#126 2X Barlow for 1.25" eyepieces


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This physically very short (2.5") Meade Barlow was designed to use with Meade ETX Maksutov-Cassegrains, but it can be used in the 1.25" star diagonal of any telescope for true 2x magnification . . .
Our Product #: 126
Meade Product #: 07273
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Product Description

The Meade #126 Barlow is physically very short (2.5") and was designed to fit into the star diagonal of the Meade ETX Maksutov-Cassegrains to keep the telescope/eyepiece height comfortably low. However, it can also be used in the 1.25" star diagonal of any type or brand of telescope for true 2x magnification.

In addition to the Meade ETX scopes, it is particularly recommended for use with current Meade DS Series refractors and reflectors, as well as with older Meade 390, 395, and Polaris refractors and Meade 4420, 4450, 4500, and Polaris reflectors. It is needed with these latter reflectors to allow photography with a #1320 or #1321 camera adapter. Its multicoated achromatic glass doublet lens works best at focal ratios of f/6 and above. A thumbscrew holds eyepieces in place.

Tech Details

Barrel Size 1.25"
Length 2.6"
Number of optical elements 2
Power 2x
Weight 3 oz.
Warranty 1 year


Review by:
Solid value, but does vignette (like most similar shorties) with an EP over 25mm//50deg. Stay under 20 to be safe.
I taped on a 3/4" eyepiece threaded tubing extension, and vignetting went way down. Also, the contrast (very good) then became excellent. The optical cell is very good, btw: nice 1.3x results when you screw it into filter threads, so it makes plossls/orthos happy with F5. Almost great, but benefits from tweaking. (Posted on 7/31/2020)
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I was given one of these and the price colored my expectations. I expected to sell it at some point or just toss it in the drawer. At the time I was waiting on a CPC925 from Astronomics when it arrived I thought why not give the Barlow a try on Jupiter. Performance was in fact pretty good. Later I picked up a more expensive and longer Meade Barlow and honestly I am not certain about the difference in image quality. Other reviews have pointed out the possible problem with a single screw design, but within that limit it is a handy shorty Barlow. A good addition to the small scope travel kit. (Posted on 10/23/2019)
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I read mixed reviews on this barlow but bought one anyway. I find it all but disappears, doubling magnification without introducing problems with the image in my f8.3 refractor. In my achromat, it's identical to my excellent Celestron Ultima SV. I don't have a problem recommending it for use in achromats. It also has a 1 year warranty from Meade. (Posted on 9/20/2019)
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That "pack-in" long 2x Barlow that come with most starter telescope packages are sub-par at best. This reasonable priced one has excellent build quality and the optical quality much, much better than that pack-in one. Definitely one of the first things you should get after buying that first telescope. (Posted on 7/22/2019)
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Barlow lenses have come a long way over the years. Rather than the long models of 30-40 years ago, there are excellent ‘shortie’ Barlow’s today that do a great job, in a small package
The Meade Telenegative 2X, #126 is such a product.
With my variety of scopes and eyepieces, I see a sharp image with this Barlow. It amplifies the focal length of your scope 2 times and thus the power is increased 2 times with a given eyepiece. As with any combination of lenses, Barlow’s etc in a scope, going too high will result in soft images and loss of light. But within given limits, the Barlow performs very well. The advantage I see is using the Barlow with a longer focal length eyepiece, giving you the magnification you desire as well as a longer and more comfortable eye relief.
Being small and lightweight the Meade Telenegative 2x is not something that will cause balance issues or added weight problems. That can be very important for a steady view.
For cost and performance, this Barlow is a valuable addition to any eyepiece collection. (Posted on 7/22/2019)
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Had this piece, but it made the view lose sharpness. In my opinion, it isn’t worth it if it degrades the experience. (Posted on 11/21/2018)
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For the price you can’t go wrong with this Barlow. For a beginner or something to use with a travel scope or even an intermediate level scope it does the job. It’s not high end workmanship and has a simple set screw not a brass ring setup or anything fancy but it works well without any issues. In this price range, for what it does, it’s a winner. (Posted on 10/16/2018)
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