Quote: Currently I have nice set of XWs (from 5 to 20) for "all around" astronomy observations. But I want something special for planetary work, like Abbe Orthos or Supermonos.
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Quote:Not really a whole other league thing for me - just subtle improvements under the best conditions
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Quote:what is the focal ratio of your refractor?
Quote:Currently I have nice set of XWs (from 5 to 20) for "all around" astronomy observations. But I want something special for planetary work, like Abbe Orthos or Supermonos. Luckily I found a nice 5mm TMB Supermono, but for the price I could have new set of 4, 5 and 6mm Fujiyama Orthos. What would you buy...? My scope is a 5" triplet APO...
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Quote:However, I would suggest the pentax XO 5
Quote:... with probably about 1% difference in the view.
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Quote:Keep in mind that many people "imagine" seeing a better view in the more expensive eyepiece. In fact I suspect that happens most of the time.
Quote:If the question was three of the Japanese HD orthos vs. one of any of the "premium" orthos I would take the 3 HD orthos all the way. You get 200% more eyepieces with probably about 1% difference in the view.Keep in mind that many people "imagine" seeing a better view in the more expensive eyepiece. In fact I suspect that happens most of the time. We're all guilty of it. There is absolutely no way you can remove the memory of paying 500 or 600 bucks for one tiny eypiece from your mind!
Quote:Ok...I eventually decided to try how SuperMono performs in my scope. An there is another thought decision: Should I buy 5mm (190X) or 6mm (159X) SuperMono as my first TMB "tiny glass dept." eyepiece?
Quote:Quote:Keep in mind that many people "imagine" seeing a better view in the more expensive eyepiece. In fact I suspect that happens most of the time.
I would agree that this is definitely a possibility. However, I say that it is an equal possibility that the reason the observer could see a difference might also be: 1) the observer has better pysiology/acuity, 2) the observer has better skill and experience, 3) the observer was lucky enough to receive a higher quality unit off the production line than you tried (or you were unlucky enough to get a poorer unit), 4) the observer has a better optical chain than yours that can capitalize on the differences.
ps - forgot 5) the eyepiece tested was actually better