10" F/4.7 Modified Skywatcher Reflector, 38mm Orion Q70, 17mm Modified Ultima LX, 10mm TeleVue Delos, 7mm Pentax XL.
Orange tube C-8
Orthos, Plossls, RKEs, ES82s, ES68s
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Takahashi FS128, TSA 102, FSQ106N, Losmandy GM-8, Baader Mark V, Leica ASPH, Takahashi, Ethos and Panoptic eyepieces.
C14 XLT, CGE NexSTAR 11 GPS + 120ST APM/TMB 130/780, AT111EDT SW EQ5P (2" Tripod/20" Pier) XW's 3.5mm - 20mm, 28mm RG, TVZ 2-4 ES14mm/20mm 100° UWAN 28mm,Paragon 40mm, TV55, Meade 2X 2" TeleXtender TMB SMC 4mm-16mm, Pentax 0-18, CZJ 0-25 EarthWin PFS-DBSE, WO DuraBright, AP MaxBright TV Bino's Bino Sets X 2: UO H.D's ~ 5mm-18mm, TV Pl.(NJ's)7.4mm - 40mm 16T5's, 24mm Pans Canon 18X50 IS Pentax 7X35 (9.3°
15" Obsession #1603 AstroTech AT66
Michael Creature of the night. Asahi Jupiter (60mm f=800mm) Skywatcher Dob (200mm f=1200mm) ST 80 (80mm f=400mm) PST Ha Solar (40mm f=400mm)
Quote:At one point I had nearly 100 eyepieces. Now I have far less. -Joe
Show me an aging Greek and I'll show you the Nick of time.
Quote:At one point I had nearly 100 eyepieces.Now I have a LOT more. I once thought about taking them all out in the back yard for a "family reunion" photoshoot but that would take all day, and I don't have all day.
Quote:The only problem I have with eyepieces is I don't have all of them that I want.
Incorrigible ocularholic. Keep calm, and carry on observing.
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NP-101 on a DM-6
Teeter 11" STS/Waite Mirror
Zeiss, Fujinon, Nikon, Vixen binoculars
C10NGT, Z8, 150 Rumak, XLT 150, C6, C5, SW5 Newt, 4.5 Ball, C102GT, C90, ST80, A70LF; 15x70, 25x100; Burgess BV; Paracorr II; T6 2.5, XO 2.58/5.1, Ethos-SX 3.7, Delos 4.5, TV Plossl 7.4-26, BCO 10, Hutech HC 12.5, Sterling 12.5-25, ES100 14, CZJ H 16/25, CZJ O 16, M5k UWA 24, T5 31, Ultrascopic 35, Titan-II 40; Bino Pairs M5k UWA 6.7, Baader Zoom 8-24, M5k SWA 24, TV Plossl 26, RKE 28.7; Zooms NZ 2-4, NZ 3-6, Leica ASPH 8.9-17.8, Baader 8-24; Baader Zoom Barlow, VIP Barlow
Quote:I don't dream of eyepieces, I don't dream of telescopes, I don't feel a need to look through the latest and greatest. I dream of observing out where the skies are dark and clear, I dream of observing where the seeing is excellent. Often those dreams are real.
Quote:Until recently, I had over 150 eyepieces. Now I've brought it down to around 100. When I sell or give away the 20 or so remaining that I want to sell or give away, I'll be down to a reasonable 80 eyepieces. That's a reasonable amount if you have 12 telescopes.
12 Skywatcher Collapsible Dobsonian (coming soon)
Celestron C102 HD " Carl"
Scope brand 60mmx 700mm " widger scope"
Celestron Comet catcher(orange tube)"Scott"
60mm Telescope Club
Quote:Quote:At one point I had nearly 100 eyepieces. Now I have far less. -Joe At one point I had nearly 100 eyepieces.Now I have a LOT more. I once thought about taking them all out in the back yard for a "family reunion" photoshoot but that would take all day, and I don't have all day.
Quote:It's a fun post Jon, lighten up! BTW, 60 or 70 EP's is a tad more than a "few" and I'd say you're a "junkie" too. I own 5. I wouldn't want to bring out any more than 10 at the most to an observing session, but that's me. If you like to bring 20 cases of eyepieces on those back and forth trips to the car, all the power to you, LOL!
Homemade 14.5" f4.3 Truss Dobsonian
"I'd like to remind you at four in the morning my world is very still, The air is fresh under diamond skies, makes me glad to be alive." Randy Bachmann "Blue Collar"
“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.” ― Frank Zappa
Quote:Quote:Until recently, I had over 150 eyepieces. Now I've brought it down to around 100. When I sell or give away the 20 or so remaining that I want to sell or give away, I'll be down to a reasonable 80 eyepieces. That's a reasonable amount if you have 12 telescopes.
You're considered a "junkie", LOL....
12 telescopes? Is that one for every child? Or one for every planet you view?
Quote:What then is enough? I have a complete set of UO Abbe Orthos and a complete set of ES 82s. Plus an ES 68 40mm. These are used with my two scopes, ED80 and a C11. For my WO bino it has two 20mm EPs, which is about all the bino unit can use due to it's inexpensive design. And for the folks that might ever want to borrow a scope, I have a set of Celestron plossels for an ST80. And last, but not least, an RKE 28mm. That's my set of 26. For right now, I have all that I need. Now, if I was to get a better bino unit then two 20mms will not be enough, in that case I can see maybe 6 more which would raise the count to 32.
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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Quote:At some point in this hobby you will find that quality optics and good seeing are the key to good views. Most premium eyepieces will not degrade what the objective in your scope can deliver. Once you find out what kind of eyepiece you like, be it wide angle or those with narrower afov, 3 eyepieces would serve the average observer very well. On the other hand, if you think the eyepiece is the key to good views or just want to collect them, have at it. This forum is your kind of place. I have a mere 8 main eyepieces and a Barlow.
15" f/5 Tectron
Mallincam Junior Pro
TMB 40mm Paragon,Leica ASPH zoom,
WO binoviewer w/assorted pairs
"Yeah, well, you know,that's just, like, your opinion, man."
Quote:Anybody else out there KooKoo for eyepieces?
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Quote:No, at least one telescope for every type of observing: Deep sky, planet, lunar, double star, etc, and then a grab-n-go vs extended session for each of those. They are one of the main reasons I have so many eyepieces. Some eyepieces are great for some scopes but not for others. Some eyepieces are too heavy for some scopes or are 2" format, and so I need lighter 1.25" equivalents for those.So probably what I need to do to really reduce the number of eyepieces is to reduce the number of telescopes. I sold my C4R, a 4" f/10 achromat, because I was no longer using it. As soon as I sold it, about a dozen eyepieces left right behind, because they were meant for the C4R. I no longer had an excuse to keep them. I've got my eye on a couple other scopes that might be leaving soon, too.The only common type of telescope I've never owned is an SCT. I don't like Jack-of-all-trades. I like specialists!
Quote: In reality, it is kookoo not to be kookoo about the most flexible, the most engaging, and the most personalized part of the telescopic system.
Quote: Quote: In reality, it is kookoo not to be kookoo about the most flexible, the most engaging, and the most personalized part of the telescopic system. The most important thing about an eyepiece is it's focal length. One needs to have a variety of focal lengths. Beyond that, there is a great big sky out there filled with more objects than one can possibly see in a life time. I am OK with spending my time with a couple of decent eyepiece of the focal lengths that are useful. I find the particular telescope I use makes the big difference in the view. Beyond that, I look to the heavens for variety. Jon
Quote:Interesting. I own a few more than a dozen telescopes but I find that a good telescope is a good telescope for double stars, planets, the moon and even deep sky. When I setup for an evening, no matter what the conditions, I will be observing doubles, a planet or two, the moon if it is around and a variety of deep sky objects.
Quote:SCTs are considered "jack of all trades" because they are competent for both visual and astrophotography. A good Newtonian, a good apochromatic refractor, these are very capable of providing the excellent views of all classes of objects...
Quote:Quote: Quote: In reality, it is kookoo not to be kookoo about the most flexible, the most engaging, and the most personalized part of the telescopic system. The most important thing about an eyepiece is it's focal length. One needs to have a variety of focal lengths. Beyond that, there is a great big sky out there filled with more objects than one can possibly see in a life time. I am OK with spending my time with a couple of decent eyepiece of the focal lengths that are useful. I find the particular telescope I use makes the big difference in the view. Beyond that, I look to the heavens for variety. Jon I'm not satisfied with that. I need to see how the object presents in narrow fields as well as wide fields, in warmer vs cooler toned eyepieces. Basically I need to see the target from as many perspectives as possible...which includes apertures because while larger apertures bring out more, they also mask and hide other characteristics only visible with the smaller apertures. So having "just" a variety of focal lengths does not do it for me. Not saying my approach is any better or worse than yours, just different and adapted to the way I like to do things. Without the eyepiece and the variety of capabilities it brings to the table beyond the simple focal length change, none of this would be possible for me. Love what the eyepiece can and does do that only it can do