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wprince
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Re: University Abbe Orthoscopics new [Re: HCR32]
      #4857114 - 10/12/11 07:33 AM

Hello all, I know I'm posting very late to this thread. I've always wanted some more University Optics orthos, I only have my one 7mm HD version. However, I just checked the price on the UO website, almost $90 plus shipping for new ones!? THAT is a significant price increase (previously I checked they were about $55). I won't say $90 a piece is too much, but that places pause in acquiring the whole set. Don't the HD's cost just little bit more? I will say the I found the 7mm HD excellent, and more comfortable to use than a 11mm TV plossl I used to own as far as eye relief.

Edited by wprince (10/12/11 07:34 AM)


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wprince
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Re: University Abbe Orthoscopics new [Re: wprince]
      #4857118 - 10/12/11 07:36 AM

Ok, not quite $90, but $85.95 each. My apologies.

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Re: University Abbe Orthoscopics new [Re: wprince]
      #4857148 - 10/12/11 08:26 AM

When the longer focal length abbes are barlowed, does anyone find a real noticeable decrease in contrast? I've been thinking of buying a shorter focal length UO Abbe but maybe just barlowing my 12.5mm or 9mm will give me larger eye relief as well as the increased magnification without too much loss of contrast.

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Re: University Abbe Orthoscopics new [Re: tomchris]
      #4857159 - 10/12/11 08:42 AM

They barlow quite well. Uae good barlow, of course.

Short eye relief doesn't bother me a bit, so I go for the "least glass" option....

...but there's a reason every great set of Orthos comes with a barlow.

Enjoy!

Jim


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Re: University Abbe Orthoscopics new [Re: tomchris]
      #4857226 - 10/12/11 09:43 AM

As Jim stated, as long as you use a quality barlow lens, you should not notice any major negative effect.

Some prefer short focal lenses, other (like me) favor the use of barlow lens for a better comfort there is no universal answer. It is really a matter of personal taste.

From the financial standpoint, the barlow lens solution is somewhat economical as it costs the price of a decent eyepiece but it can replace multiple eyepieces.


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tomchris
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Re: University Abbe Orthoscopics new [Re: Monoeil]
      #4857251 - 10/12/11 09:55 AM

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As Jim stated, as long as you use a quality barlow lens, you should not notice any major negative effect.





Well- as you can see from my sign-off list, I think I've got a good amount of what I think are quality barlows. Thanks!!


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wprince
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Re: University Abbe Orthoscopics new [Re: Jim Rosenstock]
      #4857265 - 10/12/11 10:06 AM

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They barlow quite well. Uae good barlow, of course.

Short eye relief doesn't bother me a bit, so I go for the "least glass" option....





IMO, for the $85.95/ea price, the only ones that make sense to me are the 7, 6, 5, and 4mm (and MAYBE the 9mm). Those for the really good nights on a tracking mount, where I don't want to use a barlow, and want the "least glass" option. For the 25, 18, 12.5, 9mm, for the price there are too many other options like TV Plossls, Antares elites, AstroTech Paradigms, even my 12.4mm Meade series 4000 plossl is excellent. Of course, some like the thought of owning the whole matching set of the UO orthos and nothing wrong with that! But from what I understand they are NOT parfocal.

I just bought a 4mm UO ortho from a well known member here at CN and am looking forward to a good night to try it.


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Re: University Abbe Orthoscopics new [Re: wprince]
      #4857656 - 10/12/11 01:39 PM

Orthos are like fine food - all this talk of them is making me want to buy a set again!

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Re: University Abbe Orthoscopics new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5620671 - 01/13/13 12:19 PM

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They perform much better in slow telescopes. At f/14.4 to f/16.7 they rock. At f/8.6 to f/10, they are still excellent. At f/7 they start to weaken even on axis. Faster than that, there are better choices.

Regards,

Jim




My ED80 is an f/7.5. The UO Orthos look fine to me when used with it. I guess it's just far enough from an f/7 that the views are still good. I was surprised that you said that they start to weaken.


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Re: University Abbe Orthoscopics new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5622465 - 01/14/13 11:02 AM

Jim,

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Here's my "Ortho" collection, by the way:



My faves are the Pentax SMCs.

- Jim




Why no BGO's?

Mike


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Re: University Abbe Orthoscopics new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5622737 - 01/14/13 01:59 PM

He had no need for the BGO's. The Pentax Or.'s have a similar FOV but are better for scatter control.
Also, with his coveted Brandon's, the BGO's would never see light anyway.

Mike

Edited by junomike (01/14/13 02:01 PM)


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Re: University Abbe Orthoscopics new [Re: junomike]
      #5622774 - 01/14/13 02:22 PM

JunoMike,

I don't know about that. I would have replaced the UO VT's from 5mm to 18mm with BGO's. In fact, that's what I did. The BGO's have better coatings, and I prefer the flat-tops. The Pentax Or's are something else entirely.

IME, BGO's and Brandons run nose-to-nose for planet/lunar. Also IME, the BGO's surpass the Brandons for deep sky because they are FMC instead of just FC. That's if transmission is important to the observer. Otherwise, the Brandons might show more structure in bright nebulae than the BGO's (not so much on the dimmer stuff). But I'd rather get that effect by putting a DSO filter on the BGO. YMMV

I have all the Brandons from 6-24mm, BGO 6/7/9/18 and only UO VT 4/25. The BGO 5 was sold after I acquired an XO 5.1. The BGO 12.5 was sold for a price I liked (otherwise I would have kept it). I have bino pairs of the Brandon 12 & 16, BGO 9 & 18 and UO VT 25. That pretty much sums up my viewpoint on these eyepieces.


Mike


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Re: University Abbe Orthoscopics new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5623233 - 01/14/13 06:58 PM

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While not generally accepted yet, your results certainly mirror my own field testing.




Actually, the theory is generally accepted.
Ask any refractor-owner who invested a small fortune in their latest top quality glass and they will happily tell tales about how their ridiculously expensive 4" refractors "out-performs" cheap 12" dobs right and left. Heck, let's make it 18" if the seeing isn't perfect, we all know how poorly those light-buckets perform when the seeing isn't perfect, right?
So the theory, I'd say, is very much accepted (just ask the right people).

Steve


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Re: University Abbe Orthoscopics new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5623244 - 01/14/13 07:06 PM

Mike, I replaced my UO VT's with UO H.D.'s as I found them a tad better. I've also compared the Brandon's to the UO H.D.'s and found them to be more similar than different. However, others feel the Brandon's are superior for Star color saturation (which I'm not into).

In direct comparison (UO H.D.'s) on Planets and DSO's I found the Pentax Or. go deeper and offer a darker background. I only sold mine as I had the TMB SMC's as well. The difference wasn't huge, but noticeable.

Mike


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Re: University Abbe Orthoscopics new [Re: SteveTheSwede]
      #5627601 - 01/17/13 08:31 AM

Steve,

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Ask any refractor-owner who invested a small fortune in their latest top quality glass and they will happily tell tales about how their ridiculously expensive 4" refractors "out-performs" cheap 12" dobs right and left. Heck, let's make it 18" if the seeing isn't perfect, we all know how poorly those light-buckets perform when the seeing isn't perfect, right?




If you go down to an 8" or 10" Dob, though, I think the Dob would give the 4" APO a run for the money. This is especially true if the owner of the Dob collimates very closely and has worked on solving thermal problems.

Mike


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Re: University Abbe Orthoscopics new [Re: junomike]
      #5627619 - 01/17/13 08:42 AM

Mike,

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Mike, I replaced my UO VT's with UO H.D.'s as I found them a tad better.




BGO's and UO HD's are near equivalent, so mirrors my strategy.

Quote:

I've also compared the Brandon's to the UO H.D.'s and found them to be more similar than different. However, others feel the Brandon's are superior for Star color saturation (which I'm not into).




Agreed and agreed. I have more than a suspicion that many Brandonistas are double star enthusiasts. I like double stars, but I'm not an enthusiast. In my own personal list of preferences, doubles would fall behind planets, DSO and the Moon.

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In direct comparison (UO H.D.'s) on Planets and DSO's I found the Pentax Or. go deeper and offer a darker background. I only sold mine as I had the TMB SMC's as well. The difference wasn't huge, but noticeable.




I've never tried Pentax Orthos or TMB SMC's, so I wouldn't know anything about them first hand.

I'm glad, though, that I have the XO 5.1 and 2.5. They are supposed to be about as good as the ZAO-II's. (I wouldn't know about those, either.) So far, the XO's have excelled at planets, Moon and double stars. I need to give them a try on DSO, maybe planetaries and galaxies. A little too high power for comfort when viewing the Moon, though, for me. But they gave me a great view of the Pup star!

Mike


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