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Meade Series 4000 Smoothies

Started by Chris1, 12/17/2016 04:17AM
Posted 12/17/2016 04:17AM Opening Post
Well, after years of surfing ads, I have finally acquired the complete set of the first generation Meade Series 4000 eyepieces-the "Smoothies". I use them in a C11 and have found them to be excellent eyepieces. The build quality is superb. I know they are almost 30 years old but there is just something about them (there is probably a support group for people like me). Plus the challenge of finding and assembling a complete set was kinda fun. Just had to have patience.

Chris N
Cedar, MN



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Posted 12/17/2016 05:12AM | Edited 12/17/2016 12:13PM #1
Chris Nisbet said:

Well, after years of surfing ads, I have finally acquired the complete set of the first generation Meade Series 4000 eyepieces-the "Smoothies". I use them in a C11 and have found them to be excellent eyepieces. The build quality is superb. I know they are almost 30 years old but there is just something about them (there is probably a support group for people like me). Plus the challenge of finding and assembling a complete set was kinda fun. Just had to have patience.

Chris N
Cedar, MN


NICE!! I have a pair of 24.5mm SWA and a pair of 18mm SWA I use for binoviewing and they are indeed excellent EP's.....

20" MidnighTelescopes f/5
8" f/16 Muffoletto Achro
Meade 6" AR6 f/8.0 Achro
Celestron C11
Parallax PI250 10" F/5 Newt
Vixen FL102S,NA140SS,R200SS
80mm Stellarvue Nighthawk with WO APOupgrade lens, 90mm f/16.67 Parallax Achro
LXD75/LX200, Mini-tower, GP-DX, CG5 ASGT, LXD650, GM-8, G11, GM-100, GM-150EX, GM-200 and a Gemini G40
4" portable AP convertable 44" or 70" pier
Stellarvue M7 Alt-Az, TSL7 Pier/Tripod
12.5" f/5 MidnighTelescopes DOB Swayze optics
Statham GA
Posted 12/17/2016 06:49AM #2
Nice! I love any smoothies. The Plossls are excellent for your scope... fancier eyeps are $$$ and extravagent. At f/10, f/8 feed the Plossls perform perfectly. My scope is f/3.8 so (sigh) "NEED" TV and the Paracorr = $$$. I've been collecting them. Tom

29-inch Dob in a dome
36-inch upgrade soon
LUNT 80/80 solar scope
FLI 6803 cam
APM 100mm APO Binos
JMI RB-16 Night Vision Binos
Zeiss 20x60 IS binos
Posted 12/18/2016 01:15AM #3
Mmm mmm!!!

That is a LOVELY family photo!!

Just a few thoughts:

8) FS-152SV sitting in the office
grin Japanes super lucky zen observatory garden
:S Meade ETX-90 finder scope position
shocked Hino Optical Mizar 120SL observatory model
:C SR-4mm eyepiece with a 3x barlow in a 60mm refractor
8O Zeiss Victory 7x42 SFs
wink Having over 135 vintage oculars to play with
smile My life surrounded by wonderful friends and impeccable optics
Posted 01/10/2017 06:45AM #4
Great collection! I have owned several of the Series 4000 eyepieces and found each excellent performers. My favorite - I have owned three - is the 14mm UWA. Great eyepiece, superb views in so many scopes I have lost count!
Posted 01/23/2017 06:58AM | Edited 01/23/2017 07:00AM #5
I have the UWA's in 14 mm, 8.8 mm and 6.7 mm and the SWA's in 24.5 mm, 18 mm, 13.8 mm and the series 4000 APO triplet barlow. No Plossls, though. Great eyepieces.

I had the ES 8.8 mm UWA that I immediately returned after purchasing. Could not see the entire field without moving my eyeball around and the blackout (kidney beaning) was very annoying. I replaced the ES with the Meade UWA 8.8 and found nirvana. No blackouts and could see the entire field with one eye position. Same for the 14 mm UWA. And stars are pinpoint to the edge of the field. Both very fine eyepieces.