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Panoptic or Meade SWA?


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I've recently swapped my 8" Meade SCT for a Celestron C9.25.  As result I've reviewing my eyepiece collection.  Whilst I've decided that I don't need to add any new focal lengths it has got me thinking about possibly upgrading my Meade 5000 series 20mm SWA (68deg FOV).

With such a long focal length on the C9.25 (2350mm), am I likely to get an significant increase in the quality of the view if I swap the 20mm Meade 5000 SWA for a 19mm Televue Panoptic?

 

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You'll get about the same image quality from the Panoptic, a slightly higher magnification and a slightly smaller true fov.

There is probably another change you could make that would have more impact.

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The 19 Panoptic is a lovely little eyepiece and sharp as a tack, but I doubt you'd notice much improvement (if any?) in image "quality" over the Meade 20mm. Those 5000 series Meades are no slouch!

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Having owned all the Meade range and most of the Panoptic range I would say the TeleVues are better at the edges but only in faster scopes, at F10 I can't say there was a massive different and I have reviewed most of them and written them up on site.To this day I wonder why I kept the 41mm Pan over the 40mm SWA as the Panoptic vignettes on my 12 inch SC whereas the Meade didn't. Unless you are going faster save you money.

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My 20mm SWA (actually a Maxvision rebrand) is a favourite for me! It has all the sharpness of the 24mm SWA and none of its field curvature (in a F/6 newt)! And the best feature of them all is that I got it second-hand for just 40£!

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