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Meade StarFInder

Recommended Accessories

The Starfinder Dobsonian Mount: Meade Starfinder Dobsonian mountings provide for smooth manual motions of the telescope in both altitude and azimuth. Both telescope axes ride on low-backlash Teflon/Nylon bearings, facilitating the location and tracking of celestial objects anywhere in the sky. Each mount is manufactured of cabinet-quality materials and designed for a lifetime of use. Handles are provided for easy portability.

Spiral-Wound Optical Tubes: The Sonotube™ optical tubes of Starfinder reflectors have excellent insulating characteristics, so that thermal tube currents are reduced to an absolute minimum. While the smooth white finish of the tube is not intended to match the gleaming, hard, powder-coat finish of Meade Schmidt-Cassegrains and ED Apochromats, it nonetheless instills a solid pride-of-ownership in any Starfinder owner.

Speciifications Starfinder Equatorial 16;Includes 16" Newtonian optical system (D = 406mm, F = 1830mm, f/4.5) with standard aluminized parabolic primary mirror and elliptical flat secondary mirror; #77 2" giant rack-and-pinion focuser with 1.25" and 2" eyepiece-holders; 8 x 50mm viewfinder; 4-vane secondary mirror support; 9-point flotation mirror cell; equatorial mount, pier and tripod legs; setting circles on both axes; 9-volt DC motor drive system (accepts 6 user-supplied AA-size batteries), with DC motor, reduction gear system, and automatic clutch; Super Plössl 26mm eyepiece (1.25"); Sonotube 19" x 66" long with end ring; operating instructions.

Specifications: Starfinder Dobsonian 12.5";Includes 12.5" or 16" Newtonian optical system (D = 318mm, F = 1525mm, f/4.8 or D = 406mm, F = 1830mm, f/4.5), with standard aluminized parabolic primary mirror and elliptical flat secondary mirror; #77 2" giant rack-and-pinion focuser with 1.25" and 2" eyepiece-holders; 8 x 50mm viewfinder; 4-vane secondary mirror support; easy-release mirror cell; Dobsonian mounting with Teflon/ Nylon bearings on both axes; Super Plössl 26mm eyepiece (1.25"); Sonotube 15.1" x 58" long (12.5") or 19" x 66" long (16") with end ring; operating instructions


12.5" StarFinder, Dobsonian telescope-$849 ($79)

16" f/4.5 StarFinder, Dobsonian telescope -$1249 ($45 packing-ship collect)

16" f/4.5 StarFinder, Equatorial- $2995 ($55 packing-ship collect)


 

 

Specifications and Features:
Star FinderTelescopes

TELESCOPE: Starfinder Dobsonian 12.5 Starfinder Equatorial or Dobsonian 16
Optical Design Newtonian Reflector Newtonian Reflector
Diameter/Clear Aperture 318mm (12.5") 406mm (16")
Primary & Secondary Mirrors Grade-A Pyrex glass,
fine annealed
Grade-A Pyrex glass,
fine annealed
Eyepiece Super Plö 26mm (1.25") Super Plö 26mm (1.25")
Secondary Mirror Support 4-vane; steel 4-vane; steel
Focal Length; Focal Ratio 1525mm; f/4.8 1830mm; f/4.5
Resolving Power (arc secs.) 0.36 0.28
Optical Coatings standard aluminum standard aluminum
Limiting Visual Magnitude (approx.) 15.0 15.6
Limiting Photographic Magnitude (approx.) 17.4 19.0
Image Scale (degs./inch) .95°/inch .79°/inch
Maximum Practical Visual Power 600x 700x
Optical Tube Dimensions (dia. x length) 15.1" x 58" long spiral-wound Sonotube 19" x 66" long spiral-wound Sonotube
Secondary Mirror Minor Axis 2.60" 4.00"
Secondary Mirror Obstruction (%) 4.3% 6.2%
16" Equatorial Model Only:
Equatorial Mounting German-type
Polar and Dec. Shaft Dias. 1.5"
Bearings RA: 2 ball bearings;
DE\ec.: Nylon
Pier (dia. x height) 6.0" x 18" steel
Motor Drive System 9-volts D.C.
Drive Gear 5" worm gear
Setting Circle Dias. RA and Dec.: 6"
Latitude Range 25° to 60°
Material aluminum castings
Total Net Telescope Weight (approx.) 247 lbs.
Heaviest Component
 for Field Assembly
62 lbs.
Shipping Weight (approx.) 273 lbs.
Dobsonian Models, only:
Dobsonian Mounting:
Base Diameter 26.75" 33.6"
Mount Dimensions (approx.) 25" square x 22" high 31" square x 30" high
Materials thermally-fused Melamine, industrial particle based board core
Bearings:
Altitude Nylon Nylon
Azimuth Teflon Teflon
Net Weight:
Optical Tube 55 lbs. 100 lbs.
Mounting 41 lbs. 70 lbs.
Shipping Weight (approx.) 106 lbs. 185 lbs.

 

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