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CPC1100 Nexstar 8i + GPS & Rays Brackets Denk S1 power switch Orion 100 mm Refractor Meade LXD 55 ...AR-5 127 mm Refractor Gerbring heated clothing in the winter Exploradome Observatory S.I.E. (Smiling Irish Eyes) 39*21'03" N 77*28'12" W The sky over my head....
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:Looking over your sig line, if it were me then I would keep the 8E as it provides a consistent look and feel with your longer FL EPs, then get a custom 2.2x 2" Barlow (from Siebert probably - or an extention for the TV Big Barlow to get to 2.2x) and then use that with the 13mm and 8mm Ethos to get to 5.9mm and 3.6mm focal lengths.
Takahashi FS128, TSA 102, FSQ106N, Losmandy GM-8, Baader Mark V, Leica ASPH, Takahashi, Ethos and Panoptic eyepieces.
Jay Skuban 16" Nightsky Dob
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
Quote:I'd keep the XW's. Just my 2 cents...
10" F/4.7 Modified Skywatcher Reflector, 38mm Orion Q70, 17mm Modified Ultima LX, 10mm TeleVue Delos, 7mm Pentax XL.
Quote:undriven dob caught my eye on this, I'd keep the 8mm, with consideration to letting the object drift through the FOV at high power.
AS of NSW
AS of Hunter Valley
Fact: I like reflectors and big ones. All the refractors I own are either finderscopes, binoculars, or riflescopes.
18"/F4.5 Obsession #1333 fully optioned (OMI Optics)
14"/F4.5 SDM #33 fully optioned (Zambuto Optics)
10"/F5.3 SDM #50 fully optioned (Suchting Optics)
Pentax XW's, T4 & T5 Naglers , UO HD orthos, 6mm Delos, 8mm Radian, 8.5mm Pentax XF, 13mm Ethos. 12mm Celestron Illum Astrometric eyepiece. Rainbow Optics Spectroscopic Eyepiece Set. Orion Optics UK 250 lpi Ronchi grating eyepiece. 2" Astronomiks UHC, OIII & H-Beta filters, 2" DGM Optics NPB filter. 2" Variable Polariser. 2" Hoya colour filters.
Leupold 10x42 & Pentax 16x60 binos.
Teeter 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: keep them and use them until you find a reason to let one or two go.
Kmart 40mm-Thanks Mom|Jason60mm-Thanks Dad|C80SS-Thanks Wife|C90|C102|C6XLT|AP130EDFGT|C-11XLT EQ-2|EQ-3|CG5GT|Mach 1 & Eagle "For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return".-Leonardo da Vinci "We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."-Oscar Wilde ~RIP Dad, you were my best friend...Godspeed!~
Quote: I use an Astro Physics Barcon with my ethos eyepieces and think that the combination is magical!
"I have been paddling in the shallows of a great ocean of knowledge." - Sir Isaac Newton * * 15" F4.55 Starsplitter Dob & a Denk II binoviewer * * http://peaceofsky.wordpress.com/ Pacheco State Park Fremont Peak
Quote:I have read that the Antares 1.6x and the AP Barcon share the same optics
14" Strut; 10"XT; 102ES; 22 in Process; 3.5,5,7,10,14,20mm Pentax XW; 17.3 & 12mm Delos; 27mm Panoptic; 20&24mm ES 68; 24mm ES 82; 30mm ES 82; 6&10mm BCO;
Quote:The Pentaxes give longer eye relief and more focal length options. I'm assuming you are selling because you need the cash, so I am not going to suggest barlows or any other additional purchases.
Quote:... at the end of the day, the stars aren't going anywhere.
Quote:Hi Damo,It is a difficult choice I reckon. I've now moved to XW's for my 5mm and 3.5mm focal lengths and use the Ethos for 13mm, 8mm and 6mm. The 8mm Ethos is my least used of the three but this might change when my 30cm Orion Optics F/5.3 dobsonian comes "on stream" shortly. It's certainly not because it lacks anything in performance compared to the 13mm and 6mm Ethos.I have considered switching from the 8mm and 6mm Ethos to 10mm and 7mm XW's to go with the 5mm and 3.5 but I do love the 100 degree FoV and coma won't be much of an issue at F/5.3 so I reckon I'll probably stick with the Ethos trio
Quote:...... If I had stuck to my original plan & bought a 5mm XW I wouldn't have found myself in this position, but, the 8E popped up at a nice price & I couldn't help myself
7" F5.7 Mark Harry mirror dob (self made) TMB 6MM, 8,13 Ethos, 22T4, 27 Pan, Meade 36QX 10" F5 Swayze refigured mirror waiting for a home