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    Default Eyepieces for Meade Infinity 102



    I've got a Meade Infinity 102 and am thinking about getting 25mm and 15mm televue eyepieces for it. Would the viewing improvement be worth the expense?

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    Default Re: Eyepieces for Meade Infinity 102

    You can get just as good a view from the ES 82s and/or 68s at about half the price of the TVs. A good range would be the ES 24mm, 14mm and 8.8mm 82s. But my most used and favorite is their 18mm 82.

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    Default Re: Eyepieces for Meade Infinity 102

    I strongly agree with Ozman. You practically cannot go wrong with the Es eyepieces.

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    Default Re: Eyepieces for Meade Infinity 102

    At the bottom of the price range (≈$70), I use the Celestron X-Cel LX EPs in my Meade 102. They work very well for an average achromat (which is what our scopes have).

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    Default Re: Eyepieces for Meade Infinity 102

    JT's recommendation of more affordable EPs is good. They are excellent EPs for the price. You can get several of those for one high end TV.
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    Default Re: Eyepieces for Meade Infinity 102

    Quote Originally Posted by WesternHills View Post
    I've got a Meade Infinity 102 and am thinking about getting 25mm and 15mm televue eyepieces for it. Would the viewing improvement be worth the expense?
    What EPs do you use with you scope now? Also, TeleVue makes many different EPs, what model you are considering?

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    Default Re: Eyepieces for Meade Infinity 102

    Currently I have the 26, 11, & 6.3 mm Meade EPs. I am thinking about the Televue Plossl EPs.

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    Default Re: Eyepieces for Meade Infinity 102

    Quote Originally Posted by WesternHills View Post
    Currently I have the 26, 11, & 6.3 mm Meade EPs. I am thinking about the Televue Plossl EPs.
    I would much prefer the wider view of the ES EPs. I would also consider the Meade UWAs. I have looked through a few of the high end TVs and they were very good and early on they prompted me to get a couple of the TV plossls (I just couldn't afford those Naglers). I was unimpressed with the plossls. I know they are very well regarded, but I just didn't see it with the plossls, my Meade plossls looked just as good to me. I sold the TV plossls and got the MEADE SWA set (which I still have) and was very pleased. I have since upgraded those to the ES 82s and 68s line and do not anticipate ever upgrading these.
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    Default Re: Eyepieces for Meade Infinity 102

    Quote Originally Posted by WesternHills View Post
    Currently I have the 26, 11, & 6.3 mm Meade EPs. I am thinking about the Televue Plossl EPs.
    If you can pick TV Plossls used, I would say it is a good value. I can definitely see improvement over cheap Celestron Plossls I had before.
    However, I use TV Plossls as specialty EPs.

    As a main set I use combination of ES 68 and 82, and Meade 5000 UWA EPs. As Ozman indicated they combine great optical performance with wide field of view and better eye relief. So, I would keep Meade Plossls and add some wide filed EPs to your collection.

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    Default Re: Eyepieces for Meade Infinity 102

    I have the Infinity 102 and Meade UWAs. The 14mm Meade UWA will give you a slightly greater magnification than the TV 15mm Plossl and about 1.9 degree true field of view. This true field of view is slightly less than what you would have with the TV 25mm Plossl's 2.1 degree TFOV. Depending on what you want, you may be able to use just one eyepiece to take the place of both of the TV's. The price of the Meade 14mm UWA is $129, which is less money than the two TV Plossls.

    I have owned a set of the TV Plossls and do not want to take away anything from their quality. They do, however, have a yellowish coating on them for help with skyglow in dark sky locations. In my suburban back yard, that coating hurt contrast rather than helped, due to the color of the light pollution. The image appeared somewhat dull to me and I found myself always drifting back to my Meade yellow letter 4000 series Plossls. After failing to force myself to use the TV Plossls, (I gave away my Meade 4000 eyepieces) I finally sold off the TV Plossls and bought another set of the Meade yellow letter eyepieces. The TV eyepieces tend to be a tiny bit sharper than the Meades (not much) but the yellow coating on the lenses seem to have been affecting me on a subconscious level and I simply would not use them.

    I have an Explore Scientific 18mm UWA, which has a two inch format. The ES eyepiece in my Infinity 102 appears to have a reddish yellow ring around the edge of the field when viewing with it in the day time, while the Meade UWA eyepieces are more neutral. To me, with my light pollution, the ES tends to have a tiny bit less contrast than the Mead eyepieces do. The form of the housing on the ES, however, is nicer than the Meade. The eyepiece cap stays on nicely on the ES, while the Meades tend to come off if I am not careful with them.

    In terms of size, the Meade UWA 30 mm is simply too big for the Infinity 102, even though I have used it and simply held onto the handle to keep the rear of the scope from sinking. The 24mm works well and gives a wide view of over 3 degrees TFOV. It is still pretty heavy, however. The 20mm Meade or 18mm ES would work well, if you do not mind switching back and forth with the 1.25 inch adapter. Personally, I do not like doing that and have started staying with 1.25 inch eyepieces except on very rare occasions.

    My Meade 14mm UWA has sharpness that is just as good as the TV Plossls I had, and I expect that an ES eyepiece would be the same. However, I have not looked through an ES 14mm. The ES 18mm UWA, with its 2 inch format, seems just as sharp as my Meades. Many people with large Dobsonian reflectors use the ES 18mm as their main workhorse eyepiece and swear by it!

    Personally, if I were to take out my Infinity 102 tonight, I would take my ES 68 degree 24mm eyepiece for a nice wide view, and my Meade UWA 14, 8.8, and 5.5 eyepieces, along with a good 2X Barlow.
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    Another set of eyepieces that I have picked up is Vixen NPL. these are symmetrical eyepieces, which are now sold by most people as Plossles. They seem to work a tiny bit better with the artificial lenses in my eyes than the Meade Plossls now. I would use them before I would use TVs. They cost a little more than Meade yellow letter Plossls, are made with great care, but still a lot less than the TV eyepieces.

    With all that said, if you live in an area with relatively low light pollution, the TV Plossls will work extremely well for you and I think you will be very satisfied with your purchase.

    I hope this helps and does not confuse the situation too badly!
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