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#1 Deep13

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 03:12 PM

I find the eyepiece collection thread interesting because I like to see what choices people make and try to figure out what drives those choices. It seems to me that what people chose to leave out of their collections is just as important as what they put in. :question:

There are far more choices out there than can possible fit in anyone's collection, even if one could afford them all. So I am asking what you left out, delayed, or avoided on purpose. :gve:

We're talking personal preferences here, so saying "I don't like the Omni-optic 68mm" is not a slam, bash, insult, or whatever, just a statement of preference. :foreheadslap: :rules:

So, what is NOT in your eyepiece collection? :gotpopcorn:

#2 Deep13

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 03:14 PM

I'll go first. No super-wide angle EPs. They are too heavy for my Dobs. My 8" and 12.5" are balance-critical and heavy EPs would make them unbalanced. Also, no Paracor because 1. I have no super-wide EPS and 2. weight.

#3 StrangeDejavu

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 03:34 PM

Plossls. I've been slowly replacing them with ES 68/82's. The only one I have left is the Sterling 17mm, which only gets used on full moon's and white-light solar observing. I really, really like wide field eyepieces. One day i'll sell my ES collection and migrate to a 2" light path, preferably the ES 100's. For now, i'm content. :ubetcha:

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 03:42 PM

What's not in my eyepiece collection:

- Eyepieces over 40mm focal length. I sold all of them soon after I sold my C4R (4" f/9.8 achromat).
- Naglers, except for the two Nagler Zooms (I'd like a 31mm Type 5)
- Panoptics (I never wanted any of them enough to buy one, used or new)
- Ethos (I'd like a 13mm)
- RKE's, except for a bino pair of the 28.7mm
- UO Volcano Top Orthos (replaced them all with BGO's, other orthos, etc.)
- TMB Planetaries
- Kellners, except for an odd straggler here and there
- Plossls, except for TeleVue, Sterling and a couple Meade 3000's
- Ramsdens
- Huygens, except for a CZJ H-16 and a CZJ H-25

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 03:50 PM

Everything I've bought, I've kept. Except the ES's; so I have NO ES's in my collection. Although, I may buy them again some day....

#6 MitchAlsup

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 03:58 PM

So I am asking what you left out, delayed, or avoided on purpose.


I have left out all those cramped EPs with less than 80dFoVs. And I am replacing all my 82s with 100s.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 04:05 PM

I am now starting to observe with my eyeglasses. All purchases in the last year have been with 17+ mm of ER. Most of my EPs that I can not use with glasses will slowly be sold off. I am waiting for 82 and 100 degree EPs with 20mm ER. Until then, it will be XWs and an assortment of others.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 04:36 PM

- Huygens, except for a CZJ H-16 and a CZJ H-25

Same here, except I don't have the 16s. I have a pair of 25s and the optical quality is stunning.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 04:51 PM

Klener's and Orthoscopics are NOT in my collection.
I had some about 25 years ago, and traded them all for plossls. The 40 to 45 or 50 degree field is way to restrictive for me.
Some people like Orthos for critical planetary observation, but TV plossls are sharp enough for my critical observations.
Most of the time I prefer wide field eyepieces.
I have the entire set of Meade 4000 series Super Wides and Ultra Wides, and still love them.
Although I've added 5 of the the new ES 82 degree eyepieces in the past year, and I love those too.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 05:09 PM

Any of the Delos or Ethos series (but I'll gladly accept any that are bestowed upon me as gifts!) :grin:

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 05:14 PM

Apart from one 2nd. hand TV 32mm Plossl I have no "premium" EPs.
Too big, too heavy, too expensive and in my opinion overrated.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 06:35 PM

....All the ones I have bought and sold...

:roflmao:

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 06:40 PM

Nothing generation 1, 2, or 3 .... when gen 4, 5, 6 is available.
Nothing ES, I can afford Televue!
No orthos, If I want to squint, I can watch TV without my glasses on.
No Meade RG boxes, come on, this is astronomy not Pinterest!

#14 Glen A W

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 06:52 PM

WO SWAN eyepieces. They were wide, yes. They were also lower in contrast than the ubiquitous Meade 26mm Plossl.

You guys are missing out on the Kellners, though. I have a 9mm K that is my best eyepiece for Saturn, ever. GW

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 07:21 PM

Nothing generation 1, 2, or 3 .... when gen 4, 5, 6 is available.
Nothing ES, I can afford Televue!
No orthos, If I want to squint, I can watch TV without my glasses on.
No Meade RG boxes, come on, this is astronomy not Pinterest!

Ha ha ,I like ya style.

#16 Rick Woods

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 08:01 PM

I'm assuming you mean "what type of stuff".

The super expensive stuff that I'd have if it were cheaper (or I richer). ZAO's, Ethoses, that sort of thing. Otherwise, I have and enjoy most of the types of EPs.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 09:28 PM

Any eyepiece with a larger f.l. than 32mm or any zoom other than the Nagler 3-6mm.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 09:40 PM

Pentax 60mm XL.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 10:22 PM

short focal length orthos I've bought and sold them three time beause of the tight eye relief.:)

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 12:10 AM

Any of the Delos or Ethos series (but I'll gladly accept any that are bestowed upon me as gifts!) :grin:


+1 :waytogo:

Nice idea, and so simple :grin:. BTW, an excellent candidate for next thread "What famous eyepiece brands would you prefer as a gift from CN fellows" :flower:

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 12:37 AM

Not a single orthoscopic, nary a single one.
No plossls or zooms either.

ALSO, I don't have any B...Br...BBrrand...
:step:
um, I better make my exit before I say too much; probably too much already.
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Posted 28 July 2013 - 12:53 AM

I don't have any orthos/Plossls/Brandons under 9mm. I'd rather barlow than deal with eye relief below that.

No Delos - I already have Pentax XW.

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 01:43 AM

ALSO, I don't have any B...Br...BBrrand...
:step:
um, I better make my exit before I say too much; probably too much already.
:grin:


It's OK, you're among friends! Say it; let it all out, get it out in the open, and then the healing can begin. :D

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 06:53 AM

For me:

- No Radians, Ethos, Delos

- No Meade Series 4000 SWAs, Series 5000 UWAs, no Meade Plossls.

- No Supermonos, No SPL (A-P Super Planetary)

- No 2 inch eyepieces over 35mm.

- No Plossls under 10mm, no orthos over 25mm.

- No 8mm TMB Planetary

and then there are a lot more that I don't have...

As far as what one can afford, I suspect many are like me, I can afford any eyepiece or eyepieces I want. But I am happy with what I have, few of them would qualify as "the "best" but they are decent, they do the job.

There are three " the bests" that are important to me:

- The best seeing.. this is by far the most important factor in getting the good planetary and double star views.

- The best skies... that darkest and clearest skies are by far the most important factor in getting good deep sky views.

- Being the best possible observer I can be. What I see at the eyepiece, my skills, my perception, this is where the real differences are, differences between telescopes and eyepieces are relatively small.

These three things, they are free but require luck and work.

Jon

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 10:28 AM

1. I have no Naglers/Ethos/Delos at present, just thhave TV's Paracorr and 2x Barlow. Had many of them, but in the end went to XWs. Don't read anything into this, other than eyepieces are very personal affairs so gotta find the line that fits you like a glove. I will certainly get their Abbe Orthos when they bring them to market :poke:

2. No Konigs due to their poor off-axis. Exception is some of the Russel Optics Konigs where he stops them down to less than 50 degrees. Make nice planetaries.

3. No "standard" Plossls. Instead chose the Sterling Plossls due to their slightly wider 55-57 degree AFOV -- that little bit makes a big perceptual difference.

4. No preponderance of 2" eyepieces because don't like the excessive size so just keep two for max TFOV purposes. They get little use actually.

5. No Zooms. Although always fun when first get...the novelty for me soon wears off. Only exception I am thinking of is for the P.S.T. so might get one for that since that is more of a casual observing instrument for me.






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