Meade StarNavigator NG 125mm f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

Meade StarNavigator NG 125mm f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

Meade StarNavigator NG 125mm f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

B&H # ME125SNMT MFR # 218006
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Product Highlights

  • 127mm Maksutov-Cassegrain OTA
  • 1900mm Focal Length, f/15 Focal Ratio
  • Anti-Reflection Multi-Coated Optics
  • Single-Fork Arm Motorized Alt-Az Mount
  • AudioStar Computer Hand Controller
  • Updatable 30,000+ Object Database
  • One- or Two-Star, and Easy Alignment
  • Audio Commentary on 500 Objects
  • 1.25" Holder with 9 and 26mm Eyepieces
  • Adjustable-Height Aluminum Tripod
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  • 1Description

The Meade Instruments StarNavigator NG 125mm f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope is ideal for users who want a portable yet powerful observation platform that is able to achieve high magnifications for detailed views of the Moon and planets and has the ability to reach out past our solar system to observe brighter deep-sky objects such as clusters and stars. The compact and powerful Maksutov design uses a front corrector plate with a convex meniscus lens to correct off-axis aberrations, like comas, and chromatic aberration to produce images with true-color rendition. The nature of the lens results in a smaller secondary mirrorlimiting obstruction and increasing contrast, while eliminating the need for periodic collimation. This optical path results in a slower focal ratio and narrower field of view versus a similar Schmidt-Cassegrain variant, but the optical benefits, when coupled with a precision tracking mount, make this an ideal scope for all types of celestial observations and astrophotography.

Driving the dual-axis DC servo motors in the single-arm fork mount is the AudioStar hand controller. This update to their iconic AutoStar enables quick and easy setup and alignment to get you observing faster, while offering guided tours and audio commentary on 500 of its over 30,000 objects in the internal database. For those who want to use it for astrophotography, an internal mirror flips down to direct the light path straight back for prime-focus photography using a DSLR camera body and optional adapters.

Optical Performance
  • 127mm aperture
  • f/15 focal ratio
  • 1900mm focal length
  • Maksutov-Cassegrain optical configuration
  • Front convex meniscus lens corrects spherical and chromatic aberrations and comas (off-axis aberrations) across the entire field of view
  • Smaller secondary mirror versus Schmidt-Cassegrains reduces obstructions and increases contrast
  • Resolution: 0.9 arcsec
  • Internal flip mirror
  • Single-speed internal focuser
  • Vixen-style dovetail plate
AudioStar Controller
  • 2-line LED display
  • 20-key alphanumeric keypad, red LED backlight
  • 68HC11, 8MHz processor
  • Built-in red utility light
  • 30,000+ object database
  • User-friendly menu-driven system navigation
  • Slew speeds: 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x, 64x, 0.5°/sec, 1°/sec, 1.5°/sec, 4°/sec (max)
  • Assisted alignment procedures: Easy (Two-star), One-star, Two-star, Three-star
  • Customizable guided tours for specific date, time, and location
  • Built-in speaker provides descriptions of over 500 objects including scientific data and history
  • Projects events to plan future astronomy sessions such as sunrise/sunset, Moon phases/moonrise/moonset, meteor showers, lunar/solar eclipses, equinoxes/solstices
  • Backlash compensation allows user to train out the intrinsic play between gears to improve GoTo and tracking accuracy
  • Powered by mount to be lighter and easier to use
  • 24" coiled cord
  • Updatable via Internet using RS-232 port
  • Database Details:
  • Solar system, including Moon, Sun, planets
  • Comets and asteroids
  • 88 major constellations
  • Popular named objects
  • Galaxies, quasars, and nebulae
  • Multiple catalogs including Messier, Caldwell, and NGC
  • Stars, including named stars, SAO catalog, double stars, variable stars
  • Satellites, including the International Space Station (ISS) and Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
  • User-defined astronomical and terrestrial objects
Mount and Tripod
  • Mount:
  • Single fork-arm motorized alt-azimuth
  • Dual-axis DC servo motors provide smooth and accurate variable-rate tracking
  • Vixen-style dovetail saddle
  • Runs on eight AA user-supplied batteries
  • Tripod:
  • Adjustable height
  • Aluminum alloy legs, two sections
  • Leg-locking plate for additional stability
  • Tray holds eyepieces, filters, phones, and most other accessories
Internal Flip Mirror
  • 90° flip mechanism enables easy change of optical path
  • Mirror Down: Straight-through light path to back for prime-focus astrophotography or imaging with optional accessories
  • Mirror Up: 1.25" eyepiece holder on top accepts most astronomical eyepieces
  • When used together for astroimaging, flip mirror up to check/adjust tracking, then flip down for image capture
  • When up, the mirror acts as a star diagonal to correct image horizontally for use as a terrestrial spotting scope
Included Accessories
  • Eyepieces:
  • 1.25"-diameter barrel
  • Accept most 1.25" eyepiece filters
  • 9mm eyepiece produces 211x
  • 26mm eyepiece produces 73x
  • Finder:
  • Unmagnified view ensures a wide field of view to aid in fast alignment
  • Simple center red aiming dot won't obscure small or dim objects
  • Variable-intensity reticle preserves night-adjusted vision
UPC: 709942997972
In the Box
Meade StarNavigator NG 125mm f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope
  • AudioStar GoTo Hand Controller
  • 9mm Eyepiece
  • 26mm Eyepiece
  • Red-Dot Finder with Bracket
  • Bubble Level/Compass
  • AudioStar Software DVD
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Meade 218006 specs

    Optical Design Maksutov-Cassegrain
    Aperture 127mm
    Focal Length 1900mm
    Focal Ratio f/15
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal Internal 90° flip
    GoTo System AudioStar controller
    Finderscope Red-dot
    Tripod Adjustable-height, aluminum
    Mount Type Motorized alt-az, single fork-arm
    Power Source 8 x AA batteries
    Dimensions 53.0 x 24.0 x 24.0" / 134.6 x 61.0 x 61.0 cm, fully assembled
    Weight 16.0 lb / 7.3 kg, total
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 26.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 34.0 x 18.8 x 9.5"

    Meade 218006 reviews

    StarNavigator NG 125mm f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Please dont believe the description it is wrong The scope does not contain an internal flip mirror as it describes. Also, It does not have a single speed focuser. All it has is a manual focusing screw, I confirmed these with Meade (the manufacturer). Also, their site never gave these wrong description. It's my fault I believed in B&H description for accuracy and don't even cross check that with the companies description. Internal flip mirror was one of the key point I was looking for and now had to find a external flip mirror attachment.
    Date published: 2017-08-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from First Time Buyer I am not an expert, this is my first telescope. It looks very nice and well built. My only complint is, I don't like the manual override, it is ok if you want to move it manually vertically but not horizontally. Monual horizontal movement is not smooth, you need to loose the screw that holds the base unit and the tripod together.
    Date published: 2017-03-23
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