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Starman1
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2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces
      #5698730 - 02/24/13 06:13 PM Attachment (4489 downloads)

The attached spreadsheet includes all non-discontinued after-market eyepieces currently available for sale by retailers.

The manufacturers catalogs are larger, but if no retailer is currently selling a particular eyepiece model, I did not include it on my chart.

All the normal information is included and prices are as I found them over the last month.

If I have inadvertently left off a brand or model, please send me a private message and a link to the website where I can find information. I can always update this.

Note that I purposely left off 0.965" eyepieces, Huygenian, Ramsden, and Super Ramsden eyepieces as I do not believe these would be of interest to people reading posts on Cloudy Nights.

I also left in the Pentax XW eyepieces as we just received word these are discontinued but there are a lot in the retail sales bins and will be for a while.


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Paraclete
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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: Starman1]
      #5698770 - 02/24/13 06:38 PM

Thanks for all the hard work! That is a very helpful spreadsheet... Thank-you.

And especially good-luck with EyepiecesEtc.com --- You have devoted so much to CloudyNights and to this hobby... you deserve the success.


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MRNUTTY
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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: Paraclete]
      #5698782 - 02/24/13 06:51 PM

Holy cow! And I only have 100! :-)

With all the rebranded Chinese EP, I wonder how many are optically unique? I guess I have some sorting to do :-)


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JimMo
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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: Starman1]
      #5698787 - 02/24/13 06:58 PM

Thanks Don. Very cool.

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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: JimMo]
      #5698816 - 02/24/13 07:32 PM

Don, thanks for all you contribute to Cloudy Nights!

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DonsDob
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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5698829 - 02/24/13 07:44 PM

Excellent! Thank you. I've saved it.

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ThomasWos
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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: Starman1]
      #5698835 - 02/24/13 07:49 PM

Great Work Don! Fantastic reference.

Thanks.


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Scott in NCAdministrator
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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: ThomasWos]
      #5698839 - 02/24/13 07:52 PM

Very nice, Don! That obviously took a lot of work. Thanks for compiling this and sharing it with us.

I'm going to make this into a sticky post so it stays at the top of the forum for a while.


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Starman1
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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: MRNUTTY]
      #5698867 - 02/24/13 08:14 PM

John,
If an eyepiece from one company looks the same as another company, comes in the same focal lengths, has the same eye relief, and the same coatings........well, it could be a copy, but it's probably just a rebranded eyepiece from the same factory.
It's tough, though, to tell who the actual maker is. Some eyepieces appear to be sold by several different factories, and obviously not all of them make the same identical eyepiece.
The eyecups, barrels, and lenses often come from several different sources, though, and there is rarely a prohibition for, say, an eyecup maker to sell to several companies. So an eyepiece that looks alike may indeed be from two different factories and have some of the same parts.

I'm amazed that the count is 625 fewer eyepieces available now than in 2009. So many companies have stopped doing private label or have left the business entirely.


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Mariner@sg
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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: Starman1]
      #5698892 - 02/24/13 08:39 PM

Appreciate all the hard work and effort in updating your compilation Don!

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audioaficionado
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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: Mariner@sg]
      #5700440 - 02/25/13 07:21 PM

Awesome resource. Thanx Don

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Sgt
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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: audioaficionado]
      #5700475 - 02/25/13 07:48 PM

Wow, Zeiss do a $2000 ortho!

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Aquarist
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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: Sgt]
      #5700510 - 02/25/13 08:14 PM

That was a huge amount of work! Very well done and exceptionally useful. Thanks ever so much!!!

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Starman1
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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: Sgt]
      #5700546 - 02/25/13 08:48 PM

Quote:

Wow, Zeiss do a $2000 ortho!



1539 Euros before conversion to dollars (1.36:1) and freight.


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MAURITS
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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: Starman1]
      #5701070 - 02/26/13 07:08 AM

Thanks Don for all the useful information!

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leviathan
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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: MAURITS]
      #5701126 - 02/26/13 08:10 AM

Great work !

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Mark9473
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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: leviathan]
      #5703422 - 02/27/13 12:25 PM

Don, your list is a great resource and like many others I've saved a copy immediately.

You have commented repeatedly over the last few weeks how many eyepieces you've had to delete because they've been discontinued.
I was thinkling that it would actually be very useful if you could include a second worksheet with the data of the discontinued models. We are all still using them, and besides they are often traded on the second hand market. It's very useful to be able to compare basic specs such as eye relief, weight, field stop diameter etc.

Many thanks.


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mattyfatz
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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5705169 - 02/28/13 11:42 AM

This is very helpful. Thanks Don!


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Starman1
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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5705250 - 02/28/13 12:27 PM

My 2009 version of the Buyer's Guide is still on CN, under:
Eyepieces Forum>>"Best of" Eyepieces Forum>>2nd Post:"Buyers Guide to Eyepieces and Accessories">>2nd post attachment

It would be a simple matter to save that version to look up info on discontinued models.


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Mark9473
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Re: 2013 Buyer's Guide to Eyepieces new [Re: Starman1]
      #5705431 - 02/28/13 02:16 PM

Thanks for the pointer Don. Turns out I also had your 2005 version already on file.

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