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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'm also looking forward to hearing - but I guess full moon at the moment means that dark transparent night for the DSO contrast comparison is still a little while off. I'm contemplating buying one or other of the Leica ASPH or Meopta so it would be a big deal if they are similar in contrast - or to know the trade-offs; many thanks in advance Tammy.Clear skiesNiels
Quote:It is finally here. It took longer than usual.It was shipped on Oct 16th, arrived today on Oct 29th.Just took regular snapshot. I did take a quick peek at terrestrial view. Good eye relief, comfortable, twist up eyeguard. The tapered eyepiece shoulder is about 60mm in diameter. I think I can use those in binoviewer.Meopta with APM 2" M42 adapter on left, Leica with Starlight Instruments' adapter on right: Eye lens: Field lens: More later when I get a chance to look through at night.Tammy
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Quote:So my recommendation is that if you are using it for night sky observation in general, Leica ASPH Zoom is a better choice. If your interest is mainly on axis image quality of planetary/lunar and want to take advantage of variable focal length of zoom eyepiece, I think that Meopta is a fine choice.
Quote:To me, the Meopta's outwardly flairing bottom, meant for its use on another scope design, is a deal breaker. It's fairing bottom makes it as large at the Leica's overall OD, negating any advantage over the Leica size-wise.
Quote:If your interest is mainly on axis image quality of planetary/lunar and want to take advantage of variable focal length of zoom eyepiece, I think that Meopta is a fine choice.
MarkLeica 8x20; Nikon Action 7x35; Vixen Apex Pro 8x42; Orion 15x63; Docter Nobilem 15x60WO Megrez II 80 FD / APM 107mm f/6.5 / Mewlon 210 on DM-6 + Berlebach Planet
Quote:Do you feel the AMD is bothersome in lunar observing, Tammy?
Quote:I bought one...The Meopta has very nice eye relief and is narrower than the Hyperion zoom, and very comfortable ergonomically. It's a bit stiff on the zoom but seems to be well made. The focus point is only a few mm in from the Hyperion zoom, assuming a 2" adapter. The aFOV seems to be accurate at 66 deg throughout the zoom. It seems to be nearly perfectly parfocal. I had high hopes for this and a little bit of AMD does not bother me. But, unfortunately, it has a LOT of AMD, it's like looking into a marble. I can't imagine how anyone would accept it in a spotting scope. The Hyperion zoom is completely flat by comparison.Since I would still have to make an adapter for it to view the sky, and I'm not likely to see the sky soon anyway here, I returned it.
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Quote:The Baader Hyperion Zoom just works!