This Meade Mini 82 Dobsonian-style tabletop telescope is lightweight and portable, making it a great grab-and-go telescope for spur-of-the-moment observing. It has a simple design that makes it easy for beginners to use, and its no-tool setup means you are up and observing in no time.
The Meade Mini 82 has a spherical mirror with a generous 82mm aperture that gathers 137 times as much light as the sharpest eye. This provides bright, clear views of faint celestial objects and shows the Moon’s mountains and craters in crisp detail. And, thanks to its wide field of view, you’ll be able to observe comets and the brighter deep-sky objects, like the Orion Nebula.
Weighing just 3.8 pounds, the compact Meade LightBridge Mini 82 is a tabletop telescope that you can pick up with one hand and take out to observe whenever the urge strikes you. It’s also stylish enough to be a decorative fixture on your bookshelf or desk.
This Meade LightBridge Mini 82 Optical System . . .
Reflector optical tube: 82mm (3.23”) aperture 300mm focal length f/3.7 spherical mirror Newtonian reflector. The mirrors are aluminized for high light transmission and overcoated with durable silicon dioxide (quartz) for long life.
Rack and pinion focuser: The 1.25” focuser has dual focusing knobs for precise image control with either hand. The large focus knobs are easy to operate, even while wearing gloves or mittens in cold weather.
Two eyepieces and a Barlow: You get two 1.25" Huygenian eyepieces: a 26mm (11.5x) and a 10mm (33x). You also get a 2x Barlow lens that doubles those magnifications to 23x and 66x. Both eyepieces and the Barlow have antireflection coatings on their lens surfaces for sharp images and good contrast.
Finderscope: An illuminated red dot finderscope attaches to the side of the optical tube. This battery-operated red LED finder projects a small dot of red light onto a clear plate inside the finder housing. When you look through the finder, the red dot appears to float in space wherever your telescope is pointing, day or night, making it easy to quickly and intuitively center the scope on distant objects by moving your scope until the red dot seems to rest on top of your target. The red aiming dot can be seen from virtually any distance behind the finder, from two inches to two feet, so it is easy for eyeglass wearers to use.
This Meade LightBridge Mini 82 Mount . . .
Dobsonian-type tabletop mount: The simple and durable painted fiberboard mini-Dobsonian altazimuth mount uses the familiar "lazy Susan" Dobsonian base design for right/left motion at the touch of a finger, while the single vertical arm that holds the optical tube allows smooth up/down motion. The base has rubber feet that let it sit securely on a tabletop or any other suitable horizontal surface. The compact and lightweight mount weighs only 3.8 lbs (1.72 kg). It provides smooth right/left and up/down manual motion of the optical tube. This is suitable for low power casual astronomical observing, and will let you easily track objects as they move across the sky.
The large knob that connects the optical tube to the mount allows you to adjust the friction on the scope in its up/down motion. This lets you control how smoothly the mount moves as you manually push the tube to follow objects moving through the sky.
Bonus Software . . .
Also included with the Meade Mini 82 is a planetarium software program on DVD that will calculate planetary positions and the times for the best planetary viewing. It will also display sky charts to let you identify stars, constellations, and the brighter deep space objects visible in the Mini 82 on any given night.