It's really no surprise that Meade telescopes have become a world innovator in the manufacture and design of optical instruments and accessories for amateur astronomers.
Meade's imaginative and technically advanced products are acknowledged to be among the finest to be found anywhere.
The company offers an extensive array of optical instruments, accessories and components for both the beginner and serious amateur, and it was the ability to provide such a wide range of accessories and parts that allowed the company to provide its very first in-house manufactured optical instruments.
It didn't take long for amateur astronomers to discover that they had for the very first time in Meade a manufacturer that made available a high quality product at an affordable price, and that regularly updated its products technically.
Meade reflecting and refracting instruments are considered by many to be the best that money can buy. Popular ranges include the LX90, LX200 and ETX series.
Meade have an impressive record of continual innovation and have a long list of firsts in the industry including the very first 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain to include a worm-gear drive and commercial Schmidt-Cassegrains which integrated electronic drive systems.
Other firsts include...
the permanently-programmed periodic error correction software, the apochromatic refractors with automatic slewing and GO TO capability, the fully computerized observatory-class Schmidt-Cassegrain, the intermediate-level telescopes with automatic slewing and GO TO capability, the ultra-high transmission coatings for commercial catadioptric telescopes and with continued with a multitude of innovative developments ever since.
The engineers at Meade Telescopes are continuously searching for methods to make their products even better, to minimize production costs, and to design brand new and interesting products.