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#1 jeffmac

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 12:07 PM

I'm sure many of you have tried multiple low power eyepieces in your 8" SCT, looking for the best combination of true field, power and contrast. What are your favorite 1.25" eyepieces for low power views and why?


Best Regards,

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#2 gunfighter48

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 01:00 PM

For 1.25" eyepiece I have a old Scopetronix 40mm plossl that works very good.  I also have a ES 24mm 68° eyepiece that works great.  My favorite is a Orion Q70 38mm 2" eyepiece used as my finder eyepiece. It's not the best but central 70% is great in slow scopes. Outer 20% has some distortion, seagulls. But it works great for a finder eyepiece.



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 03:49 PM

I preferred the 22 panoptic but the best low power views i have obtained were with a 40 pentax XW.



#4 Walter E.

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 04:05 PM

I have an Orion 2" 38mm Widefield 70 that gives excellent results. I have never been happy with any of the 1.25" versions of 40 to 50mm eps.

 

Walt



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 04:07 PM

+1 on the ES 24mm 68° eyepiece. Gives about the widest field of view possible from a 1.25"

 

John M


Edited by jaymcgil19, 16 August 2014 - 04:08 PM.


#6 Chilihead

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 07:44 PM

Edited, I missed the 1.25" part.

 

I really like my 20mm Orion Expanse.


Edited by Chilihead, 16 August 2014 - 08:09 PM.


#7 AhBok

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 07:59 PM

+1 on the ES 24mm 68° eyepiece. Gives about the widest field of view possible from a 1.25"

 

John M

I use the ES24mm 68 with a .63 reducer and a Baader 1.25" prism diagonal w/SCT adapter and couldn't be more pleased with the views.



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 10:32 PM

I'm sure many of you have tried multiple low power eyepieces in your 8" SCT, looking for the best combination of true field, power and contrast. What are your favorite 1.25" eyepieces for low power views and why?


Best Regards,

Jeff

 

I don't usually equate 'low power' with 1.25" eyepieces in an 8" SCT.  I guess I'd have to say a Panoptic 24mm with a 0.7x focal reducer.  That would net you about a 1.1 deg TFOV.  A 2" Nagler 31 (84 def AFOV) would get you about 1.2 degs without the reducer.  A 24mm Pan without the reducer would only get you to 0.77 degs, about the most you'll get with a 1.25" barrel and no reducer.

 

Patrick



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 10:44 PM

22mm LVW  + Celestron 6.3 reducer/flatenner



#10 PowellAstro

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 12:18 AM

The ES 24mm 68 degree and a .63 reducer as others have stated. Good eye relief, comfortable and great views.



#11 psyhiker

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 12:27 AM

I have an old televue 24 mm widefield and use a celestron 6.3 reducer...it is my favorite because it is sharp thru out the field and good contrast... I also have a 40 mm televue plossl that is a little brighter than my 24...


Edited by psyhiker, 17 August 2014 - 12:29 AM.


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 07:49 AM

My favourite low power eyepiece in my C8 would have to be the TV 32mm plossl.   Great low power views and decent  field of view.



#13 Brent Campbell

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 08:26 AM

Meade SWA 2" 40 MM.   Bought it for $125.00 on the Meade blowout sale a few years back.  Though that I would only use it as a finder eyepiece.  Turns out its a great performer in my SCT. 



#14 Jon_Doh

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 09:15 AM

I really loved the 26mm Meade 4000 that came with the scope.  It paired well with the focal reducer to give wide sharp views.



#15 Gil V

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 12:26 PM

24mm Meade Super Plossyl.

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 12:51 PM

While I no longer own it, my favorite was the 31 mm Type 5 Nagler. It looks like a hand grenade - especially in the dark - and I always felt safe when I had that monster in hand. It was my favorite low power/potential- weapon eyepiece.


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#17 JonNPR

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 01:44 PM

I have an old 20mm Meade Wide Angle RG that I really like a lot, and it is very light. Along with the .63 reducer/corrector it provides about a 1.1 TFOV. For slightly wider field and lower power I've begun using the ES 24mm, giving almost 1.3 TFOV. 

 

Jon



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 03:34 AM

Plossl 32mm, to get advantage from the 3mm exit pupil for the nebular filters. Tried some 2" but did not like them (well, not the eyepieces, but the views: too much coma for my tastes).

When nebulae are not in the menù however the 18mm BCO is really amazing for hunting galaxies and globulars



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 05:09 AM

I preferred the 22 panoptic but the best low power views i have obtained were with a 40 pentax XW.

What is the field stop diameter is for the 40 pentax XW?

 

For my C8 now I mainly use a 35mm Panoptic or 17mm Nagler(Both 2"). But for 1.25 inch Eyepieces I use the TV 32 mm Plossl or 19mm Panoptic. I've been meaning to get the 24mm Panoptic since it would have the same FOV as the 32mm Plossl.



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 02:23 PM

The 24mm Panoptic will give the widest FOV you can get with a 1.25" limit, but for "real" low power views, I use a 2" Pentax XW 40.

 

Cheers,

 

Ron

 



#21 Gil V

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 04:26 PM

I thought I misspelled that.

Hmm. Sometimes autocorrect doesn't bail me out. Wonder how it would handle Erfle?

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 06:59 AM

What is the field stop diameter is for the 40 pentax XW?

 

 

46.5mm



#23 Pete-LH

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 02:53 PM

 

What is the field stop diameter is for the 40 pentax XW?

 

 

46.5mm

 

Hey Dunkstar, Thanks so much for that information.

 

Regards,

Pete



#24 Doug Culbertson

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 03:10 PM

In 1.25"? 24mm Panoptic, but my favorite low power eyepiece in my CPC800 is my 40mm TMB Paragon.



#25 tjay

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 10:32 PM

I'm hoping that it will be the Meade 30mm UWA I just bought from another member here!








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