- Fast 12" f/5 1524mm focal length Newtonian Reflector
- Open truss design for ultra portability
- 2" Meade Series 4000 26mm QX Wide Angle Eyepiece
New Improved Version - Now with new anti-reflection coatings on trusses and castings, and dual speed Crayford focuser.
It's not just a big telescope. It's a big telescope that goes anywhere. New LightBridge truss-dobs from Meade take down and set up quickly. So you can take one of these massive windows on the universe out to your favorite dark sky locations with ease. LightBridge dobs give you high quality Meade optics, premium components, and ultra portability - all for about the same price as an ordinary tube dob. So get a LightBridge truss-dob. And prepare to cross the universe.
Diffraction Limited Optics
The 12" LightBridge Truss-Tube Dobsonian features a superior Meade quality multi-coated, diffraction limited 12" primary mirror, focal length 1524mm (f/5). 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
Coatings with magnesium fluoride over coat provides bright images full of detail.
Metal Optical Tube with Primary Mirror Cell
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.
2" Crayford-Style 10:1 Dual Speed Machined Aluminum Focuser With 1.25" Adapter
Smooth precise focusing is achieved with this classic design. A unique focus tension knob and focus lock design gives 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 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. The fan is mounted to the rear of the vented primary mirror cell for fast cool down.
Solid OTA Mount
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.
Steel RA Roller Bearings
Laminated base with roller bearings on the azimuth axis that make movements smooth and effortless.
Lightweight Aluminum Trusses
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.
Advanced Four-Reticle Red Dot Viewfinder
Four reticles and varying brightness controls allow this deluxe finder to adjust to your observing needs.
26mm Meade QX Wide Angle 2" Eyepiece Deluxe Model
This premium eyepiece has a 2" barrel, and boasts a whopping 70° Apparent Field of View.
AutoStar suite software also included.
Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty (within US/Canada only).
User Manual: Meade Lightbridge Dobsonian Manual (PDF format, 1.2MB)