Meade’s Lightbridge Minis are some of the best beginner telescopes available for under $200. Unlike many cheap instruments which include complicated and wobbly equatorial mounts, poor optics, unusable finderscopes and plastic eyepieces, the Lightbridge Mini telescopes all come with easy-to-use and stable tabletop Dobsonian mounts, decent red dot finders, and good MA eyepieces with glass optics. The 114 and 130 models have exceptional quality optics; the 82 less so.
I particularly like the Mini 114 for its overall value and features, but the 82 is a great alternative to the Celestron FirstScope and I would definitely recommend the 130 over the 114 if you can spring it.
The LightBridge Mini 82 and 114 are also sold with solar filters as EclipseView 82 and 114. Apart from the included solar filters, they are exactly the same as the regular LightBridge Mini scopes.
Overview Of Lightbridge Minis
The Mini 82 Optical Tube
The Mini 82 seems to borrow a lot from the Celestron FirstScope and Orion FunScope. It’s an 82mm f/3.7, with a spherical primary mirror. Like the FirstScope and FunScope, it cannot be collimated, or at least not in the regular sense. I was able to get mine collimated by ...