I purchased this Meade telescope for my son. This is a great telescope for any beginner who wants to be able to get as much aperture as possible for under $400. Out of all the Meade telescopes I have a real soft spot for the Dobsonian, with their low price and large aperture.
I did a star test and found the scope to be slightly over corrected which was easily fixed. We viewed the planets, Jupiter and Saturn which were clear and crisp, and could just make out 3 cloud bands on Jupiter and Saturn’s ring system, looked great.
We looked at most of the brighter objects in the milky way with satisfying results. If you want a telescope for deep sky viewing I would suggest you take a look at the 8″ Dobsonian Meade telescope, the extra aperture will give you good views and the 8″ is not so large that it is hard to handle. The optics are good on this Meade telescope.
There are a few minor problems. The drawtube protrudes into the optical path, and the skinny tube can be unsteady in the wind. The focuser knob sits too close to the tube. But if you can put up with its faults, you get a very good telescope for your money.
- Aperture 6″ Newtonian
- 5×24 Viewfinder
- Eyepiece 25mm Plossl.
Yes, this Meade telescope does have a few problems, but for the money this is a great starter scope and it will give you some great views. If you’re on a budget take a look at the Dobsonian Meade telescope. Only available on the used market.