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Meade telescopes and binocular deals: discounts & what's in stock

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We've rounded up all the best Meade telescope deals on the market right now and listed them in this handy guide. Scoping out the best Meade telescope and binoculars deals can be a little tricky so we've included something to cover every level of astronomer and every budget.

Meade Instruments are a huge name in the world of optics, they're tried and trusted for reliability so making the most of discounts when they come along is always advised. Below, we've listed popular models and some of our favorites displayed with their lowest available price so you know you're getting a good deal. 

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While we have all the best Meade telescope deals available in this guide, we do have brand-specific guides for other manufacturers of optics too. Be sure to check out our Celestron, Orion and Sky-Watcher deals guides. You'll even find some of the best telescopes and best binoculars in those guides.

We realize that buying stargazing equipment can be a big decision, so if you want to check out more than the Meade telescope deals you see in this guide, we're here to help. We have round-ups for the best telescope deals and binoculars deals. You'll be forgiven for only thinking of telescopes when considering astronomy gear but binoculars often offer stunning night sky views as a cost-effective alternative. However, for all the best Meade telescope and binoculars deals on the market today, read our round-up below. 

Which Meade telescope should you buy?

Before you invest in a new bit of kit, you should factor in how experienced you are with astronomy. For example someone trying their hand at stargazing for the first time should consider something a little easier to use and budget-friendly. Whereas a seasoned astronomer could consider more advanced models for an upgrade on their current equipment. 

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.

When it comes to magnification, we recommend opting for a model with either 8x or 10x. Sometimes going for something with more powerful magnifications can narrow the field of view, which in turn means you don't experience the truly immersive night sky views that you would get in a wider field of view. 

When you're considering the optics, we advise you look for models with a Porro prism design, multi-coated optics and have BAK-4 glass. You cant go wrong with these features so it's always worth looking out for. This is what will give you the crystal clear night sky views you're chasing.

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