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    Default got a meade 4000 8-24...anything better?



    Its been years since I pulled out my scope and I recently did yesterday. Just wondering if there are zoom eyepieces that are better than the meade 4000 I have right now? I assume since its been years since I last bought stuff for my scope that there could be something else better these days. I have a Celestron CPC 800 and mostly like to view the moon and the occasional planet if its available in the sky.

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    Default Re: got a meade 4000 8-24...anything better?

    The Baader Hyperion zoom is well regarded and if you can find a used one the Vixen LV 8-24mm is very good.
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    Default Re: got a meade 4000 8-24...anything better?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    The Baader Hyperion zoom is well regarded and if you can find a used one the Vixen LV 8-24mm is very good.
    Wish I could afford those I have a cheap celestron 8-24 and works well with my 90 mac as a spotting scope for game drives sitting in a hide its ok for astronomy probably 45 AFOV at 8mm and 55 at 24 ?
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    Default Re: got a meade 4000 8-24...anything better?

    Oh yesss the Baader Hyperion zoom. That name rings a bell! Maybe when I do more scoping ill get one of these. I wonder if the baader or the vixen are 180degree noticeably different than my meade. Lots of factors i assume comes into play im guessing.

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    Default Re: got a meade 4000 8-24...anything better?

    Quote Originally Posted by 12richardk View Post
    Wish I could afford those I have a cheap celestron 8-24 and works well with my 90 mac as a spotting scope for game drives sitting in a hide its ok for astronomy probably 45 AFOV at 8mm and 55 at 24 ?
    Celestron claims 43 to 66 degrees but if I remember correctly the AFOV was slightly less.

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    Oh yesss the Baader Hyperion zoom. That name rings a bell! Maybe when I do more scoping ill get one of these. I wonder if the baader or the vixen are 180degree noticeably different than my meade. Lots of factors i assume comes into play im guessing.
    The Vixen and Baader have better glass and coating and fit/ finish is very good. Nice eyepieces if you like zooms. The Baader is available new and the Vixen can be found on the used market.
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    Default Re: got a meade 4000 8-24...anything better?

    would using the stock right angle adapter that came with my scope reduce image quality? I suppose of all the user-upgradeable parts, the right angle and the eyepiece are the only two things i can easily swap.

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    Default Re: got a meade 4000 8-24...anything better?

    Interesting Gabby 66 max perhaps my eyes are getting old and that is a fact
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    Default Re: got a meade 4000 8-24...anything better?

    Quote Originally Posted by b-16707 View Post
    would using the stock right angle adapter that came with my scope reduce image quality? I suppose of all the user-upgradeable parts, the right angle and the eyepiece are the only two things i can easily swap.
    I assume you have a mirror diagonal which on your scope will be fine , you can get better but it will not help a lot rather look for better eyepieces
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    Default Re: got a meade 4000 8-24...anything better?

    yea should be a mirror diagonal.

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    Default Re: got a meade 4000 8-24...anything better?

    Diagonals can go from $50 up to $1000 dollars so if you feel your diagonal is doing well for you I would just check it to make sure it is collimated and enjoy the views.
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