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Meade Eclipseview 114 (lightbridge mini 114).

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#1 HNunez

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Posted 10 August 2020 - 04:46 PM

Hello group,

Does anyone has experience in the Meade Eclipseview 114 (which I believe is the same as the lightbridge mini sans the moon filter)? If so, would it make a good beginners telescope?

 

P.D. Portability is a must :)

 

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#2 Phil Sherman

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Posted 11 August 2020 - 01:04 PM

From the manual for them, the tabletop versions should work fairly well as wide field instruments. The short focal length should force a parabolic mirror which is much better than the usual spherical primary with a 2x barlow built into the focuser tube. The fast focal ratio will make colimation critical. This should be a very good lightweight portable instrument. 


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#3 Tony Flanders

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Posted 11 August 2020 - 02:03 PM

Yes, the Eclipseview 114 does indeed appear to be the Lightbridge Mini 114 plus a solar filter.

 

I reviewed the Lightbridge Mini 114 favorably for Sky & Telescope. The optical tube is similar (maybe identical?) to the tube of the venerable Orion 4.5-inch StarBlast, but the mount is distinctly smaller and lighter. That cuts both ways. On the one hand, the StarBlast mount is just a bit too big to fit on a standard chair, which otherwise makes an excellent support for these scopes. (A backless chair is even better.) On the other hand, the Lightbridge Mini mount vibrates more, and it has a problem on the vertical axis that the tightening bolt tends to self-tighten and/or self-loosen as the scope moves up and down.

 

All in all, the various 130-mm f/5 tabletop Dobs give you distinctly more power for just a little more money, with surpringly little loss in portability. The AWB OneSky tube, when folded up, is just about the same size as the Mini 114 tube.




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