Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again
Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:20 PM
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:44 AM
I really didn't need a new diagonal. I have a Celestron with XLT coating I bought used last year but for the price this is a great deal I couldn't pass. I'll probably sell my Celestron diagonal for about half of the $159 this deal cost me
Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:50 AM
Also available at Telescopes.net with free shipping.
Man! Even better.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:53 AM
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:29 AM
Agena Astro has this same deal on their Ebay store.
Odd so many places are having this deal.
Perhaps Meade is trying to unload their remaining 24mm UWA eyepieces because they are switching to the waterproof line. With the 24mm ES82 at $199 - and waterproof - Meade really can't be moving too many of their 24mm UWA at the normal price of $249.
Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:13 PM
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:26 AM
-- Views with the 24mm UWA were simply amazing under the skies of New Mexico. For pure observing this seems to be the way to go. I do have a new HD-60 set which I really like too, but now I can see I will need a few more UWA eyepieces.
-- I really like the 2" diagonal - works great with all my eyepieces. BUT the top barrel that holds the eye piece I notice rotates around freely and has some very slight play to it. Everything seems ok, but is this normal? Otherwise it seems fine.
-- Big negative/lesson learned: MIND THE CLEARANCE! As my 10" LX200 Classic was moving suddenly things jammed and came to literally a grinding halt: the eyepiece, diagonal, fitting could not clear the base and jammed up! Instant panic set in! Gears made nasty sounds - heart went through my throat! After killing the power (and not killing the scope) and a thorough inspection all is well (and no apparent visual damage either, whew). Moral of the story - mind your clearances! And yes, the eyepiece and diagonal CAN clear if in only 2 particular orientations (eyepiece parallel to the base of the fork). Otherwise - CRUNCH!
Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:09 AM
I have a couple of very big and heavy 2" EP, but I don't use them very much due to their large size and weight.
The bargain hunter in me says 'buy it' though.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 07:01 AM
Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:09 PM
Anyone have a guess what the flatness of that diagonal might be?
Anyone looked to see how well collimated the diagonal is in their refractor?
Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:38 PM
Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:56 PM
Constructions seems to be solid.
I can say the visual quality was very impressive last night under New Mexico skies. I will be out again tonight!
Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:01 PM
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:42 AM
Otherwise the view is quite impressive with it.