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    I recently came across a deal on the Meade Series 5000 UWA 4.7 mm and 6.7mm EP. I read some reviews and they seem to be all over. I wonder if anyone here has used them and what they think of them?

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    Hi Dutchman ...I cant personally speak for the UWAs but if they are like the 5000 plossls , they are great build quality ...Edge to edge sharpness and great weight .... I wish i could afford a set of them ..I would not hesitate buying them .....
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    Here is a good review and comparison of Meade Wide Angle EP's

    http://www.skynews.ca/PDFs/Review_PD...reviewJA05.pdf
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    I recently purchased the UWV kit which has the 6.7mm and I have to say I am extremely blown away looking through them. You get the same amazing views looking through the 6.7mm as you do from the 18mm.

    I've only used them on a 4" telescope and its like getting a new telescope altogether. Not sure how they compare to Televue's Nagler or Celestron's Axiom LX though.

    You need to be aware that they are big and heavy.

    If you can afford them they're a great purchase IMO.

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    Thanks for the review Dutchman ...Like i said , i wish i could afford a set but the wife would have me in the doggie mansion if i spend anymore money ...
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    LOL...I hear you rovoerich... Luckily my wife is interested in astronomy so all I have to do is convinve her we need it. I am currently in the process of scoring a 6.7mm UWA for my "high powered" EP. Cant wait.
    Name: Brian
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    Well...I scored the 4.7mm and the 6.7mm UWA's and so far I am very impressed. I first used the 6.7 on the Moon and observed the many different craters and landscape. I then used it on Jupiter and saw some nice detail. My wife was about to put the 4.7mm in and gaze at Jupiter when she loosened the wrong knob on the focuser and the focuser no longer moved (that took me 20-30 minutes to figure out what happened and how to remedy it) Hopefully I will get some more time with these suckers.

    First thoughts:
    They are really nicely constructed and very solid EP. The ability to adjust the focal length is very nice. Alot of my family have glasses so this will come in handy. I like the "porthole" effect in which I can look near the edge of the FOV and still see great detail. Well worth the money IMHO... I will post more info when I get more time with them.
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    Congrats on some new glass bud ...... I love the plossl set i have ....The only reason i bought them was i got a deal on them when i got another scope ...You know the deal ...They said "how are you fixed for eyepieces ?" I said "I have some 1.25 meade series 4000 plossls" ...They said "we have a deal on these series 5000 plossls" and i said "SOLD" ...LOL ...Then i had to buy the rest of them and a 2in diag .....

    On the focuser issue ..There might be 2 knobs ..One is a lock and one is for tension ...?
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    You are correct Rich...I found this out....It took awhile but I figured it out. I applaud my wife for trying.

    I finally got to take the 4.7mm and 6.7mm UWA out for a good test drive lastnight. Around 9:00pm EST I setup the scope with my Pops(seems he is taking a shining to Astronomy as well now) We waited for Jupiter to beat down the tree which was holding it hostage and first located it with a 20mm QX. After I had her trained I popped in the 6.7mm and started watching. I noticed more detail in the bands and abit more detail on the moons (they were no longer just shiny dots). After my wife, mother and father took a gander, we popped in the 4.7mm and gave it a shot and was surprised by the amount of fine detail you notice with such a small change (2mm) The cloud bands were more pronounced. The moons had tinges of color (small but somewhat noticable). Perhaps for Christmas(or boxing day) I'll score some filters which should really help with the detail

    Then the moon finally decided to grace us with its presence. I first locked in with the 6.7mm and noticed some great details on the terrain. The crevices, craters and landscape seemed very close. I liked the "porthole" effect where I could look down in the EP and see more detail(as well in any other direction) Very cool.

    Then I popped in the 4.7mm and noticed even more detail. Craters were more crisp, the landscape had more fine details.

    I have been very pleased with these EP's and I would recommend them to others.
    Name: Brian
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