Meade DS-2080-AT refractor

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Meade DS-2080-AT refractor

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Post by DennyD » Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:44 pm

Hello all. I was given a Meade DS-2080 AT refractor many years ago by my wife. As an 80mm refractor for a beginner how is it, and any recommendations for eyepieces to upgrade it? Thank you. Denny.
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Post by JayTee » Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:42 pm

If you use it as it was intended it will be a fun little scope. Any of the less-expensive Plossl eyepieces will work well with it. I own the DS 2102 and am surprised at all the different category of objects I can see with that scope.

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Post by DennyD » Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:12 pm

Thank you JT. Any recommendations for eyepieces? I have room for three, and was thinking 7.5mm, 12.5mm and 30mm. Denny.
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Post by JayTee » Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:09 am

Personally, I would go with the 30mm (27X) and then a 10mm (80X). I would also supplement with a 2X Barlow essentially giving you an additional 15mm and 5mm.

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Post by DennyD » Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:14 am

JT my Meade came with a 9.7mm and a 25mm. Is that pretty good? Thank you. Denny.
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Post by JayTee » Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:21 am

Let's use those for now.

After you've had a chance to scan the skies and the moon you'll be in a better place to see if those EPs meets your needs. Unfortunately, both Jupiter and Saturn are pretty much unusable right now and those would give you a gauge as to the maximum magnification you would like to use. You could try it on lunar craters but that's a bit subjective. Also, if you are really Jonesing for a new eyepiece, then something in the 32mm or larger arena would give you a nice low magnification wide-field image.

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Post by notFritzArgelander » Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:23 am

DennyD wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:14 am
JT my Meade came with a 9.7mm and a 25mm. Is that pretty good? Thank you. Denny.
Depends. It's good to start but be alert to possible low quality eyepieces that come with a scope. OTOH I had a recent surprise with a refractor I got for a grandson. The bundled Kellner eyepieces were surprisingly decent!
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Post by DennyD » Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:57 am

I just tried out my Meade on Venus (I'm guessing it's visible evenings here in Northern California). Couldn't really make much out. Going to have to practice viewing the moon first. I also ordered a spotter scope as my telescope is missing the one that came with it.
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Post by notFritzArgelander » Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:03 am

DennyD wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:57 am
I just tried out my Meade on Venus (I'm guessing it's visible evenings here in Northern California). Couldn't really make much out. Going to have to practice viewing the moon first. I also ordered a spotter scope as my telescope is missing the one that came with it.
Venus often shows a featureless shape.
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Post by JayTee » Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:50 am

It's not uncommon for Venus to look as if you are viewing it while it's underwater. Viewing the moon should give you a much better gauge although right now it's not a whole lot higher than Venus so maybe not for a few more days.

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Post by Mandrew » Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:46 am

Plossl EPS will work well, but I would not bother with anything smaller than 12mm. Instead use 32mm down to about 12mm and get a 2x and 3x Barlow. You will cover all of your bases and have much better eye relief.
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