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#26 beatlejuice

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:54 PM

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



No way. Even if the eyepieces were touching there is still 3.5 inches center to center.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 04:50 PM

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!


It sure is a nice deal for a LOT of eyepiece ;)

Wanted to add something I seem to have found a week ago regarding brightness, eye position, and tint level through the glass between the Meade 5000 and the Celestron Luminos that many here might find interesting. From an indirect analysis, the 23mm Luminos appears to have a slight but noticeable brighter throughput than the many Meade 24mm UWA 5000 I've examined at earlier dates. Reason to say this is my previous mixed feelings of the Meade in this regard. Same for the Luminos eye position being better. The eye relief seems slightly longer in this regard over the similar 24mm Meade to take in the view better and more directly. When pointing the 23mm Luminos to a white ceiling for study (a wacky astronomer activity? maybe so ;) ) the tint from light absorption is hardly visable where with all the earlier Meades I had were slightly amber toned off from white. Glass and/or coatings? The coatings of the Luminos do look great, better I think than the Meades as I recall them surface per surface. This leads me to wonder how the 31mm Luminos fits in against the Meade 5000 and ES 30mm models in a DIRECT comparison :question: Maybe someone has had opportunity to check this out?

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 05:19 PM

I might should add that the 24mm Meade UWA model samples of this series that I had owned might have been field stopped slightly larger per FL (not an uncommon practice) than my 23mm Luminos is done where the latter would gain a touch of eye relief over the former, and therefore be made a little easier to utilize a huge UW AFOV. All I can say with certainty at this time is that I am found well pleased with the 23mm I picked up second hand in like new condition. So far a keeper until can test it out further. As for the original Meade 30mm 5000, it obviously has better eye relief than the 24mm in that series. I liked the one I had in 2009 very much even with the larger, heavier fully intact outer body in place!

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 07:32 AM

How long did it take your orders to ship? I ordered mine on sunday and have not received an email yet about it shipping. Hoping they didn't run out of stock.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:29 AM

When I chose their deal on Montana binoculars I got the email verification of shipment three days AFTER ARRIVAL.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:55 AM

I ordered one on Friday. I called Meade yesterday and they said it was shipping that day. My account says otherwise, status is still "shipping soon". I guess their system for notifications could use an upgrade.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 05:11 PM

I talked to Meade customer service today and they told me my order made last Friday shipped on Tuesday. The website still shows it as Shipping Soon. I would think a weekend order would have shipped by now.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 06:05 PM

That's good to know, even though it's a shame their system is terrible. At least it was in stock, it'll get here soon enough. :)

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 06:32 PM

Just ordered this new "Deal of the week" for $29.99. Not overly impressed with the Meade online ordering process...

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 06:52 PM

The 30UWA back up to $300!

Congrats to all who jumped on a fabulous deal...

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:26 PM

I'm so excited to have one of these fantastic eyepieces on it's way to me. The 30mm will give me a nice big picture window to gaze through. I also love the 24mm and the diagonal.

Customer Service at the Meade Store is awesome.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 09:25 PM

How long did it take your orders to ship? I ordered mine on sunday and have not received an email yet about it shipping. Hoping they didn't run out of stock.

I ordered mine last Fri, and no indication of status. I'm not worried, though. Despite their poor front-end in delivering stuff to you, Meade have honored every warranty claim I've had with them. Maybe not the most personally friendly, Meade has been efficient and effective.

I also don't think Meade will run out of stock. I'll bet we receive this monster plainly wrapped, as we did the 24UWA/diagonal deal that arrived bubblewrapped in a plain brown cardboard box. At the same time, Meade ALSO had the 24UWA in their form-fitting boxes, because they gave me one when my "plain box" eyepiece arrived broken.

So I'm thinking that the 30UWA is part of an over-production/over-stock deal, and they will arrive in a plain box.

Fingers crossed they survive the bumpy ride up our mountain (yeah! USPS delivers to the back o'nowhere! :thewave: :thewave: :thewave:)

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 07:35 AM

Shane, I called Meade and they gave me the tracking number. They shipped mine by UPS and it is expected to arrive Tuesday. I also ordered on On the 22nd.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 06:50 PM

My 30 mm is arriving on Monday. It is currently sitting in the local UPS station waiting to be shipped. Wish I could just drive down and get it!

And my Coronado PST arrives Tuesday...

And my Mallincam arrives the following week...

And my....

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 06:54 PM

Oh, and I really don't mind the weight or the larger than life look of the 30mm UWA eyepiece. Heck, I love it on the 24mm. No problem with weight issues on my telescope.

With the 24 mm I really like the "port hole" view. Image is wonderful. I have read the same thing about the 30mm. And guests seem to love the monster eyepiece too, for whatever reason.

Anyone use a Barlow on the 24mm or 30mm eyepiece?

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 06:52 PM

I've use a 2x Barlow with my 24mm UWA, works fine. I was sorely tempted by the 30mm, but it just wasn't a big enough change from my 24mm. I'm still curious though...

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:07 PM

I've use a 2x Barlow with my 24mm UWA, works fine. I was sorely tempted by the 30mm, but it just wasn't a big enough change from my 24mm. I'm still curious though...

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:22 PM

Placed order: Sunday, March 17th

Email that said it shipped: Monday, March 25th

Date it shipped: Friday, March 22nd

Estimated time in transit per Meade email (from Cali to MD) - 1-2 days - which is the 23rd or 25th

Delivery date per UPS - Wednesday March 27th.

:roflmao: Whatever, at least it was cheap.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 11:05 PM

Mine came in this evening, woo hoo! Great weather tonight and no astro weather curse, woo hoo! I am 1,200+ miles away…boo boo!

Mallincam x2 came in too. Quite a day!

Tomorrow, the PST comes in. I love these deals from Meade!

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:24 PM

My 30mm UWA just arrived; first light tonight I hope.....
This ep is huge!! Came in the factory form fitting box as well.
:>) Mark

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 03:37 PM

Mine was just delivered. Now I may be old and going blind, but does anyone else see a warranty registration on their site? The card that came in the box claims you can register the eyepiece online. I am not seeing it.

And it did come in the form fitting box by the way.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 06:37 PM

Mine arrived today. Good bit larger and heavier than the 24mm UWA. Amazing deal.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:12 AM

Got mine a few days ago...this thing is a monster!

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:14 AM

Until you get one in your hand/s ( :lol:) pictures don't due it justice.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 04:47 PM

You thought that ES82 30mm was big...






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