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Meade LightBridge Plus 16" f/4.5 Truss-Tube AZ Dobsonian Telescope
Meade LightBridge Plus 16" f/4.5 Truss-Tube AZ Dobsonian Telescope

Meade LightBridge Plus 16" f/4.5 Truss-Tube AZ Dobsonian Telescope

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Your Price: CAD2,984.97
Retail Price:CAD3,142.07

Your Savings:CAD157.10(5%)

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Product Highlights
  • Large 406mm (16") Dobsonian Reflector
  • 1829mm Focal Length, f/4.5 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

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.

Optical Tube Assembly

  • Massive 406mm / 16" aperture reveals the most dim galaxies and wispy nebulae for observation and photography
  • Ultra-fast f/4.5 focal ratio ensures even dim deep-sky objects can be clearly resolved and allows for shorter exposure times versus slower OTAs, which is critical when using a manual AZ mount
  • 1829mm focal length
  • Dobsonian-style reflector configuration is ideal for deep-sky, lunar, and planetary 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: 0.285 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 70x 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
Aperture406 mm / 16"
Focal Length1829 mm
Focal Ratiof/4.5
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter1.25", 2"
FinderscopeYes
Mount
TypeManual; Alt-Azimuth
GoTo CapabilityNone
General
Batteries8 x AA
Assembled Dimensions73.5 x 33.3" / 186.8 x 84.5 cm
Weight144.0 lb / 65.3 kg (Fully Assembled)


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

In the Box

  • Meade LightBridge Plus 16" f/4.5 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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