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Bill Cowles
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Re: Different brands of Zoom Eyepieces. You Like? new [Re: ibase]
      #5640602 - 01/24/13 12:45 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

You know who my vote is for, Hyperion, with the Hyperion barlow.

Bill


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ibase
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Re: Different brands of Zoom Eyepieces. You Like? new [Re: Bill Cowles]
      #5640636 - 01/24/13 01:02 PM

That's my choice too Bill. I have over 70 eyepieces in the stall, many of them good ones like Delos, Naglers, Brandon, etc., but the Baader Hyperion zoom is still the primary EP used in my scopes.

Best,


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Warren914
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Re: Different brands of Zoom Eyepieces. You Like? new [Re: ibase]
      #5640784 - 01/24/13 02:05 PM

The Baader Hyperion 8-24mm MkIII sometimes with a 2x barlow is the most commonly used eyepiece in my Z12 telescope. I recently picked up a Powermate so I'll try that with it instead. Also have a Televue 3-6mm Nagler zoom that comes out on extra clear nights. Sometimes the Nagler 20T2 takes a turn as well.

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t.r.
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Re: Different brands of Zoom Eyepieces. You Like? new [Re: andydj5xp]
      #5640873 - 01/24/13 02:52 PM

Quote:

Quote:

.... For the cost of the Leica, you could practically buy a whole set of eyepieces......




You are absolutely right. But the Leica (plus Barlow) does replace a whole set of highest quality eyepieces.

Andreas




You beat me to it!


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SeptemberEquinox
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Re: Different brands of Zoom Eyepieces. You Like? new [Re: andydj5xp]
      #5640885 - 01/24/13 03:01 PM

How about Celestron Deluxe Zoom?? Anyone? Or don't even bother

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Aquarist
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Re: Different brands of Zoom Eyepieces. You Like? new [Re: andydj5xp]
      #5641224 - 01/24/13 06:40 PM

Quote:

Quote:

.... For the cost of the Leica, you could practically buy a whole set of eyepieces......




You are absolutely right. But the Leica (plus Barlow) does replace a whole set of highest quality eyepieces.

Andreas




While I do not use (yet) the Leica with a Barlow, it is excellent for higher power requirements where you never know what the seeing will allow. Going towards lower powers, I am currently tending towards Televue Ethos 21, Televue Panoptic 27 and the Televue Nagler 31.


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Scott BeithAdministrator
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Re: Different brands of Zoom Eyepieces. You Like? new [Re: Aquarist]
      #5641407 - 01/24/13 08:23 PM

I only own two zooms:

TV Nagler 3-6mm
Vixen LV 8-24mm

I am happy with both.


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Re: Different brands of Zoom Eyepieces. You Like? new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #5641669 - 01/24/13 10:37 PM

If I compare my ES 82* 6.7mm(let says its 8mm) to Baader zoom 8mm, how does it compare in sharpness and contrast?? I understand you get more FOV on ES.

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dickie
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Re: Different brands of Zoom Eyepieces. You Like? new [Re: andydj5xp]
      #5641890 - 01/25/13 02:43 AM

Try a GTO 7.3-21mm zoom. These rarely appear used for around $40-50.00, I have one that often gets more time in the diagonal than my ULtimas.Naglers or Antares Elites.This zoom is remarkable for the price,I can tell you for my eyes it's performance matches the glowing reviews once written about it.Sold by Hands on Optics years ago and said to ba a re-badged Nikon item.

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Re: Different brands of Zoom Eyepieces. You Like? new [Re: dickie]
      #5642251 - 01/25/13 10:04 AM

lets say that i was not a believer of zoom EPs and bougth the baader zoom for sessions in cold climate.

i was stunned by how good it performs from 8 to 20 mm. i use it with a nagler 3-6 zoom and a 30 or 40 mm ep as i do not like to use the 24mm setting of the baader zoom


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t.r.
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Re: Different brands of Zoom Eyepieces. You Like? new [Re: coutleef]
      #5642495 - 01/25/13 12:33 PM

There was an older zoom that Apogee Inc used to sell...claims were that it was actually an unbranded Nikon zoom of high quality at low price (< $100?). Maybe try Sheldon here on the classifieds (he bought Apogees remaining stock when they went out of business).

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ensign
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Re: Different brands of Zoom Eyepieces. You Like? new [Re: t.r.]
      #5646974 - 01/27/13 09:22 PM

Tried a Baader zoom, didn't like it. Among other things, the field of view was just too narrow. I agree with those who view a zoom as a compromise. Except for the Nagler 3-6mm zoom. This is a great planetary eyepiece that allows on-the-fly adjustment in magnification to adapt to seeing conditions.

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