There’s a distinct lack of Black Friday deals on Meade telescopes and binoculars this year. This could be down to shortages in the industry, which have created stock issues for numerous companies. However, it could also be that Meade is holding out on sales until the main Black Friday date, which is coming up on November 26.
Whatever the reason, we’re keeping a close eye on the discounts as they roll in and we’ll update this page whenever we see one worth highlighting. In the meantime, you’ll find some of our favorite Meade telescopes and binoculars below, displayed next to the lowest price that we can find online.
If you’re open to a wider range of brands, it’s worth checking out our round-ups of the best Black Friday telescope deals and Black Friday binoculars deals. You’ll notice that some companies have decided not to cut prices on their top-tier models just yet, like Skywatcher and Orion – but you can pick up some good Black Friday deals from Celestron, Nikon and others.
If, however, you’ve really got your heart set on a new Meade model, have a look through the options below to find one that suits your needs, experience-level and budget.
Which Meade telescope should you buy?
Before you part with your cash, it is essential that you consider how much experience you have with telescopes as well as how much you have to spend on a piece of kit — for example, we wouldn’t recommend a beginner making a massive investment in a complicated telescope: this would end in a dissatisfying experience.
Whatever your level of experience though, Meade has a telescope to suit every budget. With the Meade Infinity 60 and Meade Infinity 70 refractors costing less than $100, beginners wishing to skip or upgrade on binoculars are well-placed to improve on their optics without needing to make a large investment. Novice skywatchers with a slightly bigger budget will be able to get improved views with the Meade StarPro 90 and the best-selling Meade Infinity 102.
Increasing your aperture will increase the light-collecting ability of an instrument, improving views of solar system targets and seeking out the fainter galaxies and nebulas that smaller telescopes struggle to pick out.
Those with budgets of at least $500 and confidence in using computerized, or GoTo, mounts should certainly give the Meade ETX Observer series a look for clear and crisp views of solar system and deep-sky targets at the touch of a button. The Meade ETX125 Observer, which also offers fully multi-coated optics for high-definition observations, is our personal favorite.
Getting into the $800 to $1000 price range, we head into hobbyist territory. If you’re looking for an upgrade, the optics get even better — we recommend the Meade LX65 6-inch and Meade LX65 8-inch GoTo, of which you can find great deals for on this page.
If you have over $1000 to spend or even a few thousand dollars to the tune of up to $20,000 and skywatching is a serious hobby, Meade offers great deals on superior optics. What’s more, the aperture size increases, which provides even better views of the universe — we recommend giving the Meade LX600-ACF line of telescopes your full consideration.
Which Meade binoculars should you buy?
When it comes to picking the best binoculars for stargazing, getting a good aperture is key. The aperture is the diameter of the objective lens – which are the larger lenses that don’t sit next to your eyes – and the bigger this is, the more light will be gathered by your binoculars. This is useful, as it means you’ll be able to see dimmer objects in the sky, which are further away, and it also means nearby targets will appear more brilliant.
We’d recommend aiming for an aperture of around 50mm, as this is large enough to gather plenty of light for stargazing. Any bigger than this and your binoculars will become much heavier, which in turn makes them harder to hold still for a good view. You’d probably need some kind of tripod to support anything with an aperture above 50mm, because of the added weight.
In terms of magnification, we’d advise that you opt for something between 8x and 10x. Anything stronger than this can actually cause your field of view to narrow, which means that you won’t get to experience those immersive night sky scenes.
We’d also recommend you look out for binoculars that feature Porro prism designs, have multicoated optics and boast BAK-4 glass. These features all contribute to getting crisp, clear view of the night sky.
Read more at Space.com