10" F/4.7 Modified Skywatcher Reflector, 38mm Orion Q70, 17mm Modified Ultima LX, 10mm TeleVue Delos, 7mm Pentax XL.
Homemade 14.5" f4.3 Truss Dobsonian
"I'd like to remind you at four in the morning my world is very still, The air is fresh under diamond skies, makes me glad to be alive." Randy Bachmann "Blue Collar"
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Scott my scopes: a few refractors (50-102mm), 2 Newts (4.5-12"), and an 8" SCT
Quote: ...until I kept seeing the 22mm Vixen LVW,(he had 2 for sale)...
"I have been paddling in the shallows of a great ocean of knowledge." - Sir Isaac Newton * * 15" F4.55 Starsplitter Dob & a Denk II binoviewer * * http://peaceofsky.wordpress.com/ Pacheco State Park Fremont Peak
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C14 XLT, CGE NexSTAR 11 GPS + 120ST APM/TMB 130/780, AT111EDT SW EQ5P (2" Tripod/20" Pier) XW's 3.5mm - 20mm, 28mm RG, TVZ 2-4 ES14mm/20mm 100° UWAN 28mm,Paragon 40mm, TV55, Meade 2X 2" TeleXtender TMB SMC 4mm-16mm, Pentax 0-18, CZJ 0-25 EarthWin PFS-DBSE, WO DuraBright, AP MaxBright TV Bino's Bino Sets X 2: UO H.D's ~ 5mm-18mm, TV Pl.(NJ's)7.4mm - 40mm 16T5's, 24mm Pans Canon 18X50 IS Pentax 7X35 (9.3°
SyedTeeter STS 11 f/4.3 Zambuto | XT8i | XT8g | XLT 150 | C90 | EON 80mmAT Voyager and Nexstar SLT mountsEyepieces: Mostly TeleVue and PentaxDenk II BV'er, Earthwin PFS-SE, Pentax 10x50 PCF WP II
Quote:I got a 8 LVW a few months ago and it's become one of my favorites. Image quality wise it's up there with my Ethos, XWs, Delos and WO UWAN. David
Quote:Congrats, you have a wonderful eyepiece! It's my favorite in my collection. When I bought it (used from a friend of mine) I had the opportunity to buy the 8mmLVW, but I missed it.
It gives me 29x magnification, a great low mag. widefield EP. I use it more frequently than the 35pan, because the astigmatism in my eye is very disturbing when looking into the panoptic.
Quote:Excellent eyepiece. I used to own the whole set except the 42mm and just reacquired a 22mm for outreach events as it's also one of the easy eyepieces to use with lots of eye relief. As far as using it with a fast dob I have always use a paracorr, but a friend of mine used the whole line of eyepieces for years in his 18" f4.5 dob and he never used a paracorr with them.
Quote:Mark, the Vixen LVW 22mm is my favorite low-power 1.25" EP. I don't plan to ever sell mine--it's that good!
Quote:Sounds like a BVer pair... breaking up the band, eh?
I also have such a pair- actually, both 22mm & 17mm LVW pairs. Honestly, the chances of mine showing up for sale are slim-to-none! I really adore these EPs... such nice views, sharp to the edges (Denk+Dob).
Not much doubt in my mind- you will really enjoy that 22.
Quote:Congrats, Markus - guess who got the other one? This was the last LVW I was looking for to complete my collection (I don't have the 17mm, but don't feel free the need for it). I'm quite happy with the edge performance and flat field they provide on both my scopes, so I'm expecting the same thing from the 22mm.
I'm glad he had two, as the 22mm seems to be the hardest to come by on the used market.
Quote:I'm another happy user of the 22mm LVW. It's the "starter" eyepiece in my deep space bag.
Quote:Mark and Terence! Enjoy! I really do think the 22mm (and 8mm) are the stars in the set and I contemplated selling them.
But I have waaaayyyy to much gear with doubles and triple of certain focal lengths and something had to go.
Because I mainly use my 11" SCT were the dreaded FC isn't a real Issue, I opted to keep the XW's.
As for the Binoviewer, I was really excited about getting the second 22mm LVW into my TV Bino, only to find out that I strongly preferred the 24mm Pans for eye placement.
I borrowed a second 20mm XW to try as well, but couldn't merge them
Quote:Sure Mark, I'm glad you got it! I too have one, actually a pair, that I am testing out in the binoviewer. I need the clouds to roll out to do some real observing with it though.
Quote:Nice one Mark, congrats on a fine addition to the stall! One question...
Can the LVW be used in 2" mode like the Hyperion?
Quote:I used it once with my 12" f/4.9 and then the f/4 Stellarvue finder. It is a great eyepiece. A pitty they didn't stretch it to 24mm 68 for maximum TFOV.
Quote:I'm guessing there is a design constraint for 68* degree eyepieces of 24mm focal length that they cannot achieve 20mm eye relief, or else it would have been accomplished long ago. The Pan 24 and Orion Stratus 24mm have 15mm ER, Baader Hyperion 24 has 17mm ER and the ES68 24mm has 18mm (not all usable though).
Quote:And the 24mm Panoptic, (to me), is the BEST of the bunch.
Quote: ....that its marvelous 68* field is reduced ...
Quote:There was some discussion years ago here, the gist of which is that the 24 pan is not a full 68* but more like 64*
Quote:I've been holding out for a used 5mm XW to rear its head but this thread has now got me thinking the LVW 5 could be good alternative?
Quote:Chris,Don't do this to me! With the shop's awesome $8 overnight shipping, I still have time to get another focal length in my friend's hands. It's just that I already have 17mm and 13mm covered acceptably. The 22 will be replacing my 24 hyperion, which didn't quite do it for me both eye relief wise and view.But then again, I've never been too happy with the view the 13mm hyperion gave me either...