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    @Hernando: Thanks for the link and the info there m8. THe more i am reading about it, the less i think the pin cushion is going to bother me. I do a little bit of panning around while looking into my dob but not much. I use my finderscope to do that most of the time. Its definately sounding good. That said, hpgeek did bring up the Meade SWA, now i didnt seriously consider it before but at a hundred bucks less, the cheap guy in me is taking interest lol
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    how does the Meade 28 compare with the Pan 27? From what i have read, the meade loses out on sharpness and clarity on the edge but the pan trade off on the pan is the pincushion.

    the difference between the two is around $140. worth the difference to a newbie?
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    That's the question that I'd like to answer upon receiving the Meade 28mm SWA - I won't expect the Meade will equal the Pan on edge sharpness, but I don't expect it to do a sloppy job on it at all. I've come across a post that says it was "close" to the performance of the Panoptic 27mm on a 12.5 F5 Dob, so that's encouraging. As to pincushioning, have read post saying it does have it too, but not as much as the Pan maybe.

    Then let's do the math. The Pan27 goes for $315, the Meade 28 was $89 during the sale, so that's a $226 difference, a no-brainer to decide on the 28mm. But at today's price of $179, the difference is $136, which is still substantial, and considering the above comparison between the two, the 28mm is looking good.

    Having said that, another option is to go "used" like most of my EP's are (EP lens do not depreciate like autos, so a well-cared for EP, which an amateur astronomer is wont to do, will perform as if were in the new state), got the Pan27 in the used mart for $215 - difference from Meade's $179 is only $36 - will go for the Pan.

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    Heck, I've seen some old eyepieces that were flat worn out, from all the photons passing thru them. One nice tight 5 mm relaxed all the way to 25 mm, and that poor old 12 mm...why, it's just plain old glass by now.

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