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
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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