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Orion Telescopes
Intermediate
Meade 16" LightBridge Dobsonian Reflector Telescope
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  • Fast 16" f/4.5 1829mm focal length Newtonian Reflector
  • Open truss design for ultra-portability
  • 2" Meade Series 4000 26mm QX Wide Angle Eyepiece


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Item #  55673
Mfg Model #  1645-05-03

The 16" LightBridge is the largest LightBridge model. Its incredible light grasp offers four times the image brightness as an 8" telescope used at the same magnification and 75% more than a 12" model. This is one BIG scope. See deep sky objects in spectacular glory especially when used from a dark location.

The 16" LightBridge Deluxe Truss-Tube Dobsonian features a superior Meade quality multi-coated, diffraction limited 16" primary mirror, focal length 1829mm (f/4.5). 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. 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.

Standard equipment includes a high quality, precision machined dual ratio 2" Crayford style focuser with 10:1 micro focus control, and 1.25" adapter so you can use either 1.25" or 2" barrel eyepieces. Includes a 2" diameter Meade Series 4000 26mm QX Wide Angle Eyepiece for stunning wide angle views. The viewfinder is an easy to use red dot unit with four user selectable reticle pattern options and seven step brightness control. Also includes bonus Meade AutoStar Suite Astronomer Edition Software for checking star charts and planet locations.

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. 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.

Fully assembled weight of the optical tube is 74 pounds, mount weight is 54 pounds. Ships in 2 boxes with weights of 90 and 62 pounds.

Product carries full one year Meade limited factory warranty.

Warranty

This product is serviced and supported by its manufacturer according to the terms and conditions included in the packaged product. Orion's limited warranty does not apply. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support.

Warning

Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.

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  • Best for viewing
    Fainter deep sky
  • Best for imaging
    Solar, lunar, planetary & Messier objects
  • User level
    Intermediate
  • Optical design
    Reflector
  • Optical diameter
    406mm
  • Focal length
    1829mm
  • Focal ratio
    f/4.5
  • Optics type
    Parabolic
  • Resolving power
    115.80arc*sec
  • Lowest useful magnification
    58x
  • Highest useful magnification
    300x
  • Highest theoretical magnification
    812x
  • Limiting stellar magnitude
    15.7
  • Optical quality
    Diffraction limited
  • Finder scope
    None
  • Focuser
    2" Crayford
  • Mount type
    Dobsonian
  • Astro-imaging capability
    Lunar & planetary
  • Computerized compatibility
    Not compatible
  • Tripod material
    Wood
  • Weight, optical tube
    74.0 lbs.
  • Weight, mount/tripod
    54.0 lbs.
  • Weight, fully assembled
    128.0 lbs.
  • Additional included accessories
    26mm QX wide angle eyepiece, Red Dot Viewfinder, Meade AutoStar suite astronomer edition software
  • Other features
    built in cooling fan
  • Warranty
    One year

When an item is not in-stock we will ship it as soon as it becomes available. Typically in-stock items will ship first and backordered items will follow as soon as they are available.

SHIPPING RESTRICTIONS APPLY FOR THIS PRODUCT

This product is available to ship Standard delivery within the 50 US states. Delivery is not available to APO/DPO/FPO addresses, US territories/protectorates or Canada. 3 Day, 2nd Day and Next Day delivery is not available.

The Meade 16" LightBridge Dobsonian Reflector Telescope is a very large, multi-box, telescope and may arrive through freight service on a pallet for curbside delivery.

Returns

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