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Meade Lightbridge 12inch Truss Tube Dobsonian

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#1 Olivier Biot

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 04:29 PM

Meade Lightbridge 12inch Truss Tube Dobsonian - long term review

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 12:40 PM

Thanks for telling us about your experiences with your Lightbridge. I think your review and telescope use is a great snapshot of someone's typical experience with this fun telescope. Most of all it is great to hear that you use it a lot. The best telescopes are the ones that get used. Clear skies!

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:28 PM

I currently own a Sky-Watcher 12" Dob and wish I had read this review before I ordered it. The Lightbridge has a true 2" focuser - unlike the Sky-Watcher (which requires two adapters and a bit of collimation nightmare.) Once I sell the SW12, I'll probably order the Lightbridge.

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 10:09 PM

Very thoughtful and helpful review. Thanks!


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Posted 02 August 2012 - 12:36 PM

Very nice review James and the images too are great!

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Posted 26 June 2015 - 02:17 PM

I bought one last year, used, for $300.  The owner said he did not use it much, and he was right.  I haven't used it yet, I like my 6 inch Dob, and now 8 inch Dob.  But I got it out of the corner last night.  Thanks for the tip about not moving it using the truss framework.  I wish I would have read that when I bought the scope.  The scope is out of collimation.  That is my next task because it looks way out.  I put it on a dolly, that seems to make moving it in the yard easier.


I have it covered in a TeleGizmo cover on the patio, and plan to wheel it out to the yard.  Seeing this review makes me want to look thru it soon.

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Posted 26 June 2015 - 06:53 PM

Thanks for the review. I own the Grandfather to this, the Meade Starfinder 12.5 Dob.

I was able to find a used Meade Magellan computer (another story), I wish that it were

a Strut Dob but those weren't available in the 90's when this was new. My mirror was figured

very well and high power views when the seeing would allow it were great until I got hurt.

Meade made/makes great Newtonians, and no matter what anybody says, you cannot beat

the performance for the money. I just wish I were able to still use it....

Best wishes,

Larry Duane


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