Meade Lightbridge

The Meade LightBridge telescope Series is a three model range of Dobsonian scopes with an open truss design. The LightBridge is designed for travel with a quick setup and take down time. The telescope comes in four easy to assemble parts and sports diffraction limited optics, Meade's aluminium optical coating and precision focusing with the 2 inch Crayford-Style machined aluminium focuser.

Steel roller bearings make movement easy and smooth, and the in-built cooling fan gets the telescope down to those lower outside temperatures quickly. The Red Dot viewfinder helps you find those elusive nightsky objects quickly and the LightBridge comes with its own 26mm QX wide angle eyepiece.

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  • Diffraction Limited Optics
  • Meade Optical Coatings
  • 2" Crayford-Style Machined Aluminum Focuser With 1.25" Adapter
  • Steel RA Roller Bearings
  • Built-In Primary Mirror Cooling Fan
  • Advanced Four-Reticle Red Dot Viewfinder
  • 26mm QX Wide Angle 2" Eyepiece Deluxe Model
  • AutoStar SuiteT Astronomical Software
Specifications 10 inch 12 inch 16 inch
Optical Design Newtonian Reflector Newtonian Reflector Newtonian Reflector
Clear Aperture 254mm (10") 304.8mm (12") 406.4mm (16")
Focal Length Focal Ratio 1270mm f/5 (10") 1524mm f/5 (12") 1829mm f/4.5 (16")
Primary, Secondary Mirrors Aluminum coated with magnesium fluoride over coat. Mounted in adjustable mirror cell. Secondary mirror aluminum coated with magnesium fluoride over coat.
Maximum Practical Visual Power 600X 600X 700X
Eyepiece Deluxe models are equipped with a Meade 26mm QX Wide Angle Eyepiece
Optical Tube Assembly Metal open Truss Design
Materials Deluxe models are equipped with steel roller bearings for azimuth
Focuser 2" Crayford style focuser with 1.25" adapter 2" Crayford style focuser with 1.25" adapter Dual speed 2" Crayford focuser with a 10:1 gear reduction fine focus and 1.25" Adapter
Cooling Fan Battery Powered Fan
Red Dot Viewfinder Deluxe models are equipped with a deluxe 4-reticle Red Dot ViewFinder
Secondary Housing (Weight) 6 lbs 7 lbs 11 lbs
Trusses (Weight) 2 lbs 4 lbs 5 lbs
OTA Primary Housing (Weight) 30 lbs 36 lbs 58 lbs
Assembled OTA (Weight) 38 lbs 47 lbs 74 lbs
Assembled Mount (Weight) 27 lbs 33 lbs 54 lbs
Total Net Telescope Weight (assembled) 65 lbs 80 lbs 129 lbs
Price $599 $899 $1849

Amazon have some customer reviews for the 12 inch LightBridge as well as the 16 inch version.

Comparison of a Orion XT10 and a 10 inch Meade LightBridge at Astronomy.com

Personal review of a 16 inch LightBridge

CloudyNights have a review of the 16 inch Meade LightBridge

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