Posted By Rod Mollise
Chris Nisbet said:
Recently I started to aquire some older Meade eyepieces on A-Mart. I use a C11 and had two 2" eyepieces-TeleVue 20mm and an older Meade 32mm SWA Plossl (along with an assortment of 1.25" eyepieces as well). I was looking for some older, Meade Series 4000 2" eyepieces. I came across the Meade 8.8 UWA "smoothie" and a 14mm UWA (with eyecup) a while ago and recently, I purchased a Meade 2" 40mm SWA "smoothie" and the Meade 56mm Super Plossl (with eyecup).
I must say the 8.8, 14 and the 40 gives views that make you say "WOW". That 40mm SWA is one massive eyepiece (although the 14mm isn't small!). Looking back in the old ads, I did not realize that the 40mm was the most expensive of the Series 4000. I had heard about the 8.8 and the 14 but very little about the 40mm. I really like that big 40mm SWA.
I've always liked the Meade eyepieces fine...and if the price is right, go for it. Today, I'd probably buy one of Explore Scientific's eyepieces if the price of one of the older Meades was in spittin' distance, but, still, good eyepieces.