Meade Series 5000 eyepieces

Choosing the right eyepiece is easy with Meade's Series 5000 oculars.
By | Published: May 19, 2009 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Meade 5000 Series eyepieces
Meade’s 5000 Series offers a range of outstanding eyepieces. Choose the apparent field of view that best suits your observing needs: The Plössls provide a 60° field, the Super Wide Angles boast a 68° field, and the Ultra Wide Angles give an astounding 82°.
Astronomy: William Zuback

This review, “Experience Meade’s new eyepieces,” appeared in the October 2007 issue of Astronomy magazine

While a good eyepiece is a must, a great eyepiece — one with extraordinary design and exceptional optics — can turn an average evening of astronomical viewing into an unforgettable visual feast. Recently, I put Meade’s Series 5000 eyepieces and TeleXtender power multipliers to the test during several
observing sessions.

The Series 5000 eyepieces are attractive and appear well-manufactured. The company offers its Series 5000 eyepieces in three design types: Plössl, Super Wide Angle, and Ultra Wide Angle. Plössls include 5- and 6-element designs, while Super Wide Angle and Ultra Wide Angle eyepieces have 6- and 7-element designs. Meade’s TeleXtenders, which increase an eyepiece’s magnification, have a 4-element design. Each eyepiece design type has a different color band: Plössls sport a red band, Super Wide Angle eyepieces have a green band, and Ultra Wide Angle eyepieces show a blue band.

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