This Meade telescope is a beautiful looking scope, with its sleek white optical tube and gray mount. It is sturdy, lightweight and compact just what you need when moving the telescope from place to place.
The Achromatic are extremely good performers in areas with light pollution and glare, making this a great telescope for the city areas. The Meade telescope’s strong points are its sharp, crisp, views and contrast from its multi coated lenses. I have spent many nights viewing and have been pleasantly surprised with the performance of this Meade telescope.
I have viewed M8, M16, M20, M81, M82, M101, and the double star M40 and Globular clusters, all were great viewing. M13 in particular was stunning. I also viewed the Horsehead and the Orion Nebula and all showed some character and detail. I could clearly see the two arms of the Spiral Galaxy.
Deep sky viewing is my first love and I am very pleased to report that this Meade telescope performed very well and of course with the assistance of Meade’s Autostar you will find that you can view more deep sky objects in one night than is normally possible.
You can buy top astronomy software which is compatible with Meade Autostar called Starry Night. There are 3 versions, “Starry Night Backyard”, “Starry Night Pro”, and “Starry Night Deep Space” all are top rated software packages that will enhance your viewing of the night sky by giving you all the information you need.
I viewed the planets, first up was my favorite gas giant, Jupiter. The three cloud bands were clearly visible along with Jupiter’s moons, I tapped on the Autostar keypad and Saturn appeared next. She looked as beautiful as ever, with this Meade telescope’s high contrast and crisp outlines, and the rings and shadows were stunning. The Achromat Meade telescope truly excels with deep sky and planetary viewing.
You are going to get a lot of telescope for the price. If you’re on a budget, you may want to take a serious look at this very attractive telescope.
The Autostar with its 30 thousand plus object database is a real bonus. If you’re like me, you will want to view objects and not spend valuable time trying to find them. Once it was only the professional astronomers who had this type of technology.
- Aperture – 5″ Achromatic
- f/9 Refractor
- Drive with 9 speeds
- Autostar 30,223 Object Database
- 8×50 Viewfinder
- Eyepiece – 26mm super Plossl.
The bonus here is its excellent deep sky viewing. The Achromatic Meade telescope is excellent if you are stuck in an area with light pollution. This Meade telescope can stand alongside many of the more expensive meade telescopes but at a fraction of the price.