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#1 tomatohead

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 07:18 PM

I've had an ETX-125 for about 2 years and I have the Meade 4000 series 26 mm, 15 mm and 9.7 mm eyepieces as well as the 126 Barlow.

Will I get any benefit with the 5000 series eyepieces?

Thank you.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:38 PM

No. The slightly increased apparent field of view would not in my opinion justify switching. I might consider a 32mm Plossl. Otherwise you are set. Tim

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:56 AM

If you don't add a 32mm to your line up, keep an eye out for a S5000 24mm SWA used.....nice EP.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:09 PM

Thanks

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:03 PM

I don't have the meade 5000, but I have one of the Celestron verson - the X-Cel LX. Mine is 12mm flavor. Most of my other eyepieces are plossls, including the ubiquitous Meade 4000 26mm plossl. I consider my X-Cel to be "better" than the plossls, but not by a lot. The extra FOV is noticeable (60 vs 50-55) but not a huge difference.

I will add, while I consider it only a bit better then the plossls, I almost always grab it instead of my No-Name 12mm plossl.

Also, my Meade 4000 26mm is almost never used - I will instead grab my 25mm No-Name Chinese plossl, or my 28mm RKE, or my 32mm GSO plossl. The 4000 has the smallest FOV of my plossls (only the RKE is smaller), the eye relief is not great (deep set eye lens) and it seems to be the least sharp lens I have in that power range... Compared to most of my plossl's, the X-cel is a small step better, compared to my 4000, it is a bigger step better.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:33 AM

If you don't add a 32mm to your line up, keep an eye out for a S5000 24mm SWA used.....nice EP.


It is a great value, same field as the 32mm Plössl with greater magnification.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:37 AM

I've had an ETX-125 for about 2 years and I have the Meade 4000 series 26 mm, 15 mm and 9.7 mm eyepieces as well as the 126 Barlow.

Will I get any benefit with the 5000 series eyepieces?

Thank you.


Which series 5000? If you mean the Ultrawides, you dang sure will. 82 degree field, which will not only yield a wider true field, but is much more comfortable to use. A good compromise and what I use in my ETX 125? Orion's inexpensive Expanse eyepieces. Nice 66 degree AFOV, good edge peformance in these slow scopes, and will not break the bank. Much nicer than cotton-picking Plossls. ;)

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:16 PM

I think of Plossls as a lot of fun for the money with the ETX-125 and believe 82mm apparent field of view eyepieces in 1-1/4" format to provide more magnification than is ideal with this telescope. The 24mm ES or Panoptic would im my opinion be a better fit, although I cringe to disagree with one of my heroes, Uncle Rod. Tim

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:53 AM

Well, you ought to cringe... :lol:

Seriously, I use a 12mm 82 in the scope all the time and it is hardly too much magnification. Neither is a 16mm.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 09:53 PM

I said this wrong; what I meant was that the 82° AFOV was not as appreciable the way I use binoviewers preponderantly; I think 68° AFOV eyepieces are more than adequate for binoviewing. On the other hand, the wider field eyepieces are more appealing in monoview than narrower AFOV eyepieces. Tim

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 04:56 PM

Well, time for my 2 Cents...

Going from the Meade 4000 Series to the Meade 5000 HD-60 was a HUGE leap in quality and image (Santa got me the HD-60 set with carrying case - nice dude). Am I an eyepiece expert? Nope, BUT the improved view was obvious. I have the UWA 5000 eyepieces, but not the 1.25" variety. If experience is a guide the leap to these eyepieces will be even more profound.

As far as bino-views, I can speak to that. I am in the squint one eye club.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 04:47 PM

I said this wrong; what I meant was that the 82° AFOV was not as appreciable the way I use binoviewers preponderantly; I think 68° AFOV eyepieces are more than adequate for binoviewing. On the other hand, the wider field eyepieces are more appealing in monoview than narrower AFOV eyepieces. Tim


Different strokes...I personally find the increase from 68 to 82 degrees fracking amazing. ;)

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:05 PM

Well, time for my 2 Cents...

Going from the Meade 4000 Series to the Meade 5000 HD-60 was a HUGE leap in quality and image (Santa got me the HD-60 set with carrying case - nice dude). Am I an eyepiece expert? Nope, BUT the improved view was obvious. I have the UWA 5000 eyepieces, but not the 1.25" variety. If experience is a guide the leap to these eyepieces will be even more profound.

As far as bino-views, I can speak to that. I am in the squint one eye club.

Man you don't know what your missing.. you will pick up about 35% finer detail useing 2 eyes plus loose the fatigue.
My Arcturus only cost $119.00 shipped and is great.






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