Meade LightBridge Mini 130mm f/5.0 Reflector Telescope

Meade LightBridge Mini 130mm f/5.0 Reflector Telescope

Meade LightBridge Mini 130mm f/5.0 Reflector Telescope

B&H # ME130MMLBM MFR # 203003

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  • Aperture: 130mm
  • 650mm Focal Length, f/5.0
  • 9mm and 26mm Eyepieces
  • 1.25" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • Manual Tabletop Alt-Azimuth Mount
  • Red-Dot Finderscope
  • Weight: 13.6 lb, Assembled
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Meade's LightBridge Mini 130mm f/5.0 Reflector Telescope comes with a convenient tabletop manual mount for fast and easy set up just about anywhere you want to start observing. The large 5.1" (130mm) objective parabolic mirror and 650mm focal length make this ideal as a simple grab-and-go option for more experienced users who want to go out for a quick session or as a beginner telescope suitable for detailed lunar & planetary observations, and the viewing of viewing deep-sky objects such as binary stars, nebulae, star-clusters, and galaxies.

The manual table-top alt-azimuth mount gives you easy control of the telescope for tracking slow objects like nebulae or fast moving subjects like Moon. This telescope is outfitted with a Vixen-style dovetail plate and saddle to make it easy to assemble, breakdown and transport, so you can spend less time setting up and more time enjoying the night sky. The telescope comes with two fully multi-coated 1.25" diameter eyepieces produce 25x and 72x magnifications to bring your favorite celestial body closer, and the included red-dot finderscope has a ultra-wide field of view that helps find what you're looking for and gets you viewing even faster.

Optical Performance
  • Newtonian reflector design
  • 5.1" (130mm) objective mirror
  • 650mm focal length
  • f/5.0 focal ratio
  • 0.89 arc-sec resolution
Included Accessories
  • Eyepieces:
    • 1.25" diameter barrel
    • 9mm eyepiece for 72x magnification
    • 26mm eyepiece for 25x magnification
  • Red-dot finderscope
Construction Details
  • Rack-and-pinion focuser
  • Manual alt-azimuth mount
  • Stable table-top base
  • Full 360° base rotation
  • Vixen-style dovetail mounting plate for easy assembly/breakdown
  • Weight: 13.6 lb, assembled
UPC: 709942997545
In the Box
Meade LightBridge Mini 130mm f/5.0 Reflector Telescope
  • 9mm Eyepiece
  • 26mm Eyepiece
  • Red-Dot Finder
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Meade 203003 specs

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    Optical Design Newtonian Reflector
    Aperture 130 mm / 5.1"
    Focal Length 650 mm
    Focal Ratio f/5
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal No
    Finderscope Yes
    Type Manual; Alt-Azimuth
    Batteries None
    Assembled Dimensions 14.6 x 13.9 x 30.1" / 37.1 x 35.3 x 76.5 cm
    Weight 13.6 lb / 6.2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 19.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 31.0 x 15.0 x 14.0"

    Meade 203003 reviews

    LightBridge Mini 130mm f/5.0 Reflector Telescope is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Meade Lightbridge 130 the telescope works extremely well for the price. The included eyepeices are not the best but will suffice for casual viewing. They are definitely not parfocal so you will need to refocus upon changing them. Views of open clusters are spectacular with the wide field of view. Being a reflector, there is no chromatic aberration on bright objects like the moon. It is very handily picked up and taken outside for a grab and go. I build a tripod from table legs, screw plates, and a wooden disc that works quite well. The quick finder is literally a pain in the neck for sighting directly overhead but works well. For planetary views the image is quite small. A barlow lens is recommended for this to increase the effective focal length.
    Date published: 2016-01-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Inexpensive starting telescope I bought this telescope as a second grab and go telescope, the parabolic mirror was the triger to opt for a reflector of this size instead of a small refractor. To be honest I was specting a better quality, the secondary mirror spider was a little bit bended, out of aligment, the plastic focuser is too wobly and the dovetail bar is too short and fixed. By the other way the optics seem good and thats something positive for somebody starting in this hobby, the primary collimations tumb screws are nice and make collimation a breeze. The eyepieces are cheap but usable, if you tweek the focuser you can opt for a better eyepieces or a zoom eyepiece.
    Date published: 2016-04-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would buy this again This is the best way to look at stars and the moon. It is easily transportable and light enough for me to take anywhere.
    Date published: 2017-02-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good product An excellent product, very practical to use. The only flaw is to come without a 2x Barlow.
    Date published: 2018-05-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love this telescope! I am a beginner, though. I live in Chicago with a clear view of the east horizon over Lake Michigan so I have nice views of the moonrise. Venus shows as a fuzzy star but I hadn't properly collimated the telescope yet. I did just do that but now there's cloud cover. Lots of stuff to see on the water, though. I bought one of the camera adapters that the B&H expert suggested and tried using my Canon SL1 with t-mount adapter. I could not get the camera close enough with the adapter to focus. I wonder if even Meade has tried a dslr with those adapters? I found a tutorial on YouTube about just this problem and discovered that you can focus the camera if you use a 2x Barlow lens. The Meade 2x Barlow screws directly into the t-mount and this does let me focus and photograph. It gives a high magnification so much so that the moon is full frame in the SL1. I haven't gotten really sharp images yet, though. I've tried mirror lock-up and self timer. The moon is really moving through the viewfinder so maybe I need a fast shutter speed. There might be other ways of hooking up a camera, but that's what I've found so far. I'm anxious to get this telescope out in the country with darker skies. I wish there were a case or bag that fits this. If I were buying again, I might look at other telescopes but I didn't want to spend too much not knowing what I'd be able to see. I may be back to amend my review.
    Date published: 2017-10-12
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