Meade telescopes and binocular deals 2024

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We've discovered the best Meade telescope and binoculars deals the market has to offer and highlighted them in our guide below.

In the optics industry, Meade Instruments is a widely trusted and well known name due to the quality and reliability of their models. While we've highlighted the best offers exclusively from reputable retailers, deals can sometimes appear few and far between. But, that doesn't mean you can't bag a bargain. If you don't find something suitable, it could be worth checking out our round-ups of the best telescopes, best binoculars, binoculars deals and telescope deals.

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Meade Instruments isn't the only manufacturer of quality telescopes and binoculars on the market. So, if you still want to check out the competition and what other brands are offering, it could be worth taking a look at our specific guides for Celestron, Orion and Sky-Watcher deals.

The deals we've highlighted are our favorite Meade models displayed alongside their lowest available price. We've tried to include something suitable for everyone regardless of budget, viewing needs and experience. This page is updated year-round so it's always worth checking back if you don't find what you're looking for. There's also some buying advice below, so you know what to be on the look out for. But, for the best Meade telescope and binoculars deals out there, read on below. 

Which Meade telescope should you buy? April 2024

It's crucial that you consider two things before purchasing a new bit of kit, your experience and your budget. If you're trying your hand at astronomy or you're buying for someone new to it all, it's probably best to consider something easier to use and budget-friendly. However, if you're a seasoned stargazer, you could consider a more advanced model, that might offer more, as an upgrade on your 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. 

An increased aperture means there's more ability to collect light, thus improving your views of your night sky targets whether that be moons and planets or fainter nebulas and distant star clusters.  

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? April 2024

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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Gemma Lavender
Contributing expert

Gemma currently works for the European Space Agency on content, communications and outreach, and was formerly the content director of Space.com, Live Science, science and space magazines How It Works and All About Space, history magazines All About History and History of War as well as Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) kids education brand Future Genius. She is the author of several books including "Quantum Physics in Minutes", "Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual to the Large Hadron Collider" and "Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual to the Milky Way". She holds a degree in physical sciences, a Master’s in astrophysics and a PhD in computational astrophysics. She was elected as a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2011. Previously, she worked for Nature's journal, Scientific Reports, and created scientific industry reports for the Institute of Physics and the British Antarctic Survey. She has covered stories and features for publications such as Physics World, Astronomy Now and Astrobiology Magazine.

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