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The MIGHTY MEADE 40mm SWA ! (5000 Series)

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#1 DEEPSPACEHUNTER

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 09:21 AM

I have been observing for over 40 years.... a seasoned STARHOPPER.... and... if I ever have a problem finding an object.... all I have to do is put in my TRUSTY SWEEPER... THE MEADE 40mm SWA... and the HUNT is over... I will never , ever get rid of this EP, even if I get super old and quit observing, I will still keep this thing around... it is just like an old Friend...

Mark

 

For those who don't know.... It is the BIG one pictured here !!

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 10:22 AM

That thing must be a beast...I have the 34mm and that is heavy!

 

Gonna use it in my new 10" Dob this summer to sweep the Milky Way and take a shot at the Veil nebula with a OIII.



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Posted 11 April 2015 - 10:49 AM

One nice collection of eyepieces there! The Meade is a very nice eyepiece. I will be picking up an Explore Scientific 2" 30mm 82* AFOV eyepiece this summer. Can't wait to do some sweeping, too - get out the brooms!



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Posted 11 April 2015 - 12:04 PM

Aside from It's size and weight, It really is an excellent eyepiece.

 

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 12:29 PM

Love mine

had one sold it then had to reaquire 

now its staying put

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 01:11 PM

I've had one since the great Meade 5000 series blowout a few years ago.  Like you I'm keeping mine!  My observing buddy has one as well and we both refer to them as "the pineapple" - turn it upside down and it looks like (and is almost as big as) a pineapple!

 

I've used it in everything from an ST-80 (mine has a 2" focuser) to my 16" Lightbridge with Paracorr. The exit pupil is a bit large on the Dob but it works great for sweeping the skies.

 

Great optics. Definitely a keeper



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Posted 11 April 2015 - 01:48 PM

One nice collection of eyepieces there! The Meade is a very nice eyepiece. I will be picking up an Explore Scientific 2" 30mm 82* AFOV eyepiece this summer. Can't wait to do some sweeping, too - get out the brooms!

 

I have the Meade SWA 40mm and the Meade UWA 30mm, which is the same glass at ES 30mm, and both are great eyepieces.  You'll love the ES 30mm.



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Posted 11 April 2015 - 02:06 PM

In Europe, we are rather lucky to have been able to acquire the Meade SWAs under the Maxvision label. Allegedly a result of an unpaid for order, ES Europe have been knocking them out at quite a rate of knots. Not really surprising that an EP that cost £350 as a Meade, should suddenly find a few homes at £130 - a mere 63% off.

 

I love mine, but in some company, it doesn't look quite so massive:

 

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 02:08 PM

Maxvision version i believe is the same

generally speeking all the swa 5000 from Meade were great



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Posted 11 April 2015 - 05:11 PM

Here it is, nekkid with some skinny dippin' friends, sitting on their swimsuits:

 

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 05:28 PM

How is the 34SWA?

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 10:23 PM

The Meade 34 SWA is my finder EP of choice.  It's well corrected to the edges down to f/6 (I rarely use the Dob and don't remember it's performance there) with good star colors, enough ER for glasses use and it's light enough (especially with it's outer casing removed) not to throw things out of balance.  The 40 SWA and 31 Axiom above are larger and heavier (2+ lbs, 1+ kg) so I usually only get to those for framing big things and then only at dark sky sites.


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#13 Don Taylor

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 10:42 PM

Here's a photo of the two 40mm eyepieces I have. Both are Meade  One is the 5000 SWA 40mm and the other is a .965" MA 40

 

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Posted 12 April 2015 - 08:02 AM

Here it is, nekkid with some skinny dippin' friends, sitting on their swimsuits:

 

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Here's a photo of the two 40mm eyepieces I have. Both are Meade  One is the 5000 SWA 40mm and the other is a .965" MA 40

 

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Here it is, nekkid with some skinny dippin' friends, sitting on their swimsuits:

 

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I did that with my pair of 20mm SWA that I use in a BV and they work great.



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Posted 12 April 2015 - 08:04 AM

How is the 34SWA?

Very close to the 35mm Pan at half the price.



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Posted 12 April 2015 - 09:19 AM

I have the 24 mm and 16 mm Meade SWAs.. I could never come to terms with the bulky, twist up eye cups. They were very nice eyepieces but I just could get my mind to ignore the goofy shape. I really like to keep things stock but one day I bit the bullet and put the eyepieces on a diet, i removed the all that stuff..

Suddenly they became favorites..

With the 40 mm, that bring the weight down so it was comparable with the ES 40 mm and the 41 mm Panoptic..

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Posted 12 April 2015 - 10:29 AM

Not only the 40mm, the rest of the Meade SWA 5000 series are optically good as well, and save for the 16mm's said-to-be tight eye relief, there's not much to complain about (although the bulk is a given but can be remedied as above) in its nice budget price points at the final clearance sale - got the 16mm for $49 while the 40mm for $124, all of them new.

 

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Meade SWA Series 5000 16mm, 20mm, 24mm, 28mm, 34mm, 40mm

 

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Posted 12 April 2015 - 10:35 AM

The Mighty Meade 40mm 5K? Yes, mightier than the soda can :) (and stays that way in the stall)

 

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Posted 12 April 2015 - 01:03 PM

I'll never sell mine! I may be one of the few out there that actually appreciate its twist up eyeguard. Yes this EP is massive but it is also an optical gem. Keeper for life.  



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Posted 12 April 2015 - 02:26 PM

10891452_899537593413244_2445903055322886588_n.jpg 1690176_955992967767706_5909146345902527985_n.jpg I had a MEADE 40 SWA before and I trimmed it as well... then I put it back together and SOLD it... and found that I REALLY MISSED IT ALOT... so I have aquired another one that will never leave me... I leave it in the original shape, my Dob has NO BALANCE ISSUES... I use a VELCRO strip down the back spine of the tube and I have one 5# weight and two 2 1/2 # weights .. I usually only use 7 1/2 #s of weight and shift the weights up and down the spine as needed...

Mark



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Posted 12 April 2015 - 03:16 PM

I have the 24 mm and 16 mm Meade SWAs.. I could never come to terms with the bulky, twist up eye cups. They were very nice eyepieces but I just could get my mind to ignore the goofy shape. I really like to keep things stock but one day I bit the bullet and put the eyepieces on a diet, i removed the all that stuff..

Suddenly they became favorites..

 

This was exactly my experience.  The views were great but I used them less and less as they didn't fit well into my EP case or my focusers without balance issues.  Remove the exterior and without the bulk and weight, they are out every viewing session.  Plus the simple black is a nice retro look.



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Posted 13 April 2015 - 06:47 AM

If anyone wants to try and remove the eyeguard its a really simple process

step 1 - pull off the rubber part all the way off will seperate from the green lettering plate

step 2 - unscrew the one screw seen now

step 3 - pull off rest of assembly off

step 4 - wipe off oil

 

putting back together is simple if you dont like it 



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Posted 13 April 2015 - 09:06 AM

attachicon.gif10891452_899537593413244_2445903055322886588_n.jpgattachicon.gif1690176_955992967767706_5909146345902527985_n.jpgI had a MEADE 40 SWA before and I trimmed it as well... then I put it back together and SOLD it... and found that I REALLY MISSED IT ALOT... so I have aquired another one that will never leave me... I leave it in the original shape, my Dob has NO BALANCE ISSUES... I use a VELCRO strip down the back spine of the tube and I have one 5# weight and two 2 1/2 # weights .. I usually only use 7 1/2 #s of weight and shift the weights up and down the spine as needed...

Mark

Good idea on the velcro strips! I have a 5lb magnet that I use in the back of the scope. I put it in a sock so I don't scratch the tube....lol



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Posted 13 April 2015 - 10:41 AM

Yes, having a counterweight strategy is necessary when dealing with EP's or accessories this heavy. I eventually accepted this reality. I have long dovetails now installed on my OTA's and an ADM dovetail sliding counterweight system compatible with both D and V style dovetails that allows me to rebalance my Twilight II easily. The sliding system has about 6lbs of weights on it, the 3.5lb screw on weight that it came with, and a 2.5lb steel barbell weight sandwiched inside of it. I find myself constantly swapping accessories while observing so this system really makes things a lot more convenient and safe since I don't have to loosen the mount's saddle each time. 



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Posted 14 April 2015 - 06:15 AM

If you have balance issues with a Dob, a good solution is to balance the scope for the heaviest eyepiece.  Put a patch of Velcro on the OTA near the focuser.  Glue the opposite type of Velcro on some flat weights.  It helps if the weights are magnetic as well.  (You can buy weights ready-to-go from ScopeStuff and other vendors.)  When you switch out a heavy eyepiece and put a lighter one in the focuser, place a weight on the Velcro patch to compensate.  This is right there where you are working.  More convenient then having to reach over to the back of the OTA and move weights up and down.

 

Mike


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