The telescope I was using was my Celestar 8 Deluxe, built in Approx the year 1998 ...
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Quote:There are those people who do love the RKE eyepieces but opinions vary whether the 'new' Edmund Optics RKEs are comparable to the 'old' Edmund Scientific versions. I don't have any of the Edmund Optics branded ones so I can't offer my own opinion. Thank you for taking the time to do the comparison and showing that the price tag doesn't necessarily equate to image brightness & performance. When it comes to planetary viewing, RKEs with their three glass surfaces do yield very nice views.I would like to make note of two things: (1) The $59 price you quoted jumped to $85 about 2-2.5 years ago for a new Edmund Optics RKE:http://www.edmundoptics.com/microscopy/eyepieces/edmund-optics-rke-precision-...(2) RKE actually stands for Rank Kaspereit Erfle as was discovered once the original copyright papers were posted online by a fellow CN'er.Cheers,Troy