Quote:...the most memorable view I've had of Jupiter was with the 5mm Supermono when the planet was laced with shades of pastel colors I'd never seen before . . .
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Quote: Yes, I have compared my 6mm ZAO-II against the 5mm XO.
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Quote:Quote: Yes, I have compared my 6mm ZAO-II against the 5mm XO. Ron,I would be interested in what you noticed while comparing these two fine eyepieces. Gene
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Quote: I enjoyed the 6mm ZAO-II more than the 5mm XO.
Quote:Quote: I enjoyed the 6mm ZAO-II more than the 5mm XO. Ron,Following several PM's and a lot of research, many people whose judgement I respect rated the 5XO and the ZAO about equal. They are both the top of the line, with a few others close behind. I was very happy that I landed a 5XO. I received a PM offering to sell me a ZAO. I will pass because I only need one premimum eyepiece. I will probably view with my 6 Delos much more than with my 5XO. However, for special situations, I will have it in the line up. I thought about buying a 4.5 or 3.5 Delos. I decided not to. I rarely need a 4. I already have a 4mm Radian for those rare situations. Thanks for your input!Gene
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Quote: And it would be nice if such a discussion was not promptly "highjacked" by someone...
Quote: You can start your own thread.
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Quote: I wish you would have gone into more detail in this comparison of the two eyepieces on Sirius. So you did see the Pup through both the Delos 6 and the XO 5? How did the view look in each eyepiece?
Quote: Probably not. There is the Instajust eyeguard - or whatever TeleVue is calling it now - on the Delos. Judging from recent experience with my used Radian 4, I don't think I'd like that feature on the Delos.
Quote: Gene,Televue still makes a 13mm Nagler - it's one of the little Type 6 eyepieces and works very well if you need to save weight or money.
Quote: I've come to find that I want comfortable eyepieces for long observing sessions. I suspect that a lot of folks would also find something like the Pentax 5XW a lot easier on the eyes than the XO as well. The 5XO is a great, great eyepiece, just not my cup of tea.
Quote:The amount of space devoted to discussion of high end/premium- read "expensive" kit never ceases to amaze me.
Just how many of you can afford this stuff? I certainly can't Can we have some discussions on kit that is accessible to most- i.e in the $50-$150 range?
And it would be nice if such a discussion was not promptly "highjacked" by someone saying "but of course what you really want is a blah, blah, blah- the last 1% of the F.O.V. really makes a difference and it is a snip at $350!
Quote: Personally, i would NOT wish to sculpt these forum discussions too close to the bone. Yes, blatant hijacking can be annoying, but honest discussion i find almost always helpful. And besides, i suspect most folks posting are really trying to be helpful; the true hijackers are few & far between... and tend to eventually leave CN because they get "moderated", which takes the fun out of their fun.
Quote:Quote: I've come to find that I want comfortable eyepieces for long observing sessions. I suspect that a lot of folks would also find something like the Pentax 5XW a lot easier on the eyes than the XO as well. The 5XO is a great, great eyepiece, just not my cup of tea. Also excellent points! That is why a lot of people bought Radians, Pentax XW's and now Delos eyepieces.
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Quote:For planets and double stars, finer detail and less scatter are much more comfortable to my eyes than longer eye relief and a wider field. For deep sky objects, I want wider field and higher light transmission. I know that many planet, double star, and deep sky enthusiasts have come to the same conclusions. My feet merely have to get me from point A to point B and back in relative comfort. My eyes have to perform much more delicate work along the way. YMMV. To each their own.Mike
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Quote: But in practice, I found that the eye strain and fatigue I got from observing with the 5 XO actually hindered me from the "delicate work" of viewing fine planetary detail. For me, a big part of capturing fine planetary detail is to be patient and spend plenty of time at the eyepiece to wait for those special moments of extra clarity when the air is really still.
I bought the 5XO as a niche eyepiece--to squeeze out a little more planetary detail, or splitting some difficult doubles. I will use the 6 Delos or 4 Radian for extended viewing, but will use the 5XO for those special situations. Some may believe this is a frivolous expenditure or use for an eyepiece. I don't. I am very pleased to own one of the one or two best eyepieces in this range ever made. On nights of excellent seeing, I will know that I squeezed out as much detail as is possible.