Meade Series 5000 ED APO Refractor

 Info  Votes  Messages  More Stats  Up One Level
Brand and Model:Meade Series 5000 ED APO Refractor
Price ($USD):899
Type:Apochromatic Refractor
Attributes: un-checked Go-To un-checked PEC
f Ratio:f/6.0
Focal Length:480mm
Electric Power:
Weight (lbs):6.2
Dimensions (w/h/d):15" x 4.9" x 4.9"
Description:For crisp wide field observing and imaging, nothing can beat a true triple-element apochromatic refractor (APO). This is especially true in astrophotography, where APOs have produced some of the most beautiful images of the heavens ever taken from earth. But not all APOs are created equal. Today’s market is filled with semi-APOs (with two lenses instead of three) that don’t bring all the colors to focus in the refractor. Thanks to a two-year design process and a triple objective lens made from the highest quality ED (extra-low dispersion) glass, Meade Series 5000 ED APO Triplets are virtually free of chromatic aberration (color fringing). This means they outperform the most expensive semi-APOs at a fraction of the cost. Expert observers will be delighted by the total absence of color fringing and the scope’s textbook-perfect pinpoint star images. Even beginners will notice the breathtaking high contrast and resolution of a Series 5000 APO. One astronomer commented that the Series 5000 APO “kicked butt on my semi-APO that cost twice as much.” The scope is available as a standalone OTA, or as a package with our new Series 5000 2" enhanced diagonal and an aluminum carrying case.

* FAST FOCAL RATIO: At f/6 (80mm) and f/7.5 (127mm), the focal ratio of these scopes is tailor-made for fast wide field astrophotography.

* PREMIUM ED GLASS: Meade uses the finest Japanese FCD1 ED (Extremely Low Dispersion) glass. This glass is created to achieve a very small change in refractive index with different wavelengths of light. This makes it the perfect choice for a fast, high performance optical design like the Series 5000 APOs.

* FULLY MULTICOATED LENSES: Meade broadband multicoated lenses ensure maximum light transmission.

* TRUE ED APOCHROMATIC TRIPLET: A true triplet optical design guarantees the textbook color correction you expect from a premium APO.

* FULLY EXTENDABLE DEW SHIELD/SUN SHADE: An essential accessory built-in to the design for your convenience.

Vote Highlights Vote
Meade Series 5000 ED APO Refractor
very good scope for the money.have to adjust focuser for feel.was a little stiff right out of the box.have to use well corrected eyepiecs.a little focal plane curve,to be expected due to triplet design.need your own mount,cg5 is good if not heavy.but if you want to use it up to 200 power you will need a steady mount.very little false color at all.seeing cond. contribute,humidity a little. if your super critical of refractors then get a tak,tmb ap. but for 649. its great. i have owned a lot of different telescopes lomo mn 102 , discovery 8 f7, c102, 2-c4rs, i will never sell it. i think this is a true apo., but i don't know if it would satisfy the harshest critics on cloudynights refractor forum. after all they sure like beat up on that guy from cal. pretty good. don't analyze to much, just buy one and enjoy the sky at night. it provides low power to high power very well. i could have gone on and on about contrast ,etc. etc. but i think its great considering what's availible and cost. thats all i have to say about that.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
By: Anonymous (
Link to this vote:

Click here to see all votes (1 total)
[Click Here to Login]
Don't have a login? Register!