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    Ok I see these being blown out all over the web at ridiculously low prices.

    The old adage " If it sounds too good to be true...." applies dosen't it?
    Or does it?

    I see list is $500 on the 40, but it can be had for under $100 new right now.

    Is the markup on astro toys so much that vendors can discount items as much as 80% off and still make money to stay in business?

    Those are markups in excess of 500% in that case lol!!

    Now on the otherhand what if there's something wrong with these and they are being discounted below cost at the manufacturer's expense ?

    Very tempted to add a 28, 34 and 40 to my hyperion zoom order but I wonder?...

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    I dont have any of the SWA 5000's but i have a set of the plossl 5000's and they are great ..The 5000 SWA's were way out of my price range when i got my plossls ..Wish i had waited ...They have some great features such as twist up eye cups , blackend edges and are fully multicoated ..I would buy them ....
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    From what I gather, the manufacturer (Meade) has decided to discontinue making more SWA 5000's and thus put the remaining stock up for sale which is actually a 50% off sale only based on the going rate of the SWA's at the time of the announcement of the sale. Sales were likewise lukewarm before the sale proper, which exploded into a feeding frenzy upon announcement. Like I was able to buy my 40mm for $124 (actually bought the entire SWA 5000 line while on sale but not yet in my hands at this time), where the common quote from vendors for the 40mm was around $250. List prices like $500 for the 40mm is just that, a list price which is always much higher that the actual street price, just so that vendors can say that there is a big discount from list prices - a marketing tool really that manufacturers employ. There is nothing wrong with these EP's if the good feedback and reports about those bought during the sale are to be believed.

    And yes, any of the 28, 34, or 40mm will nicely complement a Hyperion 8-24mm zoom.

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    I picked up the 24mm and 16mm. From the reviews over on CN, these EP's are 95% on average of the quality of a TV panoptic. If you can find them, get them. The only complaint on some is the short eyerelief. Best value going right now on EP's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djarum View Post
    I picked up the 24mm and 16mm. From the reviews over on CN, these EP's are 95% on average of the quality of a TV panoptic. If you can find them, get them. The only complaint on some is the short eyerelief. Best value going right now on EP's.
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    That is a fair assessment...I purchased a 24 and 34 ONLY to use at outreach events so I could leave my Pans and Pentax XW's at home (out f the reach of kids)...

    But there is NO shortage of usable eyerelief in either to my eyeballs ...

    BTW...IF any of you guys are in the retail business you absolutely would NOT like the markup percentages Astro dealers have to deal with... Personally I do not know how they make any money ... the markup is very very sad to say the least...

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    BTW...I can not find the 40 on sale for under $100... I'd love to pick one up instead of an XW just to save 500 bucks...
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    The ad is contradictory - mentions the EP as a "plossl" then says and pictures it as a SWA 68 deg. (plossls of Series 5000 are 60-deg.); only a guess, (it's best to confirm by contacting them) the product is only a plossl, thus the low price. At the height of the sale, scoured every nook n cranny of the internet for the best 40mm SWA-68 price, and $124 was the lowest price I've found.

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    Get them if you can. I have some Meade Series 5000 UWA's and they are wonderful. The SWA reviews have been very very good too.

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    They are also selling the 60* plossls for $149 for the 40 and $129 for the 32.

    It is no mistake as I have spoken to them. Alas not in stock...

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    I found them here .. Meade : Hands On Optics :: Telescopes, Accessories, CCD and Digital Cameras but there not listed as on sale
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