I LOVE THE STARS TO DEARLY TO FEAR THE NIGHT. celestron c-8 8x50mm finder televue 1.25" barlow e-lux 40mm wf, a pentax xl 10.5mm , orion ex 2 ,17mm wf's. an original televue zoom twist type (2000) 8mm-24 filters lite red 23a,violet 47 and yellow both (great for venus) light blue 82a. also an orange #21 to help find the inner planets as they neutralize the blue sky in daylite. Baader contrast filter,helps with planets.orion contrast filter.
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars.
10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser); President, Eypieces Anonymous, Denver Chapter (Hello, I'm an eyepiece junky, what's your excuse?)
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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
Quote:i would have like a little more elaboration.but i guess reviews could be somewhat bias.
We mostly come out at night... mostly.
GSO Z8 Degree Circle & Digital Level
Celestron 4"(102mm) SLT 660mm f/6.47
2" 30mm GSO WideView
9mm GSO Plossl
ES 82's : 4.7mm, 8.8mm, 11mm, 18mm
BGO's 5mm, 6mm, 9mm
2" 2X ED Astronomics Barlow & GSO 1.25" 2x Shorty
8-24 Baader Zoom III
Baader M&SG, Semi-Apo
SyedTeeter STS 11 f/4.3 Zambuto | XT8i | XT8g | XLT 150 | C90 | EON 80mmAT Voyager and Nexstar SLT mountsEyepieces: Mostly TeleVue and PentaxDenk II BV'er, Earthwin PFS-SE, Pentax 10x50 PCF WP II
Quote:im hearing there great eyepieces,im mostly into the planets.thx
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Quote: In my opinion, with the prices of the ES82 line, the Hyperion is basically redundant.
"You're not afraid of the dark, are you?" - Riddick "The best scientists are humble. They seek to understand, not to ensure their legacy, but merely to understand." - Mori
Quote:Compared to cameras, Hyperions are Kodak, Pentax are, well, Pentax.......
Quote:In my opinion, with the prices of the ES82 line, the Hyperion is basically redundant. The Hyperion is a very decent eyepiece but the XW is a different league.
Quote:Quote:In my opinion, with the prices of the ES82 line, the Hyperion is basically redundant. The Hyperion is a very decent eyepiece but the XW is a different league. I think the advantage of the Hyperion is the long eye relief... If you wear glasses while observing, eye relief is near the top of the list. I don't wear glasses while observing. Jon
Quote:I personally doubt that the Pentax XW's will show more planetary detail than the excellent Celestron Ultimas. Mercury is a real nasty lil' bugger and a C8 will struggle with it visually. I'd say your chances of seeing more on Mercury (or any planet) by getting different eyepieces is marginal at best. If you want drastic improvement, invest the same amount of money in a 12" newtonian and you'll be blown away by the huge difference. I know I was. My 12" Meade Lightbridge, with its astigmatic secondary and slightly overcorrected primary totally smokes my excellent C8 on planetary details. Well, it smokes it on anything, actually. Clear skies!Thomas, Denmark
Quote:I personally doubt that the Pentax XW's will show more planetary detail than the excellent Celestron Ultimas.
10" F/4.7 Modified Skywatcher Reflector, 38mm Orion Q70, 17mm Modified Ultima LX, 10mm TeleVue Delos, 7mm Pentax XL.
Quote: There is a famous story that Copernicus never saw Mercury in his home in Padua, Italy because of coal smoke and obscured horizons.
Quote: I respectfully disagree. When I picked up my first Pentax XW, I immediately noticed more detail in the bands of Jupiter. The glass in the XW's is polished extremely well and has excellent coatings. Internal baffling in them is incredible also. You can see it when you look in the XW from the top. The attention to detail in these are top notch. In checking the bottoms of these eyepiece, the same attention to detail is there as well.
Quote:ive seen in the past many pecularities on venus but mercury is rare a few shadings from time to time
Quote:Except double stars in summer. Here I've yet to see anything better than my C8. But the new secondary for the 12" might change that.
Quote:Save your pennies kiddies, grab yourself a few Pentax XW's while supplies on the used market lasts.