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    Default Meade HD-60 First Light



    I recently purchased a pair of the MEADE 5000 HD 60° FOV eyepieces in 12mm and 26mm. I received these a week ago but the weather wouldn’t allow me a decent chance for a first light until this past Tuesday night.

    I’ll start with the packaging and build. The HD-60 Series are a very nicely built eyepiece. The Meades were delivered in a nice box with a custom foam insert and each includes 2 covers that fit securely. These eyepieces are large for 1.25” but didn’t cause any balance issues on my AD10 Dob. They have a rotating eyepiece cup which rotates very smoothly to accommodate the preferred eye placement and the barrels are undercut for security as well. They have a solid feel and I could tell right away that they were manufactured under tight tolerances.



    It was finally time for some observing under some welcomed cloudless skies. For my first view I chose The Orion Nebula. I thought the contrast was comparable to my Explore Scientific 70° series and both were so similar on axis that I would have to call it a draw. The eye relief is very generous on the Meades with a listed 17mm of relief; I had no problem viewing while wearing my glasses. The 26mm performed splendidly on M1 (Crab Nebula), M42 (Orion Nebula), M13 (Hercules Cluster)and M104 (Sombrero Galaxy). I have no doubt that this 26mm will become one of my DSO favorites as its performance was excellent on these targets delivering views with clarity and detail. I used the 12mm to view a couple of DSOs, M13 and M42, and both objects appeared razor sharp across the field. On brighter targets such as Venus and Mars I did notice some slight astigmatism in the outer 20% FOV as I allowed them to drift across the eyepiece. It wasn’t anything that jumped out at me but being that I was looking for such issues, it was there. I’m not an avid planetary observer and I bought the 12mm for close-up work on Planetary Nebula and Globular Clusters so I was still very satisfied with its performance. Overall, I like these eyepieces a lot and think that for around $80 a piece the build and performance of the Meade HD-60 series warrant serious consideration when searching for a wide view eyepiece that won’t break the bank.

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    Great review! I've got the 9mm and 6.5mm versions and I like them a lot, and agree with all of your comments here.

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    Great mini review! Adds to the consensus that these are great bargains. I'm seriously thinking of buying the set for binoviewing when I get a binoviewer. I could use them right away in my binocular telescope.
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    Nice review, I'm looking at the 4.5mm and the 6.5mm and the more I read about the HD-60s the more I'm impressed.

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