Meade Adventure Scope 80mm f/5 Refractor Telescope

Meade Adventure Scope 80mm f/5 Refractor Telescope

Meade Adventure Scope 80mm f/5 Refractor Telescope

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  • 80mm Achromatic Refractor OTA
  • 400mm Focal Length, f/5 Focal Ratio
  • Anti-Reflection Multi-Coated Optics
  • 1.25" Focuser, 6mm and 18mm Eyepieces
  • 90° Erect-Image Diagonal
  • Wide-Field Red-Dot Finder
  • Manual Alt-Az Mount with Control Handle
  • Adjustable-Height Aluminum Tripod
  • Backpack for OTA, Tripod, Accessories
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Aperture: 80mm, f/5

60mm, f/6 80mm, f/5

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Meade 222001 overview

  • 1Description

Designed for easy transport and quick set up, the Meade Instruments Adventure Scope 80mm f/5 Refractor Telescope is a complete observation rig for making observations of the Moon and planets at night, and to serve as a conventional spotting scope during the day. This iteration of the scope features a respectable 80mm aperture achromatic doublet refractor optical tube assembly (OTA) with a short 400mm focal length and fast f/5 focal ratio. Its 1.25 rack-and-pinion focuser accepts any 1.25" accessories like the two included eyepieces and 90° erect-image diagonal.

Supporting the OTA and accessories is a manual alt-az mount with a quick release shoe for fast set up and breakdown of the OTA. The mount is attached to a photo-style tripod that features an extendable center column with a hook on the bottom to keep bags off the ground or to add weight for increased stability and vibration-reduction. Meade includes a backpack to safely store and easily carry all the components in this kit including the OTA and tripod, with room for all the included accessories.

Optical Performance
  • 80mm aperture
  • f/5 focal ratio
  • 400mm focal length
  • Achromatic doublet refractor optical design
  • Achromatic lens configuration reduces chromatic and spherical aberrations for true color rendition, improved contrast, and edge-to-edge image sharpness
  • Anti-reflection coated optics improve light transmission through the optical path for brighter images and increased contrast
  • Rack-and-pinion focuser with 1.25" drawtube
  • Integrated dew shield reduces condensation on objective and reduces glare
Mount and Tripod
  • Manual alt-az
  • Control handle with integrated twist lock
  • Quick release shoe for easy set up and breakdown
  • Bubble level to aid in set up
  • Lightweight and durable aluminum
  • Adjustable height
  • Individual snap locks on each leg section
  • Extendable center column with hook for bags or weights to increase stability and reduce vibration
Included Accessories
  • 6mm yields 67x magnification
  • 18mm yields 22x magnification
  • 1.25" diameter barrel accepts most filters
  • 90° angle puts head in comfortable position when aimed at or near the zenith
  • Erect-image prism corrects the image horizontally and vertically for terrestrial use as a conventional spotting scope
    Additional accessories:
  • Red-dot finder enables quick set-up and star-hopping
  • Backpack fits all components including OTA and tripod, with room for accessories
UPC: 709942998160
In the Box
Meade Adventure Scope 80mm f/5 Refractor Telescope
  • 6mm Eyepiece
  • 18mm Eyepiece
  • 90° Erect-Image Prism
  • Red-Dot Finder with Bracket
  • Adjustable Aluminum Tripod
  • Backpack
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Meade 222001 specs

    Optical Design Achromatic Refractor
    Aperture 80 mm
    Focal Length 400mm
    Focal Ratio f/5
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal 90° erect-image
    Finderscope Red-dot finder
    Tripod Aluminum
    Mount Type Manual alt-az
    Power Source None
    Optical Tube Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight 2.8 lb / 1.3 kg, fully assembled
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 9.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.0 x 12.5 x 7.0"

    Meade 222001 reviews

    Adventure Scope 80mm f/5 Refractor Telescope is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Identical to Orion ST80. Great little telescope for the money. Like another reviewer said, I would have given it 5 stars if Meade hadn't made me pay for the junk tripod and mediocre diagonal and eyepieces (although I have used the eyepieces some). It comes with a padded backpack that has proved useful until I can get a better case. Don't buy this for the kit, but if you are after the OTA it is a great deal. The scope is mostly metal and quite well made with plenty of potential to improve it for little extra cost. I literally threw the included tripod in the trash without ever taking it from its plastic wrapper. It is useless. The ota is identical (except for color) to the Orion Short Tube ST80.
    Date published: 2017-07-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Meade Adventure Scope 80mm f/5 OTA is Excellent The Adventure Scope 80mm f/5 OTA is excellent and is the same as the Orion Short Tube 80 but at a lower price (Meade tube is cream color and not white). Meade and some dealers will tell you it has a plastic focuser and dew shield but that is true only on the Adventure Scope 60. The 80mm f/5 has metal dew shield and metal 1.25 R&P focuser. Front lens is an air spaced achromatic doublet with 3 equal spacers in a threaded cell. Comes with a short Vixen dovetail bar that is threaded for 1/4x20 for photo tripod. Focuser has a Synta type dovetail slot for the red-dot finder and will accept other finderscopes by Orion & Celestron. Red-dot finder is low cost plastic but works very well. If this package was just the OTA I would have given it 5 stars but reduced it by 1 for the following reasons: supplied photo tripod is very inexpensive and lightweight and will not adequately support the 80mm f/5. May be fine for the 60mm version but trembles with the 80mm when it is touched. Eyepieces are 1.25 Huygens type and are just ok - should have been supplied with at least the Meade MA eyepieces. Includes an 1.25 erect image/correct image prism diagonal that is not good for astronomy. I recommend this only if interested in the OTA only or if you plan to upgrade to a heavier duty photo tripod or an equatorial mount. Please note that the supplied Vixen dovetail bar will attach directly to the Meade Polaris equatorial mounts. The supplied diagonal needs to be replaced with a standard 1.25 mirror or prism diagonal and eyepieces need to be upgraded to a least the Meade MA or Kellner type. Making these upgrades will make this an excellent wide field astronomy grab and go package.
    Date published: 2017-03-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from scope great the rest meh The OTA is worth every penny. the tripod is useless, a toy. the Eye pieces are awful. The real value here is the scope itself.
    Date published: 2017-08-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would buy this product again This scope is great. I do not care for the tripod, but I already knew it was not well liked from reading some reviews on the internet. However the scope is extremely good, has great optics. I use it on a heavier tripod and mount for astronomy. I rate it 5 stars because the price is very good just for the optical tube.
    Date published: 2017-09-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable for its Size I wasn’t expecting much from this little scope until I made some modifications to it but it performs admirably with all cheap accessories that are included. I only purchased it for the optical tube assembly. It is really set up for daytime terrestrial viewing out of the box. It has an Amici roof prism diagonal for correct image viewing of landscapes and wildlife. For this purpose it is adequate but not really bright enough for serious stargazing although I was able to pull out three of the four stars in the trapezium in the Orion Nebula with the stock diagonal and one of my own 9mm eyepieces. I would get a lower cost mirror diagonal for stargazing and keep the factory prism for daytime use. Speaking of eyepieces you really need to get some low cost Plossl eyepieces to use for astronomy. Maybe start out with a 32mm and a 12mm and a good 2 power Barlow lens which will effectively give you 32mm, 16mm, 12mm, and 6mm capability. Of course you can spend a lot more on accessories but for wide field astronomy use the accessories I recommended will suffice. As mentioned in other reviews the tripod is not very good. Once again it is designed more for terrestrial use and lightweight and compactness to fit in the backpack. It is not really sturdy or steady enough for stargazing. Unfortunately I don’t know if it possible to find a sturdy tripod that will break down and fit in the backpack. The tripods I have are much too big. The red dot finder works amazingly well which was a surprise. Overall I am pleased with the quality of the scope. I think most people would be disappointed if they purchased this scope with the intention of using it as is and not modifying it and/or purchasing better accessories. I have already removed the objective lenses and blackened the edges, removed or the focuser and blacked out the internals to cut down on stray light. I also have a better mirror diagonal on the way and plan to use my better eyepieces and tripod with this scope.
    Date published: 2018-02-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great OTA This is a nice little scope for the money. I would compare it to the Orion ST80 which I believe had been discontinued. I only gave it four stars because the mount is not very stable holding the scope. It's fine for terrestrial views but I had a hard time viewing the night sky without it shaking. While I have not tested it yet, I believe this would make a fine guide scope for astrophotography.
    Date published: 2017-07-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great optics and well built. Ordered this little achro for a quick grab and go. For the price, this scope has excellent optics. I put an electronic focuser on it so I could remotely focus and the views are very good. Like the color too.
    Date published: 2017-11-03
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from I would probably buy the blue one with the better tripod. Great value if it worked perfectly, but that I think there is something wrong with the optics. Don't expect to use the tripod. It is junk. Even without the tripod, it is still a solid deal if the scope is clear.
    Date published: 2017-09-30
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