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Jim
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Paul Rini eyepieces
      #535027 - 07/28/05 09:35 AM

I have not seen much mentioned on them here.....any experiences?

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djeber2
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Re: Paul Rini eyepieces new [Re: Jim]
      #535380 - 07/28/05 01:21 PM

I am very happy with my 11.2mm Rini, and I have only read basically good reviews on these ep.

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Don
12.5 & 10" Dobs, 4 Small scopes, 2 Classic Scopes (4.25" Edmunds, Sears 60mm), Several Binoculars

Job 9:9 He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.
Psalms 147:4 He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.


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garyc11
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Re: Paul Rini eyepieces new [Re: djeber2]
      #535812 - 07/28/05 05:35 PM

i think they are good eyepieces,there has been a few threads on them here give the search function a shot.

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MallinCam Hyper Plus Color
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ErnieM
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Re: Paul Rini eyepieces new [Re: garyc11]
      #535918 - 07/28/05 06:51 PM

I also have the Rini 2" 11.2mm and like it very much.I have heard his other products are very good for the price.I also recently picked up my first Russell Optics EP who like Rini uses surplus optics to make EPs.It is a 2" SWA 18mm with Japanese XL lens.This is a very nice EP.Their EPs will not win a beauty contest but they do perform very nicely.I think all of thr Rinis are made of polished alluminum and the Russells are made of Derlin.Rinis usually don't come with eyecups as the Russells do.

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Ernie
DSH8/ Crayford focuser
ST80 with 2" focuser on Astroview mount
Vixen R130SF 5" Newt on iOptron mount
ES N2 4.7,6.7,8.8,7XL,10LX,13t6,17LX,22LVW,27 Pan,28mm RKE,TV 32,34SWA,Parks GS 35,SWA 26 & 38mm,TMBs,UOs,Sratus, Viven 8x24 Zoom,and various Russells and Rinis.
Sears 7x35, Meade 9x63 and Celestron Skymaster 8x56 and 15x70 binos


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Re: Paul Rini eyepieces new [Re: ErnieM]
      #536599 - 07/29/05 09:50 AM

I've got the 11.2/28 and it works as advertised. Much better performance than I expected. There's a good bit of off axis color on really bright stuff but it's great for deepsky. BTW, I just got that same Russell 18mm XL. I'm heading for our dark site this weekend for some real testing. It looked great from the backyard, strong colors and sharp splits on some doubles.

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Star*Hopper
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Re: Paul Rini eyepieces new [Re: ]
      #536671 - 07/29/05 10:41 AM

I just received (Wednesday) 2 Rini 2" Mod-Plossls - the 10 & 26mm units. Can't report on performance - haven't tried just yet....rained every day since, & same's forecast for next 7 (as far as the Wx-man took it). So, situation normal - all Cloudy Nights, far's the eye can see!

How does she DO it?!?!?
~S*H

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ErnieM
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Re: Paul Rini eyepieces new [Re: Star*Hopper]
      #536705 - 07/29/05 11:08 AM

Sounds like a plan raingod.I will look for your thoughts on the 18.I also noticed Paul doesn't have the 11.2 for sale on his web site and hasn't for a while.He probably sold out on them.Starhopper,I hope they work out for you.I was thinking of getting the 10mm but I already have a GSO 10mm.Will look forward for your thoughts as well.

Ernie

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DSH8/ Crayford focuser
ST80 with 2" focuser on Astroview mount
Vixen R130SF 5" Newt on iOptron mount
ES N2 4.7,6.7,8.8,7XL,10LX,13t6,17LX,22LVW,27 Pan,28mm RKE,TV 32,34SWA,Parks GS 35,SWA 26 & 38mm,TMBs,UOs,Sratus, Viven 8x24 Zoom,and various Russells and Rinis.
Sears 7x35, Meade 9x63 and Celestron Skymaster 8x56 and 15x70 binos


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Raven911
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Re: Paul Rini eyepieces new [Re: ErnieM]
      #537736 - 07/30/05 12:37 AM

I have a couple of the older Rini's. They were pretty decent optically, but there were a few things left off, like field stops, filter threads, and such. I hear the newer ones are much improved. I would like to try one someday. My old Rini 52mm kelner is one of my most used eyepieces. Works wonderfully on my AR-6.

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Celestron SC6
Celestron C9.25
100mm F6/76mm F4.5/80mm F5/SV NHII 80mm F6 Achros
SBIG ST7/Canon 300D/DSI Pro Mono/Starshoot DSCI
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Bubbinski
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Re: Paul Rini eyepieces new [Re: Raven911]
      #567275 - 08/20/05 10:18 PM

I heard good things about the 30 mm Paul Rini EP and I was looking for a deep sky EP that would give me the widest field of view possible for my Mak (the 25 mm Sirius was good but I wanted something with a wider FOV). So I got the Rini 30 MM EP after I found out it would only be around 30 bucks but would give me a 1.44 degree FOV compared with a 1.3 degree FOV for the 32 mm Sirius. It works great. The only negative, and a slight one, is a very little false color on bright objects like the Moon and Jupiter, but it performed OK on those when I used it on my Tri-Mag barlow.

Justin

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5/6/9/10/12.5/15/17/20/25/30/32 mm EP's (TMB, Highlight, Expanse, Sirius, Paul Rini), 2x Shorty Plus, 3x Tri-Mag barlows
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Astraforce Paul
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Re: Paul Rini eyepieces new [Re: Bubbinski]
      #569203 - 08/22/05 02:09 PM

Had real good experiences with 2" Rinis in the 30-40mm range. Fairly crisp across much of the fov even in the f/5 range, lighter-weight than the monster premium eyepieces, and, a key plus, lots less money.

They can make a lot of sense, especially if one is working at larger exit pupils, and using them mostly for star hopping or framing the occasional large cluster.


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Jeremy@za
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Re: Paul Rini eyepieces new [Re: Astraforce Paul]
      #569508 - 08/22/05 05:26 PM

I quite like my 22mm 1.25 incher, with the exception of a lense defect that generates ghost stars off bright objects. Other than that, it's a nice eyepiece. I look forward to comparing it to the 25mm Antares Plossl I have on order.

J

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Shneor
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Re: Paul Rini eyepieces new [Re: Jeremy@za]
      #572454 - 08/24/05 05:01 PM

I have now - and have had in the past - a number ofRini eyepieces. Some years ago, Paul made some 38mm 2" eyepieces that had an apparent field as large as possible in a 2", and performed very well (donated to a club in New Zealand for their 21"). I have a 29mm, probably at least 10 years old, 70 degree AFOV, astigmatic near the edge, some lateral color, but good contrast; and a newly purchased 28.5mm with at least a 70 degree field - lateral color, good contrast, not too much distortion in a fast scope (and only $35). These are the 2" Rinis I'm familiar with.

I also have a pair of 1.25" 30mm Widefields, with 29mm field stop for an extremely wide field (used in my binoviewer). Nice eyepieces.

BUT: Nearly all the Rinis have less light throughput than most commercial eyepieces. That's because the lenses are generally either coated (but not multicoated) or uncoated. In a 5-element eyepiece, the difference is noticeable. And there may be other issues concerning internal reflections with uncoated lenses. Having said that, they are generally an excellent value: decent optics at a low price. But if you can easily afford better, don't waste your $$. I only use the 30mms regularly, but in a 22", the views are still spectacular.

Clear skies,

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Shneor

22" f/4 Sayre Monocular
Tom Osypowski Equatorial Platform (since 1995)
Assorted small telescopes, 76-152mm; 25mm ES100, 20mm ES100, 13mm Ethos, 9mm ES120, 9mm ES100, 8mm Delos, 6mm Ethos, 4.7mm Ethos, 3.7mm Ethos SX, 2.5mm Nagler Type 6, 2" 2X Powermate, 2" 1.5X Proxima Barlow, 2" GSO Coma Corrector and other 1.25" eyepieces.


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Star*Hopper
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Re: Paul Rini eyepieces new [Re: Astraforce Paul]
      #573472 - 08/25/05 11:54 AM

Quote:

"Had real good experiences with 2" Rinis in the 30-40mm range....." x Paul_R




I'd been wonderin' about your nametag.
~S*H

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Star*Hopper
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Re: Paul Rini eyepieces new [Re: ErnieM]
      #573475 - 08/25/05 12:01 PM

Following up...."SNACU"
(Situation Normal: All Clouded Up)

But TONIGHT! CSC's showin' naught but shades o' blue....and full moon or not, I'm plannin' on bein' out there battlin' with th' Zekes!

(If THAT don't jinx it, dunno WHAT will!)

Pullin' out tomorrow about 5:30am going out of town tho, so will have to be a short venture...Maybe Ma Nature will cut me a break.

~Star*Hopper

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ErnieM
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Re: Paul Rini eyepieces new [Re: Shneor]
      #573944 - 08/25/05 05:59 PM

Ordered the RINI 30mm last night and Paul sent me an Email stating it was shipped this morning.Will be my 3rd Rini(11.2/28.5 and 30mm).Talk about fast service.

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Ernie
DSH8/ Crayford focuser
ST80 with 2" focuser on Astroview mount
Vixen R130SF 5" Newt on iOptron mount
ES N2 4.7,6.7,8.8,7XL,10LX,13t6,17LX,22LVW,27 Pan,28mm RKE,TV 32,34SWA,Parks GS 35,SWA 26 & 38mm,TMBs,UOs,Sratus, Viven 8x24 Zoom,and various Russells and Rinis.
Sears 7x35, Meade 9x63 and Celestron Skymaster 8x56 and 15x70 binos


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djeber2
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Re: Paul Rini eyepieces new [Re: ErnieM]
      #574138 - 08/25/05 08:49 PM

Ernie, I have considered getting that 30mm Rini. I would like to hear how you like it.

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Don
12.5 & 10" Dobs, 4 Small scopes, 2 Classic Scopes (4.25" Edmunds, Sears 60mm), Several Binoculars

Job 9:9 He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.
Psalms 147:4 He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.


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ErnieM
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Re: Paul Rini eyepieces new [Re: djeber2]
      #574223 - 08/25/05 10:27 PM

Will do djeber.Right now I'm setting up to go out and try my new Owl 2" SWA38mm and the 2" ultrblock.I went out with them last night but the viewing conditions were not that good but tonight they are great.

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Ernie
DSH8/ Crayford focuser
ST80 with 2" focuser on Astroview mount
Vixen R130SF 5" Newt on iOptron mount
ES N2 4.7,6.7,8.8,7XL,10LX,13t6,17LX,22LVW,27 Pan,28mm RKE,TV 32,34SWA,Parks GS 35,SWA 26 & 38mm,TMBs,UOs,Sratus, Viven 8x24 Zoom,and various Russells and Rinis.
Sears 7x35, Meade 9x63 and Celestron Skymaster 8x56 and 15x70 binos


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