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RA-DEC
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Great deal on some Meade binos
      #1900985 - 10/10/07 05:06 PM

Just noticed some great deals on the Meade clearance web site http://www.meade4m.com/4mshop/index.html
Montana 7x42s for $149 and the 6 piece set with 10x50s for $19.99. I got the 10x50 kit....couldn't pass it up!

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Trace
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BO/TMB Planet Hunter 80 mm f/11.25
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***There's a smudge there, I think you have a fingerprint on the eyepiece or something. ~Ha ha, nah bro that's the galaxy...


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Glassthrower
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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: RA-DEC]
      #1901016 - 10/10/07 05:21 PM

I saw that 10x50 kit. At that price, it's hard to pass up.

If I didn't already have a good 10x50, I would order it.

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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: Glassthrower]
      #1901039 - 10/10/07 05:30 PM

that totally sucks! they still don't ship to Canadian addresses

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Cameron

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KennyJ
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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: camvan]
      #1901155 - 10/10/07 06:31 PM

< If I didn't already have a good 10x50, I would order it.>

But Mike ! -- what about the :

(1) Multi-Tool with blade

(2) Pliers

(3) Screw drivers

(4) Saw

(5) and more

(6) Precision Magnetic Compass with glow-in-the-dark dial

(7) Pedometer to measure walking distance and calories burned

(8) Clip-On LED Water-Resistant Flashlight with 3 bright LED lights with clip to fasten to many surfaces

(9) Rugged Backpack has padded shoulder straps and mesh pockets

Do you have all of those , too ? :-)

Kenny

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David W
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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: camvan]
      #1901157 - 10/10/07 06:33 PM

Thanks for the heads up! I got the 10x50 too.

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Bob A (SD)
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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: David W]
      #1901191 - 10/10/07 06:46 PM

What's the FOV on these Meade 10x50s?

--Bob


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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: Bob A (SD)]
      #1901429 - 10/10/07 08:15 PM

I suspect that Meade 10x50's are the TravelView Porros. I think Radio Shack used to sell them for $30.

You guys may disagree but i think the Montana's 7x42's are a good deal at $150 or so. Maybe 4 or 5 years ago I bought a pair of these from John Cota. I like em, they are probably a bit heavy but they have a nice wide field of view, something around 8 degrees, and I use them for my Starhopping binos. They don't have the best close focus, maybe 9feet but it's pretty decent.

Japanese made, phase coated and all the good stuff.

jon

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Glassthrower
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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #1901600 - 10/10/07 09:19 PM

Kenny -



I have everything except #7 and #8.

In place of #8, I have a red-LED flashlight for astro use, and a "Mag Lite" for standard flashlight scenarios.

I don't do enough walking to justify a pedometer. Although, I should do a lot more walking to stay healthy.

These deals always come up when I am tapped for cash. This package would make a nice CHEAP gift for someone who enjoys the outdoors or binocular astronomy. I should probably buy 4 or 5 of these and give them out at X-mas.

Regards and clear skies,

MikeG

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RA-DEC
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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: Glassthrower]
      #1901832 - 10/10/07 10:54 PM

Quote:

This package would make a nice CHEAP gift for someone who enjoys the outdoors or binocular astronomy. I should probably buy 4 or 5 of these and give them out at X-mas.




My thinking exactly Mike, I bought 2!

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Trace
TMB 92L f/5.5
BO/TMB Planet Hunter 80 mm f/11.25
Orion Skyview 6 f/4.9
Various eps (some with green writing on them)
Eyes

***There's a smudge there, I think you have a fingerprint on the eyepiece or something. ~Ha ha, nah bro that's the galaxy...


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David W
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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: Bob A (SD)]
      #1901909 - 10/10/07 11:51 PM

Quote:

What's the FOV on these Meade 10x50s?

--Bob




These must be the TravelView pair, which Meade's site says are 7 degrees, 367ft/1000yds.

OpticsPlanet has them for $29.99, which is four cents over their minimum price for free shipping, so if all your into is the binoculars they're even (the deal above cost $10 for s&h).

But the real bonus is the freebies that came with it!

I know you're laughing, but hear me out....

I get new binoculars, while I get to tell my wife, "Hey hon, I got you one of those mini-backpacks for you to take with you on your bike rides, and a new pedometer for your walks!"

And suddenly I not only got a deal, but I'm the good guy!

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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: Glassthrower]
      #1902282 - 10/11/07 07:06 AM

How about the world's smallest electronic focus binoculars?

No seriously... those are some nice deals at the outlet. I'am tempted to grab the Simmons Aetec 8x25 .

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johnno
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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: David W]
      #1902551 - 10/11/07 10:22 AM






I get new binoculars, while I get to tell my wife, "Hey hon, I got you one of those mini-backpacks for you to take with you on your bike rides, and a new pedometer for your walks!"

And suddenly I not only got a deal, but I'm the good guy!




Hi David,

Thats,

What I call good thinking,

It DOES Pay, to keep the Boss Happy.

And there's nothing wrong with being a little Devious.INMHO

Regards.John


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kray
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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: RA-DEC]
      #1903171 - 10/11/07 02:34 PM

I didn't get the binos but I did see a great deal on one of their discontinued microscopes. My grandson already has binoculars I gave him last year so I got the microscope. It was 1/4 the previous low price and over $300 less than most dealers have sold it. I wanted to get him one for more than a year but anything that would be of any use was over $300, so I waited.

Thanks for the link>

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Ken
Celestron Regal LX 8 x 42 roof
Orion Expanse 7 x 32 (14 degree)
Nikon 10 x 35 E2
Nikon 10 x 50 Action V ( Made in Japan)
Oberwerk 15 x 70
GO 25 x 100 IF Bogen 501/3046
Celestron 102 F/5 Wide View Refractor


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cota_scope
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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: RA-DEC]
      #1906049 - 10/12/07 06:11 PM

thanks for the info. ordered the 7x42 montana's. looks like the same binocular and specks as the fujinon cd. regards john

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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: cota_scope]
      #1912940 - 10/15/07 11:35 PM

Meade called tonight and said instead of a backpack it was a carrying case. And if I didn't want it then to send it back

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RA-DEC
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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: buckaroo]
      #1915594 - 10/16/07 11:35 PM

Nothing wrong with a carrying case either I suppose...unless you really wanted the backpack. I imagine I should be expecting a call as well unless they have some with a case and some with the backpack.

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Trace
TMB 92L f/5.5
BO/TMB Planet Hunter 80 mm f/11.25
Orion Skyview 6 f/4.9
Various eps (some with green writing on them)
Eyes

***There's a smudge there, I think you have a fingerprint on the eyepiece or something. ~Ha ha, nah bro that's the galaxy...


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buckaroo
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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: RA-DEC]
      #1918285 - 10/18/07 12:28 AM

The Bino's came today. Not bad. Thanks Trace

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RA-DEC
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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: buckaroo]
      #1935134 - 10/24/07 11:41 PM

Any time!

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TMB 92L f/5.5
BO/TMB Planet Hunter 80 mm f/11.25
Orion Skyview 6 f/4.9
Various eps (some with green writing on them)
Eyes

***There's a smudge there, I think you have a fingerprint on the eyepiece or something. ~Ha ha, nah bro that's the galaxy...


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Robert A.
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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: RA-DEC]
      #1935783 - 10/25/07 09:27 AM

Well I finally decided to get these. Very good deal. I like the black color of the rubber armoring. This 7x42 Montanas has a big Field of View, given at 8 degrees. I thought the apparent field of view would seem less because if the 7x magnification. I looked through these and immediately, I thought it was a "deep drink of water." A lot came to me through those eyepieces. I did not expect to have such a good size view. The clear area was at least 50 percent in the center, maybe even 60 percent. The outer area was slightly out of focus. I took these to the zoo. It was a clear day, and really too much sun for this 6mm exit pupil. (I know that I have not measured the exit pupil yet. More to do...) I tried to focus in the outer field of the view, and did have some success. However, I did not clear it up completely.
Panning around did not make me queasy, just that my eye falls on the unsharp area and makes me feel like I need to focus, before I really need to. Only once I saw some chromatic fringing. I was about 60 yards from a white swan, and I noticed that one side of the neck had a green fringe, the other side red. This is the only time it showed up to me. I am not really used to roof binoculars. They focus quicker than I expect, and require more focusing at different depths. Still, it did the job.
This bino is smaller but it is medium size. It is not a compact, small bino to me. It is 6 inches long with the hard plastic eyecups extended. It is two pounds - almost. It feels relatively dense, heavy in the hand. I had wished I had put them on a bino harness. The thin strap that came with the binocular I wished was a bit wider. The diopter adjustment of the right eye was on the center focusing mechanism. It worked okay. It did not seem to give a whole lot of leeway, but it always did bring both eyes to focus.

The hard eyecups tubes seem to work very well. They clicked in the fartherest extension. They had a mostly tight fit so they seemed to stay in place at intermediate places too. The full extension seemed perfect for me since I do not use eyeglasses. They do have a small bit of wing, to block the light from the side. However, light did penetrate from the side and caused some light artifacts in my view. I tried looking at objects near reflections of the sun to see how well baffled the binoculars were. They did perform very well that way. I did not see odd light in the view.
This is my first report, so it will be interesting to hear others correct me.

The larger exit pupil roof bino is not a popular specification. Most roof binoculars have 5 or less exit pupil. There are representatives though many different brands. I do enjoy them!

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cota_scope
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Re: Great deal on some Meade binos new [Re: Robert A.]
      #1935894 - 10/25/07 10:34 AM

for those of you who though the fujinon CD 7x42 were a good deal the montana's are even a better deal at meades discount price for 150.00. same binocular and specks as my fujinon cd,could not tell the difference between the two and the meade feels about a once or two lighter.very happy with the montana's at that price, phase coated and bright,not excellent but good on axes for a roof prism and good 8 degree field. regards john

Edited by cota_scope (10/25/07 06:06 PM)


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