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    Default Meade 5000 HD-60 or Agena Starguider Dual ED eyepieces



    Trying to get some better EPs.

    What have been amateur astronomers opinions on Meade 5000 HD-60 or Agena Starguider Dual ED EPs?

    I am most interested in user who have a Newtonian f/6 or faster.

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    Default Re: Meade 5000 HD-60 or Agena Starguider Dual ED eyepieces

    The Celestron X-Cel LX EPs are virtually identical to the Meade HD-60s and a bit less expensive. I own the 12 and 9mm X-Cels and both are good EPs for the money and have nice eye relief.
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    ES82 30mm, 6.7mm, 4.7mm; Tele Vue Delos 17.3mm, 12mm; Tele Vue DeLite 9mm; Meade UWA 14mm; Assorted Budget EPs
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    Default Re: Meade 5000 HD-60 or Agena Starguider Dual ED eyepieces

    In case you are still considering. Meade 5000 HD-60 and identical to them Celestron X-Cel LX are good all around EPs. They have 60deg FOV, comfortable eye relief, sharp focus and good light scatter control. Dual ED also have sharp focus and similar to HD-60/X-Cel LX eye relief and FOV, but they scatter more light, so I would not recommend them for scopes above 4".

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    Default Re: Meade 5000 HD-60 or Agena Starguider Dual ED eyepieces

    Due to issues fitting a NPB filter, I ended up returning the Agena Starguider Dual ED and got 18,12 and 6.5 mm Meade 5000 HD 60 and have been mostly happy. I think the Starguider are more forgiving of eye position left-right or up- down than the Meade. Both had very good view but I think the Meade, when you get yourself positioned right, produces sharper, more pinpoint stars over a wider field that the Starguider. I think the Starguider appeared a bit darker or maybe it had wider contrast . Not sure it did or not but i had the feeling that the Meade 18 seemed like the black background was brighter than the Starguider.
    Frank
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