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on January 17, 2015
I purchased the 5.5, 8.8, and 14mm meade 5000 series EPs on Amazon when two of the three were on sale. All I can say is I would gladly have payed full price knowing what I know now. I took em out on a nice dark night with my 8" DOB and checked out open clusters, Orion's nebula, the double Galaxy in Ursa Major and even Lovejoy comet q2. These are a real pleasure to look through. They provide a great deal more contrast than my previous EPs which was a plossl and a Kellner. Also having an 82 degree AFOV is so nice! Even at higher powers I'm nudging my DOB a lot less. For those with computerized motorized scopes you will be stunned. It a truly immersive experience.
The stars are crisp out to about 85-90% of the lens diameter. And after that stretch is negligible and does not bother me.
I'm quite happy. I'm going to pick up a 20mm next.