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#1 jrbarnett

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:30 PM

Current Set:

8mm Edmund RKE
4mm Meade Research Grade Orthoscopic
7mm Meade Research Grade Orthoscopic
10.5mm Meade Research Grade Orthoscopic
16.8mm Meade Research Grade Orthoscopic
28mm Meade Research Grade Orthoscopic
7mm Meade Research Grade Wide Angle
12.4mm Meade Research Grade Wide Angle
15.5mm Meade Research Grade Wide Angle
20mm Meade Research Grade Wide Angle
32mm Meade Research Grade Wide Angle
4.7mm Meade Series 4000 UWA
6.7mm Meade Series 4000 UWA
8.8mm Meade Series 4000 UWA
14mm Meade Series 4000 UWA
24.5mm Meade Series 4000 SWA
56mm Meade Series 4000 Super Plossl
50mm Parks Plossl
40mm University Optics MK-70
25mm University Optics Abbe Orthoscopic
18mm University Optics Abbe Orthoscopic
12.5mm University Optics Abbe Orthoscopic
9mm University Optics Abbe Orthoscopic
7mm University Optics Abbe Orthoscopic
6mm University Optics Abbe Orthoscopic
5mm University Optics Abbe Orthoscopic
4mm University Optics Abbe Orthoscopic
16mm University Optics Super Erfle
16mm University Optics Konig II
12mm University Optics Konig II
6mm University Optics Plossl
2.8mm Takahashi LE
3.6mm Takahashi LE
5mm Takahashi LE
7.5mm Takahashi LE
2.8mm Takahashi MC Hi Ortho
4mm Takahashi MC Hi Ortho
7mmTakahshi MC Ortho
12mm Takahashi MC Ortho
18mm Takahashi MC Ortho
25mm Takahashi MC Ortho
32mm Takahashi MC Erfle
2.5mm Pentax XO
5mm Pentax XO
5mm Pentax SMC Ortho
6mm Pentax SMC Ortho
9mm Pentax SMC Ortho
12mm Pentax SMC Ortho
18mm Pentax SMC Ortho
25mm Pentax SMC Kellner
4mm TMB Supermono
5mm TMB Supermono
6mm TMB Supermono
7mm TMB Supermono
8mm TMB Supermono
8mm Brandon
12mm Brandon
16mm Brandon
24mm Brandon
32mm Brandon
8mm Televue Plossl
11mm Televue Plossl
15mm Televue Plossl
20mm Televue Plossl
25mm Televue Plossl
32mm Televue Plossl
7mm Televue Nagler Type 6
10mm Televue Radian
13mm Televue Nagler Type 6
20mm Televue Nagler Type 5
22mm Televue Panoptic
27mm Televue Panoptic
10mm aus Jena (Zeiss) Abbe Orthoscopic
16mm Carl Zeiss Jena Abbe Orthoscopic
2.5mm TMB Planetary
3.2mm TMB Planetary
4mm TMB Planetary
5mm TMB Planetary
6mm TMB Planetary
7mm TMB Planetary
8mm TMB Planetary
9mm TMB Planetary
8mm Vixen LVW
13mm Vixen LVW
17mm Vixen LVW
26mm Vixen Plossl
5mm Celestron Ultima
7.5mm Celestron Ultima
12.5mm Celestron Ultima
35mm Celestron Ultima
8mm Baader Hyperion
31mm Baader Hyperion Aspheric
4.8mm Apogee Super Abbe Ortho
7.7mm Apogee Super Abbe Ortho
10.5mm Apogee Super Abbe Ortho
16.8mm Apogee Super Abbe Ortho
24mm Apogee Super Abbe Ortho
12.5mm Lumicon Orthoscopic (w/ Illuminated Reticle)
16.8mm Faworski Ortho
10.5mm Faworski Ortho
7mm Faworski Ortho
Vixen 8-24mm LV Zoom

And I know that I've forgotten three or four in the "little if ever used" case in the garage.

:help:

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#2 cuzimthedad

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:41 PM

That's not a problem, that's an Obsession...aaaaa, there's gotta be another word for it I think.

#3 maakhand

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:49 PM

well. thats about half of the EPs ever made. :shocked:

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:53 PM

PROBLEM?

More like a dream come true. :smirk:

#5 F.Meiresonne

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:54 PM

Endless list, and so many ortho's...

#6 mich_al

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:55 PM

I see what you mean! You gotta a couple of gappeing holes that you gotta fill. 50 to 56 & nothing above 56mm ?? How do you expect to see the whole Milky Way at once ?
How long have you been 'collecting' ? How many EP cases ?

#7 Luigi

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:59 PM

You have some serious holes in your lineup...huge 100 degree AFOV sized holes.

If you could only have one EP, which would it be?

What would your "minimalist" set comprise?

etc...

#8 BillP

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 01:18 PM

Jim,
What do you think of the 2.8 and 3.8 LE's? There's not much out there on these EPs in the way of reviews. You have several other 4mm EPs in your stall...would be a nice comparative review of those vs the 3.8 Tak LE :)
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 01:32 PM

What would your "minimalist" set comprise?


Yes Jim...good question. If you had to thin the stall, not necessarily minumalist, but let's say cut it in half...what would be the remaining ones?

A year or two ago my stall was like this...now thinned it down to this...

5mm - Pentax XO
4.7mm - Meade 5000 UWA
6.7mm - Meade 5000 UWA
8.8mm - Meade 5000 UWA
15mm - TV Panoptic
24mm - TV Panoptic
30mm - Titan II ED
40mm - Titan II ED

4mm - TMB Supermonocentric
5mm - TMB Supermonocentric
6mm - TMB Supermonocentric
7mm - TMB Supermonocentric
8mm - TMB Supermonocentric

6mm - Edmunds Ortho
8mm - Edmunds RKE
12mm - Edmunds RKE
15mm - Edmunds RKE
21mm - Edmunds RKE
28mm - Edmunds RKE

5mm - Meade 3000 Smooth Side Plossl
6.7mm - Meade 3000 Smooth Side Plossl
7.4mm - TV Circle-NJ Smooth Side Plossl
9.5mm - Meade 3000 Smooth Side Plossl
13mm - TV Circle-NJ Smooth Side Plossl
16mm - Meade 3000 Smooth Side Plossl
24mm - Meade 3000 Smooth Side Plossl
32mm - TV Circle-NJ Smooth Side Plossl
40mm - Meade 3000 Smooth Side Plossl

6mm - Owl Enhanced Superwide
9mm - Owl Enhanced Superwide
15mm - Owl Enhanced Superwide
20mm - WO SWAN

5mm - Huygens .965
8mm - Huygens .965
12mm - Huygens .965

1 1/8" - Edmunds Pre-RKE

#10 noah way

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 01:42 PM

Must be a real drag carrying them all outside for observing.

#11 SteveC

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 02:00 PM

OMG, you're an EP crack head, Jim. I feel so much better now by comparison.

I'm going to show that list to my wife, she's going to love me more, for not being you.

I've got only 33 EPs. I've easily sold off at least 70 - 80. :grin:

#12 jrbarnett

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 02:05 PM

Noah:

You mean that you're not supposed to just leave them outside???

:grin:

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 02:07 PM

:grin:sounds like "trouble with tribbles" they just keep multiplying. :lol:john

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 02:11 PM

That's not a problem, that's an Obsession...aaaaa, there's gotta be another word for it I think.


Hoarder comes to mind. We may need to call the TV show to schedule an intervention.

[tears in eyes] We didn't know he was so far gone. How can he live in these conditions. The horror!..........and not an Ethos in the bunch! [friends fall into each other's arms at the thought]

#15 jrbarnett

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 02:17 PM

Bill:

I used to have a full set of the LEs. I sold off the longer focal length units and kept the shorter, but frankly I'm underwhelmed by the entire line. Totally unimpressed.

The resolution, sharpness and contrast others attribute to them is missing in every unit I've used. I would put the LEs mid-pack just ahead of the fairly mediocre TMB Planetaries. I'll probably end up purging all of the Takahashi eyepieces from my set in the next winnowing. The MC Orthoscopics to my eye are no better than the "pretty good" University Abbe Orthos.

In fact, I'm thinking of offing all of the TMB Planetaries, all of the Takahashis and most of the non-exotic/non-collectible Orthos.

Luigi's "if you could keep just one" and "minimalist set" questions are good ones. If I could keep just one, I would be very, very sad. It would nonetheless likely be the 14mm Meade Series 4000 UWA. It has for me doses of performance, quality and nostalgia in equal measure.

As for a minimalist set, that's a toughie. If I were going to go with a single set, cold turkey, it would be between the Brandons (though I would add a 6mm Brandon) or the Pentax SMC Orthos with the 25mm SMC Kellner as the finder. I would also hang onto the 56mm Series 4000 Super Plossl in any case.

Regards,

Jim

#16 Junn Chavez

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 02:46 PM

:bow: nice collection, but I can't believe you don't have the hand grenade 31mm TermiNagler :question:

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 03:53 PM

I'll buy one or two from you. That is some collection! I thought I was browsing the Excelsis Eyepiece Reviews section.

Jim

#18 cuzimthedad

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 04:23 PM

:bow: nice collection, but I can't believe you don't have the hand grenade 31mm TermiNagler :question:


Whenever he wants to feel unsteady he just looks through mine! ;)

#19 jrbarnett

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 04:27 PM

Actually, I have just 2 rules:

1. Never eat anything bigger than your head.

2. Never look through anything you can't lift.

Rule #2 eliminates the Termi-Nagler. :grin:

I suppose a third rule is in order.

3. Never look through anything taller than you are. That eliminates the 21mm Ethos. :lol:

Regards,

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 05:08 PM

Jim-

"Eyepiece Hooligan" actually fits pretty well, eh?

Curiously enough, folks having that many cats sometimes make it onto the evening news... at least most of those EPs don't require "sand-boxes" or cleaning up after. :poke:

Of course, many folks of the "fairer persuasion" have that many shoes... so i guess we can't give you TOO hard of a time. :lol:

But to answer the basic question put forward:
"So You Think *YOU* Have An Eyepiece Problem?"
I'd have to answer with a definite affirmative! The problem isn't just in numbers... its in how those numbers came to be-
the "need" for just one more!
:help: mike b

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 06:21 PM

Thanks for posting that, you made me feel better about my own problem. Here is my current list..

Meade 5k 34mm SWA
Meade 5k 24mm SWA
Meade 5k 16mm SWA
Meade 5k 18mm UWA
Meade 26mm Super Plossl (binoviewing)
Meade 26mm Super Plossl (binoviewing)
Willams Optics 20mm 66 deg AFOV (binoviewing)
Willams Optics 20mm 66 deg AFOV (binoviewing)
TMB planetary 5mm
TMB planetary 6mm
TMB planetary 7mm
TMB planetary 8mm
TeleVue 8mm Plossl
Antares Spears Waler 4.9mm
Antares Spears Waler 7.2mm
Antares Spears Waler 10mm
Antares Spears Waler 13.4mm
Antares Erfle 32mm
Knight Owl 11mm UWA
Knight Owl 16mm UWA
Agena 30mm UWA
Agena 8mm WA
GSO 4mm Plossl
GSO Superview 30mm
GSO Superview 50mm
Celestron 8-24 Zoom
Celestron 32mm Plossl
Celestron 20mm Plossl
Celestron 25mm Plossl
Celestron 10mm Plossl
Orion Expanse 6mm
Orion Expanse 9mm
Orion Expanse 15mm
Orion Expanse 20mm
Orion Sirius Plossl 40mm
Orion Sirius Plossl 25mm
Orion Sirius Plossl 17mm
Orion Sirius Plossl 12.5mm
Orion Sirius Plossl 6.3mm
Skywatcher 20mm Plossl
Zhumell 32mm Super Plossl
Zhumell 12.5mm Super Plossl
Zhumell 6mm Super Plossl
Zhumell 4mm Super Plossl

Keep in mind the only eyepieces listed above that I owned a year ago are the Orion Sirius Plossls, and two of the Celestron Plossls. Everything else I have bought in the last year.

Ken

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 06:40 PM

Well, it seems the OP has a serious eyepiece problem. I would be glad to be assistance. Please feel free to send me any eyepieces. :grin:

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 06:52 PM

Jim,
Most impressive!! . . . ah!, you do have a telescope right??

Regards,
Bob

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 07:04 PM

:)telescope..whats that :question:..iam just a eyepiece collector. :lol:john

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 07:05 PM

Wonderful, don't sell, buy more

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