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RogueGazer
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Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new
      #5676393 - 02/12/13 06:20 PM

For those who missed the offer last time I see Highpoint Scientific has the same deal going on.

http://www.highpointscientific.com/c=j5JyYE9VyE1mgqriNHnNN8Bcc/product/MEA-07...


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Stephen S
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Loc: Carmel, IN
Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new [Re: RogueGazer]
      #5676722 - 02/12/13 10:28 PM

Thanks for pointing this out. This is a crazy good deal! Don't need either but could not resist the temptation to order.

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Stephen S
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Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new [Re: Stephen S]
      #5676866 - 02/13/13 12:22 AM

Also available at Telescopes.net with free shipping.

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RogueGazer
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Reged: 06/10/12

Loc: Central Point Oregon
Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new [Re: Stephen S]
      #5676893 - 02/13/13 12:44 AM

I was searching Ebay and noticed Highpoint Scientific had these listed so I checked the main website which is the link I provided. After that I noticed the shipping cost was less than half as much at their Ebay store so I would check there 1st.

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

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Meade-Series-5000-2-Diagonal-24mm-Ultra-Wide-Angle-Ey...


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RogueGazer
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Loc: Central Point Oregon
Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new [Re: Stephen S]
      #5676897 - 02/13/13 12:50 AM

Quote:

Also available at Telescopes.net with free shipping.




Man! Even better.


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hottr6
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Reged: 06/28/09

Loc: 7,500', Magdalena Mtns, NM
Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new [Re: RogueGazer]
      #5677166 - 02/13/13 07:53 AM

We can expect to see the classifieds flooded with more $200 24mm UWA and $120 diagonals.....

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Spacetravelerx
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Reged: 12/23/12

Loc: New Mexico
Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new [Re: hottr6]
      #5678591 - 02/13/13 11:34 PM

I finally got to see the 24mm UWA/DiagonalAdaptor I ordered 3 weeks or so ago. I was on travel, so I couldn't go out and play. :-( So far, what I see looks very good and well built. Friday I will be able to test the kit out. This was an amazing deal. Now, where is my 14" LX850...

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bob midiri
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Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new [Re: Spacetravelerx]
      #5678849 - 02/14/13 06:48 AM

tried my 24mm in my 10"F7.2 dob and my Omni 120 refractor, it is one excellent eyepiece giving that spacewalk feel, sharp and contrasty and very comfortable. Unlike most I like the eyecup on these Meade eyepieces.

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jgraham
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Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5679359 - 02/14/13 12:27 PM

I actually liked the eyecup as well. I found it very comfortable and the ability to adjust the height was very nice. However, the weight of the eyepiece was a problem on my refractor so I removed it and replaced it with a lighter adjustable eyeshield. This reduced the weight of the eyepiece by about 20%.

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dan_h
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Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new [Re: RogueGazer]
      #5679670 - 02/14/13 02:49 PM

Any Canadian dealers offering this deal? Highpoint wants $46.00 postage to ship to Ontario.

dan


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bob midiri
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Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new [Re: dan_h]
      #5679839 - 02/14/13 04:25 PM

The Meade store is advertising it again in this weeks edition of the thursday weekly deals, might be cheaper thru them.
http://store.meade.com/weeklydeals?utm_source=Deal+of+the+Week+021413&utm...


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RogueGazer
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Loc: Central Point Oregon
Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5680058 - 02/14/13 07:03 PM

Agena Astro has this same deal on their Ebay store.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Meade-2-99-Reflectivity-Diagonal-24mm-Ultra-Wide-Angl...

Odd so many places are having this deal.


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russell23
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Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new [Re: RogueGazer]
      #5681089 - 02/15/13 10:29 AM

Quote:

Agena Astro has this same deal on their Ebay store.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Meade-2-99-Reflectivity-Diagonal-24mm-Ultra-Wide-Angl...

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.

Dave


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csrlice12
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Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new [Re: russell23]
      #5681618 - 02/15/13 02:13 PM

I'll be truthful, my ES82 24mm is the older, nonwaterproof version.....and I'd not trade it even for a newer version.......

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bob midiri
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Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5681661 - 02/15/13 02:27 PM

This Meade 24mm is sweet....and the deal makes it sweeter, as long as I don't go swimming with it I'll be happy

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Spacetravelerx
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Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5682792 - 02/16/13 03:26 AM

I finally had a chance to test out the new 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA.

Quick comments:
-- 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!

-- Andrew


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rtomw77
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Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new [Re: Spacetravelerx]
      #5682809 - 02/16/13 04:09 AM

What is the largest diameter of the body of the 24mm UWA?

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.

Tom


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bob midiri
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Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new [Re: Spacetravelerx]
      #5682884 - 02/16/13 07:01 AM

that SCT adapter that came with the diagonal and eyepiece has an extension screwed into it. Unscrew that extension and you might have the clearance then. Bob

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jgraham
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Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5682907 - 02/16/13 07:45 AM

It's easy to slim down the Meade UWA and reduce its weight by 20% and still have an adjustable eyeshield. See...

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/5674853/page...

This is a wonderful eyepiece!


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dcoyle
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Loc: Turbulent but dark skies, N.M.
Re: Meade 5000 2" Diagonal & 24mm UWA $159 again [Re: jgraham]
      #5683502 - 02/16/13 01:09 PM

Thinking about the deal, but I'm wondering about the quality of the diagonal.

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?

Thanks

Dan


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