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Meade MA 12mm Illuminated Reticle Telescope Eyepiece 1.25 Inch Wireless

Item# MEAD136
 
4.0

(12 Ratings)

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The astrophotographer's friend!


Meade's modified achromatic MA12mm illuminated reticle eyepiece is a must-have accessory. Designed in 1.25-inch format, it includes a three-element, fully-coated optical system with good eye relief, diopter adjustment and double-crossline reticle. It's great for manual guiding with the Meade #777 off-axis guider or for the drift alignment that's so necessary in astrophotography. This wireless model includes red LED illuminator, brightness control and two 1.5-volt LR-44 button-type, alkaline batteries.


CHOKING HAZARD - small parts may pose a risk to children under 6 yrs.

Supplier Sku:
07066

Dimensions & Specifications

Warranty

1 Year

Brand

Meade

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Meade MA 12mm Illuminated Reticle Telescope Eyepiece 1.25 Inch Wireless
 
3.8

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great for drift alignment

    I bought this eyepiece to drift align my Celestron CGEM mount. It made a big difference in tracking errors, particularly when calibration stars were used. In fact visually it was unnoticable after several...Read complete review

    I bought this eyepiece to drift align my Celestron CGEM mount. It made a big difference in tracking errors, particularly when calibration stars were used. In fact visually it was unnoticable after several hours. BUT, expect the LED to flicker during brightness adjustment... It seems the potentiometer isn't quite up to task. However, once ajusted, you shouldn't experience any troubles. The ability to focus the reticle is a great feature too.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Meade 12mm Illuminated Reticle

    The illuminator on/off switch adjusts the brightness of the illuminator. It worked erratically a few times, then did not work at all. The on/off switch is a small potentiometer that adjusts...Read complete review

    The illuminator on/off switch adjusts the brightness of the illuminator. It worked erratically a few times, then did not work at all. The on/off switch is a small potentiometer that adjusts the voltage to the red illuminating LED. [...] The second one I received was either on or off, the brightness could not be adjusted. The brightness must be quite low or it is useless. Curiously, the batteries were already installed, unlike the first one I received, and there was a sticker on the box that read "Quality Inspected." Other reviewers noted that the battery compartment would become unscrewed if it was turned on quickly. That problem has been solved. But clearly they have used a potentiometer that is prone to defects. Not worth the money.

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    5.0

    Solid Eyepiece

    By John

    from CORVALLIS,OR

    About Me Professional Guide

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Meade MA 12mm Illuminated Reticle Telescope Eyepiece 1.25 Inch Wireless:

        I have bought dozens of these eyepieces. I appreciate the accuracy of the focus adjustment. I rarely use the reticle illuminator but on the occasions that I have it works well.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Excellent Reticle Eyepiece

        By Delawhere

        from Lewes, DE

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Meade MA 12mm Illuminated Reticle Telescope Eyepiece 1.25 Inch Wireless:

          Works as advertised. This is the eyepiece you'll want to use when accurately centering an object is important, such as when you are aligning the mount of your scope. The top of the eyepiece can be rotated until the crosshairs are in focus for your eyesight. The red LED makes the eyepiece easy to use at night.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          2.0

          Illuminating LED is Very Poor Quality

          By DJ Colorado

          from Denver, CO

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Quality Lenses

          Cons

          • Unstable

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Meade MA 12mm Illuminated Reticle Telescope Eyepiece 1.25 Inch Wireless:

          The illuminating LED is so bad I'm returning this eyepiece. The potentiometer (brightness control) is extremely non-linear, with intermittant shorting, and provides no capability to control the reticle's brightness.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Great[...]

          By Rotten Ron

          from Illinois

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Quality Lenses

          Cons

          • Couldn't find a falt

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Meade MA 12mm Illuminated Reticle Telescope Eyepiece 1.25 Inch Wireless:

          Makes life easier when you set up the telescope.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Great for drift alignment

          By pencent

          from Beaumont, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Adjustable reticle focus

          Cons

          • LED may flicker

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Meade MA 12mm Illuminated Reticle Telescope Eyepiece 1.25 Inch Wireless:

          I bought this eyepiece to drift align my Celestron CGEM mount. It made a big difference in tracking errors, particularly when calibration stars were used. In fact visually it was unnoticable after several hours. BUT, expect the LED to flicker during brightness adjustment... It seems the potentiometer isn't quite up to task. However, once ajusted, you shouldn't experience any troubles. The ability to focus the reticle is a great feature too.

           
          1.0

          Meade 12mm Illuminated Reticle

          By Dave in Tallahassee

          from Tallahassee, Florida

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • none

          Cons

          • Very Poor Quality

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Meade MA 12mm Illuminated Reticle Telescope Eyepiece 1.25 Inch Wireless:

          The illuminator on/off switch adjusts the brightness of the illuminator. It worked erratically a few times, then did not work at all. The on/off switch is a small potentiometer that adjusts the voltage to the red illuminating LED. [...] The second one I received was either on or off, the brightness could not be adjusted. The brightness must be quite low or it is useless. Curiously, the batteries were already installed, unlike the first one I received, and there was a sticker on the box that read "Quality Inspected." Other reviewers noted that the battery compartment would become unscrewed if it was turned on quickly. That problem has been solved. But clearly they have used a potentiometer that is prone to defects. Not worth the money.

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          • Couple No Kids
           
          3.0

          Works well once adjusted properly

          By Dr. Morbius

          from North Attleboro, MA

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Battery operated
          • Brightness adjustment
          • Good crosshair pattern

          Cons

          • Battery cap loosens
          • Low eye relief
          • No focus instructions

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy
          • Guiding
          • Star alignment

          Comments about Meade MA 12mm Illuminated Reticle Telescope Eyepiece 1.25 Inch Wireless:

          When adjusted properly: focus the rectile pattern, tighten the battery cap and get used to not turning it on quickly so that the cap does not come loose it works quite well. The rectile pattern is adequate for star alignment on go-to scopes. Had to call Meade to get instructions on how to focus the rectile pattern. The focusing ring could be smother but you should only have to do this once. Needs a "reverse" thread on the battery cap.

           
          3.0

          good for alignment, OK for viewing

          By joe

          from chicago, IL

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Meade MA 12mm Illuminated Reticle Telescope Eyepiece 1.25 Inch Wireless:

            The illumination allows for excellent alignment, which is why I got it. Trying to view with this, you would be better off with the Mead series 4000, much cleaner image.

             
            4.0

            A must have for percise allignments

            By MBS

            from Decatur Alabama

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Meade MA 12mm Illuminated Reticle Telescope Eyepiece 1.25 Inch Wireless:

              This reticle eyepiece is a great help when going through the telescope allignment process. Also very usefull when training the telescope drives.

               
              4.0

              Good Illuminated Eyepiece

              By Rick

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Meade MA 12mm Illuminated Reticle Telescope Eyepiece 1.25 Inch Wireless:

              Good optics and easy to see illuminated crosshairs makes aligning scope easier and measuring distances more accurate. The off/on switch a bit clunky and sometimes unscrews battery case.

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