Celestron C11+EQ6, skywatcher /Zambuto 12"dob,watchhouse tracking platform, 16"/Zambuto lightbridge , Ethos's 6,8,10,13,17,21. Naglers 31,26. Lieca ash zoom, televue 2.5 powermate,2"2x powermate .Paracorr type2. Howie glatter 2" laser & Tublug. Lumicon 2" UHC, 03, H-Beta,Televue smoothies ( all of em) , Meade 4000 smoothies ( all of em). That'll do for now.
Quote:The skies are still clear and the wind has died down, and I have sent the last half hour viewing Jupiter at twilight through the 4" f/13 achro and comparing the Leica vs 8-16mm Brandon. In all cases the Leica handily outperforms the Brandons with easily noticeable superior detail and contrast, with the bonus of a wider field of view to frame the view.
TEC140 (#216) Leica 17.8...8.9mm ASPH Zoom also barlowed 1.5x/2.0x/2.5x with Baader VIP Modular Barlow WO UWAN 28mm Baader 2" Herschel Wedge with SolarContinuum filter AYO AltAz mount on a Berlebach UNI19 tripod (sold: Zeiss AOII set with Zeiss Abbe 2x Barlow, see Leica zoom vs. ZAOII)
Quote:Yes. In my case, with the T2 threaded nosepiece I believe I would need a Baader T2-27 adapter to attach standard 2" filters to the barrel of the Leica.andydj5xp and Tamiji Homma have very detailed information on Leica ASPH configurations here on the CN forums.
Quote: You are a brave soul: putting a multilens zoom above some of the most respected orthos. Did you forget that "less glass" ALWAYS is better. (just kidding ).Seriously: that's why I sold the ZAOIIs. Not much use besides the Leica ASPH zoom.
Quote:Regarding the Brandons, while the Leica obviously bested them in my first views, I doubt I will end up selling them. They are a very nice light weight set and work very well in my vintage refractors, and make an excellent package combined with the Baader Q-Turret.
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Quote:Well, I've been comparing the Brandons to the older Leica 7-22zoom( superb as well) since 2010 and My Brandons aren't going anywhere. Nor is the two Leicas I use for binoviewing. Win Win.
Quote:What's the reason for the huge price difference between the 7-22 Leica zoom and the 8.9-17.8 ASPH ? The apparent FOV ? I noticed it's about twice as expensive
C10NGT, Z8, 150 Rumak, XLT 150, C6, C5, SW5 Newt, 4.5 Ball, C102GT, C90, ST80, A70LF; 15x70, 25x100; Burgess BV; Paracorr II; T6 2.5, XO 2.58/5.1, Ethos-SX 3.7, Delos 4.5, TV Plossl 7.4-26, BCO 10, Hutech HC 12.5, Sterling 12.5-25, ES100 14, CZJ H 16/25, CZJ O 16, M5k UWA 24, T5 31, Ultrascopic 35, Titan-II 40; Bino Pairs M5k UWA 6.7, Baader Zoom 8-24, M5k SWA 24, TV Plossl 26, RKE 28.7; Zooms NZ 2-4, NZ 3-6, Leica ASPH 8.9-17.8, Baader 8-24; Baader Zoom Barlow, VIP Barlow
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TMB 40mm Paragon,Leica ASPH zoom,
WO binoviewer w/assorted pairs
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Johnny FS152 15" Obsession Classic w/ 14.5" f/4.65 Zambuto
Quote:Comparing the Leica vs the Brandon 8, 12 and 16mm proved to be no comparison. Sunspot group 1711 and 1718 were unbelievable, detail and contrast amazing. At 8.9 mm the Leica image was bright, contrasty with easy eye relief, while the 8mm Brandon was less so on all counts.
Quote:The Leica vs Brandon 8/12/16 mm comparsion, the Leica presented an estimated 20% more nebulosity.
Quote:I believe the best way to describe it is that simply, the Leica has better transmission. How that translates to various objects, depends on the object being viewed. Personally, I wouldn't go as high as a 20% difference, but it is detectable and thus a difference. There is two things that the Brandon does differently however that I view as merits worth keeping them. The sky background is darker (for whatever reason, and it is debated to death here, but it works to add contrast) and the colors or stars, planets and moon seem better to my eye. The Leica view is "cooler" in comparison. For me, they compliment each other and both will remain in my arsenal for life! I couldnot give up one for the other.