Meade Polaris 130mm f/5.0 Equatorial Reflector Telescope

Meade Polaris 130mm f/5.0 Equatorial Reflector Telescope

Meade Polaris 130mm f/5.0 Equatorial Reflector Telescope

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  • Aperture: 130mm
  • 650mm Focal Length, f/5.0 Focal Ratio
  • 1.25" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • Anti-Reflection Fully Multicoated Optics
  • Manual German Equatorial Mount
  • Dual Slow-Motion Controls
  • Three 1.25" Eyepieces: 26mm, 9mm, 6.3mm
  • Red-Dot Finderscope and 2x Barlow Lens
  • 2-Stage Stainless Steel Tripod with Tray
  • AutoStar Astronomy Software Suite
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Meade 216006 overview

  • 1Description

Designed for the intermediate-level user, the Polaris 130mm f/5.0 Equatorial Reflector Telescope from Meade is designed to take astronomy to the next level by providing a complete set up for viewing the planets and deep-sky objects like galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae. Three eyepieces provide 25x, 72.2x, and 103x magnifications with a 2x Barlow lens that doubles the magnification of each eyepiece for a wider-range of observing possibilities.

Its manual German equatorial mount has precise Right Ascension (RA) and Declination indicators to find your subjects and dual slow-motion cables for tracking. As a more advanced mount, it allows users to find just about any celestial object by just knowing its coordinates. After the mount has been properly Polar Aligned, and the subject found, it can be easily tracked by making slight adjustments to the RA dial. The included AutoStar Suite Astronomer Software provides a useful tool for planning observing sessions. It can show more than 10,000 celestial objects including planets, stars, galaxies and nebulae, and star charts can be printed for use in the field.

An adjustable-height stainless steel tripod provides a stable platform for sky-watching, and the included red-dot finder makes polar-alignment faster and is an essential tool for quick and easy observation sessions for easy to identify subjects such as the Moon, planets, and constellations.

Optical Performance
  • 130mm aperture
  • 650mm focal length
  • f/5.0 focal ratio
Mount and Tripod
  • Manual German Equatorial mount
  • Flex-arm slow motion controllers with large knurled knobs
  • Stainless steel 2-stage adjustable height tripod with accessory tray
  • Tripod minimum height: 39.5", maximum height: 54"
  • Anti-reflection multicoated optics
  • Fold-down eyecups block peripheral light
  • Accepts standard 1.25" eyepiece filters and accessories
  • Three included eyepieces: 26mm, 9mm, 6.3mm
  • 26mm eyepiece: 25x magnification
  • 9mm eyepiece: 72.2x magnification
  • 6.3mm eyepiece: 103x magnification
Included Accessories
  • 1.25" Rack-and-Pinion focuser
  • 2x Barlow lens doubles the magnification of each eyepiece
  • Red dot finder with variable intensity
UPC: 709942996890
In the Box
Meade Polaris 130mm f/5.0 Equatorial Reflector Telescope
  • Optical Tube Assembly
  • Stainless Steel Tripod with Accessory Tray
  • 26mm, 9mm, 6.3mm Eyepieces
  • 26mm, 9mm, 6.3mm Eyepieces
  • 2x Barlow Lens
  • Autostar Suite Astronomy Planetarium DVD for Windows
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Meade 216006 specs

    Optical Tube Assembly
    Optical Design Newtonian Reflector
    Aperture 130 mm / 5.1"
    Focal Length 650 mm
    Focal Ratio f/5
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Finderscope Yes
    Optical Tube Dimensions 23.2 x 7.8" / 59.1 x 19.7 cm
    Type Manual; German Equatorial
    Tripod Height Adjustment Range 39.5 to 54.0" / 1.0 to 1.4 m
    Material of Tripod Stainless Steel
    Weight 7.5 lb / 3.4 kg (OTA)
    15.0 lb / 6.8 kg (Tripod)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 37.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 41.0 x 19.0 x 9.0"

    Meade 216006 reviews

    Polaris 130mm f/5.0 Equatorial Reflector Telescope is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fully adequate first scope for beginners This was a gift purchased for a first time telescope for beginner level user. I did a fair amount of research before buying, and I think in this price range the Meade Polaris 130mm can't be beat for overall value and performance. Sure you can spend more for a GOTO system or for a slightly better optical quality OTA, but will the beginner appreciate the difference? Likely not making the extra hundreds of dollars spent not worth it. Which is why I chose this particular model. It has adequate aperture for both galaxies and planets on a robust mount. The item arrived in pretty good collimation and the shipping dept added extra bubble wrap which helped. I would buy from B&H again and will in the future.
    Date published: 2018-06-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first view of Saturn through telescope from my backyard! I am very pleased with Meade Polaris 130mm telescope's results after I followed instructions from the provided manual which is descriptive and in detail, besides reading manual I reviewed some youtube videos on how to balance equatorial mounts and aligning viewfinder in order for this telescope to work properly, if your view finder is off you might see something else instead of what you intend to see and wonder why it's not working, so aligning viewfinder is the most important thing in my opinion, by the way this telescope comes collimated and ready to use, you don't need to collimate it (balancing mirror and lens) though instructions are provided in the manual, tripod is shipped from the factory pre-assembled and needs only the mount and accessory tray attached. My first view of Saturn from my backyard with lots of light pollution was shocking as I was able to see it within few seconds aiming with the viewfinder first, it was crystal clear and crisp, I saw clear separation of ring from the planet, I didn't see any separation within the rings and colors as this is true with any telescope of this power or because of light pollution in NYC and not a perfect clear sky, I used 9mm Eyepiece with 2x Barlow lens provided with this telescope but had little tough time keeping it centered without any vibration using 6mm on 2x Barlow lens as Saturn was rushing behind the trees where I was trying to see it from, I need to go out in open field without any obstructions and light pollution to have a magnified view, yet to explore and see Moon, Mars and Jupiter, I will update my review after reviewing Moon and planets. One more suggestion, it's important to know what you are looking at or what you want to see, for this you can download an app with a celestial map on your smart phones which makes it easy to spot and point at the planets and stars. Enjoy!
    Date published: 2016-07-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good intermediate scope My overall experience with the seller and product has been very good so far. Ordering was a breeze, shipping was exactly as stated, arrived exactly when stated. The only con to the ordering/shipping is that the delivery company may have gotten heavy-handed with the box as it weighed about 40 pounds. There was a minor blemish discovered during assembly in that one of the studs for the laser sight mount had been slightly damaged and loosened as if jostled around and impacting something during shipping. It left a tiny dimple on the exterior of the scope tube that is barely noticable. I used an allen wrench and small adjustable wrench to tighten the mount stud the way it should be. Overall, no real harm done to anything as far as I can tell and this appears to be a possible fault with the shipper and not the seller. I am still very happy with the scope and shopping experience and am keeping the scope as is. Assembly for this scope was much more extensive than my lower budget Meade NG-70SM 70mm refractor. More components to deal with and some of them are much more stout or complex. I got it all together in about 30 minutes. Quality of the telescope seems good, far better than my lower budget refractor. The drawback is one of my few cons for the telescope, it is heavy, rated at 37 pounds. That is only a con for me as I was recently diagnosed with spinal stenosis so I have to be careful about lifting anything heavy. Otherwise, a fine scope for the money. Usage has been sporadic so far due to some health problems limited my stargazing. What I have done so far has been a good experience. Telescope pulls in so much more light at 130mm compared to my 70mm that it enables me to see things a good bit better than my 70mm. Also, the 25mm lens appears to be a wide angle lens that gives quite a view. Switching to one of the higher power pieces definitelly narrows things down. Comparing the field of view with my 70mm, the fov seems much bigger and brighter than using the 25mm my 70mm also has. Noticeable difference. However, this also brings up the one other con I have noticed. Pulling in more light includes pulling in more light pollution. So I was a bit disappointed the first time I saw the Orion nebula through the 25mm lens. On the refractor it seems to stand out a touch better, perhaps due to the lower light gathering ability creating a better contrast, just my guess. I had a moon filter I used with the 70mm so I put it into use on the 130mm. Wow, the moon is really HUGE in this telescope, much more so in this 130mm than the 70mm. And higher power lens included with the 130mm get in you for a much better up close experience as well. I was impressed that the moon looked so good through the 130mm as I was told at this focal length it was better for more deep sky observation of fainter objects. Saw Andromeda through it on one trip. Again, better than the 70mm by far, much brighter but was disappointed that I couldn't make out the spiral very much. I should note that the extent of my stargazing so far has been in somewhat light polluted areas in the suburbs as I have not been able to get out to a proper dark sky site yet. Overall I really like this telescope so far and has met most all of my expectations. I couldn't afford to get something much larger, and costlier, due to budgetary restraints so this was the best bang for the buck for what I could afford. And so far it is delivering. Please note that it does have the more complex equatorial mount. My 70mz has the easier to use alt-azimuth mount. But then, I wanted the more complex equatorial mount (even more than a goto mount to be honest) since that would enable me to learn how to use it and find things in the sky using degrees and coordinates, etc. Basically to learn even more about astronomy than I could with just the beginner 70mm.
    Date published: 2015-02-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 130mm reflector A very nice unit for the price/novice. Easy assembly and take down. The 6mm, 9mm eye pieces are pretty well useless for deep space. Came with a 2x Barlow lens. I ordered a 3x hoping it will help with Saturn. I also ordered a 15mm and a 20mm, the unit came with a 26mm which is a great general use eyepiece to use initially. I am having fun with it. Adjustments, equatorial and such are ok and are used to keep aligned. In all a good telescope that will do what I, a casual observer, want without spending too much.
    Date published: 2018-06-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Telescope This is a great telescope that is very affordable. It's a bit challenging to set up for someone not familiar but instructions will get you thru it and you'll be star gazing soon enough. Light enough to be carried by most. Plenty of power to see near and distant objects. For the price it's a great telescope.
    Date published: 2015-10-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Starter! I already owned a Celestron Powerseeker 127EQ and wanted something better without spending much more. My budget for a 'better' scope was less than $200 and this model came to mind. At 130mm, it wasn't much bigger, but what sold me was the fact that it has a parabolic mirror over the Celestron's spherical mirror. However, this model has a much heavier-duty mount with way less vibration and shaking. When I was unboxing this thing, the sheer girth of the mount over the Celestron's boggled me. It is easily 3x as heavy, and large. Everything here just has a beefier, sturdier feel to it, minus the focuser. More on that later. Performance wise, I have yet to test this thin under a dark sky, but even within the light-polluted sky of my urban neighborhood, I can already see stars that the Celestron could not pick up even with a super-tight collimation. The Orion nebula, Pleiades cluster and especially the moon are much, MUCH brighter and vivid, sharper and better contrasted in this scope. Even with its out-of-the-box collimation it was performing so much better. Last night, I spent a few minutes getting a proper collimation on it and WOW. What really stood out at this point is that this thing can maintain a decent resolution at very high magnifications. I won't go off the rails writing every power I used, but lets just say even with a 2x barlow, a 9mm Plossl eyepiece with a moon filter attached, this thing was able to maintain clear images of the moon's craters at extreme close-up. The Celestron couldn't even use the barlow without losing clarity, even with a tight collimation. One more thing I want to touch on is the inclusion of a right ascension control wheel, opposite side of where you would attach the cable control. When viewing objects overhead, you will have to tilt the scope to such an angle that it gets into the RA cable, forcing you to remove it. Having that little wheel as an alternative to move the scope in RA is a flippin' life saver! However, I do believe that little wheel is a gear for use with an RA motor. My apologies if this review sounded like a Celestron-bashing. Celestron makes some wonderful equipment and I could never say that Meade is better. But in this situation, out of both manufacturer's budget-oriented, beginner-friendly models, the Meade is the clear winner. Pros Very strong and bright images, can use a 32mm Plossl eyepiece for a very wide field of view, maintains clarity at very high magnification, sturdy mount, RA wheel, very nice blue and black color scheme! Cons The focuser has a bit of slack in it and has a rather loose feel in horizontal motion. This doesn't seem to affect anything, really, but I would just rather have it stiff. Counters to a few negative reviews I've seen (not quoting, and not on B&H) "What a piece of junk! Did not even come with instructions! Could not figure out how to assemble it!" I am sure Meade would have been more than willing to send the instructions to you. Missing instructions doesn't mean the scope is junk and if you couldn't figure out how to assemble it, God help you. A review like this doesn't even review the product. Just someone who can't help but run their mouth and won't even take the proper steps to remedy the situation. "Works nice, until you have to collimate it..." The reviewer went on to claim it is impossible to collimate. I beg to differ. No, it does not have a center dot in the mirror, making collimation a little more challenging, but NOT impossible. Using the no-tools (except a phillips head screwdriver) star collimation approach works very well for this model. Don't let a review like this one scare you. Reading a couple of articles, watching a video on youtube or getting help from an experienced observer makes it very possible and easy once you've done it.
    Date published: 2018-03-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excelente compra Un excelente producto a un mejor precio incluso comparado con la pgina de MEAD. Fcil de armar, oculares de buena calidad por lo que no requiere complementos inmediatos. Magnificas vistas de la nebulosa de Orin durante la primera semana de uso.
    Date published: 2016-01-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nicely packaged, easy to assemble, good instructions My only concern is that the reflecting mirror mount behind the bracket at the front of the tube had its mounting screw back out (I assume during shipping) and the mirror was not facing the eyepiece mount. I was able to align it manually and tighten the screw, but if the screw had completely backed out, the reflecting mirror mount could have fallen off in the tube and scratched the refracting mirror at the back of the tube!
    Date published: 2018-09-14
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