Meade LightBridge™


The big telescope that goes anywhere.

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. LightBridge 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 LightBridge truss-Dob. And prepare to cross the universe.

The open truss design of the LightBridge Dobsonians means portability of the telescope is dramatically improved over a solid tube design. Taking only moments to set up and take apart for travel, the extremely rigid truss frame design ensures a no-compromises view through the telescope. Hand driven Dobsonian style telescopes by their nature need good mounts with smooth and stable movement to be enjoyable, and here again the LightBridge excels. The sturdy laminated finish wooden Dobsonian mount includes premium features such as roller bearings on the azimuth (side to side) axis and large diameter aluminum altitude (vertical axis) bearings with a hand adjustable variable tension brake for smooth and stable movement.


LightBridge 10" f/5

The 10" LightBridge is a very capable deep sky performer, with a light grasp and image brightness over 50% brighter than an 8" telescope used at the same magnification. This greater light gathering ability will bring more faint deep sky objects into view, and in improved detail. This will be especially appreciated when used from a dark location.

The 10" LightBridge Deluxe Truss-Tube Dobsonian features a superior Meade quality multi-coated, diffraction limited 10" primary mirror, focal length 1270mm (f/5). The optics of this style of telescope are only as good as their mounting, which is why Meade engineers gave the LightBridge primary mirror a top of the line, fully adjustable, high strength but light weight aluminum stress free floating multi-point cell with built in cooling fan. The included battery pack for the fan takes 8 (user supplied) AA batteries and is used to speed the cool down process of the primary mirror, improving image quality.

Standard equipment includes a high quality, precision machined dual speed 2" Crayford style focuser with fine focus 10:1 speed reduction and 1.25" adapter so you can use either 1.25" or 2" barrel eyepieces. Includes a 2" diameter Meade Series 4000 26mm QX Wide Angle Eyepiece for stunning wide angle views. The viewfinder is an easy to use red dot unit with four user selectable reticle pattern options and seven step brightness control. Also includes bonus Meade AutoStar Suite Astronomer Edition Software for checking star charts and planet locations.

Fully assembled weight of the optical tube is 17kg (38 lbs), mount weight is 12kg (27 lbs). Ships in 2 boxes with weights of 20kg (45 lbs) and 14kg (31 lbs). Product carries full one year Meade limited factory warranty.


LightBridge 12" f/5

The 12" Lightbridge is a very large telescope, with a light grasp and image brightness 2.25 times as great as an 8" telescope used at the same magnification and 40% brighter than a 10”. View deep sky objects in terrific detail, especially when used from a dark location.

The 12" LightBridge Deluxe Truss-Tube Dobsonian features a superior Meade quality multi-coated, diffraction limited 12" primary mirror, focal length 1524mm (f/5). The optics of this style of telescope are only as good as their mounting, which is why Meade engineers gave the LightBridge primary mirror a top of the line, fully adjustable, high strength but light weight aluminum stress free floating multi-point cell with built in cooling fan. The included battery pack for the fan takes 8 (user supplied) AA batteries and is used to speed the cool down process of the primary mirror, improving image quality.

Standard equipment includes a high quality, precision machined dual speed 2" Crayford style focuser with fine focus 10:1 speed reduction and 1.25" adapter so you can use either 1.25" or 2" barrel eyepieces. Includes a 2" diameter Meade Series 4000 26mm QX Wide Angle Eyepiece for stunning wide angle views. The viewfinder is an easy to use red dot unit with four user selectable reticle pattern options and seven step brightness control. Also includes bonus Meade AutoStar Suite Astronomer Edition Software for checking star charts and planet locations.

Fully assembled weight of the optical tube is 21kg (47 lbs), mount weight is 15kg (33 lbs)s. Ships in 2 boxes with weights of 25kg (55 lbs) and 18kg (39 lbs). Product carries full one year Meade limited factory warranty.


LightBridge 16" f/4.5

The 16" LightBridge is the largest LightBridge model. Its incredible light grasp offers four times the image brightness as an 8" telescope used at the same magnification and 75% more than a 12" model. This is one BIG scope. See deep sky objects in spectacular glory especially when used from a dark location.

The 16" LightBridge Deluxe Truss-Tube Dobsonian features a superior Meade quality multi-coated, diffraction limited 16" primary mirror, focal length 1829mm (f/4.5). The optics of this style of telescope are only as good as their mounting, which is why Meade engineers gave the LightBridge primary mirror a top of the line, fully adjustable, high strength but light weight aluminum stress free floating multi-point cell with built in cooling fan. The included battery pack for the fan takes 8 (user supplied) AA batteries and is used to speed the cool down process of the primary mirror, improving image quality.

Standard equipment includes a high quality, precision machined dual ratio 2" Crayford style focuser with 10:1 micro focus control, and 1.25" adapter so you can use either 1.25" or 2" barrel eyepieces. Includes a 2" diameter Meade Series 4000 26mm QX Wide Angle Eyepiece for stunning wide angle views. The viewfinder is an easy to use red dot unit with four user selectable reticle pattern options and seven step brightness control. Also includes bonus Meade AutoStar Suite Astronomer Edition Software for checking star charts and planet locations.

Fully assembled weight of the optical tube is 34kg (74 lbs), mount weight is 24kg (54 lbs). Ships in 2 boxes with weights of 41kg (90 lbs) and 28kg (62 lbs). Product carries full one year Meade limited factory warranty.


Models and Prices

LightBridge 10" LightBridge 12" LightBridge 16"
Retail Price inc. VAT £870.00 £1,245.00 £2,495.00
Purchase at Opticstar.com
Product Code 1005-05-03 1205-05-03 1605-05-03
Optical Design Newtonian reflector Newtonian reflector Newtonian reflector
Clear Aperture 10" 12" 16"
Focal Length 1,270mm 1,524mm 1,829mm
Focal Ratio f/5 f/5 f/4.5
Resolving Power (Dawes' Limit) 0.456 arc-seconds 0.380 arc-seconds 0.285 arc-seconds
Primary Mirror Design Parabolic Parabolic Parabolic
OTA Cooling Fan Yes Yes Yes
Oversized Primary Mirror Yes Yes Yes
Focuser Mechanism Crayford-style 2" dual speed 10:1 focuser
Viewfinder Red-Dot Red-Dot Red-Dot
Eyepiece(s) 26mm Series 4000™ QX Wide Angle™ (2")
Mount Type Dobsonian Dobsonian Dobsonian
Batteries (User-Supplied) OTA Fan: 8 x AA cell OTA Fan: 8 x AA cell OTA Fan: 8 x AA cell
Transit weight 34kg 43kg 69kg

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