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#1 mitaccio

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:37 AM

I am in the market to upgrade my 1.25" WO diagonal to a 2" and have some freedom in price (thanks Uncle Sam!). I really liked the looks of the WO and am considering another, but want to know what the consensus is regarding high end diagonals. I don't want to spend any money I don't need to as I am also going to buy eyepieces. But I want to make sure I don't have a weak link in my optical chain with the diagonal.

#2 Dunkstar

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:36 PM

Save the cash and get the WO... and another ES82 :D

Paying extra for the TV or AP gets you near-bullet proof construction (single piece of Aluminum) but surely indistinguishable from the WO optically.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:51 PM

Was actually thinking of getting the ES 100* 20mm.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:03 PM

From my experience and info gathering, there's very little difference optically between premium diagonals. That being said, I won't own anything but a ClickLock (I'm done with thumbscrews).

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:11 PM

Call Denkmeier and get a PowerXSwitch diagonal.

It's a WO 2" diagonal with some nifty addons, such as a built-in Focal reducer and Barlow, so each eyepiece becomes 3.

S1 type for non-binoviewing, and S2 type for mono or binoviewing capability. It's a lot of coin, but the convenience factor can't be beat.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:51 AM

Well I have to second what Sorny suggested....

I too run a Denkemier S1 P/S diagonal and will not leave home without it...

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

The Bader Clicklock and the ES 100 series eyepieces are a perfect match IMO.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:00 PM

:cool:

The click lock adds a great feeling of security :D

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:38 AM

Stellarvue enhanced dielectric... It's a very solid piece and gives great views. I do use the Baader SCT click lock for my visual back and I agree that it is a great piece of gear and holds my lenses and diagonal securely

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:47 AM

See Midnight Dan's thread this morning on the Meade weekly deal for a 2" dialectric diagonal and 24mm 82 degree eyepiece. Worth checking out.






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