Meade Instruments – Infinity 102mm Aperture, Portable Refracting Astronomy Telescope for Beginners – See the Moon & Planets – Science STEM Activities for Kids & Adults – Multiple Accessories Included
|Objective Lens Diameter||102 Millimeters|
|Telescope Mount Description||Altazimuth Mount|
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- Aperture: 102mm(4"). Focal Length: 600mm. Focal Ratio: f/5.9. Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
- Altazimuth mount with panhandle and slow motion controls for precision tracking means you can easily track objects day or night
- Low (26mm), medium (9mm), and high (6.3mm) magnification eyepieces give you variety for any viewing situation & 2x barlow lens doubles the magnifying power of each eyepiece
- Red dot viewfinder helps you point your scope at objects you want to observe & accessory tray stores accessories while observing
- Includes Astronomical Software and Instructional DVD
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Infinity 102mm Altazimuth Refractor
|Infinity 50mm Altazimuth Refractor||Infinity 60mm Altazimuth Refractor||Infinity 70mm Altazimuth Refractor||Infinity 80mm Altazimuth Refractor||Infinity 90mm Altazimuth Refractor||Infinity 102mm Altazimuth Refractor|
|Aperture||50mm||60mm||70mm||80mm||90mm (3.5")||102mm (4")|
|Optical Design||Achromatic Refractor||Achromatic Refractor||Achromatic Refractor||Achromatic Refractor||Achromatic Refractor||Achromatic Refractor|
|Barlow||2x||2x Barlow Lens||2x||2x Barlow, 1.25"||2x||2x|
|Lowest Useful Magnification||7x||9x||10x||11x||13x||15x|
|Highest Useful Magnification||100x||120x||140x||160x||180x||204x|
|Diagonal||90 Degree Erect-Prism||90 Degree Erect-Prism||90 Degree Erect-Prism||90 Degree Erect-Prism, 1.25"||90 Degree Erect-Prism||90 Degree Erect-Prism|
|Tripod||Aluminum||Pre-Assembled Full Height Aluminum||Pre-Assembled Full Height Aluminum||1.25" Steel Tube with Accessory Tray||Pre-Assembled Full Height Stainless-Steel Tube Legs||Pre-Assembled Full Height Stainless-Steel Tube Legs|
Ideal for the observer who views both astronomical and terrestrial objects, the Meade Infinity Series combines an altazimuth mount and quality optics for a superb value. For newcomers and beginners alike, these refracting telescopes are a great way for you to discover the cosmos and the outdoors. You’ll discover more with the Meade Infinity Series. If you’ve never owned a telescope before, the Infinity 102 Refractor is the best telescope to get started in astronomy. This large 102mm (4.0") aperture gives bright, sharp images for both land and celestial objects. Whether you're viewing the rings of Saturn, the moons around Jupiter, nebulae, or land objects, the Infinity 102 Refractor allows the first-time observer to explore the world, solar system, and beyond.
From the Manufacturer
Meade Infinity 102 Altazimuth Refractor Telescope comes complete with everything you need to view the wonders of the night sky the first time out. Large 102mm (4") Refracting Telescope delivers bright and detailed images that is perfect for viewing both land and celestial objects. Features a precision Altazimuth mount with slow motion controls that makes it easy to track celestial objects as they move across the night sky. Comes with 3 eyepieces that provide low, medium and high powered magnification for viewing a wide range of objects (Moon, planets, or land). Bonus Autostar Suite Astronomy planetarium DVD with over 10,000 celestial objects (Windows PC only). One Year Warranty.
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1. The specifications of the scope. 90mm is the largest refractor scope in this price range.
2. The image is not reversed or upside-down. This means daytime terrestrial viewing is possible.
3. The mount is not a typical alt-azimuth. It has fine tuning knobs so you can track during celestial viewing.
4. This scope came with 3 eyepieces and a 2x Barlow lens. It also has a red dot view finder.
I was very skeptical due to the lack of reviews but it came with everything I wanted as a first time buyer. It arrived professionally packaged and with all the pieces. It was simple to assemble and I was outside calibrating the view finder within about 10 minutes. The moon is amazing, especially when less than half full. I can see Jupiter with 4 of its moons and if focused properly I can see the two major bands across its surface. To see Jupiter clearly I found the best method is to choose your eyepiece, focus it using the surface of the moon, and then use the view finder to target the planet.
The only thing I think this telescope could benefit from is a finer focus knob. It is however adequate if you are patient or use the method I mentioned above. I am attaching a photo of the moon I took my first day of use. I took the picture using my phone by just holding it up to the eyepiece so it is not crystal clear. The image you see through the eyepiece is very clear. I hope this helps others who are considering this purchase.
So, here's the good news. It is really easy to use. My wife opened the box, put it together herself and we brought it out and got the red dot finder aligned in just a few minutes using a chimney a few blocks away. We took it out the same night and here's what we found. The fact that the optics are this clear on a telescope of this price is crazy and yet it is. The fact that it has the slow motion controllers that work really well on a telescope of this price is also crazy and yet here we are again. We saw the Moon, Venus, Mars and Saturn that night before the clouds rolled in. We couldn't do any deep space objects because we were in the backyard and light pollution here is terrible. You'll need to get away from heavy city lights for that. We could very clearly see the rings of Saturn, so that was a thumbs up. The mount was reasonably stable. It isn't the best and there is some vibration, but it settles down fairly quickly and if you use a light hand on the slow motion controllers then you'll have a great viewing experience. The eyepieces are slightly above average, but nothing to write home about. I would also recommend getting a filter for moon viewing as it can be overly bright. I also purchased a mount that allows my wife to connect her phone to the eyepiece. It was a nice addition if you have little kids who can't hold still while looking through a telescope.
Overall this has to be one of the best beginner level telescopes I've ever used. It is of course not an equatorial mount. Which honestly, for beginners, is the right choice. It just means that you'll have to rely on the slow motion controllers to keep things in view. The red dot finder works fairly well and is adjustable. Pro tip: Don't forget to turn it off when you're done. An easy thing to do and you'll save yourself from having to buy new batteries for it. I would definitely recommend this telescope. I plan on ordering another one for my brother for Christmas. My personal opinion is that barlow lenses are a weak link in a telescope. After you get comfortable with this, go ahead and buy a couple of nicer 1.25" eye pieces. Or even a decent adjustable eye piece (don't tell anyone I told you that, they'd yell at me because snooters gonna snoot), but they're fun because they do the work of four or five eyepieces and you don't have to swap them out while you're out having fun. A good eyepiece will make a massive improvement on your telescope. Trust me on that one. Clear skies!
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All the image formed are upside down ..
Absolutely Bogus ..