“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Quote:Where is it just $99?I see $199 from online vendors.I haven't used the ES 34mm 68 but I did have the JOC-made Meade 34mm SWA and compared it to a 35mm Panoptic in an f/5.1 Dob. The Panoptic was brighter and better corrected at the edge, but has some pincushion distortion just like the JOC unit.The question is, is it worth $175 more for these differences, assuming that JOC hasn't changed the eyepiece that much.- Jim
Quote: The question is, is it worth $175 more for these differences, assuming that JOC hasn't changed the eyepiece that much.- Jim
Telescopes: Celestron 14" SCT..Meade 10" ACF/SCT..Stellarvue 4" ED APO Mounts: UA UniStar Deluxe duel clamping saddle on a Celestron CGE tripod...UA UniStar Deluxe on a Meade field tripod and a UA UniStar Light on a UA light surveyor tripod. All with custom made "Manny Miles" eyepiece trays. Binoculars: Garrett Optical 10x50 Oberwerk 15x60. Eyepieces: TV Naglers, and Plossl's. Also Pentax 20XW, a Baader 31 Aspheric and a TMB 40 Paragon.
Quote:My 35mm Pan cost $200 used, I bought one for a friend that was $175, both were in good condition.Jon
10" F/4.7 Modified Skywatcher Reflector, 38mm Orion Q70, 17mm Modified Ultima LX, 10mm TeleVue Delos, 7mm Pentax XL.
Quote:Quote:My 35mm Pan cost $200 used, I bought one for a friend that was $175, both were in good condition.JonChances of finding a 35mm Pan at those prices in good condition are pretty slim pickins!
WO Megrez 120 ED on GP Mount
WO ZenithStar 80 ED II on Porta II
10" Meade LightBridge/Paracorr
Orion ED 100 on Polaris Mount
Astro-Tech 8" f6 Dob
Bushnell Ares 5
Meade 226 2.4" f11.7
SpaceScope 2.4" f15
Quote:Really?I just did a search on Astromart as far back as 2007. Most prices range anywhere from $250.00-$350.00 !!! Finding a 35mm Panoptic from $175.00-$200.00 BEFORE the price increase is indeed RARE.
Quote: . I'm also considering the 82° 30mm ES.
DreamCatcher Dobservatory/AstroTech 16" dob.
Quote:Great report KJL. I have the Meade 34mm and agree that the afov is a little larger than the advertised 68 deg. I think it's about 71 deg.
KJ SV50A, SVR80ST, SVR90T, C6 XLT Mini Hitch, Dwarfstar (GT1542T, GT5562LTS) Pentax XW 20, 30, 40 Panoptic 41 Image Intensified Eyepiece, Gen III Leica ASPH Zoom + Baader Zeiss 2x Delos 17.3 Nagler 2-4
Quote:That figures: I thought the 35mm Panoptic's AFOV seemed a bit narrow but attributed it to the obvious vignetting at the edge of the view. I just wish the 34mm ES68 maintained tighter off-center starpoints, or that the 35mm Pan didn't fuzz-out at the field stop
Quote: Quote:That figures: I thought the 35mm Panoptic's AFOV seemed a bit narrow but attributed it to the obvious vignetting at the edge of the view. I just wish the 34mm ES68 maintained tighter off-center starpoints, or that the 35mm Pan didn't fuzz-out at the field stop Is this the eyepiece or the scope? I find the 35mm Panoptic to provide sharp stars to the edge and a clean field stop even in a relatively fast scope (F/5-F/6) if the scope itself is free from off-axis aberrations and vignetting.