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#151 ryanr256

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:14 PM

Is the SCT adaptor just a tube the diagonal slides into?


It's a tube that has the necessary SCT threads to screw on to the back of the 'scope. Then the diagonal slides into it.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:08 PM

Christian,

Did you cut out the upper ring of the cloak to reuse as an eyecup? Try it, you might like it.

Mike


Mike

I'm going to give it a try. Looked like it may be tricky, any lest second advice?

Christian

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:20 PM

Received mine yesterday. The cap on the EP was cracked...possibly due to handling and the fact it's been well below freezing for days. The screw-up (heh heh) eyecap wouldn't work until the thing warmed up.

It's fine, though, and like others I seem to have acquired a small bag of caps from somewhere.

Of course...I have to wonder if this is why Massachusetts is now expecting 18 - 24 inches of snow this weekend!

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:12 PM

Odd, I keep losing small bags of caps somewhere.... :lol:

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:52 PM

Christian,

Did you cut out the upper ring of the cloak to reuse as an eyecup? Try it, you might like it.

Mike


Mike

I'm going to give it a try. Looked like it may be tricky, any lest second advice?

Christian


Take an X-acto knive and carefully punch a small slit where the ring joins the rest of the cloak. This is to give you a starting point for scissors. Then just slip the point of a pair of scissors into that slit and begin cutting around the ring. This ring section is much thinner than the rest of the cloak and is easy to cut.

Look at the pictures I posted on this thread to get an idea of the parts I'm talking about.

It helps to steady the cloak and gives you a better grip if you insert the metal cylinder back into the cloak before you start cutting out the ring.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:33 PM

I'm going to give it a try later today. I'll let you know how it goes.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:20 PM

I found a company telescopes.net that are still selling the meade 24mm and dia set for 159 I ordered it a few min ago...

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:24 PM

I just found a company telescopes.net that still has them at the sale price of 159 I ordered it a few min ago...

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:26 PM

Telescopes.net is Woodland Hills Camera from CA. Great company to do business with.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:30 PM

And they ship for free to make the deal even sweeter...

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:52 AM

We had a break in the weather for a couple of hours last night and I had an opportunity to test this eyepiece on my Lightbridge 16. It's a heavy eyepiece, but I still could use it would adding any counterweights to my scope, though just barely. At low altitudes I added a 2.5 pound bean-bag weight to the lower end of my scope to improve the ballance. Although quite large, the eyepiece looked pretty good on the Lightbridge's focuser. The wonky eyeshield worked quite well, so at least for now I'm going to leave it alone. The field of view was wonderful, though there was quite a bit of coma at the edge of the field. That wasn't too surprising and for me it really didn't detract from the view. I'm curious to see how this eyepiece performs on my AR-6. Overall I'm very pleased with this addition to my toolbox.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:39 AM

Yep, my EP has a huge ding in it as well. I'll post a pic tonight.

These are seconds. People, don't fool yourself otherwise.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 03:34 PM

Yep, my EP has a huge ding in it as well. I'll post a pic tonight.

These are seconds. People, don't fool yourself otherwise.


I don't think so. The box mine came in has a Meade label on it that states: "PROMO 2" DIAGONAL AND 24MM UWA KIT" and has the part number of: 07681.

There's also a UPC: 709942002300

Not "seconds".

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:46 PM

I don't think so. The box mine came in has a Meade label on it that states: "PROMO 2" DIAGONAL AND 24MM UWA KIT" and has the part number of: 07681.

There's also a UPC: 709942002300

Not "seconds".

-Bob


+1 :waytogo:

Agreed. Mine do not have a mark on them, mint. :cool:
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:00 PM

+2 mine are minty. Tried it out today in my C80ED...awesome, can't wait to get it under the stars, hopefully Sunday night. bob

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:31 PM

Both my eyepiece and diagonal were perfect in every way. I can't really see them being 'seconds'...

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:04 PM

Oh my goodness. I had a chance this evening to try out my new star diagonal and eyepiece on my AR-6. The blue anodized diagonal looks sharp on my Moonlite focuser. Better than that, the view was absolutely amazing! M35 was simply stunning and the wide field around M42 was wonderful. I'm ready for Comet ISON!

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:00 PM


I don't think so. The box mine came in has a Meade label on it that states: "PROMO 2" DIAGONAL AND 24MM UWA KIT" and has the part number of: 07681.

There's also a UPC: 709942002300

Not "seconds".

-Bob


+1 :waytogo:

Agreed. Mine do not have a mark on them, mint. :cool:
JScott

I guess then that Meade quality control was having a bad day....

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:11 PM

Shane,

If the rest of the eyepiece is OK, you could just take the shroud off. I prefer my Meade UWA's naked.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:12 PM

That nick just increases the odds these are OEM products that were destined for scopes. OEM packaging is usually minimal and the boxes probably get moved around a lot. If they were clearing out some OEM stuff, then there is a distinct possibility these are Jing Hua eyepieces instead of Meade's new manufacturer.
As for the nick, no worry. Look up the thread here on CN about putting Series 5000 eyepieces on a diet. That roll-up eyecup weighs a ton. The eyepiece is smaller and lighter without it. There was even a recent thread on creating a new eyecup from the old one.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:27 PM

If these are the Jing Hua ones, I'd consider keeping it as long as there's no other damage. Those eyepieces really do put up some good views........

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:06 PM

Anybody know how to take off some weight from the Meade 24mm. It's close to 2#

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:17 PM

Yes. Take off the shroud. This thread explains how to do it:

How To Put a Meade 5000 on a Diet!

Save the shroud, because you can cut off the upper ring to make a nice eyecup for the eyepiece. Look farther up in the thread you are in now for pictures and text explaining how to do that.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:18 PM


I don't think so. The box mine came in has a Meade label on it that states: "PROMO 2" DIAGONAL AND 24MM UWA KIT" and has the part number of: 07681.

There's also a UPC: 709942002300

Not "seconds".

-Bob


+1 :waytogo:

Agreed. Mine do not have a mark on them, mint. :cool:
JScott

I guess then that Meade quality control was having a bad day....


My point was that it would do Meade a dis-service to send out "seconds" as promotional items. But, obviously, there are/were some quality control issues.

-Bob

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:27 PM

I just noticed the visual back extension tube that came with the diagonal is composed of two pieces, one of which is a 1 inch extension. Nifty!






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