Meade Series 3000 Plossl 40mm


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Brand and Model:Meade Series 3000 Plossl 40mm
Price ($USD):$79.95
Type:Plossl
Focal Length:40 mm
Barrel Size:1.25 in
Apparent FOV:38.0 degrees
Field Stop Dia.:0.0 mm
Eye Relief:28 mm
Elements:4
Weight (lbs):0.5
Description:Superb 4-element parfocal, multi-coated eyepieces of the classical Plössl design, perfectly suited to any observing application. The very latest in eyepieces from Meade optical designers, Meade Series 3000™ Plössls are available in a wide range of focal lengths from 5mm through 40mm and yield the finest image corrections obtainable from the classical Plössl design. All five Series 3000™ Plössls from 5mm through 25mm are parfocal, so that, at most, only slight refocusing of the image is required when switching from one eyepiece to another.

Unlike competing moderately-priced Plössls, Meade Series 3000™ Plössls are multi-coated for maximum light transmission and image contrast. Chrome-plated brass barrels are threaded for standard filters. Upper eyepiece sections are of gleaming black-anodized aluminum. All focal lengths include rubber eyecups.

Use the PL5mm and 6.7mm oculars for high-power observations of the Moon and planets, or for splitting close doubles. The PL9.5mm, an excellent moderately-high magnification eyepiece, is useful for more extended objects, such as globular clusters, that require magnification to be well-resolved. The medium-power PL16mm yields, for example, a power of 125X and actual field of 0.40° in an 8" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain–an ideal combination for observing structural detail in the Orion Nebula (M42), the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), and other large objects. For general-purpose observing of the total range of astronomical objects, the PL25mm provides low-power images high in contrast and sharp to the field edge. All Series 3000™ Plössls also function well when used with a quality Barlow lens.

Manufactured to exclusive Meade optical designs by a leading lensmaker, Series 3000™ Plössl
eyepieces produce excellent results on telescopes of all types, from Schmidt-Cassegrains to
reflectors and refractors.

Series 3000™ Plössl 40mm (1.25"): A perfect complement to the Series 3000™ Plössls above, this Plössl 40mm yields spectacular, low-power, wide-field results with any telescope. Manufactured to the classical Plössl 4-element design, the PL40mm produces, for example, a power of 50X and actual field of 0.88°, almost two Moon-diameters, with an 8" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain. The chrome-plated brass barrel is threaded for filters.

Specifications of the Meade Series 3000™ Plössls:
Meade Series 3000™ Plössls yield the finest image corrections obtainable from the classical 4-element Plössl design. Focal Lengths from 5 mm through 25 mm are parfocal, so that, at most, only slight refocusing of the image is necessary from eyepiece to eyepiece. Unlike competing moderately-priced Plössls, Meade Series 3000™ are multi-coated for maximum light transmission and image contrast. Chrome-plated brass barrels are threaded for standard filters. All eyepieces are fitted with fold-down rubber eyecups for comfortable observing. The PL40 mm is an excellent complement to any ocular set, produces spectacular low-power, wide fields, ideal for scanning the Milky Way. Manufactured exclusively to Meade optical designs, Series 3000 Plössls yield fine, high resolution results on reflectors, refractors and Schmidt-Cassegrain of any focal ratio.


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Meade Series 3000 Plossl 40mm
I use my 40mm on my 12"lx200 and really like it.I'm no optics pro but it is usually the first ep I reach for,and that says I must enjoy it's views.I use it far more than my super26mm.It was quite a bargain.The dealer I worked with was honest enough to recommend it over the more expensive series 4000 40mm.Very good value in my opinion.

Overall Rating: 8
Optics:8 Value:10
Weight: 10 (Trustworthy Vote)
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By: tom
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Meade Series 3000 Plossl 40mm
I have one of the older 40 mm with no eyecup I found it hard to use at first but just go out and buy a plastic eye cup from Orion (not the wing one )After that this eyepiece is a joy to use.And is infact one of the finest eyepieces I have ever owned.A reel steel for the price.Open star clusters and Large nebula are very crisp to look at.Just get it.

Overall Rating: 9
Weight: 6 (Veritable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.6.10)
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Meade Series 3000 Plossl 40mm
Nice, contrasty views. Too bad that you can't get very much true FOV in a 1.25" eyepiece. You would be better off getting a 32mm EP in 1.25". Such as the 1.25" University Optics Konig 32mm.

Overall Rating: 6
Optics:7 Value:6
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.0.233)
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Meade Series 3000 Plossl 40mm
I tested this lens for a short period on a Chinese made 80/400mm.
Some kidney bean and a general swimming feeling, lik you get in most 40mm's.
Nice lens in it's class and as good as the 4000 series.

Overall Rating: 8
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.40.2)
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Meade Series 3000 Plossl 40mm
Not up to the standard of Celestron's Ultimas - especially the 30mm, which I also have. Someone once said of the Meade 40mm that it was like looking down a drain pipe - I can see what they meant. Still, it's a very good price - but it does not spend too much time in my eyepiece box.

Overall Rating: 6
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.11.73)
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