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Meade Series 5000 1.25" Ultra Wide Angle Waterproof Eyepiece - 5.5mm # 07740

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Brand Meade
Part Number 7740
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Meade Series 5000 Ultra Wide Angle 5.5mm Eyepiece (1.25") #07740. Meade Series 5000 Ultra Wide Angle eyepieces offer revolutionary new advances in resolution, image correction and eye relief, with an astonishing 82° field of view and waterproof construction. Ranking among the very best eyepieces available at any price, these eyepieces routinely outperform those costing even several times as much.

Only the highest quality materials were selected to create this amazing eyepiece value, offering an unparalleled vista on the Universe. All series 5000 UWA eyepieces feature a 7-element, fully multi-coated optical design with premium-grade and exotic optical glasses for the best possible performance and image brightness, blackened lens edges and internal surfaces for enhanced contrast, and a parafocal design for little or no focus change when switching between eyepieces of the series.

With a precision machined 1.25" barrel, comfortable long eye relief, and adjustable twist-up rubber eyeguard for comfort and blocking stray light. The ultimate observing experience. Looking through a Meade Series 5000 UWA eyepiece is the next best thing to actually being there.

Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty (within US/Canada only).

Features:
• Ultra Wide 82° apparent field-of-view
• Premium grade optical glass
• Individually tuned, multi-layered coatings for maximum light transmission
• Lens edges and all internal metal surfaces are blackened to maximize image contrast
• Parfocal - little or no refocusing required when switching eyepieces
• Long eye relief
• Adjustable twist-up rubber eyeguards

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4.9 (Based on 9 Reviews) 89% of reviewers recommended this product.
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    1. pastorg

      pastorg New Member

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      Review by Gary R.
      1511365068
      Nov 22, 2017

      5.0 Meade 5000 Series 5.5mm UWA Eyepiece

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      I recently purchased the Meade 5.5 mm UWA from Agena Astro. It arrived in a very timely manner in excellent condition together with a free large eyepiece case.

      I have used the eyepiece a couple of times in my SW 120ED Pro Refractor. The eyepiece provides sharp, crisp images practically across the entire FOV. In my f/7.5 Refractor it provides approx. 164x. The eyerelief is comfortable to my eyes. I don’t wear my glasses when viewing. It is a solidly built eyepiece. The twistup eyecup is VERY tight! You really have to twist hard and firm to get it to move. Hopefully it will loosen up with use. I like the eyepiece very much. Looking forward to trying it out in my Z12 dob soon.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by John M.
      1488381984
      Mar 1, 2017

      5.0 Meade 5.5mm UWA Review

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      Item arrived quickly. Build quality is very high. It has good eye relief and is "user friendly" with now blackouts. Only had one good weather moment I could be out. Observed M42 and it clouded-over, so my "real" test will have to wait. Stars were lovely across the wide field.Observed with a Skywatcher 120mm ED Refractor giving me about 165x. Rated 5 stars so far.

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      Review by Dave of Upstate NY.
      1464912000
      Jun 2, 2016

      5.0 Meade got it right - this one is a gem

      Pros:

      Quality Lenses,Comfortable,Easy to Use,Strong Construction

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      I bought the 5.5mm Meade UWA from Agena 2 1/2 years ago and I can say without reservation that this eyepiece is not only the most comfortable 82 deg AFOV eyepiece I have used, it is one of the most comfortable eyepieces I have used of any AFOV class or brand. When Meade dropped the 4.7mm and 6.7mm focal lengths in this series and added the 5.5mm FL they made improvements to the design. The 5.5mm FL has a larger eye lense than the 8.8mm FL and it makes a big difference in comfort. The eye relief is perfect and the sweet spot for eye relief also allows the observer to see the field stop without blackouts. That is not the case with the 8.8mm FL in this series.

      The optical performance of this eyepiece is outstanding. I use it for Lunar, planetary, and deep sky with my 120mm ED APO and it is excellent for all purposes. There are no ghost images when observing the planets and it is very sharp. Cloud belts on Jupiter are rich and detailed. It provides clear and sharp lunar views.

      For deep sky I find the 5.5mm Meade provides outstanding, contrasty views of globular clusters.

      Do not let the relatively low cost give you doubts. This eyepiece meshes seamlessly with more expensive brands. I use it in conjunction with TV and Pentax eyepieces and never think to myself that I should replace it with a similar FL from those brands. This eyepiece is one I will never sell. If I trimmed my eyepiece set to 3 eyepieces this would be one of the three I would keep.

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      Review by Markus of Canada.
      1463788800
      May 20, 2016

      5.0 Simply amazing!

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      Lightweight,Compact,Accurate,Strong Construction,Quality Lenses,Easy to Use

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      Sold my third one and bought it back. What can I say? This eyepiece is in a league of its own!

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      Review by Saleh of SA.
      1457827200
      Mar 12, 2016

      5.0 Excellent Planetary EP

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      Easy to Use,Quality Lenses

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      I had a Plossl for planetary before this but the field of view required a nudge for my manual dob very frequently it took away from the experience. Not with this one. I frame Saturn or Jupiter in the field of view and enjoy looking at them for a good while before I need to nudge the dob again. Very contrasty and sharp and overall one of the best bang for the buck for wide field EPs.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? No
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      Review by manu of Bear, DE.
      1456444800
      Feb 25, 2016

      5.0 Excellent performance, unbeatable value

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      Easy to Use,Quality Lenses,Strong Construction

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      A very good eyepiece with superb optical qualities and decent eye relief.
      Very good transmission makes this very good for DSO
      Excelent contrast and lack of any ghosting makes this also good for planetary and lunar observations
      Also in my F5.7 refractor I get excelent edge to edge correction and pinpoint stars
      And all those at an unbeatable price
      Get it while you can.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Markus of Canada.
      1435536000
      Jun 28, 2015

      5.0 Awesome EP!

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      Strong Construction,Compact,Easy to Use,Quality Lenses,Lightweight,Accurate

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      I've owned this twice. Only sold to try new offerings, but I keep on coming back for this EP!
      Now I'm on my third!!!!

      I said I'd never let this out of my eyepiece case the last time, but this time it STAYS!! Great ER, lightweight, and sharp to the edges in a fast relflector without coma correction. Better than a Nagler!

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by CollinofAlabama of Lubbock, TX.
      1408147200
      Aug 15, 2014

      4.0 Good value

      Pros:

      Good value,Performs Well

      Cons:

      Baader M Sg Filter,Needs Baader Msg Filter

      Comments:

      I have been pleasantly surprised by the Meade 5000 5.5mm eyepiece. The only downside is that it works MUCH better in conjunction with the Baader Moon & SkyGlow filter. When used with this filter, it gives Nagler-like performance. Might not be at the Pentax XW, Ethos or Delos level, but with the Baader filter, I find it emulates a "virtual" T6 "5.5mm", if such a beast existed. Very good value for the money. Won't find a brand new, or even a used T6, in this price range for the Meade brand new.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by scanning4comets of Canada.
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      Apr 16, 2013

      5.0 Excellent eyepiece!!!

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      Accurate,Strong Construction,Compact,Lightweight,Quality Lenses,Easy to Use

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      After getting this eyepiece, I tried it on Jupiter in my scope. This eyepiece gives me just over 200x magnification and the views of Jupiter were almost as good as in my 7mm Pentax XW!
      I also use this for globulars, double stars, and small galaxies with really good results. The eye relief is perfect. I don't have to jam my eye into the lens to see the whole FOV which I did have to do with the non-waterproof versions of these.
      Highly recommended. I give this a 10 out of 10. This eyepiece is never leaving my eyepiece case!

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      Specifications

      Apparent Field of View 82°
      Barrel Size 1.25" (31.7mm)
      Bolt Case Included Yes - Free Agena Eyepiece Container
      Bolt Case Size Agena 65x80mm
      Coatings Multi-Coated
      Focal Length 5.50mm
      Lens Elements 7
      Parfocal Yes
      Rubber Eye Guard Yes (Twist-Up Eyecup)
      Blackened Lens Edges Yes
      Manufacturer Meade
      Eyepiece Focal Length 5.1mm - 10mm
      Eyepiece Field of View Over 80 degrees
      Eyepiece Series Meade UWA WP
      Barrel Type With safety undercut
      Filter Threads Standard 1.25" Filter Thread (M28.5 x 0.6)
      Eyepiece Weight 8.70oz (246.64g)