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#1 TMK

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 08:34 AM

The Show us whats in your eyepiece case had to be one of my favorite on here. Eyepiece cases with a full set of Ethos or Naglers were beautiful to look at.

Don's post below got me thinking, I would like to see more cases full of eyepieces like mine, more modest, one that didnt cost thousands of dollars.

Anyone want to show off a more down to earth collection? I'd love to take a peek. :grin:

#2 Feidb

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 08:40 AM

I don't have a photo but my eyepiece case is actually a computer paper box taped up after much use. Inside I have the 38mm, 32mm and 26mm Orion Q-70's. Then there are the 17mm and 8mm Baader Hyperions. I just added 14mm and 4.7mm Meade UWAs. To round things off I also use 12.5mm and 6mm Adorama Orthos. The most expensive eyepieces I have (taking a sale into account for the UWA's) were the Hyperions which I got for $119 apiece. My 2" Parks Barlow actually cost more than any of those eyepieces at around $150. I also have a Russell Optics 18mm Bertele but usually use the 17mm Hyperion instead.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:30 AM

Those Q70's give incredible views!

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:38 AM

Anyone want to show off a more down to earth collection? I'd love to take a peek.



I do have a few cases of eyepieces but one of my favorites consists of 32mm , 24mm and 15mm TV Widefields, 9mm, 6mm and 4mm TMB Planetaries and a Celestron Shorty Barlow. It has just about every possible magnification covered, they are all work nicely in a fast scope and for an evening at home with anything but a fast Newtonian, it seems to be what I grab.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 12:01 PM

Not "thousands" of dollars, and all a discriminating astronomer really needs. :grin:

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 12:07 PM

Here's mine...

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 12:41 PM

Not yet a case for this modest TV Widefield collection.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 01:29 PM

This is my starter kit and I'll keep them for a long time. Very happy with them and covers about all magnifications that I need. Notice how lowest power is the smallest eyepiece and the highest power is the biggest one, when it usually is the other way around :D

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 04:22 PM

Here's my modest collection. Six ep's and a 2x multiplier (listed in my signature)cost less than $800,all new.My last collection of 5 Naglers and a barlow cost 300% more and gave me maybe 10-15% more performance.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 05:43 PM

Here's mine...

Back row: 2" Barlow, 36mm, 30mm, 26mm, 10mm Axiom, 4.7mm ES, 9mm, 6mm, 5mm Zhumell planetaries, 1.25" barlow.

2" fiters: variable polarizing, UHC, OIII, Sky-glow.

Front right: Plossls--32mm, 15mm, 12.5mm, 9mm, 6mm, 4mm.

Front row: various planetary filters.

The most expensive EP was the Axiom ($120 on sale). Total spent for everything, about $750.

Nothing too pricey, but they keep me very happy! :)

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 07:24 PM

Pollux.

What a beautiful set of the old TV Widefields. :bow:

Tim. Thats a great collection!. I forgot you had an Axiom.
Which one is my old 15mm?

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 07:37 PM

Here's mine, per my signature. All bought new for a total of around $600. (including the Celestron 2x barlow)

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 07:43 PM

The old ones...

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 08:12 PM

I suppose modest is all relative, eh? The 17mm Nagler, 24mm Panoptic and 10mm XW might be considered "premium". They do provide some pretty spectacular views, but I get a lot of pleasure looking through the other four "modest" lenses as well. I'm finished buying lenses for a while.

Note: Check out the ill-fitting cap on my Panoptic. Doesn't matter if the eyecup is up or down, the thing just doesn't fit!

Cheers...Eric

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 08:52 PM

Tim. Thats a great collection!. I forgot you had an Axiom.
Which one is my old 15mm?


It's over there in the plossl collection--second row, with a white cap on. You can recognize it by the knurled rubber grip that's different from the others.

It likes its new home! :bow: :thanx:

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 09:16 PM

My old ones...

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Oops...wrong jpeg...I meant these:

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 10:21 PM

How many people can say they have their names on EP's. Inexpensive, but hardly modest, I present my favorite EPs.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 10:43 PM

"How many people can say they have their names on EP's."

Let's see...Ernst Abbe, Carl Zeiss, Al Nagler, Chester Brandon, Thomas M. Back, Simon Plossl, Heinrich Erfle, Jesse Ramsden, David Ranke, Carl Kellner, Christiaan Huygens, Harry Siebert...and the list goes on and on.

Well, you asked. :lol:

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:27 PM

"How many people can say they have their names on EP's."

Let's see...Ernst Abbe, Carl Zeiss, Al Nagler, Chester Brandon, Thomas M. Back, Simon Plossl, Heinrich Erfle, Jesse Ramsden, David Ranke, Carl Kellner, Christiaan Huygens, Harry Siebert...and the list goes on and on.

Well, you asked. :lol:

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I would say that I'm in fine company. It's amazing what one can accomplish with a label maker and balls.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:39 PM

The vast majority of you are quite immodest. You want to see modest? Just wait until I get a minute and find my modest camera.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 01:46 PM

Twelve people, thats it??. I was hoping to see more stuff.
Jim, on that first post, what make are those eyepieces. I cannot make them out.

Stay thirsty my friend. :grin:

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 03:21 PM

Cheapersleeper,

I could also have mentioned the three .965" all-metal eyepieces that came with my 60mm Sears refractor from 1966. Still have them for sentimental reasons. Tried them recently and they were horrible.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 03:46 PM

Now THIS is modest...

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 03:58 PM

Anyone want to show off a more down to earth collection? I'd love to take a peek.



I do have a few cases of eyepieces but one of my favorites consists of 32mm , 24mm and 15mm TV Widefields, 9mm, 6mm and 4mm TMB Planetaries and a Celestron Shorty Barlow. It has just about every possible magnification covered, they are all work nicely in a fast scope and for an evening at home with anything but a fast Newtonian, it seems to be what I grab.

Jon


Here's a cell phone photo of my "Modest Eyepiece Collection."

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 04:07 PM

I would like to see more cases full of eyepieces like mine, more modest, one that didnt cost thousands of dollars.


Since I bought all but one of these eyepieces used (two here on CN), they total less than $700, plus roughly $150 for the filters and $25 for the Celestron eyepiece case. Pretty modest, but not too shabby.

That's two Vixen LVWs, two Orion Lanthanum SuperWides (relabeled LVWs), and a Q70. Filters are 1.25" UltraBlock and O-III and a 2" V-Block.

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