Meade's Illuminated MA12mm Astrometric Eyepiece is very useful for astrophotographers who need to lock onto guide stars, or for observers aligning their telescope or making astronomical measurements. The etched reticle pattern is internally red illuminated to stand out against a dark sky.
This specialty ocular is a high precision eyepiece with four different illuminated scales for making astronomical measurements. With this versatile eyepiece, you can measure double star separations and position angles, planetary diameters, lunar crater diameters, and more. It also includes a double-crossline scale for guiding during astrophotography.
This wireless model includes a red LED illuminator, variable brightness control and batteries. Please note that while the product photo above shows a silver illuminator, this can be black or silver in color depending on Meade's stock.
Meade Part Number: 07069
Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty (within US/Canada only).
Jul 5, 2019
High Quality For AstrometricsPros: Cons: Comments:
Solid piece of kit for the advanced user. Excellent instructions for a variety of apps. Note that the dual crosshairs are off-center for guiding use; not for polar alignment. Illumination is very adjustable. A fine astrometric instrument.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comMay 27, 2019
Essential reticle for alignmentPros: Cons: Comments:
The reticle etching is beautiful, and useful for making astrometric measurements. It gets more use as a nice, illuminated source of cross hairs when I am performing alignment.
It's difficult to get a cap to stay on the eyecup, but that's not a deal breaker for me. The laser is a little too powerful too; pretty often I have to turn off the laser to see 'behind' it.
Overall, a nice, useful bit of equipment
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comApr 20, 2018
Excellent product at good pricePros: Cons: Comments:
I bought this eyepiece for double star observing. It’s good optically and the scales are useful. Batteries are included. I agree with the comments that it is a bit bright when fully dimmed. I did buy the top cap from Agena.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comDec 24, 2016
Good but a little too brightPros: Cons: Comments:
Good product all around, lots of options for determining angles and arc distance. But even at the lowest light setting it is plenty bright, it'd be nice if it could be set a lot dimmer
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comOct 1, 2016
Works well for centering alignment starsPros:
Quality Lenses,Easy to UseCons: Comments:
This replaced an older, wired, Meade double-crosshair reticle eyepiece that I use for centering stars during alignment. Not having a wire trailing to a battery pack is much more convenient and reliable. The quality of the lens was also an improvement, being sharper, brighter, and wider in field. I chose the astrometric version because I also want to use it in my classes to have students make measurements, but I find that it works well for alignment, since the center is marked with a small circle, and the radial lines help with moving the star into a position where it will then drift through the center.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.com
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Feb 26, 2015
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- Review by Starthrower of Southern New Hampshire.
Great Double Star EPPros:
Compact,Lightweight,Quality Lenses,Accurate,Strong ConstructionCons: Comments:
I purchased this for measuring the separation and position angle of double stars, and, after calibrating, this does the job nicely. There is a good deal of material on the Internet about how to use these astrometric units (two others have been or are on the market), so I won't be too critical of Meade's rather meager instruction sheet. I am also planning to use it to measure lunar features. Fortunately this is a well made product, since there are few available new!
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comJan 30, 2015
Works very wellPros:
Accurate,Easy to Use,Quality LensesCons:
Too Bright IlluminationComments:
I purchased this eyepiece to measure the separation of double stars, and it works very well. Using the included instructions, it was easy to calibrate. Comparing my measurements to those listed for several double stars, the eyepiece appears to be very accurate. The eyepiece itself is of very good quality. My only complaint is that, even at the lowest setting, the illumination is a bit too bright, making it difficult to see very dim stars. Otherwise, I would give it 5 stars.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comNov 8, 2011
Just what the Doctor OrderedPros:
Lightweight,Easy to Use,Strong Construction,Compact,Accurate,Quality LensesCons: Comments:
This product has multiple uses from measuring distances, angles,between objects as well as a crosshair reticile for guiding during long exposures.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comJun 11, 2011
Clear engravinng, scales easy to readPros:
Strong Construction,Accurate,Compact,Quality Lenses,Linear 50 div direct readCons: Comments:
I use it for measuring double stars separation and position angle. Easy to use, clear engraving, LED light easy to control from dim to bright. 50 linear scale divisions and protector scale are clear. Should have supplied with an external 360 protractor attachment.
Overall 4 1/2 stars.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comMay 28, 2011
A Must Have EyepiecePros:
Quality Lenses,Compact,Accurate,Strong ConstructionCons: Comments:
This eyepiece helps in telescope alignment and calibration. It can be used night or day. It works well for manual guiding of a telescope. I keep it in my eyepiece case because I never know when I might need it. Great product.
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Barrel Size 1.25" (31.7mm) Bolt Case Included No Bolt Case Size - Focal Length 12mm Rubber Eye Guard Yes Manufacturer Meade Eyepiece Focal Length 10.1mm - 15mm Barrel Type Smooth sided Filter Threads Standard 1.25" Filter Thread (M28.5 x 0.6)