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Meade LightBridge 16 Inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope

Item# MEAD385
 
4.5

(13 Ratings)

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Description

It's not just a big telescope. It's a big telescope that goes anywhere. The new LightBridge Truss-Tube Dobsonian Telescope from Meade disassembles and sets up quickly, so you can take one of these massive windows to the universe out to your favorite dark-sky location with ease. The LightBridge Dobsonian gives you high-quality Meade optics, premium components, and ultra portability - all for about the same price as an ordinary tube Dobsonian. Get a LightBridge Truss-Tube Dobsonian today, and prepare to cross the universe.


Diffraction Limited Optics

Meade optics consistently outperform telescopes of similar and larger aperture. Consumers know that "Meade Optics Inside" means that what they see through our telescopes will be views that are detailed, crisp, and full of contrast.


Meade Optical Coatings

Aluminum coatings with magnesium fluoride provide bright images full of detail.


2-inch Crayford-Style Machined Aluminum Focuser with 1.25-inch Adapter

Smooth precise focusing is achieved with this classic design. A unique focus-tension knob and focus-lock design give complete control over focus.


Built-In Primary Mirror Cooling Fan

Bring the telescope into thermal equilibrium quickly and efficiently with the battery-powered cooling fan. The fan is mounted to the rear of the "vented" primary mirror cell for fast cool-down.


Steel RA Roller Bearings

Roller bearings make movements smooth and effortless.

Four reticles and varying brightness controls allow this deluxe finder to adjust to your observing needs.



Series 4000 26mm QX Wide Angle Eyepiece

This premium eyepiece has a 2-inch optical design, and boasts a whopping 70-degree apparent field of view.


Easy to Assemble and Quick to Set Up


Metal Front Secondary Mirror Tube with 2-inch Crayford Focuser

A Crayford-style focuser is a premium focuser that allows fast, accurate focusing. Designed for serious observing, a Crayford Focuser is usually an expensive add-on accessory, but it's included with all LightBridge Dobsonian Telescopes. This focuser can accept both 2-inch and 1.25-inch format eyepieces. Deluxe models include a 2-inch format 26mm wide-angle eyepiece. Standard models include a 1.25-inch format 26mm eyepiece.


Lightweight Aluminum Trusses

The LightBridge Truss-Tube Dobsonian telescopes are designed for portability. If you have never seen a 10- or 12-inch Dobsonian telescope before, they are massive. Traveling to dark-sky locations with the LightBridge design is simple and easy. The LightBridge telescopes can be set up and taken down quickly, making them a very desirable telescope for taking out to your favorite dark-sky location.


Metal Rear Tube with Primary Mirror Cell

The heart of the LightBridge Truss-Tube Dobsonian telescope, this metal tube holds the primary mirror. Also included is the built-in cooling fan for fast temperature equilibrium. When else can you own a large aperture telescope and travel with it in the back seat of your car?


Solid Laminated Base

The LightBridge telescope's solid base is sturdy and designed to last. Laminated for protection against dew and the elements. Offers a steady platform for even the most high-power viewing.

 

Supplier SKU 1645-05-02 16" LightBridge (f/4.5) Truss-Tube Dobsonian

Dimensions & Specifications

Recommended Usage

Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters , Viewing Nebulae , Viewing the Moon , Viewing the Planets

Warranty

Features

Alt-Az Mount

Configuration

74 lbs. Weight Optical Tube

Gender

Brand

Meade

Finderscope

Red Dot

Lens Coating

Multi-Coated

GPS

No

GoTo

No

Good for Astrophotography

No

Telescopes Series

Meade LightBridge Dobsonian Telescopes

Optical Design

Newtonian Reflector

Aperture

16 in.

Focal Length

1829mm

Focal Ratio

f/4.5

Mount Design

Dobsonian

Eyepiece 1

26mm Wide-Angle

Highest Useful Magnification

800X

User Level

For the Enthusiast

Component

0.38 Arc Seconds Resolution , 0.38 Arc Seconds Resolving Power , 15.5 Limiting Magnitude

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Meade Instruments CorpMeade LightBridge Deluxe 16-Inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate (8)
  • Strong construction (8)
  • Quality lenses (6)
  • Compact (3)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (7)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (10), Avid adventurer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Telescope!

By Blake

from NEW PORT RICHEY,FL

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Quality Lenses
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

Comments about Meade Instruments Corp Meade LightBridge Deluxe 16-Inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope:

Just took the scope out over the weekend and saw spectacular views of saturn's rings and jupiter's cloud bands and moons. The views are incredible! Can't wait to check out the Orion Nebula, and the Moon. You may want to upgrade to a different sight, due to the size of the scope, You have to kink your neck to line objects up. I also recommend the wheels accessory to pull it around, The scope is fairly heavy so it makes it a lot easier to move around. The 2in. focuser has a fine tuning mechanism to focus in detail, which is nice. I highly recommend this scope, and look forward to years of enjoyment!

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  • No

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Modified to Great

By Mark H

from Bloomington, IL

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy to Use

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

Comments about Meade Instruments Corp Meade LightBridge Deluxe 16-Inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope:

I have found that this scope captures so much light, you'll think you've turned on a light bulb when looking at Jupiter. The view of dim nebula is excellent, showing great detail. And, when disassembled, this scope (after making a new base) easily fits into my Hyundai Elantra making it truly transportable.You will easily spend another $200 upgrading this scope. (See below.) But, with the price offered compared to other scopes of this size, you cannot beat the price for performance.The main components are ready for use [...] Some items you may want to consider upgrading before first use:Standard eyepiece:While this suffers some coma when you look away from the center of the eyepiece, the field of view is phenomenal and makes finding objects as simple as point in the right direction, then adjust to center. Now, I need to find a 2" EP with a shorter focal length so I don't have to swap the adapter in and out. I have quickly made this my primary eyepiece.Mirror:Star testing indicates multiple concentric circles with no aberrations or astigmatism of either mirror. The secondary outer surface is very visible in the eyepiece, paint it black.Scope Construction:Built to take the wear and tear of disassembly and travel! But, everything is white and shiny. In particular, the UTA and LTA rings should be black. The truss supports are shiny aluminum. With a little moon, or city lights, this creates a lot of stray light. Paint them black and cover the struts with pipe insulation. Secondary adjustment screws are difficult to operate. Primary mirror is heavy and will shift when moving scope from vertical to horizontal enough to move collimation laser return beam by 1-4 mm at the eyepiece even with stop screws tightened down. Possibly heavier springs are needed since I have these tightened almost to max. This is a truss tube design: To minimize dew and scattered light, buy or make a shroud. This will likely also require a counterweight to rebalance the scope. Using the little bearing clamp instead of counterweights will likely damage the aluminum altitude bearing with use.Viewfinder:The reticule can be adjusted in brightness, but even the lowest setting is too bright for use at night as it washes out the view. After the first night of use, I replaced this with a Telrad.Rocker Base: Way too big, overly heavy, and not moisture resistant. (Some edges are not treated.) Had to trash the base before I did anything with the scope as it would not fit through the door, or into my car with it's 32 inch diameter. New base, home-built, is over 20 lbs lighter and fits in my car while still completely stable. Metal cylinder bearings for azimuth make this extremely easy to spin despite tightening. May become a problem with some wind.

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  • No

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Telescope

By Darrell

from London, Kentucky

About Me Avid Adventurer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy assembly
  • Easy to Use
  • Excellent price
  • Quality Lenses
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Didn't buy sooner

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

Comments about Meade Instruments Corp Meade LightBridge Deluxe 16-Inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope:

I have alway's used telescopes.com for all my astronomy equipment need's so I had zero concern's about making this larger purchase. I enjoy building my own telescope's also but couldn't even find a 16 inch mirror for the price of this entire telescope. The 16" LightBridge has all the high quality accessories that I would alway'shave to buy used when constructing a telescope. [...] The mirror in this scope is great, even before a collimation I viewed Jupiter and was amazed at the contrast, and the double cluster was beautiful. In some area'sof the sky, everything looked like an open cluster. I am totally pleased with my new telescope.

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  • No

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Its great!

By Damodt

from St. George, Ut

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Simple

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Meade Instruments Corp Meade LightBridge Deluxe 16-Inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope:

    Best bang for the buck. I looked through scopes that were many thousands of dollars more and there was very little difference if any. I bought the 10" LX200 ACF and was so unimpressed I took it right back. This 16" is much better and especially with the 2" Naglers.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awsome

    By Galaxy Hopper Len

    from Stanwood, Washington

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • Easy to use
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Meade Instruments Corp Meade LightBridge Deluxe 16-Inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope:

    Sixteen inches! Need I say more, I will. Easy to use in all aspects: Assembly, Dis-assembly, Transport, and Operation. Made my own cart using coaster wheels under a round table top, for rolling scope in and out of garage. Don't sell your eyes short to save a few bucks, I have 2 other reflectors, a 4.5", and a 10" and BOY! what a difference the 16" makes. In Telescopes, BIGGER IS BETTER! Happy Star Hoping!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    light bucket

    By matthew

    from Sandia Park,NM

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Meade Instruments Corp Meade LightBridge Deluxe 16-Inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope:

    Surprisingly the tube assembly is a bit lighter, though more bulky, than my 10 inch lx200. Recommend for the experienced amateur in order to find things, though the fov is so large, it's not hard to star hop. for pure scientific power the LX series ACF is far superior, but for sheer joyful visual astronomy with basically zero set up, you can't go wrong with nearly half meter aperture! Get a 2" meade 5000 series super or ultra wide (26 to 34mm ideal) the view is worth every cent. The primary fan is a critical feature, thermal soak is an issue with any large primary. the fan brings the mirror to thermal equilibrium quickly, and it's neat to watch before your eyes the thermal induced astigmatism just go away in about 15 min.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great scope!!!

    By Grant

    from Lumberton, TX

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Meade Instruments Corp Meade LightBridge Deluxe 16-Inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope:

    This is a great scope for the price. I live in the city and it beats my 8"SCT, even with the extreme light pollution. Also, it is easy to setup with practice.
    This is the perfect cure for "aperture fever".

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    View the universe with great Meade Optic

    By Van

    from Rome, NY

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Assembles easily
    • Can be transported
    • Easily laser collimated
    • Great focuser
    • Great optics
    • Large field of view
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Need Jimi Wheeliebar
    • Need weights to balance

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Meade Instruments Corp Meade LightBridge Deluxe 16-Inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope:

    As an avid amateur astronomer I like the big view this scope offers. It has great optics. I have seen this summer 7 galaxies, many nebulae, many open clusters, clusters, saturn, jupiter, and double stars. The veil nebulae was awesome, the ring nebulae was awesome, and other. For the price you can afford this versus other more expensive scopes with similar optics. I keep it assembled in garage on Jimi Wheeliebar. It moves easily with Jimi Wheeliebar.

    (12 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I got this thing and it is a real trip!

    By Danofive

    from Moreno Valley Calif.

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Poor Lens Quality

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Meade Instruments Corp Meade LightBridge Deluxe 16-Inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope:

    Got this thing and it is a trip I will say that. It is BIG, Hard to move. Needs Wheels. But for the price you can not beet it. You will need a bit of help getting it set up. And You will need to get some wheels for it, if you want to move it around. UPS brings it to my house, only to find they put part of it on one truck. The other part on some other truck. Truck two comes about 45 min later.Now I have it all. Three Big box's. I look at all the things with it and the book on how to put it all together. At first it looks like it may be a bit hard.But in one Hr I had it done and set up. And I took my time. It really is not hard to put together. Now if the weather would clear up I can try this thing out. I did get some new Lenses for it. Got the Meade Series 4000 set and a Moon filter.And looking for a Zoom Lenses for it. This is going to be real gass....

    (21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    "A window into the Universe!"

    By the nutty professor

    from Cottage Grove, Or

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Quality Lenses

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Meade Instruments Corp Meade LightBridge Deluxe 16-Inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope:

      In my lifetime adventure of being considered an above average amateur astronomer and having built several scopes in my time( 6, 8, and 12.5 inch reflectors), I feel that this lightbridge 16 will help me to carry the same enthusiasm for the night sky from when I was a mere boy at 8 to where I am now at 57.
      For those who have never owned a scope of this size, it will be a breath-taking experience to view such things as the moon, planets or nebula.
      For those aquainted with telescopes--there will need to be some refinements added to the Lightbridge to make it more usable for those viewers in the know!
      One of the first things I did was build a nice strong cart similar to JMI's trolly. If you do not have those type of skills--I Highly recommend some way to transport the Lightbridge from point A to point B which will make using it much more fun.
      The optics are very decent, however with the short focal lenght things around the edge of the eyepiece(particularly in less expensive eyepieces) can be a bit fuzzy, but thats to be expected and not that annoying. I bought the Baader Planetarium Coma corrector to fix that problem, but its not necessary for the casual observer.
      The Lightbridge does travel well, as I have transported it to the top of some higher elevations in my area and all that one has to do is realign the mirrors before observing again and its perfect.
      Having used go-to equatorial mounts for years and the set-up involved with all that, I am really enjoying the ease and simplicity of setting up the Dobsonian mount and being ready to observe in a matter of minutes.
      I have also bought and installed the JMI track-n-train drive system to my Lightbridge and although it is not designed for astrophotography---it allows you to keep the object in the eyepeice for longer viewing. However, just using the scope as is will still give you very satisfactory results of the night skies!
      All in all, I am very pleased with my Lightbridge 16 and even without all the add-ons that I made, a novice astronomer will have an excellant time viewing through this Huge telescope!

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