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#1 cpper

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:03 PM

I wonder, which is the eyepiece that stays the most in your focuser ? Or, if you could keep just an eyepiece of yours, which would it be ?
Mine would be the 10mm SP supplied with the scope, till now.

#2 Monoeil

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:10 PM

Bausch & Lomb Criterion Erfle 16.3mm + TV Barlow 2.5x for planetary and lunar observations.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:19 PM

ES 11mm 82 degree after using the 34 ESmm to find whatever it is. As of late my 12.5 Astrotech plossl has been edging out the 11mm a little due to great light transmission.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:29 PM

If I am estimating variable stars, the 17mm Ethos stays in my 5 inch refractor most of the time. It has a good compromise of magnification, FOV, and exit pupil that works very well for me.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:29 PM

Xcel-LX 7mm.
Use as a "finder" and also medium power (x86) with my refractors.

#6 MDB

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:30 PM

13mm TV Ethos for me.

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#7 joaoba

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:30 PM

ES 6.7mm 82*

This is a nice magnification (149x) for planets and double stars, which are my primary targets from the back yard. If I'm at a dark site I spend more time with longer focal lengths (20-32mm).

#8 Doug Culbertson

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:41 PM

Leica ASPH zoom for deep sky and lunar/planetary.

#9 JustaBoy

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:41 PM

If you can have only one that's a good choice!

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#10 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:44 PM

For me:

The one I use the most is the 31mm Nagler. That's where it all starts. With most of my scopes being around F/5, it's a great eyepiece as a finder and for those big, bright views. From there, there are many choices and different objects, different conditions require different eyepieces.

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#11 Doug Culbertson

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:46 PM

If you can have only one that's a good choice!

:-)


Right? :). FWIW I have a Nagler 3-6mm zoom on the way to pick up where the Leica stops!

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:53 PM

Bausch & Lomb Criterion Erfle 16.3mm + TV Barlow 2.5x for planetary and lunar observations.


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#13 JustaBoy

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:59 PM

Greg,

You Sir, are all right!

#14 MtnGoat

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 05:10 PM

I own no high end glass in terms of eyepieces, but the two which spend the most time in my Meade 10" SCT and the AR-6 are the 30mm 80degree clone (brand X) and the 9mm 100 degree Zhumell I picked up in march during the closeout at Hayneedle.

They're not very expensive, but perform just fine at higher F ratios.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 05:45 PM

I use a Celestron X-Cel 25mm eyepiece the most. Then I switch to a 12.5mm KK Fujiyama Ortho with a barlow.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 05:57 PM

Use the most? Technically, that would have to be a finder eyepiece since I mainly star hop. 22 Nagler Type 4:

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Keep only one? That would have to be this guy:

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#17 Rinaldo

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 05:57 PM

A split between the 17mm & 13mm Ethos, depending the object.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:07 PM

12mm Delos.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:08 PM

Several are used fairly equally but since I use the 25mm Sterlings almost exclusively in binoviewers, as well as using in mono, I guess it would be it (or them).

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:37 PM

My Pentax 30XW....there's magic sealed in there somewheres......

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:43 PM

Pentax 30mm XW

In most my scopes but sometimes competes with the 40 XW

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:44 PM

Depends alot on subject matter. Right now the 12mm delos seems like a really good all around piece that I'm using a lot for deepsky.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:46 PM

I'm pretty new to stargazing and most enjoy panning for DSOs. "Discovering" new (to me) objects serendipitously, as opposed to locating w/ list and map, is a real thrill. Most used for exploring are:

19 Russel Konig in 8" F/6 Newt
24 ES 68 in 6" F/10 SCT
31 Luminos in 4" F/10 achro
11 Nagler in 80mm F/5 achro

For Sun & Moon bino I most often use 25 Vixen NPLs.

#24 Scanning4Comets

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 07:34 PM

The one in my focuser. :lol:

#25 MikeBOKC

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 08:01 PM

I would guess virtually equal time for the 13 Ethos and the 20 Pentax XW. In the big Dob, the 30mm Explore Scientific 82 would rank first.


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