Meade 203 - 60mm Alt-Az. Refractor
Design: 60mm refractor operating at 700mm focal length (f/11.6)
Description: Small refractor with an Alt-Az mount and aluminum tripod. Two eyepieces and a finder are also included. The eyepieces are a 25mm and a 9mm of unknown design and the finder is a 5x24mm.
This was my first telescope, bought after an enthusiasm boom
after reading a couple of astronomy books. I later saw that my decision was
maybe a bit too rash.
The scope came in just one middle sized box.
The box was painted in magnificent nebulae which, I suppose, made some people
believe that this is what you can see. The instructions were not as good as you
would expect from a company like Meade. Just a few pages covering assembly and
aligning the viewfinder and a bit on "what you can see" the later
being a bit to optimistic. But even without good instructions assembly was easy
due to the simple design of the scope. I was finished in 10 minutes! Now the
scope was ready and waited for the first clear night.
Before talking about anything else I would
like make a note about the viewfinder: It's a joke.The image threw it is so
blurry that you can't use it even for bright objects! The first target I
observed was the moon. The scope performed better than I had expected after
reading so much about how people got disappointed after looking threw their
first scope! I could see uncountable numbers of craters and the black Maria. At
78x the whole moon just fitted into my eyepiece, a very beautiful site! Next I
looked at Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter had two reddish cloud belts .The four
Galileans were all bright and sharp. The scope showed Saturn's rings nicely but
without any detail on the planet. Altogether I would say that for planetary
observations this scope makes a good beginner instrument. Next I tried looking
at stars. I was disappointed to see that the scope had a serious problem with false
color. All the brighter stars were blurred and sort of greenish.
I think the mount is the worst part of this
telescope. If you just slightly tap the tube the image will bounce around for
ages. It is because of this that it's very hard to find the objects you would
like to observe. It's made out of light aluminum that wobbles and wobbles.
The final word
Submitted by Mario Pallua - firstname.lastname@example.org - Zagreb, Croatia