Based partly on the review here and also hoping Meade improved the MWA line as this EP come out much later, I now have one of these. I tried and quickly sold the 10mm and 15mm MWAs a few years ago. Here it is between a decloaked Maxvision 40mm SWA and ES68 34mm. The idea was that it would replace my ES68 34mm if I liked it - the Meade is only slightly bigger than the ES 68 34mm.
The outside design is alright, the rubber grip is actually quite nice and the eyecup is very good. The top cap does not fit tight but is not loose either. I find it to be a pretty good looking eyepiece overall in person. That's the quick ergonomic review.
I've not had good nights with it, just a few murky views along with daylight comparisons but thought I'd post what I've learned so far. Testing has been only in my f/7 AT102ED. A little but not a lot of eye position management is needed. I don't wear glasses but it seems like plenty of eye relief to me for them, but it's also not too much for me as I sometimes find. I doubt the 25mm ER claim and would say more like 20mm.
I have to peer far "around the edges" to see the field stop, as with the other MWAs I've used. More so than Ethos EPs require. This means looking in at an almost 45 degree angle from the side. Of course the rest of the field does not look good at this angle. The EP is sharp over most of the FOV at f/7, with no major problems otherwise and no EOFB was seen. It is exceptionally sharp over most of the center actually, with good contrast and no weird glare.
OK so far but then I tried it against my ES68 34mm. The MWA should in theory have a wider FOV than the ES68 but was a little short of it, even with the aforementioned peering from steep angles to see the field stop. If the ES68 34mm is indeed 68 degrees and 34mm, I estimate the Meade 26mm MWA has an 85 degree AFOV. Yikes. This is about +/- 1 degree, it's not even close to 90 degrees if it's 26mm.
However, the magnification difference seemed a little too large going from 34mm to 26mm so I've compared it with my ES68 24mm. This is with the low profile 1.25" adaptor in the GSO 2" quartz diagonal. Magnifications seem very close swapping back and forth with the MWA of course having a noticeably larger AFOV. My conclusion is that this is more like a 24mm 92 degree eyepiece. Maybe 25mm 89 degrees or something in between. I've spent most of the daylight testing time going back and forth between these 2 EPs, mostly because it's not going to replace my ES68 34mm but might still be a keeper for 2" between the ES68 24mm and 34mm. A good test comparison for this EP would be against a TV 26T5, which I used to own. This Meade might actually beat the 26T5 for overall sharpness and contrast across the main FOV - it's really quite good. I have birdfeeders hung with coated copper wire in the backyard and the text on the wires is even clearer in the Meade MWA than my very good ES68 24mm.
I'm a little surprised to say it's not an immediate sell for me after finding the TFOV less than that of the ES68 34mm. It's an intriguing eyepiece, especially if you like the no field stop view. It's not what it is advertised to be but a good 24-25mm 90ish degree EP at this price is not a bad thing. More night time testing needed at this point.
Edited by MrJones, 23 May 2020 - 11:27 AM.