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Antares SWA(2) 7.2 or an Explore Scientific 6.7

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#1 AlbertaSun



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Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:16 PM

As you can see from my tagline, I have a Celestron Onyx 80 Optical Tube. I am just getting started and the largest eyepiece I have is a 15 mm Plossl and I do have a 2x Barlow. To achieve near the useful magnification spec (189x) for my scope I am contemplating getting an eyepiece in the 6mm range (would give 167x if my math correct).

I am sure there are other high end/high priced eyepieces to consider, however,from a lot of searching that I have done here, these seem to be good eyepieces at good prices. I would appreciate any input (am I on track for size? are there others to consider in this price range? is there one of these that I should favor over the other? etc.)


#2 howard929



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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:08 PM

Eyepiece magnification is calculated:

Telescope Focal Length / Eyepiece Focal Length

If I correctly found your telescope and it's focal length is 500mm then the 6mm eyepiece would deliver 83X and with the 2x barlow you'd have 166x. Relaize also that to max out the magnification on any telescope requires great seeing. YMMV but if the views with that telescope are crisp at 166X (looks like you got that right enough) you're skies are darn steady. and much better then mine. I'm happy when seeing delivers 40x per inch.

#3 AlbertaSun



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Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:54 PM

howard - thanks for the input - this is just the kind of "experienced" input that I am looking for. I admittedly have not done a lot of observation as yet through this equipment so how steady the tube will stay - not sure. My observations will vary in town to out on the farm (very low light pollution) so it is also hard to say.

From your info, I think you suggest that a top magnification of around 125x (40 d") is more realistic to pursue. This help's because the two pieces that I am considering are closer to 7's, giving magnifications of around 139x to 147x. I was worried that I was giving up something - from your comments I may be gaining.


#4 dlapoint



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Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:15 PM

I,ve owned 2 Antares 7.2mm ep, and I have 6 es ep,s, but not the 6.7(still waiting) the Antares will be sharper, but It is not an ergonomic ep, and suffers from black outs. Antares also has horrible qc. 50 percent of the eps I raved from them were damaged. I ordered 4 and 2 were bad, got the replacements and one was bad. Id go with es

#5 Albie



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:55 PM

I've got three Antares SWA's new series.Great ep's for the $$.
My 4.9 has a rattle in the bottom lens and has been tightened by myself a few times.Perhaps a little loctite is in order.
I had a couple of the previous series(7.5 and 10mm) and feel that the fit,finish and qc was better with the previous series but not the view.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:21 PM

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