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    Default Meade 5000 5.5mm Plossl Quick Review

    I've owned this for a little while but hadn't used it too much. But over the last two nights I've used it exclusively and I'm very pleased with it's overall performance. With my fast little GoScope (focal length 350mm) it yields 64x and this is an optimal magnification for my scope. A sweet spot I guess you could say. It has a 60 degree AFOV with a resulting TFOV of slightly less than one degree. It has 7mm of eye relief which is a little more than most plossls of comparative size. It was not uncomfortable to view through. It is a 6-element design which I gather helps in correcting false color and distortions. This is good for a fast scope because they need help in that regard.

    I used it on a variety of targets and all views were clear and crisp. I really didn't notice any problems. Jupiter's bands were dark and contrasted nicely against the brightness of the planet. Castor and Algieba were split nicely. Both have about 4 arc second separations. I could even detect the triple components of Beta Mono easily and with clarity. Color-contrasted doubles like Iota Cancri, Delta Cephi and h3945 in Canis Major showed their colors well. The Double Cluster, The Beehive, The Pleiades, and M42 were all brilliantly displayed against a dark background. The Owl/ET Cluster, NGC457, fit well in the fov and stood out clearly.

    I really like this eyepiece. On a scope with a longer focal length it probably would perform even better.
    Orion StarBlast 4.5 mounted on an Orion Tritech II Field Tripod

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    I have this same eyepiece and I am pleased with it too. I have only used it for planets and I always feel it does a good job for me. Last night we checked out the crescent of Venus and Jupiter with it. Didnt see the red spot but the bands on the planets surface were clearly seperated and beautiful. Four moons were precise pin dots. Just wanted to let you know that I like it too.

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