Meade 16" Dobsonian LightBridge Telescope

Meade 16" Dobsonian LightBridge Telescope
Item # ME-1645-05-03
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  • Wow! Want a lot of aperture for not a lot of money? This Meade 16" Dobsonian telescope is capable of peering into the far reaches of the Universe!
  • Lightweight aluminum truss-tube design includes 2" Crayford-style machined aluminum focuser with 1.25" adapter, steel RA roller bearings and built-in primary mirror cooling fan.
  • The Meade 16" Light Bridge Telescope 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 16" f/4.5 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!

Meade Product Number: 1645-05-03

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-1645-05-03
UPC Code 709942503227
Manufacturer Meade
Telescope Series Meade LightBridge
Optical Design Newtonian Reflector
Mount Type Dobsonian Cradle
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Telescope Aperture 16"
Telescope Focal Ratio f/4.5
Telescope Focal Length 1829mm
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 15.5
Highest Useful Magnification 960x
Optical Coatings MgF2
Dew Shield Included? No, Not Necessary
Diagonal Included? No - Not Required
Eyepiece(s) Included 26mm QX
Optical Tube Weight 74 lbs.
Total Telescope Weight 128 lbs.
Length of Optical Tube Not provided by manufacturer
Optical Tube Outer Diameter Not provided 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 54 lbs.
Tripod Type Included None, Not Required
Counterweights Included N/A
Power Adapter Included None - Does Not Require Power
Included Items

Included Items

  • Meade 16" f/4.5 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

What additional gear would you recommend to do astrophotography with this scope?
Are there Servo Cat the systems that provide go to function for this scope? I know it can't do photographic tracking by itself, but the Obsession scopes can have added functionality and I wondered if such options exist for the Meade models?
What is the height of the eye piece above the ground?
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