I have read a LOT about the Explore Scientific 82 degree line. I have the 8.8 and the 6.7 and like them very much.
I wanted something around 5 or 5.5 for my XT8i as my 4.5/266X Meade HD60 gets very little use. I typically don't have conditions to support that high magnification. So I wanted something closer to 220X but ES doesn't offer an 82 at 5.5. As my XT8i is manual tracking I prefer the wider AFOV in the higher magnifications. Above 10mm I typically use a Celestron or Baader Hyperion Zoom. And my GoTo scopes track so they really don't need the wide AFOV.
I was at NEAF and saw the Meade Series 5000 ultra wide angle 5.5. Did a quick look up and it seemed to get very good reviews so I purchase it at a show price 10% discount with tax included. Not a bad deal.
Got it home and had 2 opportunities to use this on Jupiter. I like it a lot. Seems every bit as good as the ES 82s.
I am not sufficiently experienced or knowledgeable about eyepieces to provide a detailed review other than to say I am happy with my purchase. But I would like to see what other people think about the Meade line, especially compared to the ES 82.
The Meade are a bit lower in cost at regular price. $129 vs $149 typically. They seem like a better value to me. But I don't see them mentioned very often.
What is your opinion?
And what of the Celestron Luminos 82 degree? They are typically around $100, which is lower than ES or Mead. Do they compare well to these two? Could they all be the same glass under a different label? They are all 7 element designs.
Inquiring minds and a straining wallet want to know.
Edited by aeajr, 13 April 2017 - 01:37 PM.