Meade Starfinder 12.5" Dobsonian Telescope

Price: 500
Condition: Used
Will ship to: Local pickup only
Ad status: SOLD!

Category: Reflectors

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Posted on: less than 5 months ago
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Aperture: 318mm (12.5")
f Ratio: f/4.8
Focal Length: 1525mm
Dimensions (w/h/d): 58" Tube

I am selling this great telescope. I also have a small 70 mm refractor telescope, which allowed me to see Saturn and its ring. Because the amazing image of Saturn, I bought this bigger telescope to see Jupiter and Andromeda Galaxy.
As you can see the pictures, it is a pretty big. If you are serious about astronomy, I think this is a great one.
Smaller ones can frustrate you and quench your interest in sky watching.
What can we see with it?
It was my biggest question when I shopped different telescopes. With this telescope, we can see mountains on moon. When it is half moon, shade from sun creates strong contrast and we can clearly see moon as a three dimensional object or like satellite images.

Also, we can easily see Saturn and its ring. We can also see Jupiter and its distinctive moons. It is hard to see its red eye. We can still see its fainted strips of clouds (atmosphere).
Andromeda Galaxy appears to be big through this telescope. Yet, you need to be patient to locate it and it should be pitch dark without moon to see it. It is amazing to see AG above our head.
For more details, read this website, I think it is very accurate:
http://www.deepskywatch.com/Articles/what-can-i-see-through-telescope.html#moon_large

Upgrades:
As various websites and magazines recommended, I did some upgrades to the telescope. First, I replaced its original finder to Orion EZ Finder. That makes a HUGE difference in locating stars. Also, I wrapped the telescope with thermal insulation to minimize air current inside the tube and to protect the tube from moisture at night.
Spider vanes are enhanced with epoxy bond.
Of course, it is not the best one. But, it is one of the most cost-effective one. And in spite of its size, it is easy to move it around or transport it in a regular car.

Accessories:
Three different eye pieces with it: 12mm, 9mm, 20mm.
A collimator: You must have a telescope for this size and kind.
The Night Sky 30-40 North latitude 2-sided Planisphere