EON 120 Zeiss micro eyepiece maniac: PL 10x18, PL 16x16, 25x10 Zeiss 68deg Diascope eyepieces: 12.8mm, 16.5mm, Brandon 12mm Zeiss Jena microscope binoviewers ES: 24mm 68deg, 31mm 82deg
MarkLeica 8x20; Nikon Action 7x35; Vixen Apex Pro 8x42; Orion 15x63; Docter Nobilem 15x60WO Megrez II 80 FD / APM 107mm f/6.5 / Mewlon 210 on DM-6 + Berlebach Planet
ES 68º series complete 2x ES Barlow WO Bino's NPL 30 RKE 28 SWA 20 15 WA 12 pairs 150 f12 Istar Achro f4.8 Orion Optics (UK) VX 10" Newt NEQ6
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Quote: They slightly vignette at 68X.
"I have been paddling in the shallows of a great ocean of knowledge." - Sir Isaac Newton * * 15" F4.55 Starsplitter Dob & a Denk II binoviewer * * http://peaceofsky.wordpress.com/ Pacheco State Park Fremont Peak
Quote: Quote: They slightly vignette at 68X.
Yes, the 24mm Pans i used (for a few years!) in my Denk were splendid for views, but they *did* vignette in the lowest-power, widest-field config.
Replaced them with pairs of Vixen LVW's at 22mm & 17mm, and have never looked back! They seem a perfect match for the Denk's optical train!
In addition to the above, they seem a bit more neutral of tone to my eye, compared to the Pans. Plus they have gobs of ER... VERY eyeglass friendly, unlike the Pans. Their views are sharp edge-to-edge, and even for all their glass, they consistently show faint stars, galaxies, & subtle detail in everything they're pointed at.
I wouldn't exactly turn down a *free* pair of 20mm Pentax or 17mm Delos, but until that occurs, i'm exceedingly thrilled with my LVW pairs!
Quote:I'm using a 4.75" refractor so I'm somewhat aperture limited
Quote: ES 24 68deg
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Meade LS8 ACF Meade 2" Diagonal Apetura 10" Tweakers Package Meade ETX-125, ETX-90 for Solar Celestron 80mm APO PST Meade SWA - 34mm,28mm,24mm,20mm Brandon 32mm, 16mm Vernonscope 40mm Erfle 2" ES 14mm,11mm,6.7mm 8.8 Nagler 13mm T6, Pan 19mm Meade 12.4 Pl,9.7mm, 15mm SP Meade 2x Shorty Barlow Powermate 2.5x WO Bino Viewer, 20mm 66* pair Denkmier 2 Super System Meade Nebula Filters Meade 9x60 Bino Vivitar S1 8x42 Bino Canon T2i, 18-55mm, 50mm 1.8, 55-250mm
Quote:I had a pair of 24mm Panoptics and as far as I could tell, I was getting the full 68 degree field and I believe I read one of the manuals for the Maxbrights, the 24 Pan is suggested as the widest one can go at that FL.
François C8 f/10, lunt 102 mm f/7 ED. SkyWatcher 12" f/5. pentax XW 40, 30,10 delos 14, 8, 6, 4.5. Vixen lvw 22 Brandon 12, 8 TV 2x barlow Closer and closer to the ideal eyepiece collection, but never reaching perfection