Meade 16" LightBridge Newtonian Reflecting Telescope
Price includes USA FedEx ground shipping (48 states)
From Meade's site:
The 16" LightBridge is the largest LightBridge model. Its
incredible light grasp offers four times the image brightness as an 8"
telescope used at the same magnification and 75% more than a 12" model.
This is one BIG scope. See deep sky objects in spectacular glory
especially when used from a dark location.
The 16" LightBridge Deluxe Truss-Tube Dobsonian features a superior
Meade quality multi-coated, diffraction limited 16" primary mirror,
focal length 1829mm (f/4.5). The optics of this style of telescope are
only as good as their mounting, which is why Meade engineers gave the
LightBridge primary mirror a top of the line, fully adjustable, high
strength but light weight aluminum stress free floating multi-point cell
with built in cooling fan. The included battery pack for the fan takes 8
(user supplied) AA batteries and is used to speed the cool down process
of the primary mirror, improving image quality.
Standard equipment includes a high quality, precision machined dual
ratio 2" Crayford style focuser with 10:1 micro focus control, and 1.25"
adapter so you can use either 1.25" or 2" barrel eyepieces. Includes a
2" diameter 26mm QX wide-angle Eyepiece. The viewfinder is an easy to use deluxe red dot.
The open truss design of the LightBridge Dobsonians means portability
of the telescope is dramatically improved over a solid tube design.
Taking only moments to set up and take apart for travel, the extremely
rigid truss frame design ensures a no-compromises view through the
telescope. Hand driven Dobsonian style telescopes by their nature need
good mounts with smooth and stable movement to be enjoyable, and here
again the LightBridge excels. The sturdy laminated finish wooden
Dobsonian mount includes premium features such as roller bearings on the
azimuth (side to side) axis and large diameter aluminum altitude
(vertical axis) bearings with a hand adjustable variable tension brake
for smooth and stable movement.
Fully assembled weight of the optical tube is 74 pounds, mount weight
is 54 pounds. Ships in 2 boxes with weights of 90 and 62 pounds.
Like all Dobsonian reflectors, this 16” Meade deluxe LightBridge
truss-tube Dob gives you more light-gathering for your dollar than any
other telescope type. Its very large 16” aperture, which gathers four
times the light of an 8” scope (and over 3300 times as much as your
eye!), is ideal for observing the faint fuzzies outside the solar system
from a dark sky site.
Despite its large mirror, the 16” Meade
LightBridge is surprisingly easy to get to your favorite dark sky site.
Unlike a bulky Sonotube or metal tube Dob, you don’t need a van or small
truck to transport this big 16” scope to the dark sky sites it needs to
perform at its best. The 16” LightBridge weighs only 128 pounds fully
assembled. It breaks down into a few compact components that will fit
into virtually any car trunk or into the back seat of just about any
compact car. Assembly and disassembly take just a few minutes, with no
tools needed. After you set up, take a few moments to collimate the
optics (no tools are required here either) and you’re ready for an
evening of fascinating viewing at your favorite dark sky location.
We got this in directly from Meade - it is factory refurbished. There are a few minor scuffs on the finish. Optics have been professionally cleaned, collimated & tested. We added a few extras: 1.25" Meade 9.7mm super Plossl eyepiece in addition to the included 2" wide-angle, 2x Telescope Warehouse premium barlow & a Moon filter. We upgraded the 1.25" focuser adapter: this one has a brass compression ring to protect your eyepieces and has t-threads for astro imaging (a camera specific t-ring is needed, we have them in our ebay store). The adapter also has threads for 2" filters. The included manual is not original. Includes astronomy software. We also are including a new Next Generation laser collimator to make future collimation a whole lot easier! We will ship it FedEx ground to any US address in the 48 states. Because of the size and weight, we cannot ship outside the lower 48 states!
Grab this very cool scope at a great price! Originally this cost $2,000!
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