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Meade LightBridge Plus 12" f/5 Truss-Tube AZ Dobsonian Telescope

Meade LightBridge Plus 12" f/5 Truss-Tube AZ Dobsonian Telescope

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Meade LightBridge Plus 12" f/5 Truss-Tube AZ Dobsonian Telescope

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Product Highlights

  • Large 12" / 304mm Dobsonian Reflector
  • 1524mm Focal Length, f/5 Focal Ratio
  • Rigid Anodized Aluminum Truss Tubes
  • 2" Two-Speed Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • Focus Lock and Vernier Focuser Scale
  • Tension Adjustment Knobs
  • Series 4000 26mm Eyepiece
  • Red-Dot Finder with Bracket
  • Primary Mirror Cooling Fan
  • Manual Alt-Azimuth Floor Mount
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Aperture: 12" / 305mm, f/5

10" / 254mm, f/5

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12" / 305mm, f/5 16" / 406mm, f/4.5

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Meade LightBridge Plus overview

  • 1Description

Sporting an updated focusing system from the original series, the Meade Instruments LightBridge Plus 12" f/5 Truss-Tube Dobsonian AZ Telescope represents the mid-size in the series to give you excellent light-gathering while being easier to set up and break down versus the larger 16" model. This Dobsonian offers you outstanding near- and deep-sky observing capabilities at a reasonable price. Its large primary parabolic mirror draws in copious amounts of light to reveal awe-inspiring details on the Moon and planets, and deep-sky objects like 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
  • 304mm / 12" aperture allows deep-sky objects such as dim galaxies and wispy nebulae to be seen
  • Fast f/5 focal ratio ensures even dim deep-sky objects can be clearly resolved
  • 1524mm focal length
  • Dobsonian-style reflector configuration is ideal for detailed lunar observation as well as deep-sky 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: 0.45 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 59x 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
UPC: 709942999358
In the Box
Meade LightBridge Plus 12" f/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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    Meade LightBridge Plus specs

    Optical Design Dobsonian reflector
    Aperture 304 mm / 12"
    Focal Length 1524 mm
    Focal Ratio f/5
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2"
    1.25" with included reducer adapter
    Diagonal None
    Finderscope Red-dot
    Tripod None
    Mount Type Manual alt-azimuth, floor stand
    Motor None
    GoTo Capability None
    Power Source 8 x AA batteries, for cooling fan
    Dimensions 61.0 x 26.7" / 155.0 x 67.7 cm, assembled
    Weight 85.0 lb / 38.6 kg, assembled

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