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Meade DS-60 Telescope

by Meade

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  • 60mm (2.4 inch) aperture; 700mm objective lens focal length
  • Smooth, precise altazimuth mounting for easy object location
  • 2-element achromatic objective lens with multicoating
  • Includes full-length, adjustable aluminum tripod
  • Compatible with Autostar computer controller and electronic control system
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Meade
  • Model: DS-60

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 14 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00004SPCG
  • Item model number: DS-60
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,872 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 4, 1999

Product Description

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For almost as long as amateur astronomy has been in existence as a field of study, refracting telescopes of 60-millimeter (2.4 inches) aperture and larger, and reflecting telescopes of about 114 millimeters (4.5 inches) and larger, have been considered ideal telescopes for the serious beginning or intermediate observer. But never in their long history have microprocessor technology and the latest in electromechanical design been applied to telescopes of this class. Meade Digital Electronic Series (DS) telescopes are one of the most important advances in beginning to intermediate telescopes in 100 years.

Completely reengineered and redesigned, Meade DS telescopes provide smoother motions in altitude and azimuth than previously available. Even when operated manually without electronic controls, DS models are a revelation of mechanical precision and low-backlash motion that greatly facilitate quick object location and tracking. Oversize bearings on both telescope axes of all models negate the imprecisions found universally, virtually without exception, on competing models.


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Customer Reviews

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77 of 85 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 2000
The Meade DS-60 Telescope is a very good product with many great features. With the DS-60 you can clearly view many stars, planets, and constellations. The only fault I can find in the Ds-60 is the extremly high price to upgrade to the Autostar system.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2001
I have purchased the Meade DS-60 for my son. I am very impressed with the quality of the product after comparing it to similarly priced telescopes available for purchase from local retail outlets in Australia. The mounting is of a significantly superior quality than those of its competitors in this price range and this is important for the novice astronomer to gain some real enjoyment from their hobby. The instructions packaged with the product could be improved by rewriting them with a younger user in mind. I highly recommend "The Starry Night" software which comes packaged with the telescope.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 25, 2000
The lenses to this scope seem to be pretty good quality, but there are a number of problems which make it less attractive. Several threaded parts are made of plastic, and at least on mine, which had apparently been opened before, they were all stripped. Manual controls are ok, but the horizontal controls are hard to operate. When you stop turning, the scope continues to move about 1-2 degrees, unless you turn the knob back the other way. Spend the extra money and get a good telescope!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2001
I purchased a DS-60 for my son and have been trying to locate the accessories necessary to get it to perform with a motor since December. I have been unable to purchase the #493 series kit (not specified on the box as a necessary component)either online or at any stores. There is no online customer support and the information provided by the manufacturer was incorrect. The accessories for the telescope are not readily available. I am very dissatisfied with this product.
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