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    Default thinking Meade QX 2'' eyepiece



    Hi, just wondering about 2'' eyepieces, since getting my dob I've been itching to purchase one, only thing is I'm worried about blowing a lot of money for nothing (most are $250-500!). Thing is looking around, I stumbled across these Meade 2'' inchers and am seriously considering getting one of them (under a hundred bucks) but would still like some advice on which one to get. What I would like from the eyepiece is to be able to see say the pleiades or the double cluster in my fov I'm thinking 38mm. Any help would be appreciated!
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    Hi Suds ....I have the series 5000s plossls because i got a deal when i got my sct ...A couple months later i was back in the astro shop and the owner asked if i wanted a deal on the QX 2inchers ...Of course i said ....Anyway . I rarely use the 5000s anymore ....Mostly i switch between the 30mm and the 26mm with a barlow ...I love mine , They are a great value in my mind for the money ...They have good weight but not too heavy ..Good eye-relief as well and sharp across the field of view ....
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    Suds:

    You did not specify the focal ratio of your dob... These eyepieces work just fine in my f/10 Scts and I purchased them real real cheap from a buddy who uses an Orion f/4 point something 10 " Dob and they just did not make him happy at all... so he almost gave them away to me...
    They work fine in my f/6 refractor also...

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    Well that gives me something to think about! I also own a 10'' dob with a focal ratio of 4.7, I really appreciate the feedback! What did your buddy get to replace the qx and was he more satisfied?

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    I've got the Meade 4000 Wide Angle QX 2" eyepiece.
    I love it! Huge 70 FOV. Great for finding DSO's, and viewing clusters. Pleiades looks great through it. Barlow's very well. I'd also like to get one in the 30+mm range.
    I think the 2'' eyepiece is great!
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    I have several Meade QX 2" eyepieces. My favorite is the 36mm.

    Fantastic wide field views. Dark background. Great contrast. Just like space walking.

    I have a Meade LX-90.

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    OK, I think you and I have the same scope. I have a 10" f4.7 and a Qx EP. They are good, but not perfect. You get what you pay for and have to decide how much trade off is good for you.

    I did not get the Q38 because a representative from Orion told me that it was too long for my scope. Those who know more than myself can give you the formulas for figuring this out. I think the longest that would be effective in our scopes in something like a 35mm.

    I bought the Q32. This was the one recommended for me. It is still on the edge of working with a fast scope like ours. What you will probably see is some coma around the edges of the lens. Coma looks like the stars are slightly out of focus near the outside edge, but focused in the middle. It was still worth it to me to purchase the EP. It has much better eye relief than the cheaper lenses and I wear glasses. It is much cheaper than the high priced lenses. I can put up with a little coma (seagulls) for a couple of hundred bucks.

    I bought mine to search for deep sky objects. I use the star hop method for finding targets. The wider angle lets me see enough more sky to be able to find what I am looking for. I keep a 25mm 1.25" lens in a 2X barlow. The Q32 gives me 38X magnification. The 25mm with barlow gives me 96X. Both offer good eye relief. Many times those are the main two EPs I use for DSOs.

    So, there are pros and cons. You will have to decide which outweighs the other.
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