Having deep roots within the astronomy industry, the Meade brand has been recognised and trusted by the stargazing community for over 40 years. Starting as a simple one-man mail-order operation in 1972, Meade has continued to grow and flourish over the decades, emerging as the internationally-renown award-winning optics manufacturer of today.
Though Meade offer an extensive range of high-quality optics and accessories, including a line of spotting scopes and binoculars, their selection of telescopes in particular pay testament to their outstanding commitment to increasing accessibility to astronomy for all, whilst remaining the driving front of innovation within their field.
With a comprehensive product offering reaching out to all ages and abilities, along with a number of industry firsts under their belt, Meade’s success in achieving their objectives cannot be denied. Continuing to improve existing products in addition to the development of new ones, such as the Lightbridge Mini, the brand continues to lead the way in the amateur astronomy market.
Arriving in the UK in January 2016, the new Lightbridge Mini series has already been named one of Sky & Telescope’s ‘Hot Products 2016’ in the US, with the attractive trio of tabletop Dobsonians set to prove equally popular in the UK. No complicated set-up or alignment process involved, the Lightbridge Mini allow immediate no-fuss observation of the night sky straight out of the box, perfect for a spontaneous stargazing session! Furthermore, their decorative, portable design adds a unique talking point to a room or outdoor area, ready to begin observation at a moment’s notice. Large apertures offer generous light gathering ability for bright, clear observation of an array of celestial objects including planets, stars and galaxies, all from a 360⁰ perspective via the convenient rotating mount.
Set to perfectly compliment the pre-existing UK range, Meade hope the Lightbridge will follow in the footsteps of their popular Infinity and Polaris series, which have already received excellent feedback and reviews. With their attention-grabbing cosmic blue optical tubes and generous array of features, it’s not difficult to see why they have caught the eye of so many, with sturdy pre-assembled tripods, fully-coated high-resolution optics and slow motion controls further enhancing the design. Integrated T-threads (selected models only) and tripod camera threads, allowing cross-compatibility for photo enthusiasts and astrophotographers, are just one example of the thoughtful extras included by Meade to make astronomy that little bit easier and more fun!
Meade telescopes can be purchased from Argos Online, Binoculars UK, Crooked Image, Currys, Express Processing, Fotosound Jersey, J&A Cameras, Jessops, JRS Photo, London Camera Exchange, Merchant City Cameras, Mifsuds, Sherwoods and Wex Photographic.