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Kentuckystars
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Them Pretty Eyepieces
      #5537650 - 11/24/12 06:33 PM

Crazy thread here. Ever find yourself liking or buying an eyepiece (or an entire line of EP's) just because you like the way they look?

Let's be honest here, EP lust gets the best of many of us.


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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces new [Re: Kentuckystars]
      #5537718 - 11/24/12 07:17 PM

Hey Jason, yeah absolutely :-) I even bought a line of EP's because they looked ugly! I had hoped they would lose their radiant disfigurement, alas... They still confound my senses; perhaps the addition of the final 3.2 will lessen their grotesquery!

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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces new [Re: MRNUTTY]
      #5537765 - 11/24/12 07:57 PM Attachment (58 downloads)

All eyepieces are beautiful. Even the "ugly" ones: beauty is in the eye of the eye piece holder.

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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces new [Re: David E]
      #5537792 - 11/24/12 08:20 PM

That is one big ol' ugly eyepiece. it must have great personality....

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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces new [Re: David E]
      #5537826 - 11/24/12 08:46 PM

Wow! I must profess no history with this Beasty, so me ask the proverbial stupid question; is that six feet, or six inches? There are so many contrary cues! It must be six feet... Mustn't it? :-)

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All eyepieces are beautiful. Even the "ugly" ones: beauty is in the eye of the eye piece holder.




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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces new [Re: bremms]
      #5537828 - 11/24/12 08:47 PM

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That is one big ol' ugly eyepiece. it must have great personality....




It may be ugly, but it knows how to cook up a great image.


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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces new [Re: Kentuckystars]
      #5537921 - 11/24/12 10:04 PM

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Crazy thread here. Ever find yourself liking or buying an eyepiece (or an entire line of EP's) just because you like the way they look?




No.


Mike


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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5537950 - 11/24/12 10:20 PM

I just sold an eyepiece that seemed ugly after time had passed. Performance was so-so in my short FL reflector, but every time I looked at it, I wanted to throw it under a bus,

17mm Celestron Ultima LX.


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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces new [Re: David E]
      #5537951 - 11/24/12 10:21 PM

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It may be ugly, but it knows how to cook up a great image.




Okay, David--I give up. What type of eyepiece is that? Something homemade, I assume?


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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces new [Re: Scanning4Comets]
      #5538113 - 11/25/12 12:36 AM

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I just sold an eyepiece that seemed ugly after time had passed. Performance was so-so in my short FL reflector, but every time I looked at it, I wanted to throw it under a bus,

17mm Celestron Axiom LX.




Ultima LX 17mm you mean, please do not confuse the lurkers Axiom LX vs Ultima LX, big difference.


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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces new [Re: Keith]
      #5538279 - 11/25/12 05:06 AM

I wouldn't buy an eyepiece line primarily because of how they looked, but if a line of eyepieces I like happens to look good, all the better. I'm a fan of some moderately old school, no nonsense, clean designs, my favorites being the UO volcano top Orthos and the Celestron Ultimas/Orion Ultrascopics, with the nod going to the Celestrons for the color combination. Of course, these lines happen to be excellent performing eyepieces, too. It's not a complete line, but I'm fond of the looks of my UO 16mm Konig, purchased in the 90's or early 00's and I've always liked the Edmund RKE line, too. While I love the performance of the newer, wide-field eyepiece lines and think some are impressive looking, I just don't think they're as attractive as the simpler, more classic looking eyepiece lines.

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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces new [Re: pogobbler]
      #5538492 - 11/25/12 10:33 AM

I wouldn't buy an eyepiece because it's pretty but I would avoid another one because it is ugly. I might also get the prettiest one between two equal eyepieces. For example I always favored Hyperions over Orion or Celestron clones (but that's not the full story because they are also cheaper, better in some ways -coatings- and modular).

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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces new [Re: kkokkolis]
      #5538603 - 11/25/12 11:58 AM

Never met an EP whose "looks" repulsed me, maybe the reason why there's 70+ EP's in the stall right now.

Best,


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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces new [Re: Kentuckystars]
      #5538628 - 11/25/12 12:11 PM

Quote:

Crazy thread here. Ever find yourself liking or buying an eyepiece (or an entire line of EP's) just because you like the way they look?

Let's be honest here, EP lust gets the best of many of us.




Once the 4.7mm arrives, I'll have the ES82* set. Didn't plan it that way, the cost was right.

My one weakness though, and an itch I must have caught here; to collect the complete set of T1 smooth side Naglers..Yes, I will use them occasionally, it's what they were made for. I know the ES 11mm gives the Nagler 13mm a run for its money. The Nagler 11mmT1 is in the mail as I type...and it ain't going nowheres after that till my will is read.


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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces [Re: csrlice12]
      #5538876 - 11/25/12 02:48 PM

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Ultima LX 17mm you mean, please do not confuse the lurkers Axiom LX vs Ultima LX, big difference.




OOPS !!! I re-edited my previous post Keith! Thanks for noticing my blunder on the name,

Cheers,


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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces [Re: Scott in NC]
      #5538898 - 11/25/12 02:56 PM

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It may be ugly, but it knows how to cook up a great image.




Okay, David--I give up. What type of eyepiece is that? Something homemade, I assume?




The one I got it from, who got it from someone else, who got it from someone else whose half step-brother told him that someone else told him that it's made from alien technology. Something about living glass. I poo-poo the story of course, but it does make strange noises at night and then there's those four mysterious air holes in the side...


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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces [Re: David E]
      #5538901 - 11/25/12 02:59 PM



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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces [Re: David E]
      #5539021 - 11/25/12 04:05 PM

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Quote:

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It may be ugly, but it knows how to cook up a great image.




Okay, David--I give up. What type of eyepiece is that? Something homemade, I assume?




The one I got it from, who got it from someone else, who got it from someone else whose half step-brother told him that someone else told him that it's made from alien technology. Something about living glass. I poo-poo the story of course, but it does make strange noises at night and then there's those four mysterious air holes in the side...




So it originally belonged to the thief who traveled with Conan???


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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces [Re: csrlice12]
      #5539123 - 11/25/12 05:16 PM

Nice looking equipment = imposing and awe inspiring

or

Nice looking equipment = functional and rational

It seems that many eyepieces con fit into either camp, though I do find myself drawn to the second camp. Compact, utilitarian, and simple beat big, bulky, and bizarre for me. Then again, that alien eyepiece is pretty cool.

Keith


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Re: Them Pretty Eyepieces [Re: skullpin]
      #5539202 - 11/25/12 06:27 PM

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Then again, that alien eyepiece is pretty cool.

Keith




Thanks!

When I feed it starlight it passes glass.


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