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#1 dfell

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 06:53 PM

Anyone out there have a Meade 300, as I understand it, they are basically a Towa 339, initially just rebadged but later in Meade blue with an upgraded mount with quartz drive and 1 1/4" focuser and eyepieces. I just won one on ebay and it should be here in a week or so, I will post pics and report on my website with a link here.

#2 Limeyfellow

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 07:49 PM

Its a nice scope. A few companies make them, including Tasco as the 10te, Sears had a brand called the Discovery model 4 6334 and the two you mentioned by Towa and Meade. There are alot of collectors who want to get their hands on it. I have the Sears Discovery model that originally came with 0.965 inch lenses, though I upgraded it with a Meade 1 1/4 inch diagional and lenses.

You got a good one there.

#3 mikey cee

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 08:37 PM

Dfell.... I don't have that particular model. I have the Selsi which is the same as the Model 300 except for a black dew cap instead of white and twin ring finder mount. Has the 1 1/4" drawtube. Star images cannot be improved upon they are picture perfect.

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 08:56 PM

Congrats dfell hope the scope works well and is a keeper.
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Posted 24 June 2007 - 09:04 PM

Denis...don't forget :photo:s when you get it.

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 09:23 PM

Complete report with images when I get it. It will be interesting to compare it with the Towa I have. Looks like the manual is identical and the focuser badge has a circle 'T'. Eyepieces look to be Meade MA 1 1/4", Meade equivalent to Huyghens probably.

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 09:38 PM

MA (modified achromat) in my opinion is better than a huyghens by a long shot. don't get me wrong they're no plossl but they are decent eyepieces.
clear skies and congrats on the scope,
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Posted 24 June 2007 - 09:44 PM

I have some straight Huygenian and Mittzenway Huygenian EPs from the old Optica b/c with about a 40 degree FOV...pretty good units. That said, the standard fare Huygenians that came with the Tascos, Towas etc are definitely for historical interest only :ubetcha: .

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 10:30 PM

Most of these mediocre eyepieces seem to work well with the long focal ratio refractors especially if they are coated but orthos are way better. As I recall the MA's came with all Meade's scopes including the SCT's my old 2080 came with a MA25 as I recall.

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 12:56 AM

Most of these mediocre eyepieces seem to work well with the long focal ratio refractors especially if they are coated but orthos are way better. As I recall the MA's came with all Meade's scopes including the SCT's my old 2080 came with a MA25 as I recall.


MA's are essentially Kellners, good one can be a nice eyepiece in a slower scope. I have quite a few of the Japanese MA 25's because, as you say, they seemed to be standard on just about all the scopes.

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