Meade 12 Lightbridge Deluxe Dobsonian User Report --Starseeker 11:35, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
The Meade 12 Dobsonian has been out for some time. There are several good reports written about this telescope already on the Web. The report by Tom Trusock is one that I found particularly useful http://www.cloudynights.com/item.php?item_id=1465. Much of the Web traffic from 2006 talk about some shipping problems due to the mirror cover coming loose during shipment and issues with scope balance on the altitude axis.
My scope arrived 10/8/2007, and while I haven't had a chance to use it yet, I did want to share that Meade has been listening to users concerns:
- The telescope is now shipped with the mirror assembly inside a thick plastic bag with the main mirror cover outside of the bag, so there is no way the mirror can be marred by the cover during shipment.
- The Altitude Axis now has a brake control to supply more friction to this axis to help control the balance with heavier eye pieces or finders on the diagonal assembly tube.
I can't yet speak to the effectiveness of Altitude Axis brake, but I will post more about this telescope as I continue to become familiar with it.
First Light --Starseeker 04:08, 12 October 2007 (UTC)
I managed to find the time to get the telescope out in the back yard tonight and to collect first starlight. My bottom line is that I am very impressed. I bought this telescope primarily to take to public star parties and I think it will be exceptional for that purpose. I live inside the city of Albuquerque and while NM is more aware of light pollution than many places, it is still an major issue for observers. I am not impressed with my ability to collimate this telescope yet, but I really like the light reach. I managed to get M31 and M32 easily in the same field of view and I was also able to see M110. I needed to use averted vision for M110 but I could definitely see it. M2 and M15 were very easy to find. I pulled M28 and M22 out of the muck through the city's down town lights.
The star images are not the pin points of light that I have come to enjoy from my 7" Mak, but it has great reach and a wonderful field of view. Set up is easy, I've got a good feeling that this is going to become one of my favorite telescopes.