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Meade 6000 Series 70mm Quadruplet APO Refractor

SKU : ME-261000

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  • 4-Element Petzval Design Made with FPL 53 ED Glass.
  • 70 mm Aperture.
  • f/5 Focal Ratio.
  • Lightweight and Portable.
  • Large 42 mm Image Circle.
  • Built specifically for astrophotography and cannot be used for visual astronomy.

Product Details


    The Meade 6000 Series 70mm Quadruplet APO Refractor is a true four-element Apochromatic Refractor with a 350 mm focal length, a 70 mm aperture and fully multi-coated optics. It offers sharp, wide-field views on full-frame cameras, meeting the needs of selective astronomers.


    • Fully multi-coated quadruplet lens system. False color is virtually eliminated, producing astonishing color correction, contrast, and sharpness
    • A 2.5-inch rack-and-pinion focuser, which is rotatable for easy framing of the photographed object.
    • It also includes an extendable dew shield and an aluminum carry case.
    • The camera connection is an M48 and comes with an M48 to T-Thread adapter.
    This refractor is built specifically for astrophotography.


  • specifications

    Aperture70 mm (2.75")
    Back Focus55mm
    Camera/Eyepiece ConnectionMale 2" Filter/Wide T—Ring (M48x0.75)
    Corrected Image Circle42mm
    Dawes Limit1.66 arcseconds
    Focal Length350 mm
    Focal Ratiof/5
    Free ShippingYes
    Highest Magnification140x
    Light Gathering Power100x
    Limiting Magnitude13
    Optical DesignPetzval Refractor
    Tube Length311mm
    Tube Weight4.5 lbs
  • included items

    • Meade 70 mm Astrograph Quadruplet Refractor.
    • Mount Rings.
    • Vixen Style Dovetail Bar.
    • M48-M42 Adapter Ring.
    • Aluminum Hard Carry Case

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    Nick M.
    United States United States
    Has Potential to Be Good or Have Problems

    I got to test out the scope for a few nights and overall it performed well except that the optics were pinched resulting in odd diffractions in brighter stars. Seems from online reviews this is not an uncommon issue. Contacted OPT who had me contact Meade who agreed that it was a flaw and had me return the unit to Meade. Was told it would be a few weeks, but now a few months for a replacement unit. No money and no new scope for the foreseeable future. Not the best experience.

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    John R.
    United States United States

    Very well designed! The field is flat across the entire sensor. Works great with my ASI071MC-Pro camera. I get nice spacious fields of view with pinpoint stars. Works good with my auto focuser. The only thing that can be approved on is a scale for the rotation of the focuser.

    OPT Telescopes Meade 6000 Series 70mm Quadruplet APO Refractor Review
    Emily S.
    United States United States
    Light, versatile, nearly perfect

    I have had good experiences with this telescope, and it's perfectly what I wanted in every respect. The only flaw I've noticed is, in my usage, a very slight amount of coma which is consistent across the field. This could be due to a slight misalignment of the optics or to some other factor I haven't discovered yet. This is only noticeable when looking closely at stars. One shortcoming, though not a flaw, is how short the focus tube is. It limits the choices I have for filters, adapters, and so on. I knew this going into my decision.

    Antoine G.
    United States United States
    Can't let go of this Triple AAA refractor

    Got this scope as a loaner for a couple of months. I have been missing it every single day after shipping it back. Today I am so glad I own this small refractor. This is the one I recommend to almost all beginners looking for a wide field, easy to use telescope as it also does not require any extra accessories!

    Rodney B.
    United States United States
    Meade Series 6000 70mm 350mm F/5.0 APO Quadruplet

    This refractor is amazing. So light, easy to handle, and takes amazingly clear and crisp images, with very little effort...The Petzval optical train is amazing...! Guiding doesn't even need to be below 1.00" Total RMS Error...Stars are pinpoint precise across the field of view even at 1.50"+...! Very pleased with this telescope...It's true that great things come in small packages...!! Highly recommend this telescope...

    Andrew M.
    United States United States
    Amazing value for flawless optics

    After using this scope for about 7 months I feel qualified to write this review. Optics: Flawless stars with zero chromatic aberration across the whole field. Since it has a built in flattener, there is no second guessing with backfocus requirements. Slap a camera on and go. There is some purpling/bloating with a modified DSLR or with OSC, so shoot with a Lum filter, as you should anyways. Construction: No distortion from sag visible in acquisition frames, even with a heavy camera, filter wheel, and cables hanging off the back. Focuser has sturdy fine/course adjustment knobs that operate smoothly and with minimal backlash. Included scope rings are well built, no flex against the dovetail as the mount slews Versatility: Possibly my one complaint is the need to occasionally get creative with adapters to properly secure the guidescope and the camera as I switch between my OSC, DSLR, and ASI1600, and also had to get creative to mount the focuser I chose (Pegasus focus cube). After a bit of tinkering, the scope works for any style of camera. I was even able to get it to reach focus with an eyepiece for a special project. Depending on your camera, you might need to adjust the position of the dovetail to get a good DEC balance. Overall, this scope is an absolute work horse, and is my first choice to recommend to beginners considering entering this hobby.