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Meade Plossl vs 4000 series, did I get had?

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#1 smilingmoose

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Posted 24 June 2019 - 06:10 PM

I bought a Meade 6mm 4000 series plossl eyepiece and this eyepiece does not say “super plossl” like my others do. Did the seller make a mistake?

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Posted 24 June 2019 - 06:31 PM

Meade has sold several different eyepieces under the name "Meade Series 4000 Super Plössl".

First was a 5-element, made in Japan by Kowa, eyepiece without a rubber eyeguard, and smooth barrels and yellow-orange lettering

Next was a 5-element, made in Japan, eyepiece with a rubber eyeguard, with smooth barrels and yellow-orange lettering

Next was a 4 element, made in Japan, eyepiece with a rubber eyeguard, with yellow orange lettering, but a little more yellow.

Next was a 4 element, made in Taiwan, eyepiece with a rubber eyeguard, with yellow orange lettering.

Next was a 4 element, made in China, eyepiece with a rubber eyeguard, with yellow orange lettering

Next was a 4 element, made in China, eyepiece, with a rubber eyeguard, with white lettering.

 

There may be at least 3 different versions of the last one.

 

One thing they ALL had in common was "Super Plössl" printed on the eyepiece.

Of course, that label is meaningless.  Only the first two, which weren't really Plössls, should have carried that designation (super because it had an extra element?).

The rest are just somewhat generic 4-element eyepieces.

 

What I think you have there is one of the eyepieces that have been sold in Meade eyepiece kits over the years.  Many of them ended up on the used market.

It'll probably perform fine in your scope, but it may not be comfortable to use, having only about 4.2-4.3mm of eye relief, which is shorter than most people's eyelashes.


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Posted 24 June 2019 - 07:40 PM

Definitely not a Meade Series 4000 Plossl.

Yours is a 6mm version.

The Meade Series 4000 Plossl had a focal length of 6.4mm.



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Posted 24 June 2019 - 11:02 PM

What about this set I found online?  It’s a 6mm?  https://www.bhphotov..._25_pl_ssl.html

 



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Posted 24 June 2019 - 11:03 PM

Thank you for this breakdown!

 

 

Meade has sold several different eyepieces under the name "Meade Series 4000 Super Plössl".

First was a 5-element, made in Japan by Kowa, eyepiece without a rubber eyeguard, and smooth barrels and yellow-orange lettering

Next was a 5-element, made in Japan, eyepiece with a rubber eyeguard, with smooth barrels and yellow-orange lettering

Next was a 4 element, made in Japan, eyepiece with a rubber eyeguard, with yellow orange lettering, but a little more yellow.

Next was a 4 element, made in Taiwan, eyepiece with a rubber eyeguard, with yellow orange lettering.

Next was a 4 element, made in China, eyepiece with a rubber eyeguard, with yellow orange lettering

Next was a 4 element, made in China, eyepiece, with a rubber eyeguard, with white lettering.

 

There may be at least 3 different versions of the last one.

 

One thing they ALL had in common was "Super Plössl" printed on the eyepiece.

Of course, that label is meaningless.  Only the first two, which weren't really Plössls, should have carried that designation (super because it had an extra element?).

The rest are just somewhat generic 4-element eyepieces.

 

What I think you have there is one of the eyepieces that have been sold in Meade eyepiece kits over the years.  Many of them ended up on the used market.

It'll probably perform fine in your scope, but it may not be comfortable to use, having only about 4.2-4.3mm of eye relief, which is shorter than most people's eyelashes.



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Posted 24 June 2019 - 11:12 PM

You are correct the set you linked to is a Meade 4000 series. As Starman1 mentioned Meade has had several versions of this series. With different manufacturers and focal lengths 




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