Meade 8.8mm Series 5000 1.25" Ultra Wide Angle waterproof


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This new waterproof Meade 8.8mm Ultra Wide is an exceptional short focal length 82° field eyepiece for high magnification observing with all telescope types, particularly Schmidt-Cassegrains . . .
Our Product #: M5U08WP
Meade Product #: 07741

Product Description

This new Meade 8.8mm waterproof Ultra Wide Angle eyepiece is an exceptional short focal length eyepiece for high magnification observing with all telescope types. It is O-ring sealed and nitrogen-purged to be 100% waterproof.

This 1.25" eyepiece uses seven optical elements for sharp, well-corrected performance across a very wide 82° field of view. At 15mm, its usable eye relief is quite long for a short focal length eyepiece, and its twist-up eyecup lets you match the eye relief to your eyesight and/or eyeglass use.

The 82° field of the Meade 8.8mm Ultra Wide is so wide that you can't see the field stop without moving your head from side to side, so the eyepiece seems to disappear in use. It gives you the feeling of looking through a picture window into space, rather than through a constricted tube, as with a conventional narrow field eyepiece.

The Meade 8.8mm Ultra Wide eyepiece comes close to the optimum 1mm exit pupil that most closely matches the resolution of your eye to that of an f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. This makes it a good choice for critical observing with this type of scope.

The eyepiece calculator that you'll find in the "Formulas" tab above will show you just how much magnification and field of view this eyepiece will provide with your particular telescope.

Tech Details

Barrel Size 1.25"
Eye Relief 15mm
Field of view 82
Focal Length 8.8mm
Number of optical elements 7
Weight 8 oz.
Warranty 1 year


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I purchased this eyepiece to provide a wide view while operating at fairly high power (~ 170x) in my Celeston 6" SCT. I'm using just a simple alt-azimuth mount (ES Twilight 1) , so having such a wide view makes it easier to keep objects within view. The eye cup rotates to move upward, but you have to understand how it works; the whole body of the eyepiece except the tube is what turns, not just the top end. (And as some people point out, there is a lot of grease in it, but not too much to deal with.) Nice views of planets and details of craters on the moon. Good performance for the price. (Posted on 12/19/2018)
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Using this eyepiece with my C-11 gives a magnification of 318x which unfortunately makes this only usable for lunar observing. For everything else, the image is dark and lacking in resolution. Now, about that view of the! It is like hovering above the lunar surface from about 750 miles up. The craters, rills and mountains are spectacular. The eyepiece is even usable with a 2x barlow (636x) for a huge soft image look at the rocky surface. I do enjoy this view and love to surprise guests with it. I think this eyepiece might be more usable with a smaller aperture scope. (Posted on 12/3/2018)
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This is a great eyepiece. I like it for the wide range of eye relief and large exit pupil. When I slide up the rubber eye cup, this is my most comfortable eye piece to use even at 8.8mm. I would like to get more of these UWAs! (Posted on 11/17/2018)
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I used one of these on my 70mm Doublet Apo. A friend had one and i was using a 26mm standard plossl and yawning. I had always felt the 70mm was not going to ever give me enough performance to make it worthwhile for lunar viewing. Enter the 8.8 mm series 5000 ultrawide. Jaw dropping sharpness and resolution. I was in disbelief. The wide FOV had me stunned. I immediately bought one the same week. The Meade series 5000 eyepieces really perform up to par with much more expensive eyepieces. I plan to purchase more for my setup. You wont be dissapointed. (Posted on 10/28/2018)
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One of my most used eyepieces for planetary, moon, and star/cluster viewing. My 6" Newt. gives 115x and my 80mm refractor 103x making it the perfect power for many applications. Sharp edge-to-edge and excellent contrast rivaling my 9mm Ortho. The wide field really helps in tracking when using the Newtonian in Dob form. See additional notes on the 5.5mm review. (Posted on 10/27/2018)
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A friend of mine noticed that my eyepiece case was severely lacking in premium eyepieces, so for Christmas gave me the Meade Series 5000 Ultra Wide angle eyepiece. Besides being blown away with that level of generosity I was blown away by the eyepiece itself. The views are clear and sharp all of the way across the field of view. I have not noticed any distortion near the edges and the color seems to be very good. My main visual instrument is a Celestron 6" F/8 refractor so there is a bit of chromatic abberation. However, this is inherent in the design of the short focal ratio scope not the eyepiece.
In all honesty since I have mainly used plossls over the years I am probably not the best judge of a premium eyepiece. Still compared to the plossl design this 7 lens system provides an 82 degree FOV and really great views. It won't make your 90mm refractor perform like a 150mm refractor but it will give you an outstanding visual treat! (Posted on 8/4/2017)
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