Meade LightBridge 305mm f/5 Truss-Tube Dobsonian AZ Telescope

Meade LightBridge 305mm f/5 Truss-Tube Dobsonian AZ Telescope

Meade LightBridge 305mm f/5 Truss-Tube Dobsonian AZ Telescope

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Meade LightBridge 305mm f/5 Truss-Tube Dobsonian AZ Telescope

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Product Highlights

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

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Meade LightBridge overview

  • 1Description

Sporting and extra-large light-bucket that is the hallmark of a Dob, the Meade Instruments LightBridge 305mm f/5 Truss-Tube Dobsonian AZ Telescope gives users performance 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 will be visible even for inexperienced observers.

Its impressively-fast f/5 focal ratio and 10:1 dual-speed Crayford focuser makes this an ideal choice for 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 in the Crayford design gives it the ability to achieve tack-sharp focusing with zero backlash; and with a focus lock and tension adjustment, 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 weighs-in at 33-pounds and 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 vibration and maintain its position when released.

Optical Tube Assembly
  • 305mm (12") aperture
  • Fast f/5 focal ratio
  • Long 1524mm focal length
  • Dobsonian-style reflector configuration is ideal for detailed lunar and solar 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 silver-finished anodized aluminum truss tubes
  • Four-vane steel secondary mirror support
  • Resolution: 0.45 arc sec
  • 10:1 two-speed Crayford focuser allows ultra-fine focusing without backlash - especially useful for deep-sky objects and splitting binary stars - 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
  • OTA Cooling Fan speeds the cool-down process of the primary mirror, improving image quality; runs on eight AA batteries
  • Weight: 47-pounds
  • 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
  • Weight: 33-pounds
Include Accessories
  • 2" barrel diameter ensures a comfortable eye relief and exit pupil
  • Accepts most 2" astronomical eyepiece filters
  • 26mm eyepiece produces 59x power
  • Wide-angle design provides sweeping views
    Red-dot finder:
  • Un-magnified view ensures a wide field of view for easier alignment and faster star-hopping navigation
  • Four selectable reticle patterns allows user to tailor pattern to their needs or preferences
  • Seven intensity levels ensures reticle visibility without affecting night-adjusted vision
UPC: 709942503111
In the Box
Meade LightBridge 305mm f/5 Truss-Tube Dobsonian AZ Telescope
  • 26mm QX Wide-Angle 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 specs

    Optical Design Dobsonian reflector
    Aperture 305 mm
    Focal Length 1524.0 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
    Motor None
    GO-TO Capability None
    Power Source 8 x AA batteries, for cooling fan
    Optical Tube Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight OTA: 47.0 lb / 21.3 kg
    Mount: 33.0 lb / 15.0 kg
    Total: 80.0 lb / 36.3 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 99.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 0.01 x 0.01 x 0.01"

    Meade LightBridge reviews

    LightBridge 305mm f/5 Truss-Tube Dobsonian AZ Telescope is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple, bug aperture scope I used to have a 10 home built reflector, and I was hoping this one would be a big leap up. So far it has been. In terms of portability it's easy to break down and transport, even in a hatchback vehicle. First night out I saw some stellar views of Jupiter and Venus. Venus was clearly visible as a round world, and for the first time I saw its terminator. The cloud bands on Jupiter were phenomenal. The challenge with this scope is that it's very difficult to collimate this scope, which has to be done on each setup, so I highly recommend a good laser collimator. I bought a cheap collimator and it came mis-aligned, so I would recommend one in the $75-125 range. Anything cheaper will likely give you worse collimation. The reflection sight is actually a plus, as it's very easy to see what you're aiming at. As far as deep sky objects I was able to see the ring nebula but still had to use averted vision, which is to be expected with an aperture less than 18. All in all I feel it is a solid scope. Some parts seem cheap, but replaceable, while others like the focuser seem top notch.
    Date published: 2015-06-03
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