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Meade 9mm Plossl Eyepiece w/ Cordless Illuminated Reticle (1.25")

B&H # MEEPIP9 Mfr # 07068
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Product Highlights
  • 50° Apparent Field of View
  • 3mm Eye Relief

This special purpose eyepiece includes a reticle with phosphorescent-etched crossline patterns, internally illuminated so the lines are clearly visible against dark skies.  Amongst the most advanced commercially available illuminated reticle eyepieces, this Series 4000 Plossl 9mm model includes micrometric x-y positioning controls which greatly facilitate locking onto the guide star.  Turn the finely-threaded controls and place the reticle's crossline pattern precisely at the desired position in the field.

The sharp, high-power imaging of the 4-element multicoated Plossl optical system is complemented by a rubber eyecup that shuts out distracting stray light from the observer's eye. and a finely threaded helicoid-type dioptric adjustment.

Soft peel-down rubber eyecup
Dual micro-adjustment control within eyepiece moves crosshairs/reticle field stop up/down & right/left
Focal Length 9.0mm
Eye Relief 3.0mm
Apparent Field of View 50°
Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
Weight 0.38 lb (171g)
Meade 9mm Plossl Eyepiece w/ Cordless Illuminated Reticle (1.25")
  • 2 x A76 (LR44) 1.5v Alkaline Battery
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Meade9mm Plossl Eyepiece w/ Cordless Illuminated Reticle (1.25")
     
    4.0

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Casual/ recreational (3)
          • Was this a gift?:
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        3.0

        Could have been great

        By Happy Astronomer

        from Perth, Australia

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Meade 9mm Plossl Eyepiece w/ Cordless Illuminated Reticle (1.25"):

            Fit and finish of this item was much better than I was expecting and first impressions were very good. The cross hair can be adjusted into very sharp focus which is great. But there are lots of issues with it that seem like they would be easy to fix:

            * Worthless instructions: there are 5 threaded adjustments and two other threaded parts that are intended to be taken apart, but no useful info on any of it. The instruction sheet says to "replace the batteries the same direction as they came out" but it does not come with the batteries installed.
            * As everyone else has mentioned, LED is way to bright. Crazy bright. It is too bright for daylight, let alone at night. I was not able to get the illuminator apart to replace the led or add a resistor, and the trick of wadding a piece of paper in there doesn't work on this item. The description that the lines are visible against dark skies is false, the entire field glows red even on the lowest setting and dark skies are not visible - even assuming you don't have the crosshair image burnt into your vision.
            * The double cross hair is good to have but the etching is far thicker than necessary and the two circles are also unnecessary. All up, the cross hairs block out much of the view through the eyepiece.
            * The cross hair X-Y adjustment seems unnecessary to me - it doesn't lock very well so can move and it would be better to just always know that it is centered.
            * No top cap. Never heard of an eyepiece not having a cap, even with department store scopes. It is a standard size, I have about 5 eyepieces with the correct sized cap, but of course they are in use.

            All up, I will keep it if I can figure out a solution to the bright LED, mainly because it looks and feels like quality. If buying again though, I would absolutely get something else.

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            4.0

            LED **WAY** too bright

            By Barefoot Tom

            from Austin, TX

            About Me Professional Guide

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Long battery life
            • Moveable Reticle

            Cons

            • Led Too Bright
            • No instructions

            Best Uses

            • Astrophotography

            Comments about Meade 9mm Plossl Eyepiece w/ Cordless Illuminated Reticle (1.25"):

            As supplied, the eyepiece is virtually unusable for guiding. Even at its lowest setting, the red LED is as bright as a laser pointer. You can use it as a flashlight. So, unless your guide star is brighter than 1st magnitude, you won't be able to see it. So, I ended up using black acrylic paint and a toothpick and carefully painted more and more of the led black. Do this carefully, since you won't be able to get the paint off again. Finally, with about 80% of the led painted black, it is usable. The moveable reticle is a clever idea, and extremely helpful for centering your guide star. The eyepiece comes with no instructions; two of the screws move the reticle, I have no idea what the other two screws do!

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            4.0

            Compared to Wired Version

            By LB

            from Central Texas

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy
              • Astrophotography

              Comments about Meade 9mm Plossl Eyepiece w/ Cordless Illuminated Reticle (1.25"):

              I agree with the other reviewers as to quality and functionality. The most important difference for me is that the wireless version does not go as dim as the wired version. At the dimmest setting, the wireless version is still fairly bright, but usable. If you're drift aligning on a very faint star, this may be a problem.

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              4.0

              Great for polar alignment

              By sterntaler

              from Boulder, CO

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Quality Lenses

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy

                Comments about Meade 9mm Plossl Eyepiece w/ Cordless Illuminated Reticle (1.25"):

                Was a bit concerned about the short eye relief, but turns out not to be much of a problem. Being able to move the cross hair is a useful feature for picking different stars or just saving yourself some slewing time to exactly centering a star. Minimum brightness setting is still a bit bright for dim stars, but not so much that I have felt the need to do something about it.

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                5.0

                Perfect!

                By ChemTeacher

                from Shreveport, LA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Compact
                • Quality Lenses
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Astronomy

                  Comments about Meade 9mm Plossl Eyepiece w/ Cordless Illuminated Reticle (1.25"):

                  This eyepiece is great quality in an extremely affordable package. The wireless illumination is great, and the brightness is adjustable. The reticle is a double crosshair with two bullseyes in the center. It is clear that you can adjust the alignment of the crosshairs, but what isn't obvious (or mentioned in the documentation) is that you can rotate the top of the eyepiece to bring the crosshairs to perfect focus. I use this for drift alignment and centering stars for the GOTO function of my mount. Great product at a great price!

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