televue 85 ep's & accessories
Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:32 AM
Posted 18 May 2013 - 07:31 PM
Also consider the Pentax 3.5 -10mm XW which , in my opinion, have about the same performance as far as eye relief, scatter control and contrast, but cost less.
Adorama Pentax XW
The 3-6 Nagler zoom is also a great eyepiece, but may not have enough eyerelief for eyeglass users.
Panoptic 35 is also a solid choice, but also read good feedback for the ES 34mm 68 degree 2" eyepiece.
Any alt/az mount with slow motion controls will be sufficient for the 85 and a red dot finder that can be mounted to the clamshell will be fine.
BTW, welcome to the forums!
Posted 19 May 2013 - 09:11 AM
Posted 19 May 2013 - 09:19 AM
Jim, what do you mean by slow motion controls? i was looking at the AT 4011 because they said the TPM 1015 wasn't strong enough.
Alt/az mounts that have tracking knobs such as the Astrotech Voyager, Vixen II, ES Twilight I ect.
I never heard of AT 4011 or TPM 1015.
Posted 19 May 2013 - 09:51 AM
Posted 19 May 2013 - 10:42 AM
Posted 19 May 2013 - 10:53 AM
I find them to be solid performers and I believe they have around 18mm of eye relief.
Posted 19 May 2013 - 01:33 PM
40mm Pentax XL
16.8 Mega Vista
10.5 Mega Vista
3-6 zoom (rarely used)
As far as mounts, I own a TV Panoramic left over from my Pronto and it's OK, not stable enough. I also own a TV Gibralter and it works great. I briefly owned a TV Telepod and it was sold off as it wasn't sturdy for a TV 85. The mount I probably use most often is a Bogen 475 tripod with a Telepod head. It's a nice setup and easy to fold up and transport.
Regarding finders, a TV Quickpoint works fine but a TV Starbeam looks nicer and costs WAY more.
Posted 20 May 2013 - 09:34 AM
Posted 20 May 2013 - 10:31 AM
BTW, just ordered the Manfrotto 475B Digital for my TV-85 with SM-60 Ha filter and Gib-5 head(20lbs all together).
I needed more height as I like to stand when viewing and like the new click stop spreader feature. The $65 dollar rebate is also nice.
BTW, Quickpoint is fine for daytime, but too bright for night viewing
Posted 20 May 2013 - 10:50 AM
1) TeleVue Nagler zoom 3-6mm. I don't think Pentax makes a zoom in these focal lengths. Used 70% of the time.
2) Televue Panoptic 24mm used with 2x and 3x Televue 1.25" barlows. Used 15% of the time.
3) Any handy Ethos or UO ortho. The 10mm Ethos is great at 60x for scanning the Milky Way. Probably the last 15% of the time.
Posted 20 May 2013 - 10:53 AM
It's certainly rigid enough for use at over 200x on Mars, for example, if necessary. Settle time when the OTA is tapped is around 1 second when set for seated viewing. I personally don't see the need for slow motion controls on small scopes operating at ~200x or less if you have a head with smooth friction control.
Posted 20 May 2013 - 11:34 AM
Posted 20 May 2013 - 12:12 PM
Motorized tracking is nice for higher mags. if portability and simplicity is less of a concern for you but I find tracking is more important for larger, heavier scopes operating at higher magnifications. YMMV, of course.
I don't know what your experience level is so it's hard to make assumptions for you...
Posted 20 May 2013 - 04:19 PM
Yes, my tripod is the silver version of the 475B, the zoom is a Televue eypiece, never use a Barlow or 60* diagonal, the quick point works fine but the star beam is a great eye candy piece of art.
Jeff, i found that some so-called experts claim that the GAM 2014 tripod is overkill for the TV-85 ? is the tripod manfrotto bogen 475B digital pro geared, black tripod legs. max payload 26.50 lbs. height 16.6-74" that is on the adorama photo web site, the one you are referring to? also i thought that the pentax 3-6 zoom would eliminate some ep's. is that not a good idea? also do you use a barlow? and or a 1 1/4 60 degree everbrite diagonal? thanks guy. there were also a few that bought the quickpoint, but after awhile replaced it w/starbeam.
Good luck with whatever you end up with!
Posted 20 May 2013 - 04:29 PM
BTW - if you are looking for a deal on a new TV 85, Woodland Hills has a nice deal going:
Posted 20 May 2013 - 06:37 PM
Sorry, after going back to look again, I realized it lacks the 2 speed focuser
Jeff, thats the discontinued model.
Posted 20 May 2013 - 11:01 PM
Posted 20 May 2013 - 11:42 PM
I have 8 and 13mm Ethos eyepieces, probably going to add a 21, and they are likewise expensive but wonderful. 31 Nagler in dark skies is also a dream. I use a 3.5 Nagler on planets.
Posted 21 May 2013 - 08:19 AM