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#26 drbyyz

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:44 PM

Glad to hear you are enjoying them. I was hoping to get my 12mm a little work in on Jupiter and the moon last night but seeing was just too bad. Even using my 20mm was pushing it. Yuck. Go away jet stream!

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:05 PM

Sounds good! Glad they are working well for you. I may have to give one a try sometime.

Glad you finally had some clear skies as well.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:40 PM

I'm wondering how these compare to the TMB Planetary II eyepiece.


I have the entire line of the AT's and bought the TMB's to fill in between the AT 8 and 5mm. Not parfocal with the ATs but similar in performance. Honestly, I like the AT's better but the TMB's are in a solid second place.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:02 PM

I know this thread may be old news but thought it may be helpful for others like myslef who want to expand there range of inexpensive ep's.

Since we are getting a blizzard this weekend I went and bought a few magazines to have something to read and pass the time. Long story short, I bought the Jan. issue of Sky at Night and in there they tested inexpensive Plossls. Amount these were the Paradigm ED 15mm, but labeled Starguider ED. This is basically the same as the paradigm ED ep's that I bought in 12 and 18mm.
The Ed was the Group Test Winner. They had some very good things to say about these ep's, which I knew from my first light with them. So the 15mm will go on my list of ep's to buy next, along with the GSO 15mm Plossl. Why two 15mm ep's! Well the GSO is 52 degree and the Ed is 60. I like the 50-52 range for planets and the moon, especially when barlowed.
just thought I would pass this along to anyone else interested in these ep's. A very nice ep at a good affordable price...I like that best. I will try to get a pic of the article posted later today.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:47 PM

I received the 15mm Paradigm from Canadian Telescopes a few weeks ago but have not had a chance to test it yet. I just noticed however the CT does not carry Astrotech products anymore so I will have to find a new Canadian vendor :(

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:24 PM

Really great! Hmmm...

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:40 PM

Rob, is the Paradigm also not the same as the Orion Ed? They seem quite similar.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

hm, got me there. I don't know the Orion one and haven't seen it on there website or catalog.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:20 PM

It's the Orion Epic II Ed. It looks identical to the paradigm. Unfortunately it's 20$ more than the paradigm up here.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:14 PM

Jeeze..,I have the 12mm and 25.. Seems weird to get the 15 being so close to the 12.. They only reviewed that size (15mm)? I was kind of leaning towards an 18mm .

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:50 PM

I have the 15,12,8 and 5mm BST Explorers (UK equivalent). I have to say I find them very good. Why anyone would want to pay 5X more for TV EP escapes me.
More money than sense?

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:03 PM

I bought the whole set from astronomics for my 80mm. I love them. :ubetcha:

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:29 PM

I bought the whole set from astronomics for my 80mm. I love them. :ubetcha:


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:17 PM

I bought the whole set from astronomics for my 80mm. I love them. :ubetcha:


Nice, I like my 8mm and plan on getting more, anyone got a 12mm they want to sell?

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:57 PM

You can't pry it out of my dead hands. :D

Astronomics has the 12mm in stock per the website. Get it! Just like the ES82's are a bargain at their price point, the Paradigm Duel EDs are a real bargain.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:04 PM

I received my 12mm Paradigm from astronomics a few days ago but I haven't got to try it because of the lousy Oregon weather. I am glad to be hearing so many good things about it though.

Has anybody compared these to Sterling plossls? I know the AFOV of Sterlings is a tad less at 55* but what are the other differences? I have a set of Sterlings but I wanted a better planetary eyepiece and a lot of people liked the Paradigms for planetary views.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:21 PM

Has anybody compared these to Sterling plossls? I know the AFOV of Sterlings is a tad less at 55* but what are the other differences? I have a set of Sterlings but I wanted a better planetary eyepiece and a lot of people liked the Paradigms for planetary views.


Looking forward to your report... :grin:

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:16 AM

That is one nice collection there Steve. I am thinking down the line of getting at least one more.
Since I had a few bucks left on a prepaid card, and I liked the review that also had the Celestron Omni 15mm, I went ahead and used the remaining few dollars got that from Adorama. Can't beat the price with free shipping.
Now I just need clear skies.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:47 PM

Weather finally allowed me to try out my new 12mm Paradigm EP and I must say I am very impressed. Using my 8" F/6 Z8 Dob I compared the 12mm Paradigm to my 12.5mm Sterling plossl and I much preferred the Paradigm. I looked at the crescent moon, Jupiter, and the Orion nebula. The Paradigm only has 5* more AFOV but it seems like more.It made a big difference especially on the moon. The Paradigm was also sharper to the edge than the Sterling. The sterling is still a good eyepiece but I can totally see me reaching past it and grabbing the Paradigm when I need a 12mm EP.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:31 AM

Yeah I too was really impressed by this EP. Kind of clear tonight but very cold and I have to be up early, so no playing with the scope and ED's tonight.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:37 AM

They are also a great value, Orion has the same ones for $100!

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:44 PM

yea i saw those.. different color is all? now ive got to remember to check the sharpness to the edge of field and compare with my celestron plossls. is it clear tonight? good. might go out a bit.. all this snow makes me less inclined to be out for sure.






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