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Meade 20099 StarNavigator 102-Millimeter Refractor Telescope, AutoStar (Black)

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  • 102-millimeter diameter refractive lens captures more light for brighter images
  • AudioStar hand controller with Astronomer Inside technology
  • Focal length of 800-millimeters and a focal ratio of f/7.7
  • Requires (8) AA batteries
  • Comes with a 1-year limited warranty
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Meade
  • Model: 20099

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 32 x 13 x 16 inches ; 26 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 28 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0043KTEEG
  • Item model number: 20099
  • Batteries 8 AA batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,273 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 18, 2010

Product Description

The Meade 20099 StarNavigator 102-Millimeter Refractor Telescope is easy to operate and computer-guided, which makes learning about galaxies and other planets easy. The large 102-millimeter diameter refractive lens captures more light for brighter images. This telescope features the AudioStar hand controller with "Astronomer Inside" technology that provides a guided tour of the night sky with synchronized tracking and audio explanations. After a brief alignment, the motorized mount will guide the telescope from object to object while the built-in speaker (in its hand-held controller) describes the celestial object being viewed. If you'd prefer to be your own tour guide of the heavens, the telescope is ready to take you to any visual object using the included (30,000) object library and educate anyone listening with over (500) audio presentations in either English or French. The metal mount features advanced electronics to make alignment easy. It includes an internal clock. The adjustable aluminum tripod allows stable, comfortable viewing. The mount is powered by its internal battery pack which holds (8) user-supplied AA batteries. This telescope features a focal length of 800-millimeters and a focal ratio of f/7.7. The included (2) Meade 1.25-inch eyepieces, MA 25-millimeters and MA 9-millimeters, offer 32 and 89-times magnifications. AutoStar Suite Astronomer Edition software, Instructional DVD and an easy to use red dot viewfinder are also included. The Meade 20099 StarNavigator 102-Millimeter Refractor Telescope comes with a 1-year warranty. Serious astronomers for years have flocked to Meade telescopes for their quality optical systems and patented technology. 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. Look through a Meade this evening and see what you've been missing.

Customer Reviews

All in all a very good starter scope.
Mr Frosty
Viewed Jupiter and it's 4 moons, plus - other known stars like Rigel, Aldebaran, etc.
Alexey Kozlov
Cons: The tripod and mounting are not very stable.
G. Berger

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Allan Ray Miller on January 8, 2011
Bottom line up front: I think the StarNavigator 102 is one of the best "starter telescopes" on the market today and you'd be hard pressed to find better, assuming you can get it at the original price. This telescope is originally packaged as a Christmas special for Costco but is available from resellers at other times for about 20-40% more. The StarNavigator 102 has good optics, an integrated internal computer controlled motorized tracking mount that keeps the object being viewed centered in the field of view, and is a great way to introduce beginners into the field of amateur astronomy.

Here are some of the tech specs:
* Objective glass lens of 102 mm, but the clear aperture is 90 mm (or approximately 3.5")
* Focal length = 800 mm
* Focal ratio of f/7.7
* Two glass eyepieces: MA 25 mm and MA 9 mm which on this scope gives magnifications of 32x and 89x respectively. Eyepieces and their holder are 1.25".
* Mounting is single-arm, motorized altitude-azimuth (alt-az) on top of an adjustable tripod
* Computer controlled tracking as the earth rotates relative to your position, date, & time on the earth with GOTO features from their object database. Associated hand-held controller.
* Audio description of the object selected for viewing (AudioStar)

PROS:
* Tracking motor. This works, and works well. I remember trying to keep objects in the field of view under high power in my telescope as a kid. What a pain. I'd push gently, gently, gently, then the friction on the scope would break free and the scope would "jump" way past where I wanted it to be. With this scope once it is aligned and your object identified and selected, you just sit back and enjoy.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By RR fan on July 23, 2011
Bottom line first: I returned it. I'll detail the reasons below, but to qualify my review, I have no experience as an astronomer and have not owned other telescopes but have been a professional photographer, worked in a camera repair shop, and as a hobby machinist for several decades have experience with precision machinery. Thus I can't provide a comparison with other telescopes but I do have some related skills.

First, the optical tube assembly seems fine. I was able to see the dark spot on Jupiter and one of its bands when set up in a backyard at the edge of a city in mediocre seeing conditions. The focusing rack works OK and the eyepieces seem fine to me.

Many others on the net have found the instrument fine, including some serious hobby astronomers, and there is one site that details how to improve the optical performance of the scope if you are willing to dismantle it. So I would suggest a net search of other sites before you make a decision.

My problems were in four areas: the finder, the tripod, the GoTo features, and finally, a mechanical failure of the gears in the drive. While the first three could be tolerated considering the price of the instrument, the gear failure caused me to make the return.

First, the finder is adjusted by two screws which provide up/down and lateral adjustment. But the plastic base is such that adjustment of either screw creates an oscillating moment in both directions at once, making adjustment a fiddly thing. Also, the mount is so light that the slightest touch will throw the finder out of alignment. I was going to use my machinist skills to make a new mount but didn't because of the decision to return the scope.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James on February 26, 2012
PROS

1. My favorite feature is that it is a large Refracting Telescope and not a Reflecting Telescope. (That is just a fancy way for saying it uses fixed lenses, instead of multiple mirrors) What that means to you is that you don't have to realign the mirrors all the time. I travel with my scope all the time so all those bumps going to parks or star parties would knock my mirrors out of alignment and I would have to spend 30-45 minutes realigning them. But you don't have to worry about that with these scopes.

2. My next favorite feature was the AudioStar voices that described each planet & galaxy as you look at them. You get to hear Sandy Wood from StarDate radio -- the longest-running science show in the country. She still reports live today from the The University of Texas McDonald Observatory.

3. Great rack and pinion focusing, and eyepieces. Best I've seen in a starter scope.

4. Very light and easy to break down and setup.

5. I like that you can easily add a camera to it. I'm about to buy one of the following:

Either this camera:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0069W2FSI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=A1MX591ICBLWRE

Or this telescope camera
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004E4M7QI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=A1MX591ICBLWRE

CONS
1. No moon filter comes with the scope. It should come with all beginner scopes. If the moon isn't mostly full its not too bad, but otherwise get a filter. Like this cheap one here:
http://www.amazon.com/Meade-Series-4000-Filter-ND96/dp/B00020XAK0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1330299816&sr=1-1

2. The auto setup feature is not perfect, but ok for most first time users.
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