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    Default Meade 4000's vs Old 80's Meade ortho's



    There's a guy that's local here that is selling some 1980's meade Ep's. One say's Meade OR12.5MM (3) say made in japan but he said that they are the one's that came with his 8" he bought in the 80's. And one is a celestron 40MM. I guess my question is... wouldn't I be better off just buying a new series 4000 kit. Optics have got to be better now than they were 30 yrs ago. Or is there something special about the ortho EP's?

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    The orthoscopic design is great for viewing the planets. The only draw back to the design is the tight eye relief. It is known for its on-axis sharpness and high level of contrast over other eyepiece designs.
    The series 4000 Kit will be of the Plossl design. Like the ortho design, a high power Plossl will have tight eye relief.
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    So It might be nice to have a ortho in the EP collection. I just can't find a whole lot of info on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisS42 View Post
    So It might be nice to have a ortho in the EP collection. I just can't find a whole lot of info on them.
    In my opinion, I think it is good to have a few orthos for observing the planets. But as I stated, the eye relief is tight. If you can get to view through the eyepiece first, to see if you like the eye relief, than yes I would get it. The old Meade orthos are a very nice eyepiece.
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