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
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Celestron C11+EQ6, skywatcher /Zambuto 12"dob,watchhouse tracking platform, 16"/Zambuto lightbridge , Ethos's 6,8,10,13,17,21. Naglers 31,26. Lieca ash zoom, televue 2.5 powermate,2"2x powermate .Paracorr type2. Howie glatter 2" laser & Tublug. Lumicon 2" UHC, 03, H-Beta,Televue smoothies ( all of em) , Meade 4000 smoothies ( all of em). That'll do for now.
Quote:FWIW, the Leica in 2" mode Paracorrs nicely in my f4.65 with a sharp flat field to the edge. That's another thing about this magical eyepiece, a sharp flat 80* field? I mean c'mon!
Quote:My solution to the filter issue was to get an Astrocrumb filter slide which I have come to dearly love.
Quote: As for the Paracorr ... I rarely use it with the Leica and have not missed it with my f4.3 18 inch Starmaster. The difference between the Leica alone and the Leica plus Paracorr was marginal, and I felt that the Paracorr introduced a hint of the Televue warmth to the color balance.
Quote:If I was to get one ( I probly will ) I would keep it simple and not worry about this adaptor or that adaptor , I would get it in 2" format and either use as is or parracor it ( filters can be used either way , or if I wanted an 18mm to 4.5 mm ish zoom I would use it in a tv 2x powermate ( filters can still be used ) I don't use filters that often and when I do it only takes 20 second to screw them on.
Quote:To Leica or Not to Leica: That is the Question, The answer to that question is to Leica;-)
TEC140 (#216) Leica 17.8...8.9mm ASPH Zoom also barlowed 1.5x/2.0x/2.5x with Baader VIP Modular Barlow WO UWAN 28mm Baader 2" Herschel Wedge with SolarContinuum filter AYO AltAz mount on a Berlebach UNI19 tripod (sold: Zeiss AOII set with Zeiss Abbe 2x Barlow, see Leica zoom vs. ZAOII)
Quote:Bottom line: I've back then taken the plunge in a jiffy and really never looked back. The Leica ASPH zoom was even able to successfully defend its exclusive position against the ZAOIIs.
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Quote:Quote:Bottom line: I've back then taken the plunge in a jiffy and really never looked back. The Leica ASPH zoom was even able to successfully defend its exclusive position against the ZAOIIs. Just remember...others HAVE found that the best of the best less-element eyepieces can surpass the Leica in absolute detail rendered. No disrespect, but not everyone agrees that this zoom can surpass the best (ZAO's) in the right seeing conditions. And for the record, I too am a supporter of this zoom!
Rodger EON 80 Tak TSA-102 EON 120 Orion Apex 127mm Meade AR6 Tak FS-152 Celestron Nexstar 6SE and 8SE Celestron 9.25" SCT Meade 10" LX50 Celestron 11" SCT Celestron 14" SCT 16" Teeter/Zambuto 20" f/5 Obsession Classic Zeiss Conquest HD 10X42 Astro Physics Premium 15X70 Oberwork 20X80 Deluxe III Oberwork BT 100-45 Complete set of Baader Genuine Orthos Zeiss Diascope eyepiece 12mm, 68AFOV, Great eye relief (sharpest, highest contrast eyepiece I own, just awesome) etc., etc.
Quote:This may be suggesting the obvious, but have you emailed Markus to inquire about the ease of switching adapters? I would think he could clarify pretty quickly.
I am curious about this too since it would also allow those who may want/have the zoom for use in a spotting scope to 'double-dip' and use it for astronomy.
Quote:I can post a picture of the adapter this evening if needed.
Quote:Here is Leica ASPH Zoom eyepiece with Starlight Instruments' 2" adapter.
I asked them to build custom adapter before. Now they are selling the adatper as standard product.
Quote:You can use T2 1.25" adapter to make it 1.25" eyepiece (need extra inward focus distance).
Quote: You can use standard 2" filter. But not both
Quote: Baader #T2-14 (1.25" nosepiece) attached at bottom Starlight Instruments's adapter
Quote:So now when we order a Leica ASPH Zoom with 2" adapter from APM, they will come with the Starlight Instruments 2" adapter? Is that knurled screw the only point of attachment between the adapter and the eyepiece? Not that that is necessarily a bad thing.
Quote:Quote:So now when we order a Leica ASPH Zoom with 2" adapter from APM, they will come with the Starlight Instruments 2" adapter? Is that knurled screw the only point of attachment between the adapter and the eyepiece? Not that that is necessarily a bad thing. When I said "standard product", it is off-the-shelf product from Starlight Instruments, not from APM.So you don't get Starlight Instruments' adapter from APM. You need to buy the adapter from Starlight Instruments.
This night has opened my eyes...and i will never sleep again. 20" 3.5 - 12" 4.8 - 25X100 Bino Ethos 21/13/8 - Ortho 18/12.5/9/7/6/5/4 - Zoom Leica Asph
Quote: It would be a shame for anyone to miss out on this excellent eyepiece because they had notions about the adapter causing problems. The Leica will now ship with nylon allen screws, I have the first iteration of this and they work great. The adapter that I had that caused the pinching problem (yes it was me!) was an older adapter that Tammy gave me, that used very sharp pointed metal allen screws. The current adapter before the new nylon switch-over used metal allen screws with a flat end that do not pinch the barrel. I don't think anyone should worry about the barrel pinching again, Markus has taken care of it.
Quote:I received mine with the M48 adaptater...and nylon screws, few days ago.
I don't understand how adaptater could be a problem
Quote: If you hesitate between 2" et 1.25" : Why don't you take the 1.25" ? You could use it with your current stuff (filter wheel), and if necessary, you could use it in a 2" focuser with a mere 2"-1.25" reducer.
Quote: It sounds like you look for any reason to not pull the trigger. Like you did, i read thouroughly most of the threads about it on CN, and was confirmed some thoughts by MP from leica owners.
Quote: IMO, there are 2 issus to take into account before purchase for a newton : Infocus travel (i checked for me and i have enough travel), If used with a paracorr : choosing the right set up to achieve the right barlow factor without touching the paracorr lens.
Quote:Now the bad news - the Starlight adapter is $190 and the eyepiece is $900 for a grand total of $1090. Although I could afford it, I just can't bring myself to spend that much money on a single eyepiece. The most I've ever spent was around $600 for the Zeiss Diascope eyepiece and the Zeiss adapter. And that was a reach. So I guess I'll have to make do with the eyepieces I have.
Quote:So you would have to switch between 2" adaptater and 1.25". Don't see any other way. Not very handy.Except if you switch from filter wheel to filter slide (like me).