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Equipment Discussions >> Eyepieces

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John Huntley
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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail new [Re: FirstSight]
      #5535432 - 11/23/12 12:49 PM

For me it's the Ethos 6mm and Pentax XW's in 5mm and 3.5mm.

I've been through Baader GO's and University HD Ortho's and a 5mm TMB Supermono in the past but I'm very happy with my current line up and see them being with me for a long time


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Sasa
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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail new [Re: John Huntley]
      #5535797 - 11/23/12 04:03 PM

C63/840: ATC 8mm Erfle (planets), Carl Zeiss Jena ortho 6mm (Moon)
AS80/1200: Carl Zeiss Jena ortho 10mm (Jupiter), TMB Mono 7mm (Mars, Moon)
ED100 f/9: TMB Mono 7mm, Carl Zeiss Jena ortho 6mm, Pentax XO5.1
in past N250/1600: TV Plossl 8mm

Edited by Sasa (11/23/12 04:04 PM)


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kevint1
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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail new [Re: Sasa]
      #5535878 - 11/23/12 05:12 PM

Depending on the conditions, in my 102 f7 I like a 2x Barlowed TV 11mm Plossl, and straight through ES 4.7 and UWAN 4 mm. The UWAN hits a sweet spot for me at about 178x. I've had some really nice views of Jupiter over the last couple of weeks with this eyepiece.

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Deep13
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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail new [Re: kevint1]
      #5536039 - 11/23/12 06:43 PM

6 or 10mm ZAO-II. Also, 8 & 11mm TV Ploessl, 8 & 12.5mm RKE.

In pairs: 15 or 20mm TV Pls., 15 or 21mm RKE, or 16mm Brandon.

non-tracking Dobs: 10 or 7mm Pentax XW.

for 5" f/12, 8" f/6, and 12.5" f/5.


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Javier
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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail new [Re: Deep13]
      #5536199 - 11/23/12 08:18 PM

In my 6" SCT it's a 16MM Nagler, in my 8" SCT a 18 Radian.

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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail new [Re: Skywise2]
      #5536481 - 11/23/12 11:53 PM

When I had my TV101 I used a 4mm Radian or a 3mm TMB a lot but honestly it was not a big enough scope for planetary observing for me personally. I just could not tolerate the tiny exit pupils required for planets.

Don 't know why you would want to do planets with such a small scope when you have a 10".

I Used the 4mm Radian more though. 180x In a 4" scope made the view grainy and dim.

But whatever trips your trigger.


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Damo636
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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail new [Re: Eddgie]
      #5536717 - 11/24/12 07:29 AM

XW 10 & 7mm for me. I sometimes barlow the 13mm Ethos with an Antares 1.6x, but will eventually fill this gap with an 8mm Delos.

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Warren914
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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail new [Re: Damo636]
      #5536738 - 11/24/12 07:51 AM

So far I've used the Baader Hyperion 8-24mm zoom with a 2x Barlow. It allows me to find the planet more easily and then easily determine maximum magnification for viewing.
Still really new at this, might change my ways of doing things with experience. The last few times out conditions were poor so views were terrible regardless of eyepiece in use.


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nightfisher
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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail new [Re: Warren914]
      #5537160 - 11/24/12 12:15 PM

For me at present its the 7mm Kokusai circleT ortho, in my 4" achro`s and 18mm BGO in the 180 pro, but i keep toying with trying a 5mm pentax XW

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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail new [Re: nightfisher]
      #5537228 - 11/24/12 01:17 PM

6,8mm Brandons mostly
4,5mm UO Ortho's when seeing is excellent

-James


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Sarkikos
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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail new [Re: Skywise2]
      #5537239 - 11/24/12 01:24 PM

For my 10" f/4.8 Dob, I like the XO 2.5 and XO 5.1 best for monoviewing. When using the binoviewer in that scope, probably the AT Paradigm 12mm or Brandon 12mm pair.

Mike


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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail new [Re: Warren914]
      #5537290 - 11/24/12 02:01 PM

I use 4.5mm and 6mm Delos, and SSS Ortho's with a Siebert Optics 1.5x Telecentric and 3x OCA with a binoviewer. The 9.9mm and 12.4mm 60* Ortho's are used with the binoviewer.

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houser23
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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail new [Re: avenger]
      #5537443 - 11/24/12 03:59 PM

34mm ZAO coupled with a 2.5x Powermate gives me roughly 220x and the perfect sweet spot for the Mewlon 250.

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Sarkikos
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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail new [Re: houser23]
      #5537449 - 11/24/12 04:01 PM

That's a mighty fine ride around the world to get across the street!


Mike


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jrbarnett
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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail new [Re: Skywise2]
      #5537555 - 11/24/12 05:13 PM

6mm Brandon.

Any short focal length Nagler Type 6.

Regards,

Jim


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houser23
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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5537617 - 11/24/12 06:06 PM Attachment (55 downloads)

pictures are incredibly more desirable than words.

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Ain Soph Aur
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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail new [Re: houser23]
      #5537757 - 11/24/12 07:51 PM

I've not yet bought my first Brandon EP yet, but last night I did a comparison on Jupiter and the Moon between all of my 5-10.5 mm EP's (BGO, RGO, RO Konigs ) using the 100/1300 Carton. The 7mm and 10mm Russell Optics Research Grade wide angle Konigs came out the clear winners, beating the Baader and Meade Orthos providing noticeably better contrast.

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Dan McConaughy
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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail [Re: FirstSight]
      #5537930 - 11/24/12 10:09 PM

With a 16" F/12: 17mm Ethos and, infrequently when the seeing is really good, the 13mm Ethos. They seem as good as the UO HD Orthoscopics. Though, every now and then, I still try to see if the orthoscopics are better, but they haven't shown themselves to be even though they have fewer elements.

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Keith
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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail [Re: Dan McConaughy]
      #5538212 - 11/25/12 02:19 AM

Of what I still own, I would have to say 7mm T6 and 10.5mm XL, on their own with SCT when conditions permit, and with TV101 with alternating between 2x and 3x TV barlows and a 2.5x powermate.

That being said, I am amazed at how well the ES100 14mm and 20mm perform on planets in the cassegrain with the 2x powermate, like a match made in heaven. A bunch of glass, but a very good view of Jupiter.

I notice glints with the XFs, but otherwise, the comfort makes up for it, so I like those too.

7.5mm ultima (or clone) is nice too, 5 element japanese.

I used to use antares and UO flat top orthos, but the fov and tiny lenses eventually caused them to sit in the case. As soon as I sold them, I realized I made a mistake, but only in that I did not ask a higher price... I can't deal with short ER on eps that have lenses that are too small to clean easily, and not about to have my eyelashes removed, they serve a biological purpose.

What Bill said about the SCT vs NP101 is totally true. When I was considering selling my televue 3x barlow, I decided to keep it and it now lives in the case of the 101. A GOOD barlow or powermate makes more sense to many, than a premium eyepiece that is not useable in all scopes. Televue is a GOOD barlow. I have 2x, 3x, and 2.5x and 2x powermates. Considering a 5x if the price was right. Having only 540mm focal length at f5.4 actually makes a 5x practical as low as the 10.5mmXL. Next time I see one in the $100 range (but not so old as to not accept the t ring), I will probably snatch it up.


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Starman81
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Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary detail [Re: Keith]
      #5538229 - 11/25/12 03:01 AM Attachment (16 downloads)

With the 8" dob, the XW 10 & 7 with TV 2x Barlow and TV 2.5x Powermate for powers 120x, 171x, 240x, 300x, 343x, 429x. The XW 14 + Powermate fills a gap with its 214x power.

Also planning on using my newly acquired ES100 9mm + 2x GSO ED Barlow for 267x and less nudging in the dob.


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