Hi, I'm Clint. "Hi, Clint." I have a problem. I buy (too many?) eyepieces (too fast?).
Its COVID-19 time. The government has mailed out their checks and its time to upgrade my new dob that came with a 25mm plossl and a Barlow. One of the first eyepieces I get is the Meade UWA 82 - 14mm. I think to myself WOW! They didn't make eyepieces like this 20 years ago that i could afford.
So then I bought a 38mm Agena SWA. It was cool because it was my first 2" eyepiece. Like looking into a porthole in space. The outer edges were unusable and I realized that I had exceeded the minimum useful magnification of 36x for my scope. Oh well - still works for finding stuff!
Then I got the 5.5mm version of the Meade UWA. Really helped bring out the individual stars in some of the more distant globular clusters. And the EP was so easy to look through. I remember my 6.3mm plossl having the view of a pinhead. THIS was awesome!
What? They make a 20mm in the UWA? Everything else in its range was 2-3times more expensive. Another box arrives from Agena (they are great btw!). Hey I'm a newb, and I was born at night, but not last night. This thing gave an outstanding view for the price, and i feel like spending any more would make me uncomfortable - I have small children that I'm sure dream of making my dob a see-saw and testing waterproof ratings of eyepieces via minutes of drool exposure.
Well now I gotta get the 8.8mm to round out the set... I check the FOV indicators with and without the 2x barlow in SkySafari and could see some benefit (yes, I'm getting greedy at this point - but it barlows down just a bit further than the 5.5 and gets me another stepping stone of magnification.
Side note - mathematical computations on magnification do not seem to give me the same "picture in my mind" of what I'm getting. I really recommend putting the equipment into sky safari (or similar) and looking at the scope view at previsouly viewed objects. (Liberal arts college - I like pictures)
So now the 38mm - not all of it is being used since a fair amount of the outer edges are unusable with my focal length. Let's get something thats at the bottom, but within the scope's 36x lower limit. Enter the ES 32mm 62 series (somewhere between CA and AL right now-thanks Agena!). It's been reviewed very highly for its flat field and pinpoint stars. I even stayed awake thinking about getting it in the mail and popping it in the scope. It felt like Christmas Eve.
Reference my current line up in signature line. Do I have a problem? From my reentry into the hobby with the scope purchase till now is under 60 days. What should I be considering with this line up?
I also am interested in hearing from folks who have DIRECTLY compared the current Meade 5000 UWA series to ES, TV, etc. Help train my eye since I can't hook up with a club right now. Why do I think the view is so great, and that these EP's hit a solid value mark? What am i missing? I did see some "Its not a $450 TV, so its not as good." reviews on the Meade UWA series EPs, but thats not especially helpful feedback.
Lastly, I had to buy all this under duress. My wife couldn't show her horse for two months due to covid - it was buy it now or lose the opportunity to get a hobby. I literally had to pry into the hobby before the 1500 pound thing that usually eats all my money went back to work.