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Luminos 10mm instead of Axiom LX 10mm GRRRRRRRR

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#1 aa5te

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 04:10 PM

Yep. Day after Thanksgiving and I'm unthankful. I went Black Friday shopping with my fiancee last night (I didn't get anything, just went to be with her), my stomach is full, and then the mailman comes just a bit ago... I opened the box and disappointment sets in... what was supposed to be a used Axiom LX 10mm is a Luminos 10mm instead. I've read in a few places that the Axiom LX is supposed to be superior. I emailed the guy I got it from, he said he'd take it back, no problem. I said let me try it against my Speers-Waler 9.4mm tonight (which I'm pretty sure I'm about to sell) and see how it fares...

FYI, I don't have enough big, heavy eyepieces.

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#2 Dr Morbius

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 12:35 AM

Yes, let us know. I'm interested in the outcome.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 12:49 AM

So, I just tried them out on Jupiter and the moon. The Speers-Waler 9.4mm isn't as sharp as the Luminos (only by a hair) and it has more false color around Jupiter and the moon than the Luminos does. The real surprise - my Orion Sirius 10mm Plössl is significantly sharper than the Luminos. All of these were tested in a Hardin Optical 10" f/5 dob.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:18 AM

no surprise, the 10mm sirius that came with the scopes is no slouch.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:50 AM

Shane, I have the Luminous 10mm that I bought second hand. It works great on DSO. But there was some flaring with mine on Jupiter. It was sharp.

Did you notice flaring with Jupiter??

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 11:21 AM

How is the eye relief on the 10mm Luminos?

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 12:15 PM

Did you notice flaring with Jupiter??

I noticed a little, not nearly as much as with the Speers-Waler 9.4mm. False color & CA are much more noticeable in the Speers; they seem kept to a minimum in the Luminos (reiteration of the above, I know, OCD).

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 12:18 PM

How is the eye relief on the 10mm Luminos?

Slightly better than the Speers, a LOT better than the Plössl. My fiancee, who wears glasses, could barely get close enough with the Plössl to see Jupiter and 3 of its moons and commented on how uncomfortable it was; the Luminos brought about "Wow, that's really cool", and she could see all 4 of Jupiter's moons at 125x.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 12:24 PM

no surprise, the 10mm sirius that came with the scopes is no slouch.

I was truly surprised by this. I need to compare the OWL Expanse clone at 9mm to the 10mm Plössl. I gave up my Plössls in the 9.7-6.4mm range (which were Meade cheapies, except for a Japan made Meade 6.4mm) because the Expanse clone 9mm & 6mm outperformed them.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 01:58 PM

Slightly better than the Speers, a LOT better than the Plössl. My fiancee, who wears glasses, could barely get close enough with the Plössl to see Jupiter and 3 of its moons and commented on how uncomfortable it was; the Luminos brought about "Wow, that's really cool", and she could see all 4 of Jupiter's moons at 125x.


Sounds like it would be a really good Deep Sky eyepiece. !!


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