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Meade Instruments Infinity 70mm AZ Refractor Telescope

May 26, 2018 - Comment

Ideal for the observer who views both astronomical and terrestrial objects, the Meade Infinity Series combines an altazimuth mount and quality optics for a superb value. For newcomers and beginners alike, these refracting telescopes are a great way for you to discover the cosmos and the outdoors. You’ll discover more with the Meade Infinity Series.

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Ideal for the observer who views both astronomical and terrestrial objects, the Meade Infinity Series combines an altazimuth mount and quality optics for a superb value. For newcomers and beginners alike, these refracting telescopes are a great way for you to discover the cosmos and the outdoors. You’ll discover more with the Meade Infinity Series.

If you’ve never owned a telescope before, the Infinity 70 Refractor is a good telescope to get started in astronomy. This 70mm (2.8″) aperture gives bright, sharp images for both land and celestial objects. Whether you’re viewing the lunar craters, rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter, or terrestrial objects, the Infinity 70 Refractor allows the first-time observer to explore the world, solar system, and beyond.

Pros: Right-side up image means you can use it for daytime observing (birds, hunting, ocean, etc)
Easy assembly
Refractor means you don’t have mirrors to align (collimate); it’s ready to go out of the box

Cons: Tracking celestial objects is less easy than an EQ mount because the controls function left, right, up, down whereas EQ mounts turn with the rotation of the Earth

Q: How is this telescope different than the other Infinity models (90, 80, 50, etc)?
A: The differences between each model are aperture size. The bigger the aperture, the more light-gathering power the telescope will have, resulting in brighter, detailed images. The Infinity 70 has a 70mm aperture, larger than the Infinity 50 and 60. It has a smaller aperture size, but a lower cost than the Infinity 80, 90, and 102. The Infinity 60 and 70 come with two eyepieces, while all other Infinity models come with three.

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