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    Default Orion MegaView Eyepieces



    Anybody know anything about these yet? I just discovered them today, and just when I thought I knew what I was gonna buy. Now, I gotta find out what these are like.

    82° apparent field of view, 7-elements, fully multi-coated, at least 12mm of eye relief, at the shortest (4mm). They're kinda expensive for Orion, starting at around $198, and going over $300 (28mm). But, are they a good substitute for something more expensive. I'm curious how they perform toward the edges.

    Couldn't find any reviews on them.

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    Those are so new they aren't even featured in the Orion catalog I received last week. Of course $198 is going to be a little more than the appropriations committee will give me for an eyepiece; that and I just had to dish out $300 for glasses for my oldest boy. If you do manage to get a hold of some do post a review. If they turn out to be very good, they might be a nice alternative to the Tel Vue's.

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    That's what I was wondering, Keith. But, like you, I dunno if I can afford one. Just have to wait, I guess, and see. Maybe no one has one yet.

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    They sound like good eyepieces , with the field of view , multiple elements and coatings . But for that price i would look awful hard at the meade wide angle stuff . But thats just me .
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    Comparing Pricing:

    (4mm - 82*)

    Celestron = Nothing Available
    Meade (4.7mm) = 139.00
    Orion =197.95
    Tele Vue (5mm) = 261.00
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    (7mm - 82*)

    Meade (6.7mm) = 139.00
    Celestron = 179.00
    Orion = 197.95
    Tele Vue = 261.00
    __________________________________________________ ________________________

    (16mm - 82*)

    Meade (14mm) = 159.00
    Celestron (15mm) = 179.00
    Meade (18mm) = 219.00
    Orion = 237.95
    Tele Vue = 297.00
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    (28mm - 82*)

    Meade (24mm) = 299.00
    Orion = 397.95
    Meade (30mm) = 399.00
    Celestron (31mm)= 399.00
    Tele Vue (26mm) = 540.00
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    I will leave the performance reviews to the experts.

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    As far as the build quality of the series 5000 stuff , Its great . The plossl set i have are awesome . Twist up eye cups , multicoatings , good weight(heavy) , Just plain GREAT . Although the disscusion is about the wide angles i cant see there being any difference in the series 5000 stuff . I havent personaly viewed through one of the wideangles yet , but they have the same quality build of the 5000 plossls . In fact , they are a little heavier than the plossls . I have a few on my want list to fill out the holes in my sets .
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    I've had my eyes on the Meade 5000 WA and the Orion Stratus EPs. Something with a better FOV than my Plossls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TCA View Post
    I've had my eyes on the Meade 5000 WA and the Orion Stratus EPs. Something with a better FOV than my Plossls.
    If I didn't mind the weight and size, I'd like the Stratus or Hyperions. Another thing is that my f5 refractor may cut up with something too wide. But, these megaViews may not, dunno. They are big, though.

 

 

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