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:Like you, I sold my pair of XF 8.5; I found a Siebert SSS 8.4 to be better in almost every respect. The main thing that bugged me about the XF is the stray light just outside the exit pupil. I don't understand how that could even be acceptable for daytime use.
Vixen 140mm Neo-achro, 2" AP Maxbright diagonal, 40mm Orion Optilux, 35mm, 30mm, 18mm, and 15mm Ultrascopic/Ultima, 28mm & 20mm ES 68, 19mm TV Panoptic, 5.5mm Meade UWA, 2.4x 2" Dakin barlow (prototype barrel),1.6x Antares barlow.
18" f/4.2 homebuilt truss 12.5" f/6 hybrid tube dob
Scopes: Celestron Nexstar8GPS SCT; ES David Levy Comet Hunter 6" Mak-Newt; Vixen ED100sf; Astro-Tech AT90EDT; Stellarvue SV80-9D; Monolux/Carton 60/910 Finders: 80mm S'vue Aplanat/C8, with Telrad; S'vue 60mm/AT90; S'vue 50mm/Vixen; OEM/ESDLCH; EPs:TV: Radian3,4,5,6,12,18; T6 5,7,9,13;16,26,31T5;Pan24,35; plossls: 3-6NZ,8,11,15,20,26,32,55; Sterling plossl1.25" 12.5,17,20,25. 2"30,40; A-T TitanII30; TMB Paragon40; Celestron Ultima35; Sterling FF27; TMB Planetary 6,7,8,9; KK ortho set
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:So far, my 8mm is holding up under continued use--I had a good time again on Jupiter and also Uranus, spotting Oberon and Titania in it. What gets me is how nicely it controls scatter on something like Jupiter--I'll go from my 7XW to the 8 Paradigm and seriously, I don't feel like I'm taking a big step down at all, except for the narrower field.
Quote:The 5mm is very nice, although I think its field is a little restricted, down around 56 degrees. Unlike the 8 and 12, however, it has a glare issue from out-of-field sources: Jupiter, from outside the field, throws a huge wash of light across the eyepiece. The 8 and 12 do not show this problem. However, the 5 has the same nice control of scatter on the planet once it's in the field, and rich color saturation. These are nice eyepieces, not simply "for the money." Just plain nice. I especially like the 12mm.
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 keep thinking about a pair of 8mm Paradigms, but I always go back to what Roland Christen said about anything under 10mm magnifying the flaws in the binoviewer's prisms.
Quote:I really wish that there was a 10mm Paradigm.
Quote:I really hope that you will post your results with the various 8mm and shorter eyepiece pairs that you are trying! My bino is with Harry Siebert for the supercharge, so I have time to read other people's opinions for awhile.
The Cheapest Astronomer in the World gets excited by Jupiter. Builds dob, builds eq platform, arranges to borrow webcam...
Quote: ... I'm happy to hear that the Paradigm 8 compared well against the XW 7. Another reason for me to put off buying more XW's......I also intend to compare my Paradigm 12mm pair with my Brandon 12mm pair. I don't really want to sell either of these pairs, but if one gives me a better image ... who knows?...Mike
Quote:My 5mm Paradigm remains in my EP case despite my having bought three different eyepieces that I thought might supplant it. Of those three, two were "less glass," and they are all now gone while the Paradigm remains.
Quote:I don't actually claim to be right. Just reporting my impressions. It is entirely possible that neither myself or my scopes are up to the task of discerning very fine differences in detail.
Quote:If I recall correctly, BillP said that he liked the Sterlings down to 12.5mm. Shorter than that, not so much. I once tried a pair of 25mm Sterlings, but they required so much infocus that I couldn't use them with my Starmaster. The Paradigms were never a problem.
Quote: I am really resisting the urge to buy a pair of 8mm Paradigms right now, but it's getting harder. Dang it, I had just ordered a pair of 9mm Agena Enhanced Wide Angles (Expanse clones) that should be here shortly. Wish that I had read this review sooner.
Quote:It is interesting, though, that you ranked the Paradigm 5 and UO VT 5 about the same, except for the Paradigm being more comfortable. That is saying something. Mike
Quote:George, what were the manufacturing flaws on the 18mm? I just got that eyepiece too and just wanted to double check mine didn't have the flaws. I'm at F/10, so hopefully the curvature won't be a huge issue (haven't gotten to try it at night yet).
Bryan Stone Past President, NSAAC (North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club) Visual Astronomer with: "GoldenEye" XT8 Classic, flocked, Moonlite CR2(Gold), Telrad, 1st Base mount Serial #001 "Night Hawk" SV 80mm f/7 Aplanat on M1/GNG TV 11NT6, 32P, 1.8xB, Pentax XF 8.5 ES 82 N2 6.7, GSO SV 30, UO KII 16 Lumicon OIII,Orion Ultrablock, Moon Filter, 4 color filters, 25mm Sirius P, 10x50 Explorer Binocs, Celestron broadband filter,Tectron collimation tools, Pelican 1500 Divider Case, StarDust chair