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Good deal on Meade HD-60 set

Post by Bigzmey » Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:40 am

I normally don't re-post, but there is a very good deal on a set of 5 Meade HD-60 EPs on Astromart. Less then $50 per EP. No affiliation with me. :D

https://astromart.com/classifieds/astro ... ces-461816
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102 ED F7; Celestron: 8" SCT F10, Omni 150R Achro F5, Onyx 80ED F6.3, Mak 127mm F12; Meade: ST80 F5. Mounts: ES Twilight I, Bresser EXOS2, SW SkyTee2, AzGTi, UA MicroStar. Binos: Orion 15x70, 10x50, Nikon 8x40. EPs: Pentax: XWs; TeleVue: Delites, Plossls & barlows; ES: 68s; Vixen: SLVs; Baader: BCOs, Aspherics, Mark IV; Meade: UWAs & Plossls. Diagonals: Baader: BBHS mirror, Zeiss Spec prism, Clicklock; TeleVue: Evebrite. Filters: Lumicon, Baader, Astronomik. DSO tally: 1490 (Completed: M110, H1, H2. In progress: H3: 168, H2,500: 1087, S110: 77). Doubles: 857, Comets: 13, Asteroids: 62
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Re: Good deal on Meade HD-60 set

Post by AntennaGuy » Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:04 am

Already sold, apparently.
* Celestron C6 on a Twilight 1 Alt-Az mount
* Meade 323 refractor on a manual equatorial mount.
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Re: Good deal on Meade HD-60 set

Post by Lady Fraktor » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:59 am

Now that they are discontinued the fence sitters will be jumping on them as soon as they show up.
Proper Telescopes: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNGDX 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
Mounts: Celestron CG-5 w/ Argo Navis & tracking motor, SLT w/ pier & tripod mods, Manfrotto 028b w/ SV M2C, Mantrotto 055Pro w/ 128RC, TAL MT1C, Vixen SXP w/ HAL-130 & half pier
Diagonal: 2" A-P Maxbright, 2" Baader Herschel Wedge (P), 2" Zeiss/ Baader Amici Prism (DX2), 2" Orion Amici Prism, 2" Stellarvue DX, 2" TeleVue EverBrite
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Re: Good deal on Meade HD-60 set

Post by AntennaGuy » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:15 pm

Yes. I have the 6.5mm HD-60, which serves as my highest power eyepiece (on my 6" SCT). I am happy with it.
* Celestron C6 on a Twilight 1 Alt-Az mount
* Meade 323 refractor on a manual equatorial mount.
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Re: Good deal on Meade HD-60 set

Post by Bigzmey » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:58 pm

Lady Fraktor wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:59 am
Now that they are discontinued the fence sitters will be jumping on them as soon as they show up.
Are they? Agena still showing them in stock

https://agenaastro.com/meade-series-500 ... piece.html
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102 ED F7; Celestron: 8" SCT F10, Omni 150R Achro F5, Onyx 80ED F6.3, Mak 127mm F12; Meade: ST80 F5. Mounts: ES Twilight I, Bresser EXOS2, SW SkyTee2, AzGTi, UA MicroStar. Binos: Orion 15x70, 10x50, Nikon 8x40. EPs: Pentax: XWs; TeleVue: Delites, Plossls & barlows; ES: 68s; Vixen: SLVs; Baader: BCOs, Aspherics, Mark IV; Meade: UWAs & Plossls. Diagonals: Baader: BBHS mirror, Zeiss Spec prism, Clicklock; TeleVue: Evebrite. Filters: Lumicon, Baader, Astronomik. DSO tally: 1490 (Completed: M110, H1, H2. In progress: H3: 168, H2,500: 1087, S110: 77). Doubles: 857, Comets: 13, Asteroids: 62
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Re: Good deal on Meade HD-60 set

Post by Lady Fraktor » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:09 pm

Meade announced in April this year they were discontinuing them though I see on the Meade website they are still showing them for sale.
They stated the reason as the identical Celestron X-Cel LX sold more as their price was less so Meade could not compete.
Who knows with these two though....
Proper Telescopes: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNGDX 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
Mounts: Celestron CG-5 w/ Argo Navis & tracking motor, SLT w/ pier & tripod mods, Manfrotto 028b w/ SV M2C, Mantrotto 055Pro w/ 128RC, TAL MT1C, Vixen SXP w/ HAL-130 & half pier
Diagonal: 2" A-P Maxbright, 2" Baader Herschel Wedge (P), 2" Zeiss/ Baader Amici Prism (DX2), 2" Orion Amici Prism, 2" Stellarvue DX, 2" TeleVue EverBrite
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Re: Good deal on Meade HD-60 set

Post by Bigzmey » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:46 pm

Lady Fraktor wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:09 pm
Meade announced in April this year they were discontinuing them though I see on the Meade website they are still showing them for sale.
They stated the reason as the identical Celestron X-Cel LX sold more as their price was less so Meade could not compete.
Who knows with these two though....
This is what I was going to say. There will be still plenty of X-Cel LX around. :lol:
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102 ED F7; Celestron: 8" SCT F10, Omni 150R Achro F5, Onyx 80ED F6.3, Mak 127mm F12; Meade: ST80 F5. Mounts: ES Twilight I, Bresser EXOS2, SW SkyTee2, AzGTi, UA MicroStar. Binos: Orion 15x70, 10x50, Nikon 8x40. EPs: Pentax: XWs; TeleVue: Delites, Plossls & barlows; ES: 68s; Vixen: SLVs; Baader: BCOs, Aspherics, Mark IV; Meade: UWAs & Plossls. Diagonals: Baader: BBHS mirror, Zeiss Spec prism, Clicklock; TeleVue: Evebrite. Filters: Lumicon, Baader, Astronomik. DSO tally: 1490 (Completed: M110, H1, H2. In progress: H3: 168, H2,500: 1087, S110: 77). Doubles: 857, Comets: 13, Asteroids: 62
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Re: Good deal on Meade HD-60 set

Post by AntennaGuy » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:20 pm

Bigzmey wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:46 pm
Lady Fraktor wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:09 pm
Meade announced in April this year they were discontinuing them though I see on the Meade website they are still showing them for sale.
They stated the reason as the identical Celestron X-Cel LX sold more as their price was less so Meade could not compete.
Who knows with these two though....
This is what I was going to say. There will be still plenty of X-Cel LX around. :lol:
How do you rate quality of the HD-60s and X-cel eyepieces to these?
https://agenaastro.com/eyepieces/1-25-e ... al_ed.html
* Celestron C6 on a Twilight 1 Alt-Az mount
* Meade 323 refractor on a manual equatorial mount.
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Re: Good deal on Meade HD-60 set

Post by AntennaGuy » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:26 pm

Now, here's a deal on an 18mm HD-60 that someone here might want to notice:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/used/760 ... gK6A_D_BwE
* Celestron C6 on a Twilight 1 Alt-Az mount
* Meade 323 refractor on a manual equatorial mount.
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Re: Good deal on Meade HD-60 set

Post by Bigzmey » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:49 pm

AntennaGuy wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:20 pm
Bigzmey wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:46 pm
Lady Fraktor wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:09 pm
Meade announced in April this year they were discontinuing them though I see on the Meade website they are still showing them for sale.
They stated the reason as the identical Celestron X-Cel LX sold more as their price was less so Meade could not compete.
Who knows with these two though....
This is what I was going to say. There will be still plenty of X-Cel LX around. :lol:
How do you rate quality of the HD-60s and X-cel eyepieces to these?
https://agenaastro.com/eyepieces/1-25-e ... al_ed.html
They are very similar in performance. I consider all three good "upgrade from stock Plossls" EPs :D, in particular if you buy them used. At times I had full sets of Dual EDs and X-Cel LX, and a few HD60. HD60 and X-Cel LX are identical in performance. They have a slight edge over Dual ED. In side by side tests X-Cel LX and HD-60 had a bit less light scatter than Dual ED. The effective eye relief is also better on HD-60 and X-Cel LX. I can see the full FOV with eyeglasses on, but not in Dual ED.
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102 ED F7; Celestron: 8" SCT F10, Omni 150R Achro F5, Onyx 80ED F6.3, Mak 127mm F12; Meade: ST80 F5. Mounts: ES Twilight I, Bresser EXOS2, SW SkyTee2, AzGTi, UA MicroStar. Binos: Orion 15x70, 10x50, Nikon 8x40. EPs: Pentax: XWs; TeleVue: Delites, Plossls & barlows; ES: 68s; Vixen: SLVs; Baader: BCOs, Aspherics, Mark IV; Meade: UWAs & Plossls. Diagonals: Baader: BBHS mirror, Zeiss Spec prism, Clicklock; TeleVue: Evebrite. Filters: Lumicon, Baader, Astronomik. DSO tally: 1490 (Completed: M110, H1, H2. In progress: H3: 168, H2,500: 1087, S110: 77). Doubles: 857, Comets: 13, Asteroids: 62
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Re: Good deal on Meade HD-60 set

Post by Bigzmey » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:56 pm

AntennaGuy wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:26 pm
Now, here's a deal on an 18mm HD-60 that someone here might want to notice:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/used/760 ... gK6A_D_BwE
Yep, this is great price. With a bit of patience you can find HD60 or X-Cel LX used but in great shape in $40-50 range on CN/Astromart, eBay or places like Amazon and BH. At that price they are good value (as performance/price ratio goes).
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102 ED F7; Celestron: 8" SCT F10, Omni 150R Achro F5, Onyx 80ED F6.3, Mak 127mm F12; Meade: ST80 F5. Mounts: ES Twilight I, Bresser EXOS2, SW SkyTee2, AzGTi, UA MicroStar. Binos: Orion 15x70, 10x50, Nikon 8x40. EPs: Pentax: XWs; TeleVue: Delites, Plossls & barlows; ES: 68s; Vixen: SLVs; Baader: BCOs, Aspherics, Mark IV; Meade: UWAs & Plossls. Diagonals: Baader: BBHS mirror, Zeiss Spec prism, Clicklock; TeleVue: Evebrite. Filters: Lumicon, Baader, Astronomik. DSO tally: 1490 (Completed: M110, H1, H2. In progress: H3: 168, H2,500: 1087, S110: 77). Doubles: 857, Comets: 13, Asteroids: 62
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