Meade 4504


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Brand and Model:Meade 4504
Price ($USD):$299
Type:Newtonian
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Aperture:114mm (4.5")
f Ratio:f/8
Focal Length:910mm
Finder:6x30
Electric Power:12v DC
Mount:German Equatorial
Tripod:Aluminum
Weight (lbs):31 lbs.
Dimensions (w/h/d):
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Meade 4504
An excellent telescope for beginners. It provides features common to much more expensive telescopes. One of the greatest attributes of the 4504 and the other Meade 4.5" reflector telescopes is the availability of support through the Meade4504Telescopes eGroup hosted on Yahoo!Groups. The eGroup is found at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Meade4504Telescopes/
and there is a supplemental Support Web Site at:
http://meade4504telescopes.org

Overall Rating: 7
Optics:7 Mount:6 Ease of Use:7 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.50.143)
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Meade 4504
The optics are OK at best, and like everyone say's the drive is kinda noisy.
The GOTO functions are not very accurate, but it gets you in the general area of the object.
But one has to remember that this is an very inexpensive, and expectations should not be very high. You get what you pay for.
I am on a real tight budget, but I managed to get this at Costo for $250. I didn't expect much, and wound up with more that I expected.
If it is aligned properly, it is not to difficult to find just about anything that could be found with a 4.5 in apeture; Saturn, Venus, Jupiter(+5 moons), Orion Nebula, M13, M22, M02, Wild Duck Cluster, Andromeda, Double Cluster, etc.... The GOTO has a feature that pans in a growing spiral if what you are looking for is not in the eyepiece, this usualy takes about 30 seconds to 2 minutes to find the object. It also has a problem with the cold, the hand control becomes stupid when it gets to cold (it will look for the moon in a gopher hole). This is a good time to take the hand controller inside to warm up while I do the same (30 min), then come back out, use the auto align (a 5 min procedure) and I'm back in business.

I could easily rip this scope apart, but for the price it is a great beginners scope with just enough feature to make me want more.
How many of us started out love for astromomy using some old wobbly toy telescope?
At least with this scope, I can scan the sky while I save for something bigger and better.
I am very satisfied.
It deserves at least an 8 or more.

Overall Rating: 8
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.95.175)
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Meade 4504
The drives are very noisy and slow. The goto is ok for planets but forget deep space objects. Go for the nexstar 114 gt instead its much smaller, accurate and less noisy.

Overall Rating: 5
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.198.74)
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