LX80 Mount -- Interstellarum Magazine Product of the Year for 2012

LX80 Mount -- Interstellarum Magazine Product of the Year for 2012

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 2, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Meade Instruments Corp.
(Nasdaq:MEAD), a leading designer and manufacturer of consumer optical
products, including telescopes, binoculars and microscopes, today reported
that the readers of Interstellarum Magazine, the leading astronomy magazine in
Germany, awarded Meade's LX80 line of telescopes as the number one new product
of 2012.

"We are very pleased to learn of this award," stated Steve Murdock, CEO of
Meade Instruments Corp. "Germany is an important market for us and we have
been very successful there over the years," continued Murdock. "I am pleased
to see that our products continue to enjoy success in Germany and in the rest
of Europe, due to our continued development of new and innovative products,
like the LX80. The LX80 has been a valuable addition to our product line since
its launch in April 2012," concluded Murdock.

ABOUT MEADE INSTRUMENTS CORP.

Meade Instruments Corp. ("Meade") was founded in 1972 and is a leading
designer and manufacturer of optical products including telescopes and
accessories for the beginning to serious amateur astronomer.The Company
distributes its products worldwide through a network of specialty retailers,
mass merchandisers and domestic and foreign distributors. Additional
information on Meade is available at www.meade.com.

CONTACT: John Elwood, CFO
         27 Hubble
         Irvine, CA 92618
         Phone: (949) 451-1450
         Fax: (949) 451-1460

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