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Entry: Astronomy:Equipment Reviews:Eyepiece Reviews:TeleVue Nagler Type 6 13mm

This is one of the best eyepieces I have used so far in this power range. Works great in fast scopes. I use it in my 17.5" f/5 and friends f/4.5 and it is sharp to the edge. Everyone who has looked through it is amazed, even more so when I do the field of view trick(50 degree eyepiece first, then a Nagler. I chose this instead of the Meade 14mm UWA, because the camera shop didn't have any to try. But, I was happy for trying the T6 out and I love the clarity and compact design. Though, with the old 13, you kinda felt you got more glass by the extra weight. I haven't noticed any softness anywhere in the 82 degree fov. I haven't used it yet for planetary(sharp on planets too) since I typically use my scope for dso's. I like the design and performance so much that I will buy the 9mm T6 very soon. Worth the 280 dollars. Its a life long keeper, unless something truly amazing comes along.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Value:10
Weight: 5
Date: 09/30/2003 11:43:37 am PST

Replies: 0

Entry: Astronomy:Equipment Reviews:Eyepiece Reviews:Celestron Axiom 23mm

Not a bad eyepiece for the price. The FOV is nice at over f/5 but degrades when using f/4.5. I used with my 17.5" f/5 for several months and will credit the Axiom getting me hooked with wide field eyepieces. If you can ignore the softness at the edge, it should work just fine. But, as mentioned, when I used this in a f/4.5 is became an issue. Though, the replacement was a 22mmT4. Wonder if a paracor would of worked to correct some of the softness at the edge? SCT users will not have to worry about this though as it performed well in the 8 f/10. Nice clear views without any color issues or hit with the edge distortion. If you have a scope with a f/5 or less, you may want to try it before you buy it.

Overall Rating: 7
Optics:7 Value:8
Weight: 5
Date: 09/30/2003 11:32:20 am PST

Replies: 0

Entry: Astronomy:Equipment Reviews:Telescope Reviews:Meade LX-6 2120

Bought a LX-6 used for $750 and used it for 5 years doing CCD and 4X5 photography. Excellent pictures, though I must admit, I had experienced a wierd RA drive error. RA correction somehow got stuck into advance mode. No warranty, and didn't want to ship back to Meade to fix for 200 dollar(quote, no shipping either, wanted whole scope too not just the base?) Well, decide to use electronic wisdom, learned drive system with O-scope, DVM, and etc. Replaced a .99 cent chip(frequency divider), fixed problem. Used for another 2 years. Great scope IMO, however, I would advise to check the optically integrity(Corrector plate should be coated, not clear). Run it thru some star tests and so and ask for a return if not satisifed. Though, if you can pick up one of these for a low cost go for it. Many our jumping on the goto bandwagon, so one should find one cheap. Keep me busy for five years and one can always look to buy a LX-50 mount if the Optical tube is still good. However, I can't imagine one to actually throw out a scope when recoating mirrors is rather cheap to do. But then again one must learn the sky to navigate if the dso's are not included. I actually integrated Mel's goto system on this scope, worked like a champ.

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:9 Mount:9 Ease of Use:9 Value:10
Weight: 5
Date: 02/01/2003 06:25:21 am PST

Replies: 0

Entry: Astronomy:Equipment Reviews:CCDs:Meade Pictor 1616XT

I could not justify keeping this CCD camera. At a price over 6K, it ought to have a fast download per SCSI but you need to buy a SCSI card for your laptop or desktop in order to ultilize the speed. Though one would think that KAF CCD, the same as the ST8 would be comparable, hardware wise yes, software wise no. I agree with other comments on Meades support but the true fact is they are so diversified that one cannot expect that a company being so diverse can focus on one specific product while SBIG or Apogee can. They do one thing and do it well. However, there may be bargins out there so if one could get a great deal then one may possibly consider it. The other option would be to write you own code in C or C++ to get the stabilty one is looking for. However, this is no easy task if you do not understand all the attribute of the CCD camera hardware. Just my two cent, but be wary of misleading promises and compare for yourself.
IMO Meade should focus on other astro products but I'm sure it is a matter of seeking cooporate revenue from other sectors of the market. However, to be successful one must provide a product that does what it claims.

Joe Belden

Overall Rating: 3
Performance:3 Ease of Use:3 Value:1
Weight: 5
Date: 02/01/2003 05:56:29 am PST

Replies: 0

Entry: Astronomy:Equipment Reviews:Eyepiece Reviews:Celestron Axiom 15mm

Great for the price, of course an extra 100 bucks would get you something better but some of us astro people are on a budget. I have noticed slight edge distortion at f/5 and it is worse at f/4, but still a pretty good view for the price. This eyepeice really got me hooked on wide field views. The edge distortion and low eye relief merited the lower scores.

Overall Rating: 8
Optics:8 Value:9
Weight: 5
Date: 09/04/2002 08:18:14 am PST

Replies: 0

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