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Eyepiece Series Collections
      #3641819 - 02/22/10 11:47 PM Attachment (371 downloads)

I just recieved a couple more pieces for my collection of the Tele Vue Smoothie plossls.
So i had to take a picture. Almost all back together. Still missing the 7.4mm.
All of them are marked NJ except for te 17mm which is R.
I must say that im really pleased with them!

So since there almost together what other series of family's have been reunited? Any family photo's?

Edited by Tank (02/22/10 11:51 PM)


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3641844 - 02/23/10 12:09 AM

Tony, beautiful set, indeed!

Congratulations!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: csa/montana]
      #3641854 - 02/23/10 12:19 AM

Wow, what a great looking TV classics collection! Congrats!

Best,


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3641876 - 02/23/10 12:33 AM

Quote:

I just recieved a couple more pieces for my collection of the Tele Vue Smoothie plossls.
So i had to take a picture. Almost all back together. Still missing the 7.4mm.
All of them are marked NJ except for te 17mm which is R.
I must say that im really pleased with them!

So since there almost together what other series of family's have been reunited? Any family photo's?




Is it true that the NJ means they were made in New Jersey?

Does anybody know what exit?


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: SteveC]
      #3642610 - 02/23/10 11:46 AM

Thanks Carol and Hernando

"Is it true that the NJ means they were made in New Jersey?"
Don't believe so!
"Does anybody know what exit?"
32 Elkay Dr., Chester, NY


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3642832 - 02/23/10 01:22 PM

Beautiful!!

You have a right to be proud.

Sam


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: SteveC]
      #3643013 - 02/23/10 02:53 PM

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Is it true that the NJ means they were made in New Jersey?

Does anybody know what exit?




...probably some exit between 7.4 and 55?


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3643041 - 02/23/10 03:04 PM Attachment (215 downloads)

Great set! I've been collecting the Meade Smooth Sides in 1.25" format, I only lack a few more. Below is the family portrait: Back row= UWA 4.7mm and 6.7mm, SWA 18mm and 24mm; Plossls are in the middle and front row.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3643091 - 02/23/10 03:20 PM Attachment (182 downloads)

Very Nice Set.

Here's another - no 55, but I have the Barlows.

They are great eyepieces.

Clear Skies


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: rnabholz]
      #3643126 - 02/23/10 03:35 PM

David E very nice Meade set!
I have the 4.7mm + 8.8mm UWA and i really like them!
How do the UWA 4.7mm and 6.7mm compare to each other?
Little easier to view thru the 6.7mm?
I find the 4.7mm is not that hard to look thru compared to some other eyepieces i had!


Rod,
What can i say, great collection!

Is the ER extremely tight for the 7.4mm?


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: rnabholz]
      #3643131 - 02/23/10 03:37 PM

David & Rod; Two more beautiful sets of eyepieces!

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3643161 - 02/23/10 03:46 PM

Quote:


Is the ER extremely tight for the 7.4mm?




Yea, it is pretty tight. I find myself reaching for my Zhummel 6mm Long Eye Relief more often than the TV 7.4mm when I need to work at that magnification range. It is just more comfortable for extended views.

Rod


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: rnabholz]
      #3643574 - 02/23/10 06:51 PM

Lemme toss in my set into the mix..

Another set of Meade 4K's.



It's a set I refuse to part with..


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: BCB]
      #3643942 - 02/23/10 10:19 PM

I like the "smooth" asthetic! especially the groove-less barrels.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Scott99]
      #3644111 - 02/23/10 11:48 PM

Mark,
very nice set indeed!
I would not part ways with those either!
I had a meade 3000 40mm which stacked up real well vs the 40mm NJ TV. I was on the brink of picking up the 40mm 4000 smothie the one you have too. I was going to do a comparison between the three, but the seller pulled out of the deal last second???
I sold the 3000 and kept the TV but both eyepieces were top notch and im sure the 4000 smoothie is in there league!

"I like the "smooth" asthetic! especially the groove-less barrels."

Scott, i hear you, no extra plastic, no spoiler added, no extra rubber, no plastic chrome, no exsessive girth, no graffiti graphics!

Now people cover up everything in plastic like how some families covered up the chestafils (sofa's)!

Even in the automotive sector!!
I went to the auto show last year and almost every front hood i open up i did not see the engine it was all covered up! Very dissapointed with this new trend!
I used to be impressed by how engine's looked but not no more!

Anyways i was very impressed when i recieved the 55mm TV smoothie how it is so simplistic astheticly yet so impressive looking!

Edited by Tank (02/23/10 11:53 PM)


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: BCB]
      #3644127 - 02/24/10 12:00 AM

Very nice, Mark!

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: csa/montana]
      #3644250 - 02/24/10 01:47 AM

Nice collections of eyepieces you folks have! I just completed mine...for now .

Not classic eyepieces like yours but Celestron Axiom LX 7, 10, 15, 19, 23, and the beer can 31.





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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: th3umbra]
      #3644662 - 02/24/10 10:20 AM

Very nice collection; doesn't have to be classic to be a great collection!

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: csa/montana]
      #3644728 - 02/24/10 11:02 AM

Tristan, nice collection the 31mm looks the size of a football

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3644735 - 02/24/10 11:06 AM

Quote:

David E very nice Meade set!
I have the 4.7mm + 8.8mm UWA and i really like them!
How do the UWA 4.7mm and 6.7mm compare to each other?
Little easier to view thru the 6.7mm?
I find the 4.7mm is not that hard to look thru compared to some other eyepieces i had!




Thanks! The characteristics of the 6.7mm seem to be identical to the 4.7mm. I used them on Mars the other night and they work great! One of these days I'll have to do a head-to-head with my 6.7 5K UWA vs smooth side.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: David E]
      #3644914 - 02/24/10 12:25 PM

The 6.7mm s4000 UWA smoothie is my next ep purchase - just waiting to find one at a good price.

Gorgeous set pics BTW.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: dyslexic nam]
      #3644919 - 02/24/10 12:30 PM Attachment (129 downloads)

My Meade 3000 smoothies.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3645003 - 02/24/10 01:13 PM

Quote:

Tristan, nice collection the 31mm looks the size of a football




Lol...It is...and weighs more than a football .


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: th3umbra]
      #3645043 - 02/24/10 01:36 PM

Out of curiousity, are these sets mainly for collection purposes or do they see a lot of scope time? Just curious - I am gathering a set of s4000 UWA smoothies, but for me they will be my main workhorse ep's for the forseeable future.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: dyslexic nam]
      #3645074 - 02/24/10 01:56 PM

All my eyepieces get used. Nothing is for purely a collection purpose only.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: BillP]
      #3645220 - 02/24/10 03:20 PM

th3umbra,
Use mine all the time just need some clear skies so i can work them a bit more!

Bill,
I knew the Meade 3000 series was coming from you!
Thats some nice rare glass!
I wonder if anyone know any production #'s for some of these classic eyepieces?


Edited by Tank (02/24/10 03:21 PM)


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: th3umbra]
      #3645253 - 02/24/10 03:44 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Tristan, nice collection the 31mm looks the size of a football




Lol...It is...and weighs more than a football .




I was thinking it is more the size of a pineapple and would weigh as much too! I have the 23mm Axiom LX so the picture you posted gives me a good idea of the size of the 31mm...3 lbs!! What a beast! Nice set of EP's BTW, I'm heading there myself...I just got the 10mm Axiom LX to add to the 23...so I have some catching up to do!
Clear skies!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: nemo129]
      #3645290 - 02/24/10 04:08 PM

All of mine get used when I can actually drag the CPC1100 out when its not overcast or raining down here. I mainly use the 7-15 for planetary and the "big'uns" like I call them for DSO observing.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: nemo129]
      #3645293 - 02/24/10 04:10 PM

Mine have been in use since I started with them. I had gotten the 12.4 with a Meade model 314 when I first got back into the hobby..

That was the first of them.I've been hooked ever since.. It took the better part of 2 yrs or so to collect up that set. There IS one missing from that pic too.. I also have the 32mm to go with them.. Never updated the picture.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: nemo129]
      #3645296 - 02/24/10 04:11 PM Attachment (134 downloads)

This is my Carl Zeiss Jena ortho family. I have doubles of some focal lengths (16, 12.5, and 10) for my binos. These are super sharp eyepieces and see plenty of use.

Cheers,

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3645353 - 02/24/10 04:51 PM Attachment (133 downloads)

Hi Tony, Congrat for your complete collection ! Is your 55mm is big as you think ?

Here my collection of Televue Widefield that you have seen. The 40mm is the grip and eyecup type but it fitt well in the bacth. I used it in my widefield refractor.


Edited by Pollux556 (02/24/10 04:53 PM)


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Pollux556]
      #3645390 - 02/24/10 05:05 PM Attachment (83 downloads)

The 32mm Plossl between the 40mm and 32mm Widefield.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Pollux556]
      #3645395 - 02/24/10 05:07 PM Attachment (83 downloads)

And the 55mm Plossl between the same Widefield

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Pollux556]
      #3645896 - 02/24/10 10:19 PM Attachment (118 downloads)

Please give a warm welcome to my Baader Planetarium Modular family. With fine tuning rings and the ever popular Zoom.
Cheers,
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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3646066 - 02/25/10 12:05 AM Attachment (134 downloads)

A herd of Zebras....

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: cycledogg]
      #3646071 - 02/25/10 12:08 AM

Ron,
Fantastic Carl Zeiss Jena ortho family!
King of the ortho's!

André,
thanks, i must say that im impressed with the size of the 55mm TV plossl, its about the same size as the 12T4!
I will post a pic of my 2" barrel EP's.
Im not sure if anything tops the 40mm TV WF in size!
Its a monster, as Pierre Mcguire would say for you hockey fans!
Anyways fantastic WF TV set i bet you those are all keepers!


Rick,
Baader Hyperion family very nice eyepiece's indeed!
Fixed are hard to beat in the 68 degree class in terms of value + quality and one of the best zooms around, maybe the best!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3646389 - 02/25/10 07:46 AM

Nice McGuire reference Tank. Great game last night. Getting better and better.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: dyslexic nam]
      #3646858 - 02/25/10 12:57 PM

dyslexic nam,
huge hockey fan here! They are starting to play better i must agree but they still have a huge task still ahead of them! Don't take the Slovaks too lightly!

Jim,
Zebras i heard of but only seen a few. Very nice!
Did they come in all different eyepiece designs ortho, plossl etc.?


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3646871 - 02/25/10 01:02 PM

Embarrased to admit I don't think I've ever had a complete collection of any eyepiecs, always a mixed bunch. Great images you guys - thanks! Normally I only see collection shots on the vendor ad's or websites.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: CounterWeight]
      #3646898 - 02/25/10 01:18 PM Attachment (119 downloads)

Here is one of the few "complete" sets of eyepieces I have, the Vixen NPL Plossls. I really like these, great images with great ergonomics and fit and finish.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3647243 - 02/25/10 04:32 PM

Quote:


André,
thanks, i must say that im impressed with the size of the 55mm TV plossl, its about the same size as the 12T4!
I will post a pic of my 2" barrel EP's.
Im not sure if anything tops the 40mm TV WF in size!
Its a monster, as Pierre Mcguire would say for you hockey fans!
Anyways fantastic WF TV set i bet you those are all keepers!





Thanks Tony,

I wonder if the 31mm Nagler or 41mm Panoptic are larger than the 40mm Widefield.

Anyway, do you know this televue page, particularly the last section ? Televue eyepieces specs

Edited by Pollux556 (02/25/10 05:00 PM)


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Pollux556]
      #3647518 - 02/25/10 07:12 PM

Pentax XW 1.25" family...



... and an adopted XO 2.58.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Edwin Quiroga]
      #3647906 - 02/25/10 10:46 PM

David,
Nice Vixen NPL Plossls family!
Those are twist up eyeguards right!
Thats rare to see in a plossl design very nice touch!

Edwin,
The Pentax XW's top notch glass from what i hear!
and the planetary XO 2.58mm looking good!
I guess 5.1mm XO was kicked out of the family by big brother 5mm XW.
Very nice Edwin very nice!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3647926 - 02/25/10 10:55 PM

André,
I noticed the Field Stop specs of the older eyepieces!
Its nice information that Tele vue posted on the classics!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3647932 - 02/25/10 10:58 PM Attachment (163 downloads)

The complete 'E' family.

All four hybrid 2"<=>1.25" members are outfitted with 2" barrel extenders, so I'm able to use the entire set as 2" format EPs with 2" filters. Their cousin the 2" 2x Powermate is included at the right end as an essential player with this set, enabling creation of a perfect virtual 5E, 4E, and 3E out of the 10E, 8E, and 6E respectively, in an appropriate viewing situation.

So why is the extender on the 10E black and the other three hybrid-format Es silver? Because between when I bought the other three and when I bought the 10E, TV for some reason changed the color of the 2" barrel extender part from chrome to black anodized. I rather like the black anodized look myself - makes a nice tone contrast with the chrome portion of the barrel above it.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: FirstSight]
      #3648081 - 02/26/10 12:50 AM

Chris how cruel, I actually am feeling a little sick right now. Man that is one kick butt collection you have there.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: FirstSight]
      #3648094 - 02/26/10 01:03 AM

Chris,
I've heard the siren song, but the 21-13-8 group is just fine with a PowerMate--for me.
Likewise the 17-10-6 group with a PowerMate.
If I had the whole set I would find the overlap in magnifications and FOVs a little too close.
But then my focal length is 1825mm. If it were 4000mm, I might seriously consider every focal length (except then the 6 and 8 would be a little high).


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3648096 - 02/26/10 01:05 AM

Quote:

I just recieved a couple more pieces for my collection of the Tele Vue Smoothie plossls.
So i had to take a picture. Almost all back together. Still missing the 7.4mm.
All of them are marked NJ except for te 17mm which is R.
I must say that im really pleased with them!

So since there almost together what other series of family's have been reunited? Any family photo's?



I owned all of these except the 55 at one time. My favorites were the 32 and the 21. Nostalgia!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3648329 - 02/26/10 08:08 AM

Quote:

Edwin,
The Pentax XW's top notch glass from what i hear!
and the planetary XO 2.58mm looking good!
I guess 5.1mm XO was kicked out of the family by big brother 5mm XW.
Very nice Edwin very nice!




Thanks Tony!

I`m very happy with them. Outstanding eyepieces, like Televue are. But I prefered Pentax for the long ER. They have a nice scale (including the 2.58) in my little 600mm FL refractor.

Best regards!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3648744 - 02/26/10 12:21 PM

Quote:

David,
Nice Vixen NPL Plossls family!
Those are twist up eyeguards right!
Thats rare to see in a plossl design very nice touch!





Thanks Tank! And those twist-up cups are actually functional, giving the eye glass wearer plenty of eye relief when retracted.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: David E]
      #3648942 - 02/26/10 02:19 PM

Chris,
The complete 'E' family, wow very nice 100 degree set!
No gaps in that line up! The best eyepieces on the market!
One day i will have one of those!
Do you find you use certain FL's more in your


vs

Which in which scope?


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: David E]
      #3650550 - 02/27/10 10:46 AM Attachment (123 downloads)

I really, really enjoyed these...UO volcano tops...never thought I would sell them, then the anniversary brandons came out.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3650571 - 02/27/10 10:54 AM

Quote:

Chris,
The complete 'E' family, wow very nice 100 degree set!
No gaps in that line up! The best eyepieces on the market!
One day i will have one of those!
Do you find you use certain FL's more in your


vs

Which in which scope?




I'd say the 21", 13" and 6" get the most use (until the arrival of the 21", I used the 17" the most frequently).

However, I find that I get plenty of use out of all of them, depending on the type of subject/objective.

FINDER EP: 21 & 17
OPEN CLUSTERS: 21 & 17, occasionally 13 and 10 where embedded portions of the cluster merit closer looks
GLOBULAR CLUSTERS: 13, 10 & 8 (tossup between 13" and 10")
GALAXIES: 17, 13 & 10 [tossup between 13 & 10 as most ideal)
PLANETS: 8 and 6.

If I was starting out again to build an Ethos collection from scratch, I'd recommend most people (not everyone, depending on scope)...get the 13E first. It seems to prove to come closest to a "Swiss Army Knife" versatile EP for the most people in the most scopes, doing everything fairly well, even the things other focal-length Ethos are more ideally matched for.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: FirstSight]
      #3650671 - 02/27/10 11:51 AM

While not as complete as BillP's, I also have the Meade 3000 Plossls made in Japan.



While looking for the 40mm Smooth Side... These have entered into the stable. All are made in Japan.



Needless to say if anyone would like to part with an odd 40mm Smooth Side or an odd 25mm Knurled Side Meade 3000 shoot me a PM.

Jaimo!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #3651008 - 02/27/10 02:59 PM Attachment (138 downloads)

Here's my only collector's series. Although they aren't old I still consider them classics, since they are no longer manufactured.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Catapoman]
      #3651047 - 02/27/10 03:25 PM Attachment (101 downloads)

Pentax XWs ... great series (still not complete)

Need someting else for long focal length (only little less great)

Edited by Frank (02/27/10 03:29 PM)


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: t.r.]
      #3651260 - 02/27/10 05:36 PM

Classics on top of a Classic. Cool!

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: izar187]
      #3651551 - 02/27/10 07:50 PM

Tim,
Very nice famous UO volcano family!
Best value in ortho land!

Jaimo,
Nice Meade 3000 older Japan version and newer, there also were made in China and Taiwan i believe! Hard to come by in any version!

Pernel,
Wide scan III nice large AFOV !
Suited for slower scopes!

Frank,
Great small XW family and the adopted 55mm TV!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3651597 - 02/27/10 08:12 PM

Thanks Tank! I opted to pass on the Made in China and Taiwan series'... How many Plossls does one need? I picked up the 40mm for a song off of the Bay, notice the missing rubber knurling, I consider it a "Hybrid" and use it with both sets...

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3651777 - 02/27/10 09:37 PM

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Wide scan III nice large AFOV !
Suited for slower scopes!




So true. I used them in my NX11GPS and surprisingly they do extremely well for planetary work too. Based on my measurements the 30mm has an AFOV larger than the stated 84*.

Great thread you've started Tank with lots of nice eyepiece sets.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Catapoman]
      #3651836 - 02/27/10 10:17 PM

Thanks Pernel,
I hope the Family portraits keep coming in!

Chris,
Good info. for future Ethos buyers.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3652033 - 02/28/10 12:41 AM

Wow! Tank you really started something with your TV Smoothie Plossl collection. These are all really nice! Now I see what you all do on these cloudy nights!

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: BajaPaco]
      #3652152 - 02/28/10 04:52 AM

Here is my offering. I like all green labels and eye relief.



These I use for public out reach events. Don't like to use my Nagler's for that.



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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: John J]
      #3652707 - 02/28/10 01:44 PM Attachment (110 downloads)

Here are my sets, Wallet is still Smokin'
Set 1. Ethos


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: John J]
      #3652708 - 02/28/10 01:44 PM

Paco,
Thanks
During these cloudy nights its given me time to read and gain knowledge from these great threads on CN.

John,
The T4 Nagler family great for fast scopes and very well known for there eyerelief 12T4,17T4,22T4! Very nice series along with some other fantastic eyepieces from Tele Vue.

2nd pic. members of the hyperion family best value for the amateur astronomer for a long time and maybe still is!


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      #3652719 - 02/28/10 01:47 PM Attachment (88 downloads)

Set 2. Uwans, Got a really good deal on these from William Optics Website, pretty much for the price of 1 Ethos.

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      #3652723 - 02/28/10 01:48 PM Attachment (76 downloads)

Set 3. Swans. A great starter set that I haven't been able to part with since upgrading to other pieces.
Cheers


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: John J]
      #3652744 - 02/28/10 02:03 PM

John,

Very Nice collection! May I ask with which scopes you use your Nagler T4's? My reason for asking is, I'm considering filling in the gaps in my collection with the 22T4 and 17T4. I already have the 12T4 and use it extensively as my Sweet Spot EP in my 80mm f/6 APO Triplet and I love it. Plus I'm planning on adding an Orion XT10i f/4.7 when funding permits and I'm trying to buy gear that will work well with both scopes.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: BajaPaco]
      #3653111 - 02/28/10 05:48 PM

Paco

I use them in a 20" F5 Obsession and a 10" F 4.7 Orion reflector. I have contemplated a Tele Vue coma corrector but just can't justify it as theses EP's are so well corrected. I also considered going all Ethos but why replace these great pieces. They have wonderful eye relief, contrast, and the views will slap you down. I must say though that the 22mm gets little use. I usually go from the 31mm (80X) to the 17mm (150X) or the 12mm (200X) when using my 20".

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      #3653203 - 02/28/10 06:37 PM

JJ,

Thank you very much for taking the time to reply to my questions. I confess I'm a little surprised by your response - on paper one might think the difference between the 31 and the 22 would make that more likely to be used than the difference between the 17 and the 12.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: BajaPaco]
      #3653296 - 02/28/10 07:31 PM

Paco
Theoretically following the 1.4X rule for the EP increments the 22mm would be next in line from the 31. The 82 degree field of the T4's kind of blows that rule out of the water.

There is nothing wrong with the 22mm and I keep it just in case I view an object that I want to frame nicely. My 27mm Pan is in retirement because of the 22. Nothing wrong though investing in the entire T4 line if for nothing more than the eye relief.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: John J]
      #3653396 - 02/28/10 08:33 PM

JJ,

Thanks again for your prompt response and clarifying my confusion. There is so much wonderful stuff to learn in this newfound hobby of astronomy!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: BajaPaco]
      #3653438 - 02/28/10 08:58 PM

Paco
I see from your signature eye piece line up that you start with the 35 pan so the 22T4 will fill in nicely for you. With me using the 31T5 @ 82 degrees the jump to the 22 seems negligible to me in my 20". I put your 35 Pan into my eye piece spread sheet and the 22 did find a place then especially when looking at FOV.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: John J]
      #3653657 - 02/28/10 11:35 PM

Newfie Ninja,
Another great photo of the Ethos kings!
Also fantastic shots of the WO UWA and SWANS.
UWA work great in fast scopes and the SWANS in slower scopes! Great Sets!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: John J]
      #3654284 - 03/01/10 11:58 AM

Quote:

Paco
I see from your signature eye piece line up that you start with the 35 pan so the 22T4 will fill in nicely for you. With me using the 31T5 @ 82 degrees the jump to the 22 seems negligible to me in my 20". I put your 35 Pan into my eye piece spread sheet and the 22 did find a place then especially when looking at FOV.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: BajaPaco]
      #3654364 - 03/01/10 12:43 PM

John, I wonder about the 1.4x "rule". Is it more about actual image magnification (or reduction, I guess in this case) or about inclusion of objects in the field of view? I have obtained eyepieces more with target image size in mind.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3654565 - 03/01/10 02:13 PM

Thanks alot Tank, I have been spending more time looking at them lately then looking through them. The weather has to break some time.
There are alot of nice collections in this thread.
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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: E_Look]
      #3654605 - 03/01/10 02:38 PM

Ed
The 1.4X is a general rule. It is much like audio in which for a person to perceive an increase in volume there must be a 3db jump. For a person to perceptively note increases of magnification so the 1.4. This works good as long as you do not exceed your telescopes maximum magnification. I believe this "rule" was developed back in the day of narrow field EP's and may not hold up so well with today's wide fields.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: John J]
      #3660428 - 03/04/10 01:53 PM

Would still like to see more family photo's, dont matter if they are old or new, cheap or expensive, good or bad condition!

If the well has run dry then i would just like to say that i thank eveyone who participated in this thread!

Edited by Tank (03/04/10 02:18 PM)


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: David E]
      #3660520 - 03/04/10 02:35 PM

I have two complete sets. ZAO-II consisting of four EPs (4, 6, 10 and 16) and Edmund RKEs consisting of 8, 12.5, 15, 21 and 28mm with doubles in 15, 21 and 28. I also have TV Ploessls in 8, 11, 15, 20 and 25 with doubles in every size except 8.

Everything else is one of a few from this line and another from that line of EPs.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: BajaPaco]
      #3661211 - 03/05/10 09:50 AM

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John,

Very Nice collection! May I ask with which scopes you use your Nagler T4's? My reason for asking is, I'm considering filling in the gaps in my collection with the 22T4 and 17T4. I already have the 12T4 and use it extensively as my Sweet Spot EP in my 80mm f/6 APO Triplet and I love it. Plus I'm planning on adding an Orion XT10i f/4.7 when funding permits and I'm trying to buy gear that will work well with both scopes.




Paco, the T4's are KILLER in a XT10i... so much so that I rebought them after having sold off my 12T4 back when I got my Ethos...

If you like the 12T4, you'll like the other two, 100% guaranteed...

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Bowmoreman]
      #3661317 - 03/05/10 10:43 AM

T4's rule! And are keepers even though I have 3 Ethos

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Shawn H]
      #3673616 - 03/10/10 11:38 PM Attachment (104 downloads)

With the current sale on the Meade 5000 SWA's, I'm surprised no one has posted their whole collection. I already had the set which included the 16, 24 and 34 in an aluminum case. Once they went on sale I had no choice but to fill the empty spots in the case with the rest of the series.

The family is finally together:


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      #3673621 - 03/10/10 11:39 PM Attachment (85 downloads)

Another:

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Fimpster]
      #3674160 - 03/11/10 09:41 AM

Fimpster,
very nice set of the Meade 5000 SWA's!
Due to the sale these have become the EP's to buy!
Great value!
The Buzz is ongoing!
very nice

By the way the 7.4mm TV NJ is in the mail!
One more pic may be inorder!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3674235 - 03/11/10 10:04 AM

You found it Tony ?

Congrat !


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      #3674279 - 03/11/10 10:22 AM

"You found it Tony ?"

Some guy Andre helped me out!


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      #3711390 - 03/28/10 08:45 PM Attachment (109 downloads)

the complete family photo of the TV smoothies

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3711425 - 03/28/10 08:58 PM

Tony that's a really 'smooth' looking set!

Best,


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      #3711552 - 03/28/10 10:17 PM

Beautiful set Tony.

Strange that the 40mm is smaller than the 32mmm


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      #3711567 - 03/28/10 10:26 PM

Quote:

Strange that the 40mm is smaller than the 32mmm




Noticed that too; it would have been a perfect stairway to heaven if not for this.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: ibase]
      #3711579 - 03/28/10 10:30 PM

I owned that set, but not all at one time.
My favorite was the 21mm. It produced a perfect exit pupil and well-corrected image in my scopes of the time. And the polish on the lenses was superb--the center of the field was exquisitely well focused and corrected.
Only a few eyepieces I've owned since have come close.


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      #3711581 - 03/28/10 10:31 PM

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Noticed that too; it would have been a perfect stairway to heaven if not for this.






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      #3711663 - 03/28/10 11:16 PM

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Beautiful set Tony.

Strange that the 40mm is smaller than the 32mmm




I thought that it was very odd that the 40mm is smaller than the 32mm as well. When i first started to seek them out i thought there was possibly two versions of the EP because it didnt really make to much sense to me!
I wonder what the explanation of the 40mm being smaller?
If anyone could chime in on that it would be great! I might have to ask Mr. Al!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3711753 - 03/29/10 12:28 AM

My (completely uneducated) guess is that they couldn't keep the scalar design at 40mm and stay in 1.25" format, so they had to redesign the glass. (The 55mm 2" appears to return to the scalar relationship with all the other 1.25s...)

In any case, a very elegant set!

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jim Rosenstock]
      #3712139 - 03/29/10 09:35 AM Attachment (99 downloads)

Picked these up last weekend for binoviewing...Brandon 50th Anniversary sets.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3712144 - 03/29/10 09:38 AM

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the complete family photo of the TV smoothies




Beautiful!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3712163 - 03/29/10 09:47 AM

Here are my ZAO I and II binoviewing sets.



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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Paul G]
      #3712186 - 03/29/10 10:06 AM

Very nice Paul...Happy B-day! Do they "improve" the view in the Tasco???

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: t.r.]
      #3712225 - 03/29/10 10:32 AM

Thanks. It's my dad's 87th bday as well.

I keep the Tasco there so nobody pays much attention to anything I say. Although I'm not sure I'd be any more credible if I said I had an AP f5 Stowaway, an AP f7 Stowaway, an AP 105 Traveler, an AP 130 f6, an AP 155 f7, and an AP 10" Mak-Cass.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Paul G]
      #3712462 - 03/29/10 12:33 PM

t.r.,
Very nice set of Brandons!
The presentation looks neat!

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Great sets of ZAO's!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3712524 - 03/29/10 12:59 PM

Paul, Tim - great family portraits, times 2! Tim - those ep presentation boxes look great! - Paul do you still have original boxes for the ZAO II's? Something about seeing the sets in a wood box made for them. Great images and thanks!

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I really like the ZAO I set with it's box...I'd love to acquire one someday. The Brandons are a nice alternative.

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      #3712998 - 03/29/10 05:02 PM Attachment (104 downloads)

Repost my WideField collection with the 40mm undressed

The 40mm weight 880 grams !

Edited by Pollux556 (03/29/10 06:23 PM)


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      #3713511 - 03/29/10 09:06 PM

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Very nice Paul...Happy B-day! Do they "improve" the view in the Tasco???




That's not funny A Tasco is a prezeiss instrument.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Teal'c]
      #3714230 - 03/30/10 07:57 AM

Very nice Andre - I have the 32mm WF smoothie and love it.

Sweet looking set.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: dyslexic nam]
      #3714581 - 03/30/10 12:00 PM

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Very nice Andre - I have the 32mm WF smoothie and love it.

Sweet looking set.




Thanks. I like to use those eyepieces in my Antares 1529. On what scope are you using your WF 32mm ?


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Pollux556]
      #3714776 - 03/30/10 01:46 PM

I use it in a 8" f6 skywatcher dob. Pretty basic scope, but puts out some nice views when seeing allows. As a finder ep, I think it is great. Nice pinpoint stars and sharp across the whole field. I got it in a box of miscellaneous eyepieces and lenses for a good price. Needless to say, I was quite happy when I opened it up.

For better or worse I have gone the more classic ep route to get my first high quality set up. I now have my TV 32mmWF as well as the 14mm, 8.8mm and 4.7mm Meade UWA's - the smoothie eyecupless versions. I don't know how they'd stack up to the newest ep's with the latest coatings, but I do know that I like the views through the classics. Not sure why I went that route, but I have no regrets.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: dyslexic nam]
      #3715514 - 03/30/10 07:58 PM

Andre,
Great WF TV set, strange they only used rubber grip on the 40mm and not on the others!
Do you know if there is an actual smoothie version of the 40mm or there is no such thing?


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3715719 - 03/30/10 09:52 PM

Tony,

Yes there is a 40mm Widefield smooth side. Take a look here:
Televue 40mm WideField "BeerCan"

Here a 32mm with grip and eyecup:
32mm Widefield W eyecup and grip.

I think that the eyecup version comes later at the end off 80's.

Edited by Pollux556 (03/30/10 09:59 PM)


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: dyslexic nam]
      #3715725 - 03/30/10 09:54 PM

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I use it in a 8" f6 skywatcher dob. Pretty basic scope, but puts out some nice views when seeing allows.




Pretty scope that provide plenty off light with the 32mmWF


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Pollux556]
      #3715789 - 03/30/10 10:24 PM

Andre,
good info.
Thanks


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3715802 - 03/30/10 10:27 PM

An other difference,

My version is circle R. The smooth side is circle NJ

Do you know the difference ?

Thanks


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Pollux556]
      #3715837 - 03/30/10 10:47 PM

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An other difference,

My version is circle R. The smooth side is circle NJ

Do you know the difference ?

Thanks




Not to sure but from my understanding:

No marking - 1st produced
NJ - 2nd run produced
R - were the last run.

Would be nice if a Tele Vue Rep. would be able to shed some light!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3716243 - 03/31/10 07:24 AM

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Not to sure but from my understanding:

No marking - 1st produced
NJ - 2nd run produced
R - were the last run.

Would be nice if a Tele Vue Rep. would be able to shed some light!




It make sense since my Circle R WF was the next generation of the Televue WF, perhaps made by another japanese optical company.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Pollux556]
      #3717900 - 03/31/10 11:47 PM Attachment (100 downloads)

Some Vixens. The 3.5mm is missing but I don't really have a need for one

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: vinnie]
      #3718843 - 04/01/10 01:11 PM

vinnie,
Great Vixen LVW Lanthanum Wide-Field Eyepiece, top notch in the 65 degree AFOV range!

How many different brands went with Lanthanum, Vixen, Orion, etc.?


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #3719391 - 04/01/10 05:36 PM

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How many different brands went with Lanthanum, Vixen, Orion, etc.?




As far as I know only Vixen and Pentax


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: vinnie]
      #3719453 - 04/01/10 06:14 PM

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Quote:



How many different brands went with Lanthanum, Vixen, Orion, etc.?




As far as I know only Vixen and Pentax




Lots of others use Lanthanum, just don't publicize it. The Zeiss Abbe orthos, for example.


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      #3720183 - 04/02/10 06:12 AM

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Quote:

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How many different brands went with Lanthanum, Vixen, Orion, etc.?




As far as I know only Vixen and Pentax




Lots of others use Lanthanum, just don't publicize it. The Zeiss Abbe orthos, for example.




Yeah I'm sure you're right Paul. Anyhow your reply and the fact that I had little to do this afternoon got me digging around

The obvious "Lanthanum" EPs are of course the Vixen LV, NLV, LVW and NLVW (The LVW at one stage being sold in the USA rebadged under the Orion brand) and the Pentax XW.

Others that I dug up are indeed the Zeiss Abbe Orthoscopics, also the Explore Scientific N2, and the University Optics Pretoria.

I do know that there is a lot of Lanthanum glass used in higher end camera lenses, so it follows that it would be used quite a bit in telescope EPs


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: vinnie]
      #4182874 - 11/13/10 11:44 AM Attachment (93 downloads)

Just thought i would add to this old thread since i completed the T2 Naglers and the Meade 4000 UWA sets.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #4182878 - 11/13/10 11:46 AM Attachment (89 downloads)

and the Meade's

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #4182890 - 11/13/10 11:51 AM

Very nice Tony !

Other series in your collimator ?


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Pollux556]
      #4182961 - 11/13/10 12:37 PM

Nice set(s) Tony! I enjoy having access to them occasionally!

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      #4210682 - 11/26/10 09:10 AM Attachment (80 downloads)

Not a complete set of Meade RGs, but getting closer. 4 Erfles and 3 Orthos - I bet non-astronomy people would think that sounds funny

Edited by sgorton99 (11/27/10 09:29 AM)


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: sgorton99]
      #4212614 - 11/27/10 09:17 AM

sgorton99,
Very nice Meade RG eps.
Good luck gathering them all.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #4212633 - 11/27/10 09:26 AM

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sgorton99,
Very nice Meade RG eps.
Good luck gathering them all.




Thanks Tony - you have some mighty fine eyepieces yourself!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
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Here we have a fine family of type 5 Naglers. Reminds me of the stickers some people put on the back of there cars of big daddy, mommy, a kid, and the 16 is maybe a chihuahua or something.

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Just thought i would add these an updated picture of the TV NJ Smoothies

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #4925969 - 11/20/11 11:41 AM Attachment (41 downloads)

also
another set that my good observing friend hooked me on the UO HD's (Thanks Mike)
Similar to the BGO's these are really fantasic and a bargin on the used market


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #4926183 - 11/20/11 01:39 PM

Kudos to all of you! These are amazing sets of eyepieces!

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      #4928112 - 11/21/11 03:53 PM

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Just thought i would add these an updated picture of the TV NJ Smoothies



Menoum menoum ! This collection is awesome .... very nice set Tony keep it far of me?


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Pollux556]
      #4928598 - 11/21/11 09:10 PM

It's nice to see this thread make a come back...

My updates:

Meade 3000 Smooth Side Plössls, MIJ:




Meade 3000 Knurled Side Plössls, MIJ:




Meade 5000 SWA's, I'm still missing the 34mm:



Explore Scientific ES100:



UO König II:, the 16mm has been replaced with one with a smooth barrel, the 32mm didn't make the photo.


And like everyone else, I'm working on a set of Meade RGs:


Also working on some TV Smooth Sides: (R) in the fromt row & (NJ) in the back.


Orion Expanse:




Enjoy,
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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #4928701 - 11/21/11 10:24 PM

Jaimo!
Great sets you have there!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #4928759 - 11/21/11 11:09 PM

Thanks Tank!

I've been learning from the best.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #4928816 - 11/21/11 11:53 PM

What do you think of those Meade 3000 plossls?

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: russell23]
      #4929181 - 11/22/11 09:05 AM

I have always liked the 3000s, very nice plössls, I particularly find the smooth side version very comfortable to use. My opinion of the set has grown over time; initially I had always thought the focal lengths were a little quirky (5mm, 6.7mm, 9.5mm, 16mm, 25mm, & 40mm) and that I would have rather had a 32mm and maybe an additional 12mm... But, I find the focal lengths to have a PERFECT spread, 1.6x between the higher focal lengths; and I when I take them out as a set, I have never been at a loss in magnification range. The 40mm has become a staple in my line-up and I use it almost every time I go out and use it as a "galaxy hunter" as it has a large exit pupil, LOVE this eyepiece. I most certainly don't NEED 2 sets, but I'm a little nostalgic with the knurled sided, as the first additional eyepiece I ever bought for my first telescope was the 6.7mm... I set for the kids to use when they get a little older.

If I recall from past posts Dave, you wear glasses and eye relief a concern, the 6.7mm and especially the 5mm are certainly not for you. You have to get up close and friendly with these two, but I do like the views.

I have yet to seriously compare them to the TV plössl or the Meade RG Orthos. I have gone back and forth, one evening, with the 16mm 3000SS & 17mm TV SS finding little differences in the performance on Jupiter in a f/6.9 refractor... maybe I'll re-address it over the holidays.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #4929421 - 11/22/11 12:04 PM Attachment (32 downloads)

Jaimo, greats sets! I think your Konigs are type 1's. My Konig II's look like this.

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      #4929610 - 11/22/11 02:13 PM

Zebras!



What a great thread. Thank's for bringing it to life again!

Tony, I hate to say that, but your Meade 4000 UWAs are not a legit set, because of the odd 8.8mm UWA with the rubber eyecup.

Mike, the University Optics 3x Zebra Klee is amazing. I would trade three of my regular Klee barlows for the Zebra



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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: junomike]
      #4929801 - 11/22/11 04:02 PM

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Jaimo, greats sets! I think your Konigs are type 1's. My Konig II's look like this.



Hmm.
I always thought the checkerboard ring UO eyepieces were the earlier ones and the ones without were later units.
By the way, what UO called Konig and Konig-II were not "official" designations. Albert Konig designed quite a few different eyepieces during his tenure at Zeiss (I believe he held 28 patents):

"Koenig designed many types of eyepieces. The term 'Koenig eyepiece' is widely used today but is not a precise description for a particular design. His earlier
'Koenig eyepiece' designs included an eyepiece with a singlet eye lens & a doublet field lens. Most modern Koenig eyepieces are '1,2,1': a singlet eye lens, a doublet in the middle, and a singlet field lens; but 1,1,2, and 1,2,3 eyepieces
(and other configurations) are also commonly called 'Koenigs'. All have a wide field of view, up to 70 degrees, with the simpler examples showing 'fuzzy edges' in short focus telescopes."


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      #4929842 - 11/22/11 04:19 PM Attachment (30 downloads)

Don, you may be right. We need Jim to chime in here, he'll know . Mine maybe the older version, but I figured they were Konig II's as they're marked as such on the housing (after the F/L)

Mike

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      #4929891 - 11/22/11 04:46 PM

I thought the 6.5mm & 8mm were König I and the 12mm, 16mm, 24mm, & 32mm (1.25") were the König II, at least that's what UO called them... Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

I know my set are König II, I pinched this link from Jim Barnett a while ago:

http://web.archive.org/web/19981202181508/http://www.universityoptics.com/uoep.htm

By the way Mike, LOVE the Zebras!

Enjoy,
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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #4929945 - 11/22/11 05:18 PM

I have the 16mm,24mm,32mm Konig flat-tops and the only one with the "Zebra" ring is the 24mm(sorry my digital camera doesn't process on the Forum's). When I say flat-tops all 3 have blue & white lettering on the very top of the flat barrel. I do have a U.O.40mm Plossl not a flat top but does have a "Zebra" ring.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #4930252 - 11/22/11 08:49 PM

The 0.965" Pentax SMC Orthoscopics plus the 0.965" Pentax SMC Kellner "finder eyepiece".



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      #4930254 - 11/22/11 08:50 PM

The 4mm through 8mm TMB Supermonos in limited edition TMB wooden case:



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      #4930257 - 11/22/11 08:51 PM

Post-smoothie Meade Series 4000 UWAs:



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      #4930259 - 11/22/11 08:53 PM

Meade Research Grade Orthos and Wide Angles:





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      #4930263 - 11/22/11 08:54 PM

Brandons. I also have the 4mm, 6mm, 48mm and 2.4x Dakin Barlow, which are not pictured.



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      #4930266 - 11/22/11 08:57 PM

Gold letter box set of Takahashi MC Orthos: 7mm, 12mm, 18mm and 25mm. I also have the 2.8mm and 4mm Hi Orthos, and 32mm MC Erfle, which are not pictured.



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      #4930298 - 11/22/11 09:15 PM

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Meade Research Grade Orthos and Wide Angles:





Regards,

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That 32mm messes up the Chi - I can take it off your hands if you want .


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #4930369 - 11/22/11 10:04 PM

Jim do you actually observe with those fantastic eyepieces? I observe mostly on the backyard grass unless it snows. While on my driveway I have dropped 3 eyepieces. One a Japan Celestron 20mm Kellner,30mm Celestron Ultima and 20mm Meade RG Erfle. You would not want me to get near your eyepieces while viewing on a hard surface!

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      #4930414 - 11/22/11 10:39 PM

Y'know Jim, I used to be an eyepiece marathoner. I'd field 30 to 40 eyepieces per session and end up spending as much time loading and unloading the diagonal as actual observing. These days, however, I find that I typically use no more than three or four eyepieces in any given session.

So it is probably about time to start culling the herd a bit. But it's like selling your own children.



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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #4930464 - 11/22/11 11:25 PM

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I thought the 6.5mm & 8mm were König I and the 12mm 16mm, 24mm, & 32mm (1.25") were the König II, at least that's what UO called them... Someone please correct me if I am wrong.




Ummmm....well, in my (mixed) set of UO Konig "Zebras", the 6.5mm, 8mm, and 12mm are branded "Konig-II", while my 16mm, 24mm, and 32mm are labeled "Konig". They look like they came from different manufacturers; the Konigs are labeled with"NS" stickers, the Konig-IIs are not. The Konig-IIs came in the full range of focal lengths (32mm down to 6.5mm); I don't know if the "NS" Konigs were ever produced in 8mm or 6.5mm.

I *think* UO marketed the "NS" Konig zebras first, then the "Konig -II" zebras, then non-zebra Konig-IIs, and finally the non-zebra "green letters" Konigs, which were Circle-T volcano tops (looked much like their current Abbe Orthos).

So, I think probably three different manufacturers were involved, and that UO sold Konigs before and after they marketed the Konig-IIs.

I also think Don's right that the "Konig-II" designation was more about UO marketing than optical design...

BTW, I've never seen a "zebra" ring on any of the 32mm Konigs, of any period...I don't think they used them on that focal length.


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By the way Mike, LOVE the Zebras!





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(or should I say, +8! ) Great set!!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: sgorton99]
      #4930822 - 11/23/11 08:45 AM

Ahhhhh very nice Barnett!

I particularlly like the TMB SM & The Pentax Orthos.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #4930832 - 11/23/11 08:56 AM

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These days, however, I find that I typically use no more than three or four eyepieces in any given session.




Hey Jim - do ya pick the handful you'll be using in advance, or do you haul the whole lot to the telescope and choose "live" whilst observing?

- just curious...


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #4930844 - 11/23/11 09:04 AM

Jim you are the memory of the eyepiece industry ! Do you plan to open a museum someday ?

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jitou]
      #4931056 - 11/23/11 11:05 AM

Jim...who is that guy in your avatar? Myself, Junomike and Tank were wondering. They thought it was you, but I remember seeing a pic of this guy before and said it was some famous guy or something.

Anyhoo....nice eyepieces Jimbo! when are you opening "Barnett's Eyepiece" store?


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Scanning4Comets]
      #4931091 - 11/23/11 11:24 AM

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Jim...who is that guy in your avatar? Myself, Junomike and Tank were wondering. They thought it was you, but I remember seeing a pic of this guy before and said it was some famous guy or something.

Anyhoo....nice eyepieces Jimbo! when are you opening "Barnett's Eyepiece" store?



Why, surely you know....it's the most interesting man in the world!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Starman1]
      #4931096 - 11/23/11 11:27 AM

And you can google that.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Starman1]
      #4931101 - 11/23/11 11:28 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Bc0WjTT0Ps

yes I know... off topic...


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Starman1]
      #4931114 - 11/23/11 11:42 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Jim...who is that guy in your avatar? Myself, Junomike and Tank were wondering. They thought it was you, but I remember seeing a pic of this guy before and said it was some famous guy or something.

Anyhoo....nice eyepieces Jimbo! when are you opening "Barnett's Eyepiece" store?



Why, surely you know....it's the most interesting man in the world!



I mention it too those guys but i guess they dont know about the most intresting man in the world
Anyone need a cold one

Anyways, nice sets there Jim!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #4931162 - 11/23/11 12:07 PM

JRBARNETT .... Thats a lot of eyepieces!

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: great_bear]
      #4931318 - 11/23/11 01:40 PM

I pick 'em in advance. In fact, I pick them as part of my observing list creation exercise.

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      #4931325 - 11/23/11 01:41 PM

Nah, I am an eyepiece neophyte. The real "curator" is Bill Rose. The guy owns or has owned one of just about every eyepiece ever made, and knows the inside line about most of them.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Scanning4Comets]
      #4931337 - 11/23/11 01:47 PM

Me? No, I'm a short, stocky, homely guy.

Here's a picture of me, below, mixing pastis for the OFLI lads and ladies at the Pinnacles last summer:



My avatar is actor Jonathan Goldsmith playing his "The Most Interesting Man in the World" character from the recent Dos Equis beer commercials. "I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I drink Dos Equis."

I've co-opted the concept of MIMITW to create my MIAITU schtick (See the silly signature; those sayings are derivatives of sayings about the MIMITW from beer commercials).

Regards,

Jim

Edited by jrbarnett (11/23/11 09:46 PM)


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Illinois]
      #4931349 - 11/23/11 01:52 PM

Here are some more:







I might as well face it - I'm addicted to glass.



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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #4931404 - 11/23/11 02:23 PM

Jim ......

I am jealous! How can you pick a few eyepieces with you when you go out to look at stars?

You create several group of eyepieces .... wild field, moon, double stars, deep sky and planetary eyepieces?

Do You even own whole TeleVue Ethos eyepieces set?


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #4931422 - 11/23/11 02:32 PM

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Y'know Jim, I used to be an eyepiece marathoner. I'd field 30 to 40 eyepieces per session and end up spending as much time loading and unloading the diagonal as actual observing. These days, however, I find that I typically use no more than three or four eyepieces in any given session.

So it is probably about time to start culling the herd a bit. But it's like selling your own children.



- Jim




Thanks you for speaking frankly about your addiction, Jim!

I have similar feelings. And issues....

While my eyepiece holdings are a fraction of yours, I still have way more than I really need, of course. Oh, I use them all (at least, from time to time), but like you, I find myself using just a core three or four eyepieces on most nights. But, which three or four??

Oh, once I come to the conclusion that I won't be using an eyepiece anymore, I'm pretty quick to sell it off or give it away...but I have a hard time reaching that conclusion. And, once an eyepiece has given me one sweet view, the memories tend to stick with me.

Selling off one's children, indeed!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cheers,

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jim Rosenstock]
      #4931536 - 11/23/11 03:28 PM

Tony (Tank), I remembering you mentioning the Dos Equis guy last Friday.

Jim, you do indeed have glorious sets of EP's.

Inform us when the "Great Eyepiece Sale" starts.

Hey maybe start this week seeing as nobody else seems to be offering "Black Friday" deals!

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #4931919 - 11/23/11 06:48 PM

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Me? No, I'm a short, stocky, homely guy.

Here's a picture of me, below, mixing pastis for the OFLI lads and ladies at the Pinnacles last summer:




I dunno Jim, in a few years...grow the beard out, get some grey in there, maybe it could be your picture after all?


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #4931935 - 11/23/11 06:56 PM

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So it is probably about time to start culling the herd a bit. But it's like selling your own children.



- Jim




Jim, If you did decide to cull, what would be first to go, what would be the last and why? Very nice collection.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Scott99]
      #4932120 - 11/23/11 08:56 PM

But I'd have to drop 20 pounds, and that would mean no more pastis. Hmm...nah. I think I'll keep my one-pack and keep enjoying life. Besides, I'm an astronomer, not Latin American gazillionaire mogul/world champion jai-lai player.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #4932179 - 11/23/11 10:01 PM

Quote:

Me? No, I'm a short, stocky, homely guy.

Here's a picture of me, below, mixing pastis for the OFLI lads and ladies at the Pinnacles last summer:



My avatar is actor Jonathan Goldsmith playing his "The Most Interesting Man in the World" character from the recent Dos Equis beer commercials. "I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I drink Dos Equis."

I've co-opted the concept of MIMITW to create my MIAITU schtick (See the silly signature; those sayings are derivatives of sayings about the MIMITW from beer commercials).

Regards,

Jim




Jim,

Is the green eyepiece just at the right of the sugar bag is a new 180° Televue Etoast ?


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #4932323 - 11/24/11 12:04 AM Attachment (31 downloads)

Ok, I haven't seen this set posted yet.
A herd of Vixen's for my Cat.

Cheers!
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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Blake Andrews]
      #4932338 - 11/24/11 12:23 AM

Good looking and interesting set, Blake. I love the old engraved lettering "fully coated" Celestron Orthos.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #4932343 - 11/24/11 12:35 AM Attachment (52 downloads)

Thanks, Jim.

I've had many great observing sessions with those beauties. I acquired the 18mm, 12mm, 9mm and 7mm new in 1985. The rest were added over the years. The 4-6mm have yielded amazing views of Saturn and Jupiter in my C8 on steady nights.

If the Vixen set is the straight pitch, let me throw a curve ball, next. This is my set of JAPAN-KD Celestron Orthos with their original boxes. Each is complemented by a set of black end caps. This set came about with a simple question after a night of observing with the Vixens: why doesn't this Ortho have a Circle-V mark and who is KD? Still looking for the 25mm, 7mm and 4mm. I've confirmed that the 4mm does exist. Haven't seen examples of the other two. This set definitely pre-dates the Vixen series. There appear to be two variations (note the differences in the style of "FULLY COATED" stamped on the barrel). The only older set may be the Circle Dash (-) series made by Carton for Celestron. Enjoy!

Cheers!
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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Blake Andrews]
      #4933889 - 11/25/11 08:18 AM

WOW.. Very impressive eyepiece collections. The JBarnett collection is legendary!
On the topic of Jim, I have to say after reading through this thread I had to laugh! I recently saw that Dos Equis commercial and thought to myself " hey that guy looks a lot like JBarnett from Cloudy Nights" ...


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jersey Star Man]
      #4934020 - 11/25/11 10:12 AM Attachment (37 downloads)

Here's how I accessorize my scope for the observing field. I think it is pretty in Pink. Are YOU man enough??

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jim Rosenstock]
      #4934269 - 11/25/11 12:23 PM

Man up, Jim.
Pretty in Pink.
Very nice.
Reminds me of the pink Polo shirt I wear to drive my daughters crazy.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jim Rosenstock]
      #4934529 - 11/25/11 03:21 PM

Much as I wasn't Mack-Daddy enough for the gold anniversary Brandons, I don't think that I am...er, "Man" enough for pink trimmed eyepieces.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #4934556 - 11/25/11 03:58 PM

Interesting has its limits!!!?

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #4937682 - 11/27/11 04:48 PM Attachment (43 downloads)

Here's my Denkemeier's EP series collection. What Denkmeier lacks in quantity, they more than make up for in quality. For me, these EP's feature some of the best attributes of simpler eyepieces, but in a widefield package. I still wish they made more focal lengths.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Magnitude7]
      #4941010 - 11/29/11 02:01 PM Attachment (35 downloads)

I originally posted this pic in another thread, but was asked to contribute to this thread as well. Vixen Orthos, Made in Japan, as they were sold in the mid-nineties. For the US Celestron imported them and sold them under their own label.

Something noteworthy, people who have disassembled them (not me!) found them to be symmetricals 2-2, not the 3-1 Abbe Orthoscopic recipe. Orthoscopic nonetheless, because they show minor to no image distortion.

My set is not complete yet, I am still missing the 6mm, 9mm, 18mm as well as the elusive 2" 40mm.

Cheers!

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: a_adam]
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Does the 40mm look something like this?

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: ngc2289]
      #4941174 - 11/29/11 03:43 PM

Blake
Nice Celestron Orthos there GREAT looking series!

Magnitude7
The Great Denk family maybe the will have some offspring one day

André
Nice Vixen orthos!

ngc2289
It looks like the big brother in the family got lost and couldnt find his way back to Blake's Celestrons family


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #4941431 - 11/29/11 06:46 PM Attachment (30 downloads)

My circle T volcano top Kellner family that work great in my long focus refractors.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: ngc2289]
      #4941570 - 11/29/11 08:11 PM

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Does the 40mm look something like this?




Wow, those big fat 2" volcano top orthos are stunning!

You got the 2" 25mm too?


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      #4941697 - 11/29/11 09:37 PM

No, I just have the 2" 40mm. I just lucked out on getting the 40mm.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: ngc2289]
      #4941726 - 11/29/11 10:01 PM

This thread is amazing. I hope it goes on forever.

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      #4941833 - 11/29/11 11:08 PM

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This thread is amazing. I hope it goes on forever.




I agree, very educational.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #4941886 - 11/29/11 11:41 PM

Serious Orthoage.



Full sets of Apogee Super Abbe Orthos, Pentax SMC Orthos, University Abbe Orthos and Meade Research Grade Orthos together with a partial set of Pentax SMC Orthos and a couple Carl Zeiss Jena Orthos.

Regards,

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #4941893 - 11/29/11 11:49 PM

Very impressive JB...

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jim Rosenstock]
      #4941900 - 11/29/11 11:53 PM Attachment (35 downloads)

Ok Jim,

Here are some more of those 2" Celestron Beauties.

From left to right...
25mm Ortho last run marked JAPAN only (most likely Vixen)
25mm Ortho first run marked Circle-Dash (Carton)
18mm Ortho first run unmarked barrel (most likely Carton)
32mm Erfle later run unmarked barrel (most likely Vixen)

The two in the center both came with their original boxes. The price stickers at $115 indicate these were sold new in 1984 (as this was the only time these were offered at this price). The 25mm Carton seems much older and may have been on the shelf for awhile before it found an owner.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: a_adam]
      #4941907 - 11/29/11 11:58 PM Attachment (35 downloads)

Hi André

Here are my Celestron Flat Top Orthos (and one interloper) by Vixen from the early 1990's. These are silk screened with the Celestron logo and use the violet coatings.

Cheers!
Blake

Edited by Blake Andrews (11/30/11 12:04 AM)


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Blake Andrews]
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Reverse view...

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This partial set marks the end of the Celestron/Vixen eyepieces. Probably sold new in the late 1990's. These have original Vixen markings that were obscured by a semi-permanent Celestron sticker. From left to right, a 25mm Vixen Ortho, a 12.5mm Vixen Ortho, and 26mm Vixen Plossl. Each has the Vixen green tinted AR coatings.

Cheers!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Blake Andrews]
      #4941932 - 11/30/11 12:22 AM

The 2" Orthos rock, Blake.

- Jim


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #4941998 - 11/30/11 01:52 AM

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The 2" Orthos rock, Blake.

- Jim




Agreed. The second from left is one hardcore volcano-top.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Blake Andrews]
      #4943284 - 11/30/11 08:22 PM

I just got the last one to complete my set of XCEL-LX eps from celestron. First time I have ever had an entire set of ep. One of my favorites that I bought years ago is my 35mm Ultima, using that one with an F5 scope give an amazing field of view.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Blake Andrews]
      #4944518 - 12/01/11 02:49 PM

Quote:

This partial set marks the end of the Celestron/Vixen eyepieces. Probably sold new in the late 1990's. These have original Vixen markings that were obscured by a semi-permanent Celestron sticker. From left to right, a 25mm Vixen Ortho, a 12.5mm Vixen Ortho, and 26mm Vixen Plossl. Each has the Vixen green tinted AR coatings.

Cheers!




Ok, those stickers really are a weird move!

-André


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: ngc2289]
      #4944538 - 12/01/11 02:56 PM

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Does the 40mm look something like this?




Nope, but I have a 2" 25mm matching your 40mm Celestron.

-André


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: a_adam]
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My only series collection so far, but missing the 4mm.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Mike E.]
      #4945975 - 12/02/11 12:18 PM






...this is the Brandon jingle, introduced by Johnnyha.



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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: kepheus]
      #4946062 - 12/02/11 01:16 PM

Turn up the volume !

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5552846 - 12/03/12 09:13 PM

I was looking through my favorite thread section and this was one of my all time favorites, and it has been a year...


Here's my accomplishments for 2012...

Meade Series II Orthos:



Meade 4000 Smoothie Plössls:


Jaimo!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #5552881 - 12/03/12 09:29 PM

Jaimo, awesome!

Best,


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #5552889 - 12/03/12 09:33 PM

Very nice collection !

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Pollux556]
      #5552902 - 12/03/12 09:39 PM

Love the smoothies!

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5552920 - 12/03/12 09:44 PM Attachment (19 downloads)

Okay, you forced me to read this whole thread (again). A little over 2 years ago I posted a pic of my 7 Meade RGs here. Now, with all 10 (once again), here is the whole set:

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5552926 - 12/03/12 09:49 PM

Very nice! Here are my Meades, Series 5000 SWA:



Best,


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: ibase]
      #5553103 - 12/03/12 11:30 PM

I have also gathered a small group of 0.96" Celestrons, my 9mm ortho didn't make the shot.



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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #5554305 - 12/04/12 05:14 PM

XOs.



TMB Planetarys:



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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5554307 - 12/04/12 05:16 PM

Meade RG Orthos:



Meade RG WAs:



Faworski Orthos:



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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5554312 - 12/04/12 05:18 PM

Takahashi LE Mini-set:



0.965" Pentax SMC full set:



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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5554320 - 12/04/12 05:24 PM Attachment (21 downloads)

Brandons (different vintages)

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #5554680 - 12/04/12 09:34 PM Attachment (24 downloads)

Here an update of my Televue Widefield series. I replaced the 40mm with grip by the smoothies version some years ago. Not new but optically in good shape.


Edited by Pollux556 (12/04/12 09:43 PM)


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Pollux556]
      #5554985 - 12/05/12 01:47 AM Attachment (26 downloads)

Orthostars. Minty, cheap and in one fell swoop. I need 2 more. Pictured on the box they came in on a "lucky" CL buy.

Edited by Ducky62 (12/05/12 01:50 AM)


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Ducky62]
      #5555811 - 12/05/12 03:00 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

Wow - this thread has been around a while.

I showed my CZJ orthos back on the second page and here is my collection of A-P Super Planetaries. These, along with my CZJ and ZAO-II sets, cover all my planetary needs.

Cheers,

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: RAKing]
      #5556059 - 12/05/12 05:40 PM

Those are gorgeous! FWIW, production of the AP SPL's stopped because Roland would only accept eyepieces with glass so perfect (lack of bubbles, etc.) that it was not financially practical for Valery D to produce them. You have some real gems there!

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Wow - this thread has been around a while.

I showed my CZJ orthos back on the second page and here is my collection of A-P Super Planetaries. These, along with my CZJ and ZAO-II sets, cover all my planetary needs.

Cheers,

Ron




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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: RAKing]
      #5556231 - 12/05/12 07:13 PM

Quote:

Wow - this thread has been around a while.

I showed my CZJ orthos back on the second page and here is my collection of A-P Super Planetaries. These, along with my CZJ and ZAO-II sets, cover all my planetary needs.





Take the caps off and let those smoothies show!!!!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #5556540 - 12/05/12 10:11 PM Attachment (35 downloads)

Not gonna repeat what has already been shown. Did not see any of these, wonder why? Some good others not so much.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: greju]
      #5558285 - 12/06/12 09:08 PM Attachment (27 downloads)

Let me introduce you to the Parks Family...

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: greju]
      #5558297 - 12/06/12 09:17 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

Quote:

Not gonna repeat what has already been shown. Did not see any of these, wonder why? Some good others not so much.




I've got a few of those. I would like to find one of those turrets some day.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jim Curry]
      #5558541 - 12/07/12 12:17 AM

Nice Jim,
I have never seen a Parks collection, I guess I should have, but no one has posted any photos.

Thanks!
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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5558545 - 12/07/12 12:21 AM

Jim, I had forgotten about these...


Faworski Orthos:




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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #5558736 - 12/07/12 07:07 AM

"I have never seen a Parks collection"

Jaimo:

Neither have I seen a collection posted on this forum or others. These endless collections of Z1's, Z2's, Pentax's, etc. get old . Time for some new glass.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jim Curry]
      #5559486 - 12/07/12 03:25 PM Attachment (21 downloads)

Siebert Star Splitters

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5559668 - 12/07/12 05:42 PM

Quote:

Siebert Star Splitters




Wow, very special set !


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Pollux556]
      #5559754 - 12/07/12 06:25 PM

Hey Mark, how did you do those nice numerals? I could sure use those for my Siebert EP's.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5559777 - 12/07/12 06:34 PM

Great looking set, Mark. Different, distinctive. Harry S. should use that photo on his website.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: MRNUTTY]
      #5559856 - 12/07/12 07:36 PM

Quote:

Hey Mark, how did you do those nice numerals? I could sure use those for my Siebert EP's.





They are vinyl drafting numbers, you can get them at Hobby Lobby (look in the section with all the rulers and drafting supplies) if you have one of those near. They come in a sheet, you can get different sizes. Wipe the area you want to put them on with some alcohol, gently apply them, then nudge them into perfect position and finally press down hard on them to set them in place. Let them set up for a day and they will stick firmly, but you can peel them off if need be. I couldn't see Harry's stamped numbers in the dark, this makes it easy to pick the right one out of the bunch.

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Great looking set, Mark. Different, distinctive. Harry S. should use that photo on his website.




Thanks Edward, good luck on the auction tonight!


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #5559861 - 12/07/12 07:39 PM



Say, those look, uh...familiar.



- Jim


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5559871 - 12/07/12 07:42 PM

You directing that at my Star Splitters Jim.....cause they keep telling me they never met ya!

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5559958 - 12/07/12 08:53 PM

Sweet! Thanks Mark. The markings on the Monocentrics are even harder to see since they're in the plastic.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tank]
      #5562228 - 12/09/12 11:17 AM Attachment (24 downloads)

I went through this entire thread, and not a single family portrait of Celestron (Circle-V) Silvertops.

Not complete (shown are 45, 36, 26, 15, 10, 7.5), but I'm working on it.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: hottr6]
      #5562319 - 12/09/12 12:04 PM

Quote:

I went through this entire thread, and not a single family portrait of Celestron (Circle-V) Silvertops.

Not complete (shown are 45, 36, 26, 15, 10, 7.5), but I'm working on it.




The 30mm is one of the rarer ones, right? Is that the only one missing?


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Starman81]
      #5563282 - 12/09/12 10:46 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

Here's my Meade Series 5000 HD-60 set!


Edited by Steve Daniel (12/09/12 10:53 PM)


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5563828 - 12/10/12 09:41 AM

Newp. I was referring to those Faworskis.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Starman81]
      #5564002 - 12/10/12 11:34 AM

Quote:

Quote:

I went through this entire thread, and not a single family portrait of Celestron (Circle-V) Silvertops.

Not complete (shown are 45, 36, 26, 15, 10, 7.5), but I'm working on it.




The 30mm is one of the rarer ones, right? Is that the only one missing?



My understanding is that the 30mm was made in Taiwan. Also missing from this lineup are the 22mm and 17mm (I think).


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: hottr6]
      #5564024 - 12/10/12 11:52 AM

Something I copied from a post:

Celestron Silvertops
fl AFOV fieldstop
7.5mm 46d 6mm
10mm 46d 7mm
15mm 46d 11mm
17mm 47d 14mm
22mm 48d 17mm
26mm 49d 20mm
30mm 50d 28mm
36mm 35d 22mm
45mm 33d 25mm
50mm 43d 37mm (2")

I did see a 6.3mm version listed in a post as well as a 20mm listed in a post or maybe an ad?

Dave


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Dave Ittner]
      #5564039 - 12/10/12 12:02 PM

Here is modern Nikon NAV HW and SW family.



Tammy


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tamiji Homma]
      #5564118 - 12/10/12 12:57 PM

Tammy, those are beautiful, hopefully I will get to look through one someday and see what they perform like.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Steve Daniel]
      #5564417 - 12/10/12 04:04 PM

Steve,

That is a beautiful set of eyepieces.

Best, Linda B.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Agatha]
      #5564504 - 12/10/12 04:56 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

Here is my collection of Russell eyepieces.

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Tamiji Homma]
      #5564565 - 12/10/12 05:25 PM

Quote:

Here is modern Nikon NAV HW and SW family.




Hi Tammy,

Are you aware of anywhere in the USA that these are available? I've googled and eBayed for the past hour without a single good lead.


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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: hottr6]
      #5564915 - 12/10/12 09:12 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

I can confirm the 30mm is made in Japan, but not Vixen.

45, 36, 30, 26, 2" 50, 22, 17, 15, 10, 7.5
Barlow



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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: scott4comp]
      #5565386 - 12/11/12 03:54 AM

Nice collection !

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Re: Eyepiece Series Collections new [Re: Dave Ittner]
      #5567452 - 12/12/12 12:13 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

T/Y ! Here's another, Meade Series II Orthos with original case, Barlow and vintage Filters:

Edited by scott4comp (12/12/12 12:14 PM)


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