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Quote:Anyone has pics of those?
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Quote:iirc the cream of the crop was the 30mm unit.
Quote:BillR,Any history on the Red lettering vs the Orange lettering? I have the 2x barlow like in your pic, but my 36mm is like your 2" where the lettering is Red. Incredible performer also..was quite surprised when it gave me a sharp to the edge view in a 5" f/5 Newt...wasn't expecting that.-BillP
Quote:I've had my one and only 26mm Silver Top since '87 or so - wished I picked up more back then; instead I bought a couple of TV's PL then (13 and 40 being the only ones I still have, they've all served me well). It still gets brought out for 'first-light' in any new scope; I'd suppose more for nostalgia than anything else I've always found it to be a very crisp and 'contrasty' eyepiece (then again, at that fl it better be), no color cast, sharp all the way to the edge and very little ghosting, if any, on the brightest object.The one thing I really like about this particular ep is how it (the physical ep) just disappears away from your view; the apparent 49d circle seem to match the outer rim of the barrel and it all just seems to fuse together until you get this 'hole' in midair that you're viewing thru (I wear prescription glasses fwiw, no astig). The weight (or lack of) of the ep is also a joy to use; current PL's seem a tad heavier to me.The closest 26mm fl PL ep that I've had a direct comparison with are the various standard 25/26mm Celestron/Meade's over the years - the main thing to strikes me always is the way the silver top gets out of the way of my viewing.Anyways, dug up some info on the Silver Tops from that era:fl AFOV fieldstop - 1986 Orion/Ad Libs AFOV7.5mm 46d 6mm 45d10mm 46d 7mm 46d 15mm 46d 11mm 48d17mm 47d 14mm 46d22mm 48d 17mm 48d26mm 49d 20mm 48d30mm 50d 28mm ??d36mm 35d 22mm 37d42mm ??d ??mm ??d45mm 33d 25mm 36d50mm 43d 37mm <-- I think this was the original Celstron 50mm Black Plossl that dates from 1982 - same specs as 1982 catalog ...50mm Silver Top 45d (2")iirc the cream of the crop was the 30mm unit. My 26mm has Japan V stamped on the barrel, so I guess they were all Vixen-sourced.
Quote:Quote:iirc the cream of the crop was the 30mm unit. When I worked in an astro shop (1980's), we checked out all the various sizes and thought they were all very fine.But, like Peter sez, the 30mm seemed just a tad nicer.IIRC, that one was made in R.O.C. (Taiwan). At least, the ones I saw.
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