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Meade LightBridge Telescopes DELUXE - 10", 12" Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope w/ AutoStar Suite
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Awesome telescope!! I purchased the 16" lightbridge and am very pleased with what I got. Everything was great out of the box with one exception, the ...
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Good telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, HI Written on January 23, 2010
Solid telescope. Autostar suite is not particularly good, there are plenty of better alternatives for free. With a new eyepiece this thing is real fun.
Pros: Good mirrors, easy to set up & use
Cons: Included eyepiece is rubbish....
Would recommend: Yes
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Amazing Telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on January 19, 2010
As an ameature astronomer, this was a great telescope to begin with. It is very large and makes a great impression. It gives you very clear pictures of what you are looking at, depending on the light conditions. The lens it comes with is pretty good, but you will definetly need some higher powered lenses if you want to look at anything really interesting. Overall, its a great telescope for ameatures and pros alike.
Pros: Large Appeature for the money, pre-calibrated, very clear view, simple to use
Cons: heavy, can be difficult to move around, comes with a low magnification lens...
Would recommend: Yes
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Excellent telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, CA Written on September 25, 2009
Seriously, can't think of anything i dislike of this telescope by Meade. It's whole design is just what i needed. Not only that, it's very stylish and looks great. I'm hoping/looking forward to many years of stargazing enjoyment with my Lightbridge telescope.
Pros: Great features, portability, smooth use, durable
Cons: None...
Would recommend: Yes
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AWSOME!!! GO FOR IT!!!

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TX Written on September 2, 2009
This is an awsome telescope..the best value for money...it met all my expectations...the eyepiece that comes along is too good to be free..Enjoy.....
Would recommend: Yes
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Breath taking Images

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on August 9, 2009
My kids have saved up for over a year for a telescope. I picked this 10" model based on a number of Internet reviews, and budget. i bought from OpticsPlanet because they are authorized showroom dealer, helped me when i called in to confirm the order, and shipping was free.
It took about 40 min to setup with the kids 'helping'. Slightly cloudy night, and the moon was slightly behind a tree from our patio. Aimed the telescope, got it focused, and let the kids take their first look. My oldest said, "I think i am going to cry....i have never seen such an amazing view." The younger one swears he can see the American flag! Its that good! shopping now for eye pieces at OpticsPlanet and info on spotting Jupiter and the meteor shower that is supposed to be this Tues/Wed.
Very exciting, great puchase. Making a dolly to wheel it in/out of garage.
Pros: image quality! easy viewing angle, 2" eye piece, price
Cons: It's big..but that's fairly cool too...
Would recommend: Yes
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Great First Telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TX Written on December 5, 2008
Great deal, easy to set up and enjoy. I've traveled 1000 miles with mine in my coupe's trunk. It sets up easily and offers top quality optics at a bargain per inches of aperture.
Pros: Portable, Powerful, Star Software and Value
Cons: Low end of moderate size telescopes...
Would recommend: Yes
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Awesome Looking Scope!

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, AL Written on October 17, 2008
This is my first telescope, and I must say, I am very impressesed with it. I should have done more research before buying it however. The eyepiece that it comes with does not give you that much range, so plan on spending some more $. Also you will need a collimator.(More $)It was heavier than I expected so either plan on making several trips, or having a buddy handy. I prefer to just carry the whole top part while someone else grabs the base rather than break it down every time. It looks very impressive, cant wait to see the views once I can afford some more eyepieces...
Pros: Well Built. Looks Great. ...
Would recommend: Yes
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Meade LightBridge 8" Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on September 25, 2008
This telescope is first in it's class for quality in it's price range. Lets the viewer see many deep space objects clearly, while also easily shifted from points of interest. The mirror acclimation fan is also a great feature.
Pros: Clearest image quality for the price range. Not as fancy as others, but works like a dream.
Cons: Not as precise as more intricate telescopes. ...
Would recommend: No
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Meade 12" l/b

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, CA Written on May 14, 2008
very well finished //very easy to put together//directions as usual not that defining...I have reversed the assemble//to make it easy for one person to assemble//invert seconary and install truss'es//then install to primary in cradle....The cradle needle bearing work perfectly...I'm thinking of sometype of seal to keep out dirt when I'm in the field.!.I have added 3/4" foam weather strips to the front and bottom of the contact points on the cradle....
Pros: Portability......
Cons: red dot finder........took a lot longer than expect to dial in......
Would recommend: Yes
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16" Lightbridge

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TN Written on January 18, 2008
Awesome telescope!!
I purchased the 16" lightbridge and am very pleased with what I got. Everything was great out of the box with one exception, the small plastic clip that the latteral resistance knob mounts to was broken. Meade is shipping me a new clip at this time, so problem should be solved. The assembly of the base and scope is very quick and easy. The only other negative issue is the scope bearing mount on the base is sloppy. They now apply felt in the bearing opening rather than teflon. This creates a loose fitting for the scope to set in and creates a rocking effect while using. A couple of small pieces of teflon on each side should fix this problem without much effort. So far I am totally impressed with the lightbridge and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for big apperture without having to spend big bucks. The quality of the scope as well as the awesome views outweighs the small imperfections that are easily fixed. Good job Meade! Thanks Opticsplanet.com for a great deal!!
Pros: A lot of scope for the money
Cons: Sloppy base mount hardware...
Would recommend: Yes
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