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  1. Where can I find software and Manual downloads for my Meade product?

    Q: Where can I find software and Manual downloads for my Meade product? A: Any software, firmware, and manuals for Meade Products can be found here
  2. How can I photograph the image through my telescope?

    Q. How can I photograph the image through my telescope? A. The easiest and most cost-efficient way to capture your view is with our Smartphone Adapter. Simply attach the Smartphone Adapter to the eyepiece, insert your smartphone into the adapter, and open your camera app. If you’re looking to work with more advanced imaging with your DSLR camera for example, you...
  3. Where can I purchase a Meade Product?

    Q. Where can I purchase a Meade Product? A. To find your local shop that carries Meade products, please visit our Dealer Locator page by clicking the link or find the “Dealer Locator” tab towards the top right-hand corner of the page or you can simply go to our website and purchase from there.
  4. Does my Meade come with a warranty?

    Q. Does my Meade/Coronado product come with a warranty? A. All Meade optical instruments, Meade accessories, and Coronado accessories come with a 2-year warranty, unless otherwise stated. Coronado optical instruments come with a 5-year warranty. See our Warranty Info page for more details.
  5. What will I be able to see with my telescope?

    Q. What will I be able to see with my telescope? A. All Meade telescopes are able to view the same celestial & terrestrial objects. Our telescopes can be used to view galaxies, bright nebulae, the Moon, planets, and the Sun with the correct filters. However, the clarity of viewing these objects will depend on various factors including: Location Light...
  6. Which eyepieces have high magnification?

    Q. Which eyepieces have high magnification? A. Keep in mind that the smaller the number on the eyepiece, the higher the magnification. Higher magnifications do however always cause the image to loose sharpness. The lower powers will always be sharper due to the effects of Earth’s atmosphere. Barlow lenses are rated by their magnification factors, commonly 2X or 3X. For instance...
  7. How do I determine the magnification of my telescope?

    Q. How do I determine the magnification of my telescope? A. The magnification of any telescope is controlled by the eyepiece being used and can be calculated by dividing the focal length of the telescope by the focal length of the eyepiece. For example; for Meade’s ETX80 Observer which has a 400mm focal length, with the included 26mm and 9.7mm...
  8. Aligning the ETX

    Aligning the ETX
    To automatically track and locate objects in the night to set up the telescope in twilight or before sunset the large open area where you can see lots of the night sky.  Make sure the ground is stable and approximately level. It is best to setup the scope away from bright nighttime lighting. Bright lights will spoil your night vision...

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