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    Default Meade Polaris 127mm eyepiece help



    Hey All,

    After many months of going back and forth on getting myself a new scope, I finally picked up a Meade Polaris 127mm. I know, you're all probably thinking, "He spent months going back and forth on a $190 entry-level scope?!" Long-story short, I was originally looking at picking up a Dobsonian (actually posted a thread on this where several generous users suggested an 8in dob), but ended up selling my house and am building a new one. This will allow me to get a much larger dob that will stay at home.

    I chose the Polaris 127 for a couple reasons: 1. It will force me to learn how to use an equatorial mount, and 2. it will be my portable scope. I'm taking my family camping and wanted to take advantage of being away from city lights and finally have a scope along for the ride. You guys can go ahead and question my logic further if you want, but that's it in a nutshell.

    So on to my question - I got it out for first light last night and noticed one thing very quickly. It seemed that the Meade MA eyepieces included with the scope are subpar, and that's being kind. It seemed like I couldn't get anything focused, and I had a hard time viewing anything without a little bit of double vision. I checked collimation and it seems good, although this is my first time with a reflector so I haven't mastered collimation yet. Reviews online for the MA's do not necessarily sing praise for them, either.

    All that said, does anybody have suggestions for an eyepiece upgrade? I was going to get a couple Meade Plossls because I have experience with those on my previous LX90, and they seems like solid eyepieces that aren't too expensive. I've also heard TV Plossls are great, too. Thanks, all!

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    Default Re: Meade Polaris 127mm eyepiece help

    TV or GSO Plossl will do well.
    I might be wrong but the scope looks like Bird-Jones style so if you have not collimated one you will need to read up on how to do it properly.
    Here is some information on quickly working out a range of eyepieces for your new scope.
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    Default Re: Meade Polaris 127mm eyepiece help

    1.25" Telescope Eyepieces | AgenaAstro.com - Agena Dual ED
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    These are all very similar and a significant step above the plossls, very good performance considering the cost.
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    Default Re: Meade Polaris 127mm eyepiece help

    Thanks, Gabby. I'll have to do some more reading up on Bird-Jones - this was not a design I was familiar with but it seems that you're right. I recognize that the Polaris series is not particularly great quality but it will get me back into the hobby after many, many years away.

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    Default Re: Meade Polaris 127mm eyepiece help

    You should still get some great views with it, collimation just takes an extra couple of steps. Enjoy the scope
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    Default Re: Meade Polaris 127mm eyepiece help

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozman13 View Post
    1.25" Telescope Eyepieces | AgenaAstro.com - Agena Dual ED
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    These are all very similar and a significant step above the plossls, very good performance considering the cost.
    Thanks, Ozman, I will take a look at these. Do you think there's any law of diminishing returns with a scope of this quality and an eyepiece? In other words, does it make sense to purchase eyepieces that are close to the value of the scope? At what point will a better eyepiece no longer improve my views?

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    Default Re: Meade Polaris 127mm eyepiece help

    Quote Originally Posted by outdriver311 View Post
    Thanks, Ozman, I will take a look at these. Do you think there's any law of diminishing returns with a scope of this quality and an eyepiece? In other words, does it make sense to purchase eyepieces that are close to the value of the scope? At what point will a better eyepiece no longer improve my views?
    I have many, many scopes, but I have far more money invested in my EP case contents than in any scope I have. The view through the scope is HUGELY dependent on the quality of the EP. If you want to get the most your scope can offer you, don't scrimp on the EP. Is there overkill? Yes, but these examples I have shown you are NOT that.
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    Default Re: Meade Polaris 127mm eyepiece help

    Here is an older thread about collimating Jones-Bird scopes. Likely the Celestron isn't different from the Meade in that regard.

    There is no reason why the design cannot de made to work well. It would be like a Mak Newt with a sub aperture corrector.

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    Default Re: Meade Polaris 127mm eyepiece help

    My favorite cheapie eyepieces are Celestron X-cell's.
    GSO plossls made in Taiwan are a step better than the China mades.
    I'd stay away from used eyepieces unless you are mechanically inclined, may have to disassemble them to clean then up, not a big deal with plossls, but other designs may turn into a nightmare.
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    Default Re: Meade Polaris 127mm eyepiece help

    I'm glad you posted this. I already have a Meade DS2090 refractor so I'm in the market for a reflector and I saw one of these for sale on ebay. Even though I want a reflector I want the right one and i'm not sure this is the right one for me.

 

 

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