Panoptics Vs Meade SWA's in Maxbrights
Posted 17 December 2012 - 10:35 PM
I finally had a chance to compare the Panoptic 19 and 15 mm against the Meade 18 and 13.8 mm in my Maxbrights and what I found is that they are so close that only one difference stands out, the Meades seem to have a flatter field of view and snap to focus where as the Panoptics seem to have a wider focus zone, both seem equally sharp and show the same amount of detail on Saturn and the Moon. So why the excitement over the Meades? Price, a pair of used Panoptics will set you back about $350, a pair of Meades, maybe $200.
So which do I prefer? the Panoptics, only as they seem easier to keep in the critical focus zone, ( especially when the night temp drops and my Tak focusers get some play in them).
If you decide to try a pair of Meade SWA,s 4000 (Japan), one thing you need to know: there are two series of them, one marked Japan on the black body and one marked Japan on the chrome barrel. You must match the stamps ( i.e. both stamped Japan on the barrel) or they won't merge.
And finally, for full disclosure, in a few weeks I will be selling off a lot of extra eyepieces including 14 SWA's .
Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:25 AM
A much better alternative is the Hyperions. The 24mm to me does not seem quite as good at the rest, but considering the used price and high availabiliyt on the used market, the Hyperions make a lot of sense.
The other thing that makes the Hyperions so nice is that they have excellent eye relief. The Pans don't come shorter that 15mm, and the 15mm Pan is very tight. If you want a full 68 degree AFOV eyepiece in shorter focal lenghts at an affordable price, used hyperions seem like one of the best games in town.
I now own the 13, 17, and 24mm and use them in my C14 with the Mark V.
Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:05 PM
Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:19 PM
I don't have the ES 6824s, but I did have the ES2068 and ES1668 and liked them both and agree that they are similar to the Pans, which is to say quite excellent.
So, lots of better choices than the S4K SWAs. I think I owned three or four of these and was not at all impressed as I compared them to better eyepeices.
Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:38 AM
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 07:49 PM
You made me laugh!!! No binoviewing, just a big, crooked nose.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 02:55 PM