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#1 bob midiri

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 05:34 PM

Wow the Meade deal of the week now is the 30mm UWA series 5000 grenade for $149.....amazing here

#2 BryanS

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 06:18 PM

I guess my newly arrived 24mm UWA needs a big brother. Meade is offering some really nice value with these weekly deals.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:42 PM

I'm wondering if I'd notice a significant difference between the Meade and my 31mm Celestron Axiom LX...

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:01 PM

Prob not, because they more than likely have the same glass. Same goes for the 24mm Meade 5000 UWA and the 24mm ES eyepieces.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:34 PM

I just ordered one.........

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:36 PM

Don't do it. The Explore Scientific 82 degrees are better.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 11:42 PM

Worth $100 more?

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#8 bob midiri

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:51 AM

Its a great eyepiece I bought one a couple years ago when it was twice this price.. You will enjoy it. I did get the 24mm when it was on sale and that is a great eyepiece also. Maybe Ill be able to get the whole set if they deal them every few weeks.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:13 AM

I really want to pull the trigger on this but I just picked up the 24mm UWA/dielectric diagonal combo deal. I don't really think I need this EP. :bawling:

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 04:17 AM

The 30 is a nice eyepiece, but it is very heavy. I had the original ES 30 82 clone but sold it and bought the newer N2 version. The newer ES is much better ergonomicly. Although the $149 price is tough to pass up.
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 04:20 AM

Rogue, et. al,

This is a VERY GOOD deal on the Meade 30mm UWA. My guess is Meade wanted to get some attention - and they got it! This is an excellent eyepiece if you want the ultimate "porthole" window to the universe.

I too got the 24mm UWA/Diagonal deal (great kit btw) and was ready to pull the trigger on the 30mm. Once Meade announced this deal I had to go for it. It was too good to pass up! My fear was people would buy several of them, Meade would run out of them, and folks would then resell them on ebay.

ES vs.Meade UWA? My scan of the reviews shows:
-- over 90% cannot tell the difference between the two
-- most folks have a personal preference
-- the 10% that can tell a difference, seem to give the slight edge to Meade.

Still, at half off you really cannot go wrong.

I cannot wait to use these ep with my soon to arrive LX850 (well in relative terms!).

I am really liking these weekly deals from Meade!

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 05:55 AM

:question:You and Meade are not making this easy on me. I have all the EP's I need except I was kinda looking at getting a used Meade smooth side 56mm plossl or 55mm Televue plossl for my 10" LX200. I want to get the largest true field of view I can with that scope but finding used 56mm smoothside plossls isn't that easy and I don't need it bad enough to spend a fortune. If I tried a 56mm plossl on my dob I would get an exit pupil of 9.5mm .The 30mm UWA could be used on both scopes with an acceptable exit pupil and not much less TFOV than the 56mm plossl would provide.
That 30mm UWA is a monster. I wonder how many Smurfs can fit in that thing? :roflmao:

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 07:29 AM

It's a good deal but according to the Astronomics website, it weighs 47 ounces. Thats 12-13 ounces heavier than the ES30mm or the 31 mm Nagler. And with that giant eyecup, it's likely to be a awkward to view through.

I often use my 32mm Telewide Wide Field instead the 31 mm Nagler because it is lighter, more compact and while it's not as sharp in a fast scope, it does a decent job. There is more to an eyepiece than just the optics, ES was smart when they redesigned their eyepieces to be more on the TV model ergonomically, their 30mm is a Heavyweight, it has to be, but its a lean and trim heavyweight ready to do battle.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 07:58 AM

If I didn't already have the new version ES 82 30, I might go for the Meade UWA 30. But that extra 13 ounces could be a deal breaker.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 08:21 AM

You could easily shed the 13 ounces by removing the blue twisty eyecup... and save $100.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 08:32 AM

Have the link to the mod?

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 08:58 AM

I put my 24mm UWA on a diet and I really am happy I did.
Here is the dietary instructions.
http://www.cloudynig...2152398/page...

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 09:02 AM

You could easily shed the 13 ounces by removing the blue twisty eyecup... and save $100.

Jaimo!


This is true. I'm not sure if the full 13 oz would be lost, but there should be some significant reduction in weight.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 09:10 AM

Geez, I really need to stop coming to this subforum. Seems like every time I do, I buy an EP. :help: :grin:

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 11:36 AM

You could easily shed the 13 ounces by removing the blue twisty eyecup... and save $100.

Jaimo!


And it would look better as well with more classic lines.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 11:56 AM

You could easily shed the 13 ounces by removing the blue twisty eyecup... and save $100.



I measured the weight loss as 8 oz. on mine. 1/2 lb. does make a noticable difference for balancing purposes and it does look much better. This one is about 10 years old and has been used a lot. Will only be sold in my estate sale :grin:

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Removing the shroud will leave you needing a top cap. Agena has you covered with possible slight modifications needed.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:07 PM

If you factor in the CN discount and free shipping on the 30 ES82 the price difference is about $80 more than the 30 Meade UWA. I've got a 31 Hyperion Aspheric that's a very good eyepiece but it's not a FL that's used very often. David

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 07:21 PM

Here's my UWA mod...

http://www.cloudynig...5674853/page...

I'm sorely tempted by the 30mm, but it's too close to the 24mm I bought from the earlier sale.

Fantastic eyepiece!

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 01:58 PM

I've got a meade 28mm SWA and the 40mm SWA. The 30 in my 16" is only 5x less magnification, yet it's almost the exact same TFOV as the 40mm. This is a no brainer, even with the weight factor. Less eyepiece swapping, best trait from the 28 and the 40 combined.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:16 PM

You could easily shed the 13 ounces by removing the blue twisty eyecup... and save $100.



I measured the weight loss as 8 oz. on mine. 1/2 lb. does make a noticable difference for balancing purposes and it does look much better. This one is about 10 years old and has been used a lot. Will only be sold in my estate sale :grin:

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Removing the shroud will leave you needing a top cap. Agena has you covered with possible slight modifications needed.

Eric


Anybody use two of these w/o shroud for 2" binoculars or binoviewing? Or are they still too wide.

I already have one, but never removed the shroud, because I like the shroud up when monoviewing to keep stray light out and act as a face/cheek rest.






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