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bob midiri
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New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA
      #5732700 - 03/14/13 06:34 PM

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

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BryanS
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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5732780 - 03/14/13 07:18 PM

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

Bryan


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: BryanS]
      #5733058 - 03/14/13 09:42 PM

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

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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: aa5te]
      #5733093 - 03/14/13 10:01 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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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5733260 - 03/14/13 11:34 PM

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

:>) mark


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: MDearingJaxFL]
      #5733263 - 03/14/13 11:36 PM

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

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MDearingJaxFL
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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: tomharri]
      #5733333 - 03/15/13 12:42 AM

Worth $100 more?

:>) mark


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bob midiri
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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: MDearingJaxFL]
      #5733437 - 03/15/13 02:51 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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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5733464 - 03/15/13 04:13 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.

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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: RogueGazer]
      #5733481 - 03/15/13 05:17 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.
Barry


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: RogueGazer]
      #5733484 - 03/15/13 05:20 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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RogueGazer
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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Spacetravelerx]
      #5733534 - 03/15/13 06:55 AM

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?


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: RogueGazer]
      #5733620 - 03/15/13 08:29 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.

Jon


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5733661 - 03/15/13 08:58 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.

Mike


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5733692 - 03/15/13 09:21 AM

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

Jaimo!


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MDearingJaxFL
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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #5733707 - 03/15/13 09:32 AM

Have the link to the mod?

:>)mark


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RogueGazer
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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: MDearingJaxFL]
      #5733753 - 03/15/13 09:58 AM

I put my 24mm UWA on a diet and I really am happy I did.
Here is the dietary instructions.
http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/2152398/page...


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #5733758 - 03/15/13 10:02 AM

Quote:

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.

Mike


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: MDearingJaxFL]
      #5733773 - 03/15/13 10:10 AM

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

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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #5734048 - 03/15/13 12:36 PM

Quote:

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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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #5734092 - 03/15/13 12:56 PM

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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



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

Eric


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5734417 - 03/15/13 04:07 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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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: dscarpa]
      #5734873 - 03/15/13 08:21 PM

Here's my UWA mod...

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/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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zeldaboy101
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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: jgraham]
      #5738805 - 03/17/13 02:58 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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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: beatlejuice]
      #5738871 - 03/17/13 03:16 PM

Quote:

Quote:

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



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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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: faackanders2]
      #5739402 - 03/17/13 06:54 PM

Quote:

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.

Eric


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Spacetravelerx]
      #5743568 - 03/19/13 05:50 PM

Quote:

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 Maybe someone has had opportunity to check this out?


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: starpal]
      #5743645 - 03/19/13 06:19 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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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: starpal]
      #5747068 - 03/21/13 08:32 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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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #5747183 - 03/21/13 09:29 AM

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

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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: eklf]
      #5747225 - 03/21/13 09:55 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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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #5748203 - 03/21/13 06:11 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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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Rowdyrooster]
      #5748311 - 03/21/13 07:05 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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Meade Deal of week Nebular filter new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #5748371 - 03/21/13 07:32 PM

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

Series 4000 911B Nebular Filter with SC Thread - Closeout


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: BillP]
      #5748408 - 03/21/13 07:52 PM

The 30UWA back up to $300!

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


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Paraclete]
      #5750684 - 03/22/13 09:26 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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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #5750814 - 03/22/13 10:25 PM

Quote:

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! )


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: hottr6]
      #5751337 - 03/23/13 08:35 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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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Rowdyrooster]
      #5754836 - 03/24/13 07:50 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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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Spacetravelerx]
      #5754846 - 03/24/13 07:54 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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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Spacetravelerx]
      #5756901 - 03/25/13 07:52 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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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: jgraham]
      #5757018 - 03/25/13 09:07 PM

Quote:

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...

--------------------
-John




I've used a 2" GSO barlow on the 24mm and the edges vignette considerably enough to really notice.


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #5757044 - 03/25/13 09:22 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.

Whatever, at least it was cheap.


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #5757278 - 03/26/13 12:05 AM

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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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Spacetravelerx]
      #5758343 - 03/26/13 02:24 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

Edited by MDearingJaxFL (03/26/13 07:01 PM)


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: MDearingJaxFL]
      #5758611 - 03/26/13 04:37 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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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Rowdyrooster]
      #5758957 - 03/26/13 07:37 PM

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

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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: BryanS]
      #5759513 - 03/27/13 02:12 AM Attachment (10 downloads)

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

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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5759517 - 03/27/13 02:14 AM Attachment (16 downloads)

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

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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5760916 - 03/27/13 05:47 PM

You thought that ES82 30mm was big...

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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #5761168 - 03/27/13 07:55 PM

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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.

Whatever, at least it was cheap.




And now I get a message from UPS that the package address is incomplete and cannot be delivered. The apartment number was missing, yet I know I filled it out, and the receipt email from meade shows the number too. UPS is fixing it and the center will call me tomorrow...


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5761562 - 03/27/13 11:49 PM

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You thought that ES82 30mm was big...






...yah, but for $150, too hard to pass up. I think I'll keep it on my desk as a paper weight.


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5761586 - 03/28/13 12:12 AM

I de-cloaked my 24mm UWA and added a lightweight eyeshield of my own. This reduced the weight by about 20%. The only problem I've had so far is that it is hard to go back to using wide field eyepieces after looking though the UWA!

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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: hottr6]
      #5762262 - 03/28/13 11:57 AM Attachment (12 downloads)

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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! )



Well. Hrrrmph. Mine arrived last night. I was wrong on the eyepiece not being delivered in it's form-fitting box.

Well. Hrrrmph. I was right about the eyepiece not surviving the trip. UPS was the carrier, not USPS.

When the box arrived, it rattled something awful. I could tell the eyepiece was rolling around in what felt like an empty box.

I video'd opening the box in case I had trouble claiming any damage from Meade. As you can see in the attached photo, there was no padding around the inner box. The inner box had opened, and the eyepiece was rolling loose. The eyelens cap had come off and the eyepiece covered in dust. The form-fitting box is crushed and torn.

I called Meade and they are right on the ball. They sent me shipping labels to send back the damaged item, and will ship me a new eyepiece. Good for Meade.

But ya gotta ask yourself: WHO IN HELL PACKED THIS THING?

When I spoke with the Meade rep, I asked if they wanted to see the photos and video. Meade needs to get their delivery department in better shape. The rep was not interested. I would still like to get this information to someone who cares at Meade. Anyone have an email contact at Meade?

I am so tired that people think everything is disposable in our society. This was a beautiful eyepiece that is now trashed.

OK, I'm off the soapbox now.


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: hottr6]
      #5762274 - 03/28/13 12:05 PM

That is just almost too hard to believe, I mean if i didn't see the picture, this would be hard to swallow...and the fact the rep didn't care, just adds to the picture...Bob

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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5762327 - 03/28/13 12:35 PM

Wow, brutal.

I don't even have my own eyepiece business, but I do a lot of buying and selling of eyepieces and I make sure to pack them really well with utmost care. I hear nothing but raves from people who buy eyepieces from me.

What I am seeing here is unacceptable.


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5762335 - 03/28/13 12:40 PM

The invoice had an email address: store at meade dot com. I sent the pictures and my offer of sending them the video. We'll see if there is a response.

This is the second time in 4 weeks that I have filed a claim with Meade due to poor packing. To Meade's credit, they have made good, but they need to do better with packing.


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: hottr6]
      #5762346 - 03/28/13 12:53 PM

There was another insert in my box to keep the inner box secure. Whoever packed it forgot the insert.

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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: BryanS]
      #5762465 - 03/28/13 01:59 PM

Everything I have ordered from Meade in the past year has been packed very well. Sounds like someone just goofed on this one.

Tony


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: hottr6]
      #5762543 - 03/28/13 02:57 PM

I was also shocked to see that there was no packing materials surrounding the smaller box when I received mine. Mine survived intact, but a little bubble wrap, or even crumpled newspaper would have been nice.
I also found out that contrary to the enclosed warranty card text, you can't register your warranty online.


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: hottr6]
      #5762649 - 03/28/13 04:15 PM

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I would still like to get this information to someone who cares at Meade. Anyone have an email contact at Meade?




Send a snail mail.

Steven Murdock, CEO
Meade Instruments Corp.
27 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: Rowdyrooster]
      #5762739 - 03/28/13 05:14 PM

Here is an internal email:

Carlos Carreto
Dealer Support & EDI Manager
Meade Instruments Corporation
27 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
Email: juancarlos.carreto@meade.com

:>) Mark


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: MDearingJaxFL]
      #5762955 - 03/28/13 06:49 PM

Mine showed up today, same situation, a big box with the eyepiece box loose inside of it. I was pretty surprised by that, but luckily it wasn't damaged.

I was really thrown off by how heavy the box was and got a little worried, until I took the eyepiece out and realized at least half of the weight was in that enormous black box it comes in. After I took it out, it didn't seem like it was that bad at all. I own the Meade 40mm SWA, a very sweet eyepiece, and the 30mm is just a little wider and only .2 pounds heavier.


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #5763400 - 03/28/13 11:21 PM

I received my order today, and I was thrilled to find it packed with great care (original box, lots of bubble wrap, and special in every way). The eyepiece is magnificent!!! Carlos Carreto did a wonderful job, and I consider him to be one of the best in "customer service". Meade has a real asset in him, and my buying experience was fantastic. I guess with such a large company with many people providing service, some employees may need to be trained better. I would definitely let Carlos know about the unsatifactory packing, so they can solve the problem and prevent it from happening again. My experience was great, so I won't hesitate to look to them first for all my astronomy needs. :-)
Carol

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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: crsrs]
      #5765530 - 03/29/13 06:52 PM

Like hottr6, mine arrived inside a large box with no inner packing, but the EP itself was in the original box, which was itself in a tight-fitting white box. The lid on the white box had worked its way open from banging around in the larger box but fortunately mine had not been kicked around quite as hard so the innermost EP box stayed closed and intact and on first inspection it looks like the EP itself survived fine. But it was silly of them to take this shortcut...

Oh, and this makes the 24mm eyepiece look svelte. What a beast. At $150 this thing was cheap by the pound!


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Re: New meade Deal of week 30mm UWA new [Re: hottr6]
      #5838213 - 05/03/13 12:04 PM

My replacement arrived last night. A better job of shipping because they used a small external box, but still no cushioning between the shipping box and the eyepiece box inside. The corners of the eyepiece box sustained slight damage and there is noticeable scuffing on the interior padded box. If I were a collector, I'd be upset. Eyepiece arrived in good shape, with a plastic bag around the eyepiece.

I placed my order 14 March. I get to use my eyepiece in May.


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