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#126 TomCorbett

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 06:04 PM

Received my copy today. I am pleased with the text.

What I would like to see in the 2nd edition.
Some sort of evaluation table for the eyepieces, say something like Bill's Picks would be nice for the various observing criteria (resolution, contrast, transmission, color, AFOV, FL, eye relief, weight, cost etc.), objects, and scopes.

Along the same lines, perhaps take some of the more popular scopes and give a range of eyepiece recommendations in a table.

How about a purchase schedule? What eyepiece to buy (replace) first, second, third, etc.

Also, I know these are not observing eyepieces as such, but some information and examples of reticle eyepieces would be helpful to some of us. However, all in all, I am pleased by the first thumb-through. Appears to be well worth the cost and time to read. Bill, thank you for giving us this valuable reference.


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Posted 24 September 2013 - 06:54 PM

This looks like it will be an excellent reading. I want one! :drool5:

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 07:54 PM

I believe there are multiple sites on-line that provide some answers for your questions. One could never publish a "Recommendation Guide", because there are just too many eyepieces and the brands and models fluctuate a lot.

Some sort of evaluation table for the eyepieces, say something like Bill's Picks would be nice for the various observing criteria (resolution, contrast, transmission, color, AFOV, FL, eye relief, weight, cost etc.), objects, and scopes.

The Buyer's Guide to eyepieces at the top of the Eyepieces Forum has columns for magnification and true field for any scope whose details are entered in.

Along the same lines, perhaps take some the more popular scopes and give a range of eyepiece recommendations in a table.

There are multiple calculators on the web that do just that.

How about a purchase schedule? What eyepiece to buy (replace) first, second, third, etc.

I know Bill has used many eyepieces, but he hasn't used them all.

Also, I know these are not observing eyepieces as such, but some information and examples of reticle eyepieces would be helpful to some of us.

This list is dated. You'll have to research what's still available (this was 2009):
Brand Focal length Size Type Illuminated? Details?
Antares 12.0 1.25 Kellner Y illuminated, cordless
Antares 14.0 1.25 Kellner Y illuminated, cordless
Antares 18.0 1.25 Kellner Y illuminated, cordless
Antares 10.0 1.25 Plossl Y illuminated, cordless
Antares 27.0 1.25 Kellner Y illuminated, cordless
Celestron 10.0 1.25 Plossl Y illuminated
Celestron 12.5 1.25 Orthoscopic Y illuminated
Lumicon 25.0 1.25 Kellner N x-hair
Lumicon 12.5 1.25 Orthoscopic Y illuminated
Lumicon 10.0 1.25 Plossl Y illuminated
Meade 9.0 1.25 Plossl Y illuminated
Meade 9.0 1.25 Plossl Y cord
Meade 12.0 1.25 Mod.Achr.(K) Y illuminated
Meade 12.0 1.25 Mod.Achr.(K) Y cord
Meade 12.0 1.25 Mod.Achr.(K) Y astrometric
Meade 25.0 1.25 Plossl Y CCD framing
Meridian 27.0 1.25 Kellner N
Meridian 12.0 1.25 Kellner Y illuminated
Orion 5.0 1.25 Ultrascopic Y illuminated
Orion 12.5 1.25 Plossl Y illuminated
Orion 20.0 1.25 ? Y 70deg.FMC
Questar 16.0 1.25 ? Y Questar only
StellarVue 23.0 1.25 widefield N widefield
StellarVue 23.0 1.25 widefield Y illuminated
Takahashi 5.0 1.25 ? Y illuminated
University Optics 12.0 1.25 Kellner Y illuminated
Russell Optics 25.0 1.25 Kellner N x-hair


You might find these articles useful and perhaps informative:
Parameters and Aberrations
The 3 "C"s
1X/2X/3X protocol
Contrast in Eyepieces

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 08:18 PM

Received my copy today. I am pleased with the text.

What I would like to see in the 2nd edition.
Some sort of evaluation table for the eyepieces, say something like Bill's Picks would be nice for the various observing criteria (resolution, contrast, transmission, color, AFOV, FL, eye relief, weight, cost etc.), objects, and scopes.

Along the same lines, perhaps take some the more popular scopes and give a range of eyepiece recommendations in a table.

How about a purchase schedule? What eyepiece to buy (replace) first, second, third, etc.

Also, I know these are not observing eyepieces as such, but some information and examples of reticle eyepieces would be helpful to some of us. However, all in all, I am pleased by the first thumb-through. Appears to be well worth the cost and time to read. Bill, thank you for giving us this valuable reference.


Hi Tom. Interesting suggestions. Will definitely keep them in mind for a 2nd edition update. FYI, you can sort of zero in on a range of eyepiece characteristics to look for with your scopes by applying the advice given in Chapter 2, in the section called Observing Strategies on Pg 56. And one of Don's strategies is on Pg 58!

#130 TomCorbett

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:36 PM

Don...

WOW! Thanks for all of the recommendations. These are very helpful.

#131 TomCorbett

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:42 PM

Bill...

Thank you for directing me to the observing strategies section in your book (p. 56ff.), all very good suggestions.

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 06:30 AM

Bill's book lmspired me to built a couple of bk7 ball eyepices
They were easy to make and work as described
Thx Bill

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 07:40 AM

You are welcome...but I'm just the messenger :grin: SteveC deserves all the kudos for his excellent write up in the book on how to do it :bow:

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 08:28 AM

Congrats on the book, Bill. I've found your advice on eyepieces here on Cloudy Nights to be exceptional. I appreciate the time you take out.

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 09:48 AM

You are welcome...but I'm just the messenger :grin: SteveC deserves all the kudos for his excellent write up in the book on how to do it :bow:


Awww shucks, t'was nothin.

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 06:18 PM

Just received my copy. The content looks most excellent and the book is much thicker than I expected.

My only iritation is the cheap glue binding which is truly awful. The book is really hard to keep flat and the pages keep snapping shut like they are spring loaded. If I bend the spine I fear the pages will start to fall out.

I know this is a niche market and the author has little control over how the book is bound, but poor binding really spoils the experience for me. Probably have to go iPad/Kindle next time.

Chris

To help preserve your new book for years to come, you may wish to google 'how to break in a new book' so that the spine of the book is not permanently damaged or broken and to insure that the pages will lie flat. :grin:

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 10:09 PM

I've already laminated mine to make sure it's gonna last a bit longer ;)

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 07:17 AM

Excellent book! I read a little bit each day as my guilty pleasure.

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 10:56 AM

Looks like a excellent book, and a must have, will it become available hardcover :question:

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 08:12 PM

I wasn't sure I'd be home to receive the book this month, so I waited until today to order. Looking forward to reading the book, and I happen to pick it up at a good price from Walmart online, though I may have to wait until next Friday to receive the book.

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 09:56 PM

I happen to pick it up at a good price from Walmart online


Indeed very good price ($26.99) for the book at Walmart vs. $41.04 in Amazon at the moment.


Best,

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 10:17 PM

I happen to pick it up at a good price from Walmart online


Indeed very good price ($26.99) for the book at Walmart vs. $41.04 in Amazon at the moment.


Best,


Let's just hope that you are not cheating Bill P. out of another ZAO-II eyepiece.

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 10:27 PM

I happen to pick it up at a good price from Walmart online


Indeed very good price ($26.99) for the book at Walmart vs. $41.04 in Amazon at the moment.


Best,


Let's just hope that you are not cheating Bill P. out of another ZAO-II eyepiece.


Huh? Who's cheating who and what has the ZAO-II eyepiece got to do with it?

Best,

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 10:44 AM

Humour just doesn't work well on these forums! :foreheadslap:

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 11:43 AM

I wasn't sure I'd be home to receive the book this month, so I waited until today to order. Looking forward to reading the book, and I happen to pick it up at a good price from Walmart online, though I may have to wait until next Friday to receive the book.


I just looked it up online at Walmart, and get a "Out of stock online"..

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 01:24 PM

I wasn't sure I'd be home to receive the book this month, so I waited until today to order. Looking forward to reading the book, and I happen to pick it up at a good price from Walmart online, though I may have to wait until next Friday to receive the book.


I just looked it up online at Walmart, and get a "Out of stock online"..


Yesterday must have been my lucky day, I should have purchased Powerball tickets instead.

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 11:39 PM

Humour just doesn't work well on these forums! :foreheadslap:


Thanks, now I get it! :lol:

After culling some info from the net, I've realized that new authors (BillP in this instance) get very little from gross sales of their books and that the publishers are the ones who obtain the lion's share from revenues generated. That being the case, I wouldn't mind paying full retail price ($44.99) for the book, just so that Bill might be able to buy a premium eyepiece like the ZAO II mentioned earlier in jest, from any meager royalties that could come his way. :)

Best,

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 02:45 AM

I just got my copy, a lot earlier than expected (thanks to Deutsche Post).
William Paolini, I owe you a BIG thank you for providing me with a good read about one of my most loved themes, telescope eyepieces. Indeed, this is like a Playboy for eyepiece junkies. I'm going to advertise it in our Greek forum with much enthousiasm.
Thanks again Bill!

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 04:33 AM

Should we open a thread for peer reviews or just mail the author?
WO UWAN is 80 degrees and not 20 (page 18)

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 08:39 AM

Humour just doesn't work well on these forums! :foreheadslap:


Thanks, now I get it! :lol:

After culling some info from the net, I've realized that new authors (BillP in this instance) get very little from gross sales of their books and that the publishers are the ones who obtain the lion's share from revenues generated. That being the case, I wouldn't mind paying full retail price ($44.99) for the book, just so that Bill might be able to buy a premium eyepiece like the ZAO II mentioned earlier in jest, from any meager royalties that could come his way. :)

Best,


I'm sure Bill wrote the book for honor and glory, not so much for monetary gain.






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