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#1 stargazer193857

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 04:45 PM

Agena Astro no longer carries them. Also, Agena no longer carries the ES 20mm 82 deg. Are these no longer popular? They seemed like such a good deal. Actually I just remembered that ES makes an 18mm not a 20mm, and the eye relief was a bit tight.

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 08:13 PM

Are you talking about the 5000 series UWA's? I think they have been discontinued for some time but you can still find some of the fl's brand new from various vendors. I know some of them can be found new on ebay. Great ep's, same optics as the ES82's. I have the 4.7, 6.7. 8.8 and 18. Thinking about adding the 5.5 while they are still available. 



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Posted 16 October 2018 - 08:20 PM

Maybe someday I'll find a used 18mm 82AFOV Meade 5000 UWA 1.25" for binoviewing. I like this eyepiece in my ST80 finder.

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 08:36 PM

Agena Astro no longer carries them. Also, Agena no longer carries the ES 20mm 82 deg. Are these no longer popular? They seemed like such a good deal. Actually I just remembered that ES makes an 18mm not a 20mm, and the eye relief was a bit tight.

Some of the Meades are still there. The non-water proof Meades went the way of the Dodo a long time ago.

 

https://agenaastro.c...=meade 5000 uwa


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Posted 16 October 2018 - 10:28 PM

Same as the meades, the older mushroom top ES82 30mm weighed over 3 pounds....looked like a giant photon sucking tick on my dob.



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Posted 17 October 2018 - 01:32 PM

Some of the Meades are still there. The non-water proof Meades went the way of the Dodo a long time ago.

 

https://agenaastro.c...=meade 5000 uwa

They did not go the way of the Dodo, they evolved into the Explore Scientific 82°. 

 

The old non-waterproof UWA's were produced by JOC, who know owns ES.  I cannot imaging retooling the entire 82° line, I believe for efficiency only the outer housing was changed.

 

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 01:37 PM

They did not go the way of the Dodo, they evolved into the Explore Scientific 82°. 

 

The old non-waterproof UWA's were produced by JOC, who know owns ES.  I cannot imaging retooling the entire 82° line, I believe for efficiency only the outer housing was changed.

 

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Was just saying the blue Meades went that way.....and they did. Can only get those particular ones used now. 

 

ES just did the same with a diff housing.


Edited by Miranda2525, 17 October 2018 - 04:44 PM.


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Posted 17 October 2018 - 03:37 PM

Meade 82° eyepieces still exist:

5.5mm, 8.8mm, 14mm, 20mm, but 20mm is 2".

I found several dealers with all sizes in stock.



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Posted 17 October 2018 - 04:43 PM

Meade 82° eyepieces still exist:

5.5mm, 8.8mm, 14mm, 20mm, but 20mm is 2".

I found several dealers with all sizes in stock.

Waterproof though. I said non-waterproof. 



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Posted 17 October 2018 - 04:54 PM

Ah, pre 2012.



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Posted 17 October 2018 - 06:07 PM

I thought the waterproof Meade was the blue ones, and the non-waterproof ones were green?

 

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 06:14 PM

Original line was 18 instead of 20, also had 4.7, 6.7, 24 and 30. Good to know a few fl's of this excellent line is still being produced, and now waterproof. I think most people prefer the more streamlined ES version instead of the meade mushroom cap. 


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Posted 17 October 2018 - 06:58 PM

I thought the waterproof Meade was the blue ones, and the non-waterproof ones were green?

 

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No, both old and new UWAs have had blue rings.

The green ones were 68° SWAs, which they didn't continue into today's eyepieces.


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Posted 17 October 2018 - 07:06 PM

Was just saying the blue Meades went that way.....and they did. Can only get those particular ones used now. 

 

ES just did the same with a diff housing.

You mean these...  I sold these long ago and bought the ES versions, I much prefer their housing.  However, I have recently bought the waterproof 5.5mm and it is a very nice eyepiece, it nestles right in there between the 4.7mm and 6.7mm.

 

4-7mm Meade 5000 UWA.jpg

 

6-7mm Meade 5000 UWA.jpg

 

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 07:09 PM

No, both old and new UWAs have had blue rings.

The green ones were 68° SWAs, which they didn't continue into today's eyepieces.

Don, 

Would you consider the newer ES68's to be the equivalents of the SWA's, they were/are both produced by JOC, similar to the 82 degrees.

 

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 07:12 PM

Just checked the Meade Website, the 82 degree eyepieces are no longer listed...

 

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 07:27 PM

Huh?

Sure they are:

https://www.meade.co...ngle.html?cat=8



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Posted 17 October 2018 - 07:27 PM

Don, 

Would you consider the newer ES68's to be the equivalents of the SWA's, they were/are both produced by JOC, similar to the 82 degrees.

 

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Yes.


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Posted 17 October 2018 - 07:55 PM

Just ordered the 5.5. $84 shipped from walmart.com. Tough to turn down that deal.


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Posted 17 October 2018 - 10:15 PM

I don't know how I missed that, I feel a little embarrassed...  Thanks Don.

 

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