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New Meade Series 5000 Eyepieces - Taking a Run At

Started by clevine, 10/10/2004 07:39PM
Posted 10/10/2004 07:39PM Opening Post
This could be interesting. Based only on this announcement, http://www.meade.com/authdealers/series5000/pdfs/series5000_lowRes.pdf , it *looks* like Meade is taking a serious run at Televue in the eyepiece game. I notice that Meade has gone back to the 5-element design for the Plossls (which makes it no longer a Plossl, but that's splitting hairs). This is a Masuyama design (i.e. Takahashi LE series), and this design is very good, though Meade describes theirs as having a 60º
apparent field of view vs. the standard 52º.

The Super Wide Angle series looks like a direct competitor to the Televue Panoptic line, and the Ultra Wide Angle series is a Nagler competitor. I see that Meade has tossed away the silly (and incorrect/false) marketing nonsense of one-upmanship in claiming slightly higher specs than the comparable Televue products.

I also note the the current Meade 14mm UWA sells for about US$300 and in the new series, the 14mm is US$100 cheaper. The old 14mm was/is an outstanding EP, considered by most reviewers to be the best that Meade produced and on par with the Televue Naglers. I had one and sold it. I regretted that big-time and picked up another one off Astromart.

These EP's are scheduled for release over the next two months. I'm betting that this is the reason that Televue is having a sale on it's Nagler and Radian line (about 15% off) until the end of the year. I'm betting that if the new Meade EP's live up to the claims Meade has made in this early flyer, Televue will permanently lower the cost of their premium Ep's. Look for a sale on the Panoptic line in the new year. It will be interesting to read the first serious reviews of these new eyepieces. It would be remarkable if Meade actually came up with new eyepieces that could give Televue a run for their money. If they did, it would result in more choice and lower prices for the astro-consumer for premium-quality optics. Wait and see.

Cheers,

- Craig.

(P.S. - I own a couple of cases full of Televue products. I love 'em, but I love competition more)
Posted 10/11/2004 12:48PM #1
They look like Pentax XLs with a nagler's apparent field... perhaps they have heard people's complaints about the Radian's click-stop eye guard and gone with the Pentax style eyeguard.

Looks Nice.

KMM