Meade 12" Dobsonian LightBridge Telescope

Meade 12" Dobsonian LightBridge Telescope
Item # ME-1205-05-03
  • Heard the term "Light Bucket"? Well, the Meade 12" LightBridge is just that! With 12" of aperture, you will be collecting light from the far reaches of the Universe. See thousands of galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, and more!
  • The lightweight aluminum truss-tube design of the Meade LightBridge includes a 2" Crayford-style machined aluminum focuser with 1.25" adapter, steel RA roller bearings and built-in primary mirror cooling fan.
  • The Meade 12" LightBridge comes standard with an advanced four-reticle red dot viewfinder and Meade 26mm QX Wide Angle 2" Eyepiece.
  • Includes anti-reflection coatings on trusses and castings
  • Important Note: This telescope requires an additional $40 fee due to the oversized nature of the shipping boxes involved. Scroll down to the bottom of the long description for a full explanation.


Meade LightBridge Dobsonian Telescopes

"Space is infinite... ...Your back seat is NOT."

It's not just a big telescope. It's a big telescope that goes anywhere. LightBridge truss-dobs from Meade will fit in just about any car, and set up and and take down quickly, so you can take one of these massive windows on the universe out to your favorite dark-sky location with ease...even if your favorite location is your own back yard. Light Bridge Dobs give you high quality Meade optics, premium components, and ultra portability...all for about the same price as a classic, tube-style Dobsonian.

Meade LightBridge 12" f/5 Truss-Tube Dobsonian Telescope Features

  • Diffraction Limited Optics Meade optics consistently outperform telescopes of similar and larger aperture. Consumers know that "Meade Optics Inside" means that what they see through our telescopes will be views that are detailed, crisp and full of contrast.

  • Meade Optical Coatings Aluminum Coatings with magnesium fluoride over coat provides bright images full of detail.

  • 2" Crayford-Style Machined Aluminum Focuser With 1.25" Adapter: Smooth precise focusing is achieved with this classic design. A unique focus tension knob and focus lock design gives complete control over focus.

  • Built-In Primary Mirror Cooling Fan: Bring the telescope into thermal equilibrium quickly and efficiently with the battery powered cooling fan. The fan is mounted to the rear of the "vented" primary mirror cell for fast cool down.

  • Includes anti-reflection coatings on trusses and castings.

  • Steel RA Roller Bearings Roller bearings make movements smooth and effortless.

  • Advanced Four-Reticle Red Dot Viewfinder: Four reticles and varying brightness controls allow this deluxe finder to adjust to your observing needs.

  • 26mm QX™ Wide Angle 2" Eyepiece Deluxe Model: This premium eyepiece has a 2" barrel, and boasts a whopping 70° Apparent Field of View.
It's not just a big telescope. It's a big telescope that goes anywhere. New LightBridge truss-dobs from Meade take down and set up quickly. So you can take one of these massive windows on the universe out to your favorite dark sky locations with ease. Light Bridge dobs give you high quality Meade optics, premium components, and ultra portability - all for about the same price as an ordinary tube dob. So get a Meade LightBridge truss-dob. And prepare to cross the universe.

Meade guaranties their product to perform as well as promised and the First Light Program was made to prove this to the customers.

If your telescope's workmanship or materials fail within the first 30 days of ownership, Meade will replace it- no questions asked! See the Sales Info/ Services button to your left for more information.

Meade Product Number: 1205-05-03

Oversize Shipping Charges Statement: The dimensional weight for LightBridge telescope boxes are considered oversized by UPS, which causes the shipping costs to sky-rocket. Because of these high shipping charges, OPT has no other choice (unless we want to lose money on the sale) but to pass part of the charges on to the customer. Therefore, please note that the price shown above does not include a $40 oversize box fee. The amount will be added to your order before the telescope ships. If you pick the telescope up at OPT, by the way, you will not have to pay this fee. Thank you for your understanding.

Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU ME-1205-05-03
UPC Code 709942503210
Manufacturer Meade
Telescope Series Meade LightBridge
Optical Design Newtonian Reflector - Open Truss
Mount Type Dobsonian Cradle
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Telescope Aperture 12"
Telescope Focal Ratio f/5
Telescope Focal Length 1524mm
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14.8
Highest Useful Magnification 720x
Optical Coatings MgF2
Dew Shield Included? No, Not Necessary
Diagonal Included? No - Not Required
Eyepiece(s) Included 26mm QX
Optical Tube Weight 47 lbs.
Total Telescope Weight 80 lbs.
Length of Optical Tube Not provided by manufacturer
Optical Tube Outer Diameter Not prodded by manufacturer
Tube Color or Finish Gloss White
OTA Mount Type N/A
Finder Included Red Dot Finder
CD ROMs Included AutoStar Suite
Controller Type None
Objects in Database N/A
OTA Cooling Fan? Yes
Mount Weight 33 lbs.
Tripod Type Included None, Not Required
Counterweights Included N/A
Power Adapter Included None - Does Not Require Power

Customer Reviews 1 item(s)

meade lightbridge 12 in. dobsonian
got delivery of my new 12in lightbride a few weeks ago,unit was packaged well...came in two boxes...and no damage or missing parts...even tho we have had lots of rain and cloudy skies. there have been a few nites of sighting opporitunities...I am a newbie to this with small binoculars...going to a spotting scope and tripod....then to astronomy tripod mounted binoculars...followed by a 4.5 inch Newtonian[used] and now the Lightbridge all in a few short months....and all I can say about the new Lightbridge, is everything they said it would....thanks opt. for the fast service and quick delivery...and the great price too. this scope works well with both 1,25 and 2inch lenses...which I have already accumulated a collection of...but the 2 inch are amazing and open up some great sights to me a rookie ...backyard...learning more daily...wanna be astronomer I am very happy with my purchase......
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by zeke / (Posted on 9/25/2015)
Included Items

Included Items

  • Meade 12" f/5 Diffraction-Limited Primary
  • Built-in Cooling Fan
  • Laminated Base with steel roller bearings in RA
  • 2" Crayford-Style Focuser with 1.25" insert
  • Series 4000 26mm QX Eyepiece - 2"
  • Advanced 4-Reticle Red Dot Viewfinder
  • Autostar Suite Astronomer Edition Software (PC only)
  • Anti-reflection coatings on trusses and castings
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

Is the Autostar Suite software used to move the telescope to locate coordinates automatically or is it manual location? I'm a new observer and I want to be able to find objects without having a hate doing so.
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