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    1. Meade ETX70AT Telescope with 882
    Too low to display $499.88 list($995.00)
    2. Meade ETX90EC Telescope w/ Autostar
    Too low to display $148.79 list($250.00)
    3. Meade CaptureView 8X42 2MP Digital
    $12.99 list($20.00)
    4. Meade Travel View 10x25 Mini Folding
    $199.99 list($320.00)
    5. Meade NGC60 60mm Go-To Refractor
    6. Meade CaptureView 8x22 Digital
    $99.99 $47.00 list($120.00)
    7. Meade Electronic Eyepiece
    8. Meade 07171-02 9.7mm Super Plossl
    9. Polaris 60mm AZ-D Telescope
    $788.88 list($1,540.00)
    10. Meade ETX125EC Telescope with
    11. Meade Travel View 8-17X25 Compact
    $99.99 $98.95 list($162.00)
    12. Meade CaptureView 8X30 1.3 Digital
    $39.99 list($65.00)
    13. Meade Travel View 12x50 Porro
    14. Meade Travel View 10x32 Mini Folding
    $47.50 list($79.99)
    15. Meade Captureview Binocular
    $399.99 list($825.00)
    16. Meade DS2114ATS Telescope
    $99.99 list($151.99)
    17. Meade Travel View 9x63 Astronomy
    $299.99 list($650.00)
    18. Meade DS2070AT Telescope
    $199.88 list()
    19. MEADE INSTRUMENTS 884 Deluxe Tripod
    $24.99 list($49.95)
    20. Meade Mirage 8x21 Binocular

    1. Meade ETX70AT Telescope with 882 Tripod and Software
    list price: $299.99
    our price: $299.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005ATSR
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Meade
    Sales Rank: 204
    Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Review

    The ETX70AT is my favorite of all the low-cost computerized telescopes, because of its compact body and also because it is so easy to use. The ETX70AT package includes everything a beginner needs to get started (except batteries). So what can you see, exactly, with this little telescope? It will show you craters on the Moon, the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter. Take it with you to dark country skies and the little ETX70AT will even show you galaxies and reveal the Milky Way as a brilliant river of stars.

    I found the low power views with the included MA25mm eyepiece, about 14X magnification, to be sharper from edge to edge than my 15X70 binoculars. Wide-field, low-power views allow you to take in the full picture of bright star clusters like the Pleiades. The Pleiades are known as the Seven Sisters because sharp eyed people can often see seven or eight stars with the naked eye, and though I've only ever been able to make out six, with the ETX70 on a good clear night, I counted 77 stars! The low power view of a rising moon, one day past full, was simply beautiful--the lunar rays splashed out of the major impact crater Tycho sharply etched against the Maria (the lunar seas).

    Higher magnification with the MA9mm eyepiece did begin to reveal the optical defects that short focus achromatic refractors always show. The moon was rimmed by a bright green glow, and the craters were no longer quite as sharp. When I turned my gaze to Saturn, I could plainly see the rings and Saturn's moon Titan, using either the MA9mm (39X) or my own SP6.4mm eyepiece (55X), but the image was not as sharp as it would have been in a classic style long focus refractor.

    The Autostar controller makes it easy to find more than 1400 celestial objects.
    The Autostar computer included with the ETX70AT is simply amazing. Plug in the Autostar and the batteries, point the tube North and level, and the Autostar's easy alignment routine will pick two alignment stars and help you find them. You will still need a guide book, like Nightwatch by Terrence Dickinson, to introduce you to the bright stars by name, but this is about the only detail Meade left out of the ETX70AT package. Take Autostar's guided tour of "tonight's best," and you'll soon be looking at galaxies and star clusters. Yes, you really can see galaxies with a little telescope like this. All you need are dark skies and knowing where to look. And Autostar takes care of the "knowing where to look" part. Once the telescope is aligned, bring up M31 on the menu and press "GO TO." You'll find yourself looking at the Andromeda Galaxy, two million light years away. Even from a dark location in the country you'll see why amateur astronomers refer to galaxies as "faint fuzzies." This view of faint and fuzzy galaxies is very much the way they looked to comet hunter Charles Messier who first discovered these so called "M" objects.

    A surprising number of people with bigger telescopes also own one of these little ETX refractors. There's no doubt about it, a compact, computerized telescope that actually finds things for you is just plain cool. --Jeff Phillips


    • It's easy to find objects with the Autostar computer
    • Wide field views


    • Planet views could be better
    ... Read more


    • Exclusive multicoated, air-spaced achromatic objective lenses
    • Razor-sharp images of both astronomical and terrestrial subjects
    • Extremely portable at only 6.8 pounds
    • Telescope can be used on any flat surface
    • Meade 882 tripod included

    Reviews (21)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not a Televue but . . .
    This is a great little telescope for the money. Two previous reviewers (who gave it a low rating) had quality control problems with it. I've had none with mine but I have had 3 of them with my Meade 4" refractor. The Meade customer service people were wonderful in correcting these problems, but it seems their quality control could be better.

    Optically, this is an achromatic refractor with a very fast focal ratio. That means it's good for viewing extended objects like star clusters, Milky Way star clouds, large nebulae, pretty conjunctions, etc. Dark skies help alot -- the darker the better of course -- but good clear rural skies in Ohio are plenty wonderful. It doesn't have the aperture for dimmer objects but the brighter Messier objects, for example (and there's plenty of them!) are great. It isn't at its best on planets and the Moon but you can definitely see Saturn's rings, the phases of Mercury and Venus, Jupiter's moons and belts (the red spot is difficult at best) and the Moon simply can't help but look wonderful in any telescope!

    The Autostar is really good. It's best when you align it carefully: use the north star to point it to north and use a bubble level to level the tripod and tube. You can find brighter Messier objects, comets, asteroids, the planet Neptune, etc, so easily! (But of course not Pluto, quasars, black holes and some other ridiculous objects in the Autostar database.) And you get better at aligning it as you practice. Be sure to check out the "synchronize" feature (in the owner's manual under the "enter key").

    As others have pointed out, the focus mechanism is bad, and the tripod is not terribly sturdy. Together they make higher magnifications (which are not optically optimum either) just about impossible. But 50X is still reasonable with a good 7mm orthoscopic eyepiece. Also a good 32mm eyepiece will eliminate the need to buy a finder and give you wonderful wide views. A dew shield is a must in Ohio (reduces glare too).

    It ain't a Televue, it's true, but for the price, this scope is hard to beat.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A lot of telescope for the price
    The ETX 70 AT is a great little scope, very portable and easy to use (with a couple of nights practice!). A Barlow multiplying lens (x3) is a must to get good sharp close ups of the moon and planets. A set of filters also helps for a sharper contrast and cuts down the brightness of the moon. Once you have mastered the Autostar alignment procedure any object can be tracked automatically, ideal for photos. I have used the scope with and without the tripod, but the tripod does give a much more solid base (ie. less vibration when looking at the object).
    The manual focus can be irritating (about 15 turns) when switching between eyepieces or adding a lens. Deep sky views are a bit faint but this is after all an ideal beginners scope.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Neat toy, poor telescope
    I don't expect much from a 70mm refractor. I have several scopes, including another 70mm refractor, so I would say that my expectations were pretty well grounded. I purchased this telescope in order to play and experiment with the ETX line: I'm planning to purchase a scope in the $1000 - $3000 price line next year, so a couple of hundred dollars sounded like a good investment along with other forms of research. In comparison to other 70mm telescopes, here's my opinion:

    -- small, lightweight, highly portable package
    -- easy set up and use
    -- good quality eyepieces (this is problematic in other scopes)
    -- easy computerized menu that can be upgraded
    -- easy to attach to a decent tripod
    -- very good instruction manual (compared to other 70mm scopes)
    -- can use most standard accessories

    -- focus knob hard to use
    -- somewhat difficult to lock fork arms so motor drive can work properly
    -- easy to lose alignment
    -- will not focus properly at infinity to allow sharp viewing of astronomical objects (a major flaw)
    -- uses batteries at alarming rate, but no AC adaptor available
    -- slight amount of noise (doesn't bother me, but may bother very sensitive neighbors at 2am)
    -- do not recommend for astrophotography

    Overall, if it wasn't for the fact that I can't get Saturn in focus (and I have enough experience with 70mm refractors to know that it is the scope, and not me. I currently own two other 70mm scopes), this would probably be my favorite. I love toys, and this is a great one. Sadly, being able to see things is the primary role of a telescope. I understand from several other people that they haven't had the problems that I have, but nonetheless I have this problem. Additionally, while it is not a problem, the short focal ratio of this telescope means that if you were to get something in focus, it will be very small in terms of visual size compared to another telescope with the same eyepiece but longer focal ratio. Not a problem for me, but if you're expecting to see a big view of Saturn with a high power eyepiece, you may be dissappointed.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Let Meade Focus!!
    At first I thought this scope was an excellent beginner scope. Soon I returned it as the motor would not train correctly. I received a brand new one. Same or similar problem. Returned and again received a new one. Problems are; training motor is a negative, If you are using in a city or with much light pollution you can't really go much higher than 70X so don't worry about purchasing 1000x+ eye pieces as you might as well purchase Captain Crunch. The focus knob is in a terrible place and just assume that Meade placed it there so they could focus! I have to admit though, Meade did replace the scope (twice) and their service dept. seemed great! However, back to reality, If you are interested in purchasing this scope...I would strongly suggest either; 1) Spend more money and receive a better quality scope or 2) spend the money you are going to spend on this scope and purchase yourself a very nice spotting scope and a cold beer!! You will not be disappointed by this advice. Now go out there and get the job did!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Scope!
    This is a great scope. At first I had trouble aligning it because when I tried to center the star with the autostar it didn't move. Later I found out that I had the speed to like 64X or 8X. Which is very slow. Then I moved it to 0.5 and I got it to work perfectly. The first night I got it to work I saw jupiter and its moons and I saw the moon. If you would like to see more detail of planets I would suggest buying a 3X barlow lense. You may not see things like you would in a planetarium but hey this is an ametuers scope and for the money you can see things well enough to say you had a great night in the field. ... Read more

    2. Meade ETX90EC Telescope w/ Autostar Controller (497) and Tripod (884)
    list price: $995.00
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00008K7N7
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Meade
    Sales Rank: 858
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Review

    The Meade ETX90EC is a compact telescope with excellent optics, packaged with a sturdy tripod and the remarkable Autostar computer control. Even though I own several telescopes and belong to an Astronomy club, the first night I took out the ETX, it showed me objects I'd never seen before. The ETX90EC is the computerized version of an affordable Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope first introduced by Meade in 1996. Every reviewer since then has commented on the excellent optics. How excellent? When I presented a session on optical testing at my local Astronomy club, I brought my ETX90 so that everyone could see what a "textbook" star test actually looks like.

    What can you see with an ETX90? You won't see the flag on the Moon, but you will see sharp, color free views of mountains and valleys, craters, and lava flows. The planets are also a delight. I'll never forget seeing Saturn's rings with my own eyes for the first time. Although you can see the rings of Saturn and the cloud bands of Jupiter with the included 26mm Plossl eyepiece (about 48X magnification), you'll want to increase the magnification to bring out more detail. I find that a magnification of about 100X is ideal on most nights. You can reach 100X by using a Barlow Lens, I like the Celestron Ultima Barlow, or a smaller eyepiece such as the Celestron Omni Series 12.5mm . It's tempting to crank up the power to 200X or more, but on most nights I didn't see any more detail.

    The Autostar controller makes it easy to find 30,000 celestial objects.
    As good as the optics are, however, the most amazing feature of the ETX90EC is the Autostar computer. The ETX90EC with Autostar was the first computerized "go-to" telescope for under a thousand dollars. While bright objects like the moon are easy to find, the Autostar excels at finding the galaxies and star clusters that make space so fascinating. Maybe it's because I play with computers anyway, but I found the Autostar easy to use. The owners manual instructs you to begin the alignment by pointing the telescope North and tilting the telescope to level. I don't use a compass or a spirit level to do this, I simply point the telescope at the North Star, Polaris, and lower the telescope 44 degrees using the setting circles. This works because my home is near 44 degrees latitude. Don't know which star is Polaris? You'll want some kind of star chart that identifies the stars by name, NightWatch by Terence Dickinson is one of my favorites.

    Many of the best galaxies and star clusters were discovered by a French comet hunter named Charles Messier. These so-called "M" objects looked to Messier like comets in the small telescopes of his day. My first night with the ETX, I switched on the "tour" mode. After looking at a few favorites, the cluster M52 came up on the Autostar. I pressed GO TO, and the telescope aimed itself at a cluster I hadn't looked at before. And darned if it didn't look just like a distant comet passing in front of a few small stars! I was so impressed, I bought an ETX for my step-son who works for the Air Force.

    It's only fair to warn you, however, that if you find yourself enjoying Astronomy, you may start wanting a bigger telescope! --Jeff Phillips


    • Excellent optics
    • The Autostar computer finds objects and describes them for you
    • Small and easily portable


    • It's small--the only way to see more detail is with a bigger telescope
    • When using small eyepieces, you might bump the finder scope with your nose

    ... Read more


    • Includes AutoStar controller and deluxe field tripod
    • Cordless motor drive for fully automatic tracking
    • Equatorial fork mount, Flip-mirror system
    • Maksutov meniscus corrector lens of Grade-A BK7 optical glass
    • Includes a Meade Series 4000 Super Plvssl 26 millimeter eyepiece for 48 times magnification

    Reviews (3)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Meade Does It Right
    The Meade ETX90EC lives up to its billing. It's a high-quality piece of gear that exudes craft and workmanship. The bundled package w/Autostar and Tripod gives you most of what you need. If you have any intent of doing terrestrial viewing, you should consider the 45 degree erecting prism. Also, the package does not come with any power adapters. If you plan to be out for a long evening of star gazing, you will probably want the adapter that lets you plug into a cigarette lighter. I wish Amazon had the UHTC version available, but no luck. Finally, I haven't been able to find the correct T-mount adapter for this scope on Amazon. I do want to use it for photography eventually. The main thing I would say is that this is not a toy, but it is ideal for beginners to intermediate enthusiasts. I've had more fun in just a couple sessions than I've ever had before.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in Meade
    This was my husband's big present for Christmas, something he has always wanted. While unwrapping and unpacking, he heard a rattle in the spotting scope. Upon investigation, he fished out a broken set screw and discovered that it had sheared off the outside of the spotting scope. Another screw was badly damaged. The eyepiece covers had all been left off when shipping. Also, all the settings were loose and had to be reset. Meade does not have an 800 number and you are put on hold interminably when you try to contact them. All in all, he likes the scope BUT was very disappointed in the quality of the manufacturer and lack of customer service. What a disappointment for Christams day!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Telescope
    I've only used my telescope a couple times, but it has been great. It takes a little while to get used to it, and I highly recommend reading the manual. Also, Meade has a deal going on that you will probably want to check out ( You will definitely want to take them up on this offer. ... Read more

    3. Meade CaptureView 8X42 2MP Digital Camera Binocular with LCD Screen
    list price: $250.00
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00009N7CK
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Meade
    Sales Rank: 374
    Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan product description

    The CaptureView 8x42 2.0D is a binocular that takes pictures. Now you can view the action up close and capture it in digital images or video. Easily download the files to your PC, then print your snapshots or email them to family and friends. It comes with a carry case, USB cable, and image editing and archiving software, and operates with only 2 inexpensive, user-supplied AA alkaline batteries. Plus, you get a full one-year limited warranty.

    You get plug-and-play performance
    with Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, or XP.
    The CaptureView 8x42 2.0D combines a high-performance, full-size roof prism binocular with a 2.0 megapixel digital camera to capture stills or video. Large, 42mm multi-coated objective lenses deliver super bright images even in low light. A 1.5" diagonal color LCD flips up for composing or reviewing images and video instantly. Add an optional SecureDigital memory card to add image storage capacity. The CaptureView 8x42 2.0D is perfect for action sports, concerts, nature studies, industrial site inspection, or security and investigation applications, when the greatest amount of detail is desired both visually and digitally.


    • Fully coated optics.
    • 32MB of internal memory.
    • Optimum imaging range from 49' to infinity.
    • Plug-and-play performance with Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP. No additional software or drivers required.
    • Capture up to 40 images at the full 2.0 megapixel resolution. More images can be stored at the lower resolution settings
      and/or with optional SD card.
    • Capture up to 90 seconds of video with instant replay with internal memory, or more with optional SD card.
    • Minimum interpupilary distance is 57mm, great for those who require narrower lens separation adjustment.
    • Standard equipment includes: USB cable; carry case; neck strap; cleaning cloth; complete instructions; CD-ROM with image-editing and archiving software.

    The Nuts and Bolts

    1. Diopter Scale (on underside of right eyepiece)2. SD Card Port3. Eyepiece4. Menu Button5. Shutter Button6. Left Button7. Right Button8. LCD Screen9. Objective Lens10. Camera Lens(not visible, see #10 on other view)11. Barrel12. USB Port13. BatteryCompartment Lid(see other view)14. Focus knob (not visible, see #14 on other view)

    1. Diopter Scale10. Camera Lens13. Battery Compartment Lid (squeeze and pull back to remove)14. Focus knob


    What can I view with my CaptureView Binoculars?
    A: Use your CaptureView Binoculars for Sporting events, Bird-watching, public events, viewing wildlife. Anything you would use a standard pair of binoculars for, the CaptureView will see and give you the added advantage of capturing the image.

    What programs can I use to manipulate my images? Can I use them to download images from my Camera?
    A: You can use the software programs that are provided on the CD Rom that comes with the CaptureView Camera to manipulate and download images. If you are already using other Photo programs on your computer to manipulate images, they will also work with the CaptureView Camera.

    How many images will my CaptureView hold?
    The CaptureView 8x42 Camera will hold up to 40 images at 2.0 Megapixel Resolution with Built-In Memory. There is also a 3 Megapixel (interpolated) setting that will hold up to 20 images. The 1 Megapixel mode will hold up to 60 images. The VGA mode up to 120.

    These cameras have a Movie Mode. How long can the movies be?
    The movies are taken in Windows AVI Format and can be up to 90 seconds @QVGA (320 X 240 pixels). Use this mode to capture not just a moment, but the mood and feeling of an event.

    What is an SD card?
    An SD card is a Secure Digital Memory Card. This card will allow you to expand the amount of memory on the CaptureView camera up to 256 Megabytes. These cards are available in various sizes and can be purchased from any computer retailer. The CaptureView 8x42 will also work with Multi-Media Cards (MMC) up to 256MB.

    Can I use the CaptureView 8x42 Camera on a Macintosh Computer?
    If using a SD card you can download the images onto a Macintosh computer by using a flash card reader. You can also download your images to a Unix system. When using a flash card reader, the flash card looks like a Hard drive to your computer. Note: You cannot load to a Mac or Unix system using the camera's USB port - the USB port only can download to a Windows operating system.

    How do I focus the Camera?
    The camera is always in Focus from 66 feet to infinity. If you take pictures of objects closer than 66 feet they may appear fuzzy or blurry. When looking through the binoculars you will need to focus them for your eyes, but the camera will always be in focus.

    What is the Flashback Feature?
    A: The FlashBack feature records a movie for a user-selected period of time (5, 10, 15 or 20 seconds). You can record for as long as you like, but you will only save a recording for the period of time you have selected. For example, if you chose 10 seconds, only the last ten seconds of the recording will remain in memory and be saved--the rest of the recording is discarded.

    An example of using the FlashBack feature would be to record a baseball pitcher throwing a pitch. Select 10 seconds from the FlashBack Period submenu. Press the shutter button to begin recording while the pitcher prepares. After the pitcher throws the ball, click on the shutter button again to turn off recording. You'll have saved only the last ten seconds of the pitcher's activity. ... Read more


    • Full-size roof prism binocular with a 2.0 megapixel digital camera to capture stills or video
    • 32 MB of internal memory plus slot for Secure Digital memory card
    • 1.5" diagonal color LCD flips up for composing or reviewing images and video
    • Perfect for action sports, concerts, nature studies, industrial site inspection, or security and investigation applications
    • Large, 42mm multi-coated objective lenses deliver super bright images even in low light

    Reviews (13)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Head and Sholders better than CaptureView compact 640x480
    At least this is the real thing! I purchase the previous Capture View compact from Mead for $$$$....I was so disappointed because its picture quality was little better than a toy. It could not handle low light and the resolution was that of a Barbie Camera (Mattel)! Still I fell in love with the concept of a marriage between the digital camera and the Binocular. I felt that I was taking a real chance here on buying this product, but I figured that with 2MP (Which the way there is a setting for 3MP) it had to be better hten the first CaptureView. I was right (Thank God!) This Digital Binocular really works and with acceptable quality.
    I also have a Coolpix 4500, so I figured I would compare how the coolpix 4500 at full digital zoom and the Meade binoculars compared. I focused on a subject of a construction site far on the horizon (Must be a few miles away). As far as Magnification, both the CoolPix 4500 and the Binoculars are about tied. ( So maybe a camera is more versitile in most cases.) But the coolpix pictures at full digital zoom could not stand up to the clarity of the Binoculars picture.
    The Binoculars arrived with some smudges on the plastic body casing (Looks like grease, which I had to clean off), There was also a minor scratch on the plastic, but still not worth sending back and complaining since this is not a gift and all I care about is functionality. The body is kind of cheap in appearance but this one has a lot more functionality than the other binocular combos I have seen. One comment though....WHERE ARE THE LENS CAPS??? Geez, you make a quality lens for a binocular and don't include a $ .. lens cap for just does not make sense.
    I am satisfied with this product, although I believe that the Digital Binocular is still in its young days, and will improve greatly in the next few years.
    I think ypur option to buy this product depends on what you wish to do with it....For taking pictures of objects within a 300ft range, stick with your camera. To get fair to good quality shots at a great distance, this is the ticket. I have not tried making a 90 second AVI movie yet...I'll do that when the weather clears, but I have tried shooting in low light. Since there is no shuttle control, you will not be able to do any astrophotography with this unit ( a bright moon appears washed out...) but it can do low light situations. I could not hold it steady enough to do Mars, although it did show up looking quiet like a bright star in the pic ( Just with a trail since my hand is unsteady..) HINT: The next version needs a tripod mounting screw....
    In summary this is a little expensive at $$$$ I think I would like to pay about $$$$ for it. I also feel that the casing could be stronger and a camera is more versitle (Third-party vendors make a zoom lens for the coolpix...I could have gone for that...but I love new technologies so I gave this a try.)
    I give this Capture View Binoculars four stars because it meets my expectations of what it should be able to do.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for football fans!
    Get your own instant replay of every play! We added a 256MB SD card and were able to record, replay and save every interesting play in the game, great play or lousy call, I got them all.

    Very easy to use, high quality product. I was concerned that the unit might not work with my Windows 98 based system, but the included software had a DirectX upgrade that I installed that made my system compatible. The box said Windows 98SE or better was needed but my original Windows 98, not SE, works perfectly. Apparently, newer versions of Windows support the binoculars with no upgrades needed.

    Excellent still pictures too, but I love the instant replay capability. This new Meade digital binocular is the best digital binocular on the market.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised
    After reading some mixed reviews I was skeptical, but I wanted the product and no other had as many features. Besides, I figure you get what you pay for and this was the most expensive of the bino/cameras.

    The bad news first: The item feels somewhat flimsy despite its 11/2 pounds. It's made of plastic; you wouldn't want to drop it. The flip-up LCD screen appears vulnerable on its lightweight hinged base. This base rubs on an internal cable, which may wear, causing future problems. The battery cover fits so loosely I have to hold it in place with a rubber band or the camera turns off.

    The good news: Most of the plastic (except the battery cover) is heavy duty. The LCD screen can be left down most of the time so it's out of harm's way. You can't see it in bright light anyway and it's only needed for the initial setup and to view pictures. Power is readily maintained with the application of a rubber band to hold the battery cover in place. The binoculars are great. The 2MP images are excellent to my non-professional eye and accurately duplicate the view seen through the binoculars. Resolution is even sufficient for further magnification with photo software. The menu and controls are user friendly. One of the best features is the internal
    flash menory, which retains images even if the batteries fail, and the SD slot for expandability. Plug n' play means no potentially faulty external drivers. The device is recognized as a hard drive and images can be opened in any photo app..

    I'm satisfied. It's a keeper!

    3-0 out of 5 stars It is okay.
    I just got my meade binoculars/digital camera. I believe the binoculars are excellent. The camera part can use some work, but for a product in its infancy, its kind of fun. I am still testing the camera part, but I do believe the price is a little high. The casing is plastic, but it appears to be pretty sturdy. It is also a bit heavier than my celestron binocular/digital camera (with no LCD). Overall, for a little fun and something new it is okay. DEFINITELY, NEEDS TRIPOD CAPABILITY, WHICH THIS ITEM DOES NOT HAVE. IF YOU ARE VERY SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING AN ITEM SUCH AS THIS AND YOU REALLY NEED IT FOR SERIOUS PIX TAKING I WOULD NOT BUY THIS ITEM UNTIL THE TECHNOLOGY IMPROVES, BUT IF YOU WANT IT FOR FUN AND THE PRICE GOES DOWN A BIT, THEN GO FOR IT. I AM KEEPING MINE. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO ADVANCEMENT IN THIS FIELD.

    2-0 out of 5 stars not what I thought
    I have only used these twice for a total of about 40 pictures. I am sure once I use them more the quality will improve. I was disappointed when I realized that what you see in the binocular is NOT what the picture will be. To frame the picture you must use the LCD screen, which is impossible to see in sunlight. I suggest getting either a good digital camera with high zoom or good binoculars not a combination, until this tecnology improves. The binoculars are very good by themselves.The camera is difficult to use. ... Read more

    4. Meade Travel View 10x25 Mini Folding Roof Prism Binocular
    list price: $20.00
    our price: $12.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00007GD7B
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Meade
    Sales Rank: 1372
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Weighing just one pound, the Meade Travel View 10x25 miniature folding roof-prism binocular is discreet and powerful. With 10x magnification, this portable binocular can accommodate any observational purpose. Soft grips allow for easy use even with gloves on, and the central focusing system can beaccessed with either hand. Also included are a soft nylon carrying case and neck strap. ... Read more


    • Field of view: 366 ft. at 1000 yds.
    • Close focusing distance at 10 feet
    • Multi-coated lenses

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Starter Binocular
    The Meade Travel View 10x25 Mini Folding Roof Prism Binocular is the perfect entry or beginner level binocular. The sheer versatility of these binoculars is amazing. I received mine as a gift and love them. I can sit in my easy chair in my living room and watch the hummingbirds at my hummingbird feeder outside my living room window a mere 9 or 10 feet away. The view is crisp clear and very good even at dusk with diminishing light. I also take these binoculars to the canal and bird/nature watch there, everything up to 1000+ yards is made easily viewable regardless of lighting conditions. These binoculars are even good for gazing at the moon. Simply the best starter binoculars for anyone looking for an economical yet effective way to enhance hobby viewing. These binoculars are simple, no bells or whistles yet they have everything they need in features and construction to make for a lifetime of great viewing. Very durable and rigid construction make for binoculars you'll want to take everywhere and can due to it's compact size! The soft rubber grips assure a good handle on things and the light weight mean you can hold these for hours easily. The field of view is quite good and the focus dial set in the middle rotates smoothly with either hand. Great all purpose binocular for the nature or sports lover on a budget. Classic Meade quality at an entry price make for an everyday everywhere pair of binoculars! ... Read more

    5. Meade NGC60 60mm Go-To Refractor Telescope
    list price: $320.00
    our price: $199.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000077VWY
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Meade
    Sales Rank: 1413
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    • Computer controller to help locate celestial objects
    • Great for terrestrial and space viewing
    • 2 eye pieces (78x and 28x)
    • 700mm focal length
    • Aluminum tripod with accessory tray

    6. Meade CaptureView 8x22 Digital Camera Binocular (Compact)
    list price: $79.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006FROK
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Meade
    Sales Rank: 3779
    Average Customer Review: 1.93 out of 5 stars
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    Camera and binoculars in one: This tremendously versatile 8x22 compact binocular with its integrated 640x480 resolution digital camera is perfect for anyone who wants to view all the action up-close, and capture it digitally as well. The built-in digital camera captures what you see in the 8-power view of the binocular.

    Features include:

    • Fully coated optics.
    • 8MB of internal memory.
    • Optimum imaging range from 49' to infinity.
    • Capture up to 40 images at the full .3 megapixel resolution. More images can be stored at the lower resolution setting.
    • Standard equipment includes: USB cable; carry case; neck strap; cleaning cloth; complete instructions; CD-ROM with image-editing and archiving software.


    1. What can I view with my CaptureView Binoculars?

      USB port for easy PC connectivity

      Use your CaptureView Binoculars for Sporting Events, Bird-watching, Public Events, viewing wildlife. Anything you would use a standard pair of binoculars for, the CaptureView will see and give you the added advantage of capturing the image.

    2. Can I take pictures in cold weather?
      Your CaptureView Binocular is rated to be used from 41F - 104F (5 to 40C), 20%-85% relative humidity, non-condensing. Using your camera in below freezing tempertures may not allow the camera to function normally,
      and may cause the batteries to lose their charge more quickly.

    3. Can I use other programs to manipulate my images? Can I use them to download images from my Camera?
      You can use your other photo imaging programs to manipulate your images. The CaptureView binoculars will have no trouble downloading images to other software.

    4. How do I focus the Camera?
      The camera will be in focus no matter whether the image is in or out of focus for your eyes. The range for the CaptureView binoculars is from 49 feet to Infinity for photography. The Binoculars will focus on objects 16.4 feet away, but for effective use of the camera, take pictures of objects from 49 feet to Infinity.

    5. How many images will it hold?
      The CaptureView 8x22 Digital Camera Binocular will hold up to 40 high resolution images on the VHI resolution mode (640x480). The CaptureView will hold 100 images on the LO resolution mode (320x240).

    The Nuts and Bolts

    1. Diopter Knob (on underside)
    2. Center Focus Knob
    3. Objective Lens
    4. Power/ModeButton
    5. Shutter/Select Button
    6. USB Port
    7. Eyepiece
    8. Camera Lens
    9. LCD Screen
    10. Battery Compartment Lid
    11. Barrel

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    • Binocular and digital camera combo
    • Binocular features include rubber armor coating, internal baffles, smooth central focusing, and coated optics
    • Digital camera features include 8 MB of memory
    • Two capture settings--low (320 x 240 pixels) and high (640 x 480 pixels)
    • Comes complete with editing software, carrying case, neck strap, and USB cable

    Reviews (28)

    5-0 out of 5 stars For what it is, and the price, it's a fun combo.
    Okay, I've read the other reviews. Luckily, I just got one from my wife for Christmas BEFORE I read the reviews, or I'd have been skeptical. However, I really like it. The optics are better than my Bushnell 8x22; clearer and brighter. And, the photos are pretty good for a low-cost digital camera. But, since it's essentially an 8 power lens (equivalent to 400mm), if the unit is not properly braced, the photos will (quite naturally) be blurry. Heck, my 35mm with a 300 telephoto would yield pretty lousy shots if not properly braced! Actually, my only complaint is that Meade did not include a camera mount adapter. The use of a small tripod would eliminate the blur caused by an unsteady grip. This can be corrected - as I have already done - by sticking a small square of velcro on the underside of the binoculars (actually the battery compartment door), and sicking the other piece of velcro on the camera mount (such as my pocket-size tripod/car window mount). Problem of blur solved!
    If you want better optics in a compact binocular, or a better quality digital camera, expect to pay a good deal more than the cost of the Meade Capture View. But for a good, lightweight (7.1 oz) pocket-size (4.5 x 3.5 x 2.2") binocular with the very cool feature of being able to take a snapshot at the touch of a button, it's a good deal.
    Recommended close focus is a minimum 16', and at this distance, I got a acceptably sharp portrait of my cat. At 150' (with tripod!) I got a surprizingly good shot of a cardinal. In high-resolution mode, the camera's 8MB can store up to 45 640x480 photos. The 10 second timer is also a nice feature. Images can be downloaded via included USB cable (CD with installation and image editing software included). Individual images or the entire bank can be cleared with the touch of a button.
    Overall, I'm very happy with my Capture View. It'll be in my pocket every time we go hiking or fishing come summer!

    2-0 out of 5 stars SAD
    Internal timer with no controls? No 'OFF' switch. Turn it and take pics...great. As long as you keep taking pics all is well.If you loose track of the 2 minute turns off! RATS No way to extend the 2 minutes? Looking thru binocs you have no hint (is the camera on or off?)
    1) Internal timer-that can be fixed with a firmware download but if you extend the timer to 30 minutes..ya can't turn it off.Well you can by removing the battery cover. And that's another problem.
    2) plastic battery cover.A toy .Not long for this world
    3)no cover for memory slot or USB port or lens covers (5)
    4) Beeper? What beeper? I can't hear any beeper.
    5) Battery labels? + and - are confusing for first time

    Just turned it on,took one turned off. Turn it on, take another picture,set it on the turned off??????

    1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed - disgusted
    Received as a gift, tried first time at a full daylight baseball game. Camera auto-shutoff between pitches makes it impossible to get quick action shots. Difficult to retrieve the photos, due to the poor driver software that locks up your PC, requires disconnecting other USB devices. Defective photos: images have jagged horizontal lines in neon colors bisecting the middle (where the interesting part of the photo should be). The (partial) images below the jagged horizontal lines have incorrect colors - baseball fields are not deep purple! I'm sorry I wasted my time with it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not sure I like it yet
    I opened the box and installed (or tried to install) the software for this piece of equipment, and found that the software loaded ok, the driver installed properly, but the Tutorial WOULD NOT RUN. I am VERY disappointed in the documentation (instructions for the software and technical info for the camera/binocs)! As another reviewer stated, the thing shuts off after 10 seconds of non-use - a pain in the neck when you are out 'birding' and trying to catch the perfect shot - and that is NOT DOCUMENTED anywhere!

    I will keep trying with this...I have a trip coming up and plan to take my REAL camera, too. I am sure the technology on these things will get better. I hope to contact Meade and let them know how disappointed I am.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A good camera
    This camera is excellent for birdwatching & catching those great shots. The perfect picture is about 16 feet from you- I have taken some prize winning photos with mine. It is fixed focus and takes some time to learn to perfect your technique- but by and all I am pleased with the price and the product. My boyfriend also bought one and we enjoy taking pictures together and comparing. A good product- a good price. ... Read more

    7. Meade Electronic Eyepiece
    list price: $120.00
    our price: $99.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005QWZ4
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Meade
    Sales Rank: 3006
    Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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    • View live monochrome video images through telescope
    • Composite video port for sending image to TV, VCR, or camcorder (6-foot RCA cable included)
    • Use with any telescope with 1.25- or 0.96-inch eyepiece
    • Powered by 9-volt battery (not included)
    • Easy to use and setup with contrast control dial

    Reviews (4)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A clever (and fun!) gadget
    The name is somewhat misleading. What this is, actually, is a small, senitive black and white TV camera designed to slip into a telescope focuserin place of an eyepiece. Now this won't deliver images of faint, deep-sky objects- you need a cooled CCD and long exposures for that- but it will deliver excellent views of the moon and planets to a TV monitor, videorecorder of computer with video converter. Using videotape and a digitizer as a "poor man's active optics" it's possible to select frames and produce suprisingly good results.

    At the asking price, it's a pretty good deal, too, and an inexpensive way to get started in digital astrophotograp

    5-0 out of 5 stars great addition to any telescope
    This eyepiece is quite nice. I tried it out and was amazed at the results. I use it on a six inch reflecting telescope. I used it first on the best target in the night sky, the Moon. It looked as though I was looking through a window on an apollo capsule orbiting the moon. I am not kidding. It was great. I then moved over to Saturn. I could clearly see the rings and bands of clouds. This item is worth the cost!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fun for bright objects
    There was very little documentation, nothing saying anything about the focal length to give any idea of the actual magnification.
    Fun for bright objects, I've used it to get images of Jupiter and Saturn and some of the moon. I could only faintly see Jupiter's biggest moons when viewing on the TV screen (with the contrast set so Jupiter is washed out). When using my video capture card I couldn't get the moons to show up at any level of contrast, but still got some medeocre pics of Jupiter itself. There's not a very wide feild of view so it's very dificult to center something without tracking.
    I've noticed that I can use it as a poor-man's electronic microscope by attaching my 25mm Meade eyepiece to it and using my trypod to help steady and focus.
    A fun toy but I wouldn't expect to get any nebula or any other faint object with it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Beware...
    A few things you must know before purchasing the eyepiece:
    1. The display is MONOCHROME (black & white)
    2. You will need a 9-volt battery
    3. In order to hook it up to the TV, your TV needs to have a yellow-colored Video-In port. Many TVs have it, duh, but yours might not. Some of us might have pawned our good TV set just to get enough cash for an ETX-90EC.
    4. Keep in mind that you will need to take your TV or VCR where your telescope is. You might need an extension cord.
    Have fun~* ... Read more

    8. Meade 07171-02 9.7mm Super Plossl Series 4000

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    Asin: B0000SWAGE
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Meade
    Sales Rank: 1550
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    • Excellent general-purpose eyepiece for observing hairline lunar and planetary detail or resolving faint nebulosity in deep-space
    • Extremely low astigmatism, spherical aberration, and off-axis color
    • Incorporates 7-layer multi-coatings and edge-blackened optics
    • Includes a soft rubber eyeguard, custom-fitted with a bayonet mount
    • Eyeguard folds down for eyeglass wearers

    9. Polaris 60mm AZ-D Telescope
    list price: $129.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004TDPP
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Meade Instruments
    Sales Rank: 22252
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    The Meade Polaris 60 AZ-D is a quality refracting telescope for land or sky viewing. It is perfect for observing celestial objects like Saturn, Jupiter,and the moon. It has an attractive design and fits in any room. The Polaris 60AZ-D is a cost-efficient telescope for the beginner. ... Read more

    Reviews (6)

    Its nice and you can look at the stars and its so fun.

    3-0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for
    with this cheap and cheerful 'scope from Meade. I liked their 90-AZ-F model far more, but it's [$$$] more expensive and you have to purpose build a stable viewing platform out of red brick in order to use it, so as a compromise, the 60-AZ-D is a much better choice. For children wishing to spy on school friends two blocks down you can't go wrong with this. Does exactly what it says on the box - "Warning - this product may contain nuts."

    eyepieces serverly limit view-here are tips for you...
    not a bad little telescope but the eye pieces are of the poorest
    quality .not what i expected from a company with such a good name.
    if you use the scope with out the 3x barlow (total junk) and with out angle mirror (also very poor resoslution )and use the eye piece dirrectly its just ok . then add a stone or other near by heavy object on tripod stay and the shaking will stop..
    adjust the thumb screws so you get just enough resistance to move scope -good luck -and buy better eye pieces if you plan to keep it ..

    3-0 out of 5 stars Be aware of the limitations before you buy
    The notion of a $99 telescope is very attractive, but don't think a scope of this size and quality will deliver those stunning NASA-like images of Saturn and Jupiter you're used to seeing on TV.

    This is a modest little scope, capable of modest magnification. The 60mm (2-1/2 inch) objective lens means that the absolute maximum maginification this scope is capable of is about 100x. The spindly tripod, however, makes viewing at anything over 40x or so near impossible.

    Through this scope (and similar ones) Saturn and Jupiter will appear like little dots- about the size of a dime 10 or 15 feet away. You'll just be able to make out that Saturn has rings. Views of the Moon will be much better- you'll be able to see details in craters that can keep you busy for a long time- and some star culsters and deep-sky objets will be interesting viewing if you have a dark sky to use this scope under.

    But that tripod is still a problem. If you do buy this scope, use it sitting down, with the tripod at its shortest length, and some weights attached to stabilize it, and you'll be rewarded with a more usable scope. Still, you'll be better off saving another $100 and getting a slightly larger scope with a sturdier mounting.

    5-0 out of 5 stars telescope
    I like this twlescope a lot because of it attractive features a magnificant look. ... Read more

    10. Meade ETX125EC Telescope with Electronic Controller
    list price: $1,540.00
    our price: $788.88
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004SPCH
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Meade
    Sales Rank: 5242
    Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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    When the original ETX telescope, the ETX-90RA, was introduced in 1996, it quickly created a revolution in amateur astronomy. Here for the first time was an ultraportable and highly versatile telescope system of unprecedented optical resolution and performance. Within a year of its introduction the ETX became the top-selling modern telescope in the world.

    Manufactured entirely at Meade's Irvine, California, facility, ETX Maksutov-Cassegrain telescopes produce optical performance and resolution that equal or exceed any Maksutov optics of similar apertures ever manufactured at any price, past or present. Their optics are so high in contrast, image brightness, and resolution that the ETX-90EC and ETX-125EC often outperform many telescopes of larger apertures.These models build on the original ETX concept to create the most advanced electronically controlled telescopes--including optional automatic go-to-object location with the Autostar computer controller--ever produced in their price range. And yet they don't sacrifice any of the user-friendly features that started the ETX revolution.

    With twice the light-collecting area of the Meade ETX-90EC, the Meade ETX-125EC permits a much broader range of astronomical study. Jupiter's cloud belts, for example, are observable at a significantly heightened level of detail, with whirls and festoons and the Great Red Spot readily visible as they transit the planet's disc. The Cassini division in Saturn's rings is routinely seen, as are additional features of the planet's surface, even under less than perfect seeing conditions. Microfine lunar detail beyond the reach of smaller telescopes can be resolved in the Meade ETX-125EC. Looking to deep space, the ETX-125EC's larger aperture enables the observation of galaxies and nebulae in much wider extension. The entire Messier listing of 110 objects is now not only visible, but every object additionally takes on a readily discernible structure.

    The observer who accepts astronomy as a serious field of interest will find the Meade ETX-125EC a deeply satisfying instrument for a lifetime of high-resolution astronomical study. ... Read more


    • 500x maximum magnification
    • Fork mounts with standard-equipment dual-axis drive system and electronic controller
    • Altazimuth or equatorial operation
    • Cordless field operation
    • Flip-mirror system

    Reviews (10)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great telescope
    If you are considering purchasing any of the ETX models of telescopes I would strongly suggest paying extra for the 125EC. The 125EC's aperture is 193% larger than the 90EC's and this makes a huge difference. The brightness of galaxies and star clusters allow even closer magnification and brilliance. If you are going to make an investment on a telescope, you want a scope that you can be happy with for many many years, and with the resolve capabilities of the 125EC, you will be. I have seen spectacular displays of the Andromida galaxy along with many closer objects such Mars, Jupiter, and our moon.

    Be aware though, that the price does not stop at this telescope. In order to get any practical viewing out of this you absolutely must purchase the deluxe field tripod for $200. This somewhat limits the portability of the telescope, but if you do not have it, you will not be able to see much at all. Also, the hard carrying case is greatly beneficial. For about 6 months I lugged this telescope around in the original box that it came in and it was a pain. The cardboard was bending and it would get wet and soft. Also you cannot take any accessories in the original box like eyepieces or the Autostar controller. The hard carrying case holds at least three eyepieces and has room for other accessories. Any other things that you buy with this telescope would be luxuries, like the T-adapter for taking pictures, the dew shield (you don't really need that and it doesn't always work), or any filters.

    If you have thought about buying the Autostar controller, I would hold off for a bit. It is extremely beneficial to learn the sky on your own, so that if ever you part with that controller, or your batteries run dead, you are not lost in the dark. It is not hard at all to learn the skies, and with a few weeks time, with or without a telescope, you can master most of the constellations. An unparalleled benefit of the controller is its capability to track objects during your observations. It is able to hold objects in the field of view for hours without having to adjust the telescope manually.

    The ETX telescope itself is great; it has a motor drive system with four speeds so finding any object under any magnification is easy. Its portability is handy when it comes to taking it over long distances. I had no problem taking this scope with me in a canoe in the Adirondacks to a remote camping site (the viewing there was spectacular). This would be a great telescope for any astronomer, as a first one to learn the skies, or as a backup, to use for long trips.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, pleasant, but not without a few problems
    I bought this scope about a month ago. Overall I'm pleased. Its not too heavy, and the size makes it relatively easy to pull out of the garage and into the backyard.

    I also bought several accessories with it. The field tripod is a must if you want any semblance of stability. And the plossl lense that it comes with is good for viewing the Moon, possibly some open star clusters, but not much else. You will probably end up getting one or two additional, higher power lenses -- and possibly a barlow as well. I bought the 12.4mm lense and the 2x barlow, and when using both at full magnification it can really bring an object like Saturn to life. The problem is that even the slightest vibration can cause the image to shudder.

    I bought the Autostar, but can testify that when running on battery power alone you will NOT be able to "punch in an object" and expect it to go right there. It will get close, but even 8 new AA batteries seem to struggle to power the thing. So I ended up buying the power adapter, and now it works much better and more accurately.

    As you can see, you may end up buying lots of accessories to get a good experience from your scope. However, it appears to be worth it. I have no regrets.

    4-0 out of 5 stars It's no Hubble, but it's glorious!
    Before you spend the money on this scope I must warn you that you are NOT going to get close up views of the planets and celestial objects. Even though I spent over a year researching this scope and planning this purchase, and knew full well what I was getting into, it still came as a surprise when I realized that most of the things I would be viewing would be fuzzy clusters and blurry dots.

    If you are okay with that fact, you will adore this telescope.

    The first night we used it, we found Jupiter without much trouble. We pointed the scope at a bright dot in the sky that wasnÕt twinkling, and when we looked in the eyepiece, there was Jupiter. It was the size of an aspirin, its bands clearly visible and several of its moons brightly illuminated. Our own moon was amazing- the craters were just breathtaking.

    Beyond those objects, we needed to plug in the optional Autostar. The problem for us was that the telescope worked so well we had a hard time figuring out if what we were looking at in the lens was what we wanted to find- hundreds of stars shine and twinkle in the scope when only a few may be visible to the eye. We lost our way several times trying to find objects using marker stars in the sky. With the assistance of the Autostar, we viewed brilliant Saturn, its rings clearly defined. Saturn was the size of a tic-tac, but very crisp and bright. We found the Orion nebula, and Venus at half full state. Then we viewed several bright star clusters.

    The Messier and deep space objects, which make up a huge part of what you will be viewing, were dim and hard to make out. If you are an astronomy buff, you will be able to identify these guys, and probably enjoy hours of use with this telescope every night. However, for amateurs like us, you will need a really good map of the sky and information on the objects you will be seeing. There are some great software titles out there- we use Starry Night and do not leave the house without a detailed star map when we are going to use the telescope. Without either of these things, you will be lost, or bored, or both.

    The lens that comes with the telescope will not be adequate for most objects beyond the moon. We purchased a higher power lens and use it about 99% of the time. I highly recommend the Autostar for novices in order to get the most out of this telescope. Otherwise, you will spend a lot of time trying to find things that may or may not be there.

    Finally, splurge on the Meade Field Tripod. Any little touch to the telescope makes the image completely blurry from the vibrations. The tripod really helped with this problem. The telescope comes with a plate which can be screwed into the bottom of the mount to further stabilize the set-up. We spent a few days puzzling over it before we tried attaching it, and it made all the difference.

    This was a great purchase. However, I thought I might write about all the extras that we found necessary to make this telescope worth the money we spent on it. It is an investment, but trust me, the first time you see Saturn in this telescope you will know that every cent will have been well spent.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Trouble and Poor Customer Support from Meade
    I just purchased a new ETX-125EC (June 2003). I keep getting motor failure errors and retraining does not help. In talking with Meade they indicated that it was probably a motor encoder problem and to please send it back for repairs. The expected wait was quoted as 3 weeks. Asked why the wait was so long it boiled down to "get in line with everyone else needing repairs". Frankly, I didn't pay [money]. for a new scope to get in a 3 week line. I have an old (20 years) C11 as well as a C90 so I am very close to returning the unit to the supplier, who has tried to help but had no pull with Meade to do any better, and telling Meade to take their scope and arrogant customer service and shove it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Portable but Pricey
    This is the size that the ETX should have been when it was introduced. The 125 is a relatvely new member of the ETX lineup, and the one that I would recommend first to those with the money and the desire to buy an "UltraPortable" scope. With its 5 inches of aperture, it is the only ETX scope so far that I would recommend for any sort of serious deep sky (galaxies, star custers, nebulae) viewing. (See my review ot the ETX-90 for an explanation of why aperture is important.)

    I am the president of a large (300 members) astronomy club in Columbus, Ohio and have looked through thousands of telescopes in my life- including a few Meade ETX-125s. The scope seems to be high quality, very contrasty, with just a touch of softness that makes views through it distinguishable from high end refractors costing many times as much. If you enjoy planetary or lunar viewing, and don't want the hassle and expense of a large refractor, or the "cool down time" of a reflecting scope, then this is the scope for you.

    The AutoStar GOTO system seems to be the same as the one on the ETX-90, and, as in that scope, seems to do a good job finding objects. (Recommendation: learn the names of the brightest 20 or so stars in the sky. You will need them as guide stars to align the scope with.)

    NOTE: I have stood next to many first time users of the Meade-ETX (all versions) and watched them fumble in the dark for hours with the system of computerized menus in the GOTO system that comes with this scope. Learn to use it in the daylight or during the full moon and not while you're cutting into your observing time.

    At its current average asking price, beginning astronomy enthusiasists might ETX-125 might be a bit pricey. At much less, views that are almost as good (if not better, due to greater aperture) can be had through and 6-8 inch Orion or Meade Dobsonian scope. On the other hand, like the ETX-90, the ETX-125 is extremely portable- perfect for travel or quick looks.

    The 24 millimeter finder is useless for finding anything but guide stars and the planets. It is difficult to align, and is so small that very little can be seen through it.

    I would recommend getting a dew shield in addition to this scope. ... Read more

    11. Meade Travel View 8-17X25 Compact Zoom Porro Prism Binocular
    list price: $91.00
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    Asin: B00005M6CN
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Meade
    Sales Rank: 6889
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    The compact Meade Travel View binocular sports a versatile 8-17x magnification for practically any observational purpose. It has a soft, rubberized cover for a firm grip and a central focusing system. Also included is a soft nylon carrying case and neck strap. ... Read more


    • Compact and light for travel anywhere
    • 8-17x magnification
    • Multicoated lens
    • Includes carrying case and neck strap
    • Center focusing system

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Compact, light and the price is right..........
    I wanted to purchase some compact, lightweight binoculars for multi-use. I travel a lot, go to NFL games a lot, go to plays (with my wife) a lot and wanted something that was versatile in application and easy to place in my pocket or luggage. I have found these binoculars by Meade to be the ticket. Lower power for the casual and normal viewing. Great for the balcony in the theater. Zoom to high power, with a lot less light loss than I expected, for the NFL games in the stadium (handy for viewing the cheerleaders...). These compacts are rubber coated for true grasp and also helps keep light inclimate weather off too. Zoom control is handy and easy to move. I keep them with me almost always. I am into backyard astronomy and have telescopes and large binoculars. I have found that Meade products have never done me wrong. So I applied that logic to this purchase and found that again Meade has held true to form. I shopped around for these very binoculars and various other brands and zoom powers in a compact. If you are looking for a great name in optics, a great compact zoomer at the best price available. This is the one. Have fun. ... Read more

    12. Meade CaptureView 8X30 1.3 Digital Camera Binocular with SD Card Port
    list price: $162.00
    our price: $99.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00009N7CJ
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Meade
    Sales Rank: 2736
    Average Customer Review: 1.4 out of 5 stars
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    • Fully coated optics
    • 16MB of internal memory
    • Optimum imaging range from 49' to infinity
    • Capture up to 60 seconds of video with internal memory
    • Minimum interpupilary distance is 57mm

    Reviews (5)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Stay away
    The first camera died the day after Christmas. The second lasted four months longer, but only because we didn't use it in the interim. The problem was the same in both cases: for no apparent reason, the camera fails to turn on.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Gave it as a Christmas present didn't work
    Not good a waste of money it didn't work. No power went to the camera so it did not work. Son in Law took it on Vacation useless.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Capture View
    Instructions very poor. For exam ple, instr. do not tell you that batteries must be in camera and camera must be "on" in order to download to PC. Also not told that if you take batteries out ,will lose any pictures still in camera. Maybe this is elemenetary to a camera buff but not to a novice like myself.

    Battery contacts in battery compartment not well designed or installed. Hard to make contact to activate camera.One spring terminal was "bent" when I got camera and had to be straightened to get battery in. Sometimes batteries will make contact and sometimes not.

    Judging by the few pictures that I have been able to view, picture quality seems to be good, however.

    I'd like a replacement but not sure how to expediently accomplish this.

    1-0 out of 5 stars An item to avoid
    The Meade CaptureView has two features that should annoy most of us. First of all, it is powered by two AA batteries, but claims to be unable to prevent the batteries from discharging and harming the device if the batteries are left in while the device is off.

    Secondly, its USB interface is apparently a version of the USB mass storage standard altered to prevent it from working with anything but Microsoft operating systems. For a company one often associates with scientific interests, active discrimination against users of Mac and unix seems unwarranted.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Poorly designed but a great idea awaiting improvement
    I pre-ordered this binocular/camera gizmo a few months before it was available, anxious for its release. I got it a few months late, but here are my thoughts. While it's certainly a great idea spotting that unusual bird and snapping a close up photo of it. Unfortunately this particular product is one of those made by the same people who design tippy, shallow beverage holders for cars. Just a little more thinking on the part of the designer would lead to a drink holder that will hold a beverage upright in a moving vehicle. Similar problems with the Meade binocular here. For example: the camera runs by batteries which the instructions recommend you remove each time after you use the camera. Better design would include an on-off switch. Would you buy a battery operated radio if you had to remove the battery after each use?
    I returned this product for refund, though I do look forward to future revisions. :) ... Read more

    13. Meade Travel View 12x50 Porro Prism Binocular
    list price: $65.00
    our price: $39.99
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    Asin: B00007GUU6
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Meade
    Sales Rank: 5731
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    14. Meade Travel View 10x32 Mini Folding Roof Prism Binocular
    list price: $29.99
    our price: $29.99
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    Asin: B00007GD7C
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Meade
    Sales Rank: 1971
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    • Fully coated optics
    • Field of View: 290 ft. at 1000 yds.
    • Ideal for hiking, travel and distant scenery
    • Black rubber cover for durability

    Reviews (1)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised
    After a sour learning experience with highly-rated (by a stock tout in the WSJ!) Meade compact binoc, I was recently impressed with the quality and design of two samples of the 8X version of this model. For the price, the center sharpness and high eyepoint are impressive, the focusing is close-tolerance and smooth, and the image symmetry and collimation seem good. All of these qualities were notably absent from the touted model. While the 8x32 binocs are imperfect in edge sharpness and resistance to flare, they are entirely satisfactory, especially as gifts. ... Read more

    15. Meade Captureview Binocular
    list price: $79.99
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    Asin: B00009N7CI
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Meade
    Sales Rank: 3619
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    • 8x22 compact binocular with it's integrated 640x480 resolution digital camera
    • Built-in digital camera captures what you see in the 8-power view of the binocular
    • Automatic exposure, and focus-free settings
    • Compact and light weight
    • Perfect for capturing sports, racing events, or distant wildlife

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Digital Camera Binocular!!!!
    What a great Innovation!! At a recent baseball game we shot over 200 photo's!! This camera is loaded with so much memory its hard to run out. I recommend it for anybody into sporting events. We didn't miss a shot. The download to the computer afterwards was easy, and the photo's were great! This is a great deal!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Cheap Construction
    I cannot tell you about picture quality for these binoculars because I couldn't get past the cheap construction. I bought these for my husband for hunting and the races but had to send 2 pair back before even using them. The body is cheap silver looking brushed plastic and it had dents and dings. The battery cover wouldn't even close. That was my first pair. I got the second and the battery cover still wouldn't snap closed. VERY POORLY MADE. Now my husband is disappointed and so am I. I suggest shopping around. I know I will. ... Read more

    16. Meade DS2114ATS Telescope
    list price: $825.00
    our price: $399.99
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    Asin: B00005QWYM
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Meade
    Sales Rank: 4562
    Average Customer Review: 2.62 out of 5 stars
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    Skillfully observing the many visible stars and planets can be very daunting for the beginner and trying for even the intermediate amateur astronomer, but the Meade DS-2114ATS telescope makes it easy thanks to the Autostar computer controller system. You can locate any astronomical object by entering it into the keypad; electric motors then align the telescope to display the object. The Autostar's catalog includes 74 galaxies, 135 star clusters, 26 asteroids, and the 8 major planets, for a total of 1,586 viewable objects.

    You can store up to 200 objects in the memory for an immediate go-to function. Digital readouts display the telescope’s position in both radians and decimal form. Oversize bearings and locks on both of the telescope’s axes eliminate imprecisions of movement that are common to lesser telescopes.

    Since it is a Newtonian reflector, the DS-2114ATS's aluminized primary mirror and elliptical secondary mirror provide sharp and bright images at a relatively low price. This optical system has a 114mm aperture and a focal length of 1000mm. The 6x30mm viewfinder and eyepiece, with a diameter of 1.25 inches, makes viewing comfortable and free of any eye strain. Also included are an aluminum tripod with a fold-up accessory shelf and astronomy software on CD-ROM. ... Read more


    • 114mm aperture for a focal length of 1000mm
    • Newtonian reflector with relay lens
    • Aluminum tripod with unique fold-up accessory shelf
    • 6x30 viewfinder
    • Included astronomy software on CD-ROM

    Reviews (8)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good telescope for the beginner
    This is an acceptable scope if you get it for $250 or less. If you intend to spend more than that, get yourself an 8" or 10" dobsonian.
    After using it for a few months, I now realise that its not the electronics and motors that matter in a good telescope, but the optics for a beginner. The 4.5" primary mirror is good enough for planetary / lunar observation. The eyepieces that come with this scope are just acceptable, and I can afford to have kids smear jam and butter on them. For my own use, I use a set of Series 4000 plossls I purchased separately.
    I do want to add that Meade customer service is excellent. If I were to purchase a higher end scope, I would go to Meade. Primarily because of their superb customer service.
    Hope that helps.
    Clear skies :-)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Poor quality, not worth the money
    I bought this telescope 2 months ago from a local telescope shop. I wanted a simple "GO TO" telescope and I did not want to spend top dollars for my first scope. while unpacking the scope I made an observation that the primary tube was not packed very well (only one layer of bubble wrap), in any case assembling the scope took about an hour and the first time I started using it I realized the scope motor was failing to engage the lever responsible for the vertical motion (up and down) I packed the scope back in the box and asked the store for a replacement. This is when it gets really interesting; I opened the box, unwrapped the tube and heard something jiggling inside the tube. The secondary mirror has come lose and was hitting the primary mirror and damaged it, so I decided to try to swallow my frustration and attempt to fix it which I did ,I glued it back, looked though he provided 25 mm eye piece and could not notice any scratches, so I continued with the assembling the rest. I took the mount with the motor from it's box and it was broken in half, at that point I realized that this "THING" is not worth my time, I went back to the store returned it and got a Celestron GT114. All I can say about my experience with the Celestron is it's cheaper, far better quality, arrived very well Collimated.
    took me 10 minutes to assemble. If you are looking for a good quality beginner telescope that would be satisfactory for a long time go with the Celestron GT114, or GT130.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Damaged during shipment
    I ordered the Meade DS2114ATS Telescope through, but it was actually shipped by J&R Music and Computer World ( It only took a couple of days for the telescope to arrive, but unfortunately it had been damaged during shipping. The smaller, secondary mirror had becomed detached from its mount and was bouncing around inside the tube. As a result the secondary mirror was chipped around the edges, and the primary mirror had numerous scratches.

    The telescope seemed to be packed well for shipping and there was no apparent damage to the outside of the box. The main tube of the telescope was packed in three levels of boxes. My impression is that Meade's process of gluing the secondary mirror to its mount just isn't strong enough to withstand the rigors of shipping. I decided the quality of the telescope was not quite what I had expected. I returned it to J&R and requested a full refund which I received about 3 weeks later. After doing some more howework, I have decided to try ordering my next scope from Orion.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Was well worth the price (free!), some issues
    I ordered this 'scope because I'd always had a slight interest in stargazing, yet not enough to spend enough for a decent view. Where I live is pretty dark, no street lights, so when I had the opportunity to get this thing by using points on my credit card, I took it.

    Got the box, found that some thingy inside the big tube came loose (some lens) and was bouncing around. It did have minor scratches on the big mirror, but I polished them out. I saw where the glue came loose and reglued the lens, and it worked.

    The spotting scope is a real piece of work, took forever to get it to point where the big scope pointed.

    The "free" $89 software that it came with was crap. It wouldn't install on Windows XP, and was copyright 2000. Got it this afternoon. The help files and "manual" had links to, but the links were broken. Went to and found that the "bundle" had no upgrade path, and the new software was $149. Cheapest I found was here on Amazon at $130. I'll probably play around with the scope for a few weeks before deciding to get the software. Sure, $130 overall cost for this telescope is good, but $130 for a freebie, well, I have to sit on that for a bit :).

    2-0 out of 5 stars So-so
    If you're not lucky and you need to collimate the telescope, you'll quicky regret buying this newtownian. Collimating a telescope is a real pain, the instructions are not clear and the customer support at Meade is mediocre at best.

    After many tries, I was able to collimate the thing and was able to see saturn's rings. The autostart is a wonderful thing, the tripod is pretty good. I did return the telescope because the altitude lock broke. ... Read more

    17. Meade Travel View 9x63 Astronomy Roof Prism Binoculars
    list price: $151.99
    our price: $99.99
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    Asin: B00007GD7E
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Meade
    Sales Rank: 2571
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    • Astronomy binoculars ideal for comets, start clusters, and distant scenery
    • 9x magnification, 305-foot field of view at 1000 yards
    • Fully coated optics and BAK-4 prisms
    • Durable rubber-coated body
    • Includes soft case and necks strap; 1-year warranty

    18. Meade DS2070AT Telescope
    list price: $650.00
    our price: $299.99
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    Asin: B00005QWYL
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Meade
    Sales Rank: 4652
    Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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    Skillfully observing the many visible stars and planets in the sky can be daunting for the beginner and trying for even the intermediate amateur astronomer, but the Meade DS-2070AT telescope makes the task easy with the Autostar computer controller system. You can locate any astronomical object by entering it into the keypad; electric motors then align the telescope to display the object. The Autostar's catalog includes 74 galaxies, 135 star clusters, 26 asteroids, and the 8 major planets, for a total of 1,586 objects that you can view.

    You can store up to 200 objects in the memory for an immediate go-to function. Digital readouts display the telescope’s position in both radians and decimal form. Oversize bearings and locks on both of the telescope’s axes eliminate imprecisions of movement that are common to lesser telescopes.

    With a 70mm diameter and a focal length of 700mm, the multicoated, color-corrected objective lens increases image contrast and light transmission. The 5x24mm viewfinder and 1.25-inch diameter eyepiece makes viewing comfortable and free of any eye strain. Also included are an aluminum tripod with a fold-up accessory shelf and astronomy software on CD-ROM. ... Read more


    • 70mm aperture for a focal length of 700mm
    • Eyepiece diameter of 1.25 inches
    • Aluminum tripod with unique fold-up accessory shelf
    • 5x24 viewfinder
    • Included astronomy software on CD-ROM

    Reviews (4)

    1-0 out of 5 stars save your money
    To be fair, I have never used a telescope before. I have, however, assembled many products using instruction manuals. I found this manual difficult to follow. It lists the assembly instructions in two different areas of the manual and each set of instructions were slightly different from each other. I had the same problem with the alignment instructions. The remote control is impossible to read while it scrolls. I couldn't tell you if the telescope is aligned properly, but we could not see anything with it. We managed to manually find a bright star through the viewfinder, but it looked much better to the naked eye than through the scope. We are very frustrated with this product and will probably return it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars May be the Moon
    No stars or other celestial stuff will be shown by the thing .... use it for the Moon, and forget the rest. If you really want to see stars, spend much more bucks. This will be great for my kids' kids.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not big enough for astronomy
    I have bought 4 of these telescopes for young people and the elderly. It is ok for looking at the moon, but little else. Telescopes must have APERTURE to be useful, and this little 70mm scope's objective lens is too small - try a DS 90mm scope which has much better quality and shows a lot!

    In addition, the Meade DS scopes usually have only 0.965" eyepieces, and they are crap. Buy a telescope that uses 1.25" eyepieces. The DS90 has an adapter that permits 1.25" and even 2" eyepieces, which show much more sky when you are observing.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Starter Scope
    After much research and product comparisons, I opted to purchase this scope and I am extremely happy with my buying decision. The first night I had the scope, it was setup and in use! It was easy to setup, very user friendly and I could actually follow the instruction manual to enhance my experience. I highly recommend this scope to people who are interested in astronomy but don't want to committ to a pricey scope or complicated setup and use. Definately a great buy for a family also! Happy star gazing... ... Read more

    19. MEADE INSTRUMENTS 884 Deluxe Tripod for ETX Series Astro Star Telescopes

    our price: $199.88
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    Asin: B00007MA52
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Meade Instruments
    Sales Rank: 5784
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    • Observing latitude from 20-90 degrees
    • 90 degree Altazimuth orientation
    • Fully adjustable from 25" - 43"
    • Graduated scale for elevation-angle adjustment
    • Deluxe carry bag included

    20. Meade Mirage 8x21 Binocular
    list price: $49.95
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    Asin: B0000636SA
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Meade
    Sales Rank: 10474
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    • Compact and light for travel anywhere
    • 10x magnification
    • Fully coated lens
    • Includes carrying case and neck strap
    • Center focusing system

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