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Ideal for backyard observatories, and sporting the largest aperture and fastest focal ratio in the series, the Meade Instruments LightBridge Plus 16" f/4.5 Truss-Tube Dobsonian AZ Telescope
gives you outstanding light gathering that is required to explore the
furthest reaches of the Universe. This Dobsonian offers you incredible
near- and deep-sky observing capabilities at a reasonable price. Its
massive primary parabolic mirror draws in copious amounts of light to
reveal unparalleled details of the Moon and planets, while allowing you
to easily resolve 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.