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desertlens
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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: astro_baby]
      #5771369 - 04/01/13 06:01 PM

It's just possible that there is some sort of "name game" going on with these coatings. I wonder if there is any significant difference with these orthos that are of essentially the same design/source. A marketing "phantom" in the works?

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Ain Soph Aur
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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5771434 - 04/01/13 06:36 PM

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Interesting news is that they are going to make a 4mm version.




It would be MUCH more interesting if they were making a 25mm!

9, 12.5, 18 and 25mm would be very nice in the Baader Q-Turret, and with the integral x2.25 Q-Barlow 11, 8, 5.6, 4 mm would make an awesome planetary/double star set.


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rgm40
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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5771490 - 04/01/13 07:10 PM

Not trying to be critical or disrespectful, but if true, wonder why U.O. has not announced this on their web page?

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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: rgm40]
      #5771515 - 04/01/13 07:26 PM

I'm going to go ahead and be critical. I don't believe it. If the factories were damaged by the tsunami and that is the reason for stopping production--that and flagging sales--then why restart production on these alone? The old bullet-shaped models have always sold better than the HDs. Why not bring those back instead? What has changed between "we're finished" and now? And as rgm40 mentions, why is the only announcement effectively a rumor from inside information?

Thanks.


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Ain Soph Aur
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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: Deep13]
      #5771549 - 04/01/13 07:42 PM

Hutech and now UO are saying these are being produced again. OPT and First Light Optics mention them being available again in the future (Hutech branded). I will withold judgement for now, and keep my fingers crossed these reports are accurate. With a Lecia ASPH on order, I doubt I would really need these except for my vintage refractors but I really did like my BGO set. If an UO branded set is forthcoming, I imagine I will go ahead and work on a set while I instigate for a 25mm version to be added to the line up.

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mgwhittle
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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: rgm40]
      #5771578 - 04/01/13 07:50 PM

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Not trying to be critical or disrespectful, but if true, wonder why U.O. has not announced this on their web page?




UO is an old company way before the "net". They do offer an email bulletin from time to time, but you will find that their web page is not up to what you probably expect from your experience with newer companies. In fact, you find out the newer info from a good old mailing list, which they will be glad to put you in if request it.

I might be in the minority but I like UO the way it is and has been.


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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: Deep13]
      #5771584 - 04/01/13 07:53 PM

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I'm going to go ahead and be critical. I don't believe it. If the factories were damaged by the tsunami and that is the reason for stopping production--that and flagging sales--then why restart production on these alone? The old bullet-shaped models have always sold better than the HDs. Why not bring those back instead? What has changed between "we're finished" and now? And as rgm40 mentions, why is the only announcement effectively a rumor from inside information?

Thanks.




No inside information. You would have gotten the same information if you had signed up for their mailing list. I am sure they will be glad to add you to it or their email bulletins..


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rgm40
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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5771607 - 04/01/13 08:06 PM

Looks like it's time to put some stuff on the classifieds to raise some funds and save up some $$$ prior to the release. Gots to have me some of those U.O. HDs

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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: rgm40]
      #5771629 - 04/01/13 08:14 PM

Manish from Agena has said many times that the Kasai HC version is supposed to be out... well, he said March and now it's April. But I am assuming they are in production as we speak.

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Jaimo!
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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5771985 - 04/01/13 11:54 PM

I hope this is not an April Fools Joke , I have all the UO HD with the exception of the 7mm... I NEED it to complete my set, and if they come out with a 4mm... Booyah!

Jaimo!


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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #5772741 - 04/02/13 11:59 AM

Hot news. Mr Seyfried has just replied that these "rumours" are true. The HDs are indeed making a return. And, wait for it, there will be BOTH a 4mm and a 25mm to it!



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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: Mariner@sg]
      #5772772 - 04/02/13 12:14 PM

4mm and 25mm UO HD Orthos? Now, that is something.

I for one am no fan of volcano top eyepieces.

Mike


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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5773000 - 04/02/13 01:53 PM

It is true, I received an email from Jan Seyfried of University Optics this morning confirming:

*6mm and 12.5mm being released first.
*4mm is being released but will cost $25 more due to extra effort to center and cement triplet, planned for late Summer.
*25mm is also being planned, no eta.
*UO requested smooth barrels.

Hmmm, perhaps now to wish for a 32mm HD Ortho


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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: Ain Soph Aur]
      #5773087 - 04/02/13 02:44 PM

I already have the UO HD set along with the 25mm Volcano top, but I would really like to see something even bigger. Maybe a 32mm. I would get the Brandon but the edge performance would not be very good in any of my refractors. Perhaps the Ortho would have the same problem though, I am not sure.

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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: Ain Soph Aur]
      #5773093 - 04/02/13 02:52 PM

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Hmmm, perhaps now to wish for a 32mm HD Ortho



Yes please !


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Alvin Huey
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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5773426 - 04/02/13 05:20 PM

25mm UO HD!!! Sign me up. Even though I already have the Tak 25mm 0.965" ortho.

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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5773468 - 04/02/13 05:31 PM

A 32/25/18/12.5mm HD Ortho set in a Baader Q-Turret would be nice, and combined with the x2.25 Q-Barlow 14.2/11/8/5.5mm would be a very nice affordable planetary/double star set, with decent eye relief and much better than sans the 32 mm option.

Off-topic: This is one reason why I love the Brandon 1.25" set and the Q-Turret/Barlow. Plus the Brandon's are excellent with the parfocal factor, at least compared to my ex-BGO set, and that works well with a turret.


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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: Ain Soph Aur]
      #5775796 - 04/03/13 03:18 PM

Cool.

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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: Deep13]
      #5776040 - 04/03/13 05:40 PM

No 18mm?

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Re: University Optics HD Orthos are coming back! new [Re: rgm40]
      #5776047 - 04/03/13 05:44 PM

Wonder if the HD 25 will have the critical eye placement characteristic of the VT? I sent a 25mm back after using one time because I just couldn't use it comfortably.

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