vernier scale on drawtube—with a 1.25" reducer adapter for smaller eyepieces and accessories
  • Focus lock maintains focuser placement and tension adjustment allow user to adjust the pressure to improve focuser feel and precision

Mount

  • Manual alt-azimuth floor mount
  • Laminated wooden construction helps to absorb vibration while adding stability
  • Teflon-coated roller azimuth bearings provide smooth and even movement with limited vibrations
  • Large-diameter aluminum altitude bearings are easy to move by hand
  • Hand-adjustable variable-tension brake for smooth and stable movement
  • No tools required for assembly and breakdown
  • Integrated eyepiece holder for one 2" and three 1.25" eyepieces

Included Accessories

Eyepiece:
  • 2" barrel diameter ensures a comfortable eye relief and exit pupil
  • Accepts most 2" astronomical eyepiece filters
  • 26mm eyepiece produces 59x power
  • Three-element lens design
  • Anti-reflection fully multi-coated
  • 56° apparent angle of view provides wide views
Red-dot finder:
  • Unmagnified view ensures a wide field of view for easier alignment and faster star-hopping navigation
  • Four selectable reticle patterns allow user to tailor pattern to their needs or preferences
  • Seven intensity levels ensure reticle visibility without affecting night-adjusted vision
Specifications

Optical Tube Assembly
Optical DesignDobsonian Reflector
Aperture305 mm / 12"
Focal Length1524 mm
Focal Ratiof/5
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter1.25", 2"
FinderscopeYes
Mount
TypeManual; Alt-Azimuth
GoTo CapabilityNone
General
Batteries8 x AA
Assembled Dimensions61.0 x 26.7" / 155.0 x 67.7 cm
Weight85.0 lb / 38.6 kg (Fully Assembled)
Packaging Info
Package Weight107.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)38 x 29.5 x 28.5"






Based on Astronomy magazine’s telescope "report cards", scopes of this size and type generally perform as follows . . .
Terrestrial Observation:No
Lunar Observation:Great
Planetary Observation:Very Good
Binary and Star Cluster Observation:Very Good
Galaxy and Nebula Observation:Very Good
Photography:No
Terrestrial Photography:No
Lunar Photography:No
Planetary Photography:No
Star Cluster / Nebula / Galaxy Photography:No

In the Box

  • Meade LightBridge Plus 12" f/5 Truss-Tube AZ Dobsonian Telescope
  • 26mm Series 4000 Eyepiece
  • 1.25" Reducer Adapter
  • Red Dot Finder with Bracket
  • Mount Base and Cradle
  • AutoStar Suite™ Software
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty


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