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MaestroMyth
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WO Binoviewer, new eyepieces?
      #5799049 - 04/14/13 06:30 PM

Hello all,

My WO binoviewer is working great in my 12 inch dob thanks to help from this board. I had to buy a Siebert OCA and can now achieve focus. The views are phenomenal.

As such, I get 1.25, 2, and 3.5 power with my supplied set of 20mm eyepieces. (I also have to use the 1.6 'corrector/barlow' that came with the binoviewers.) Point is, I have a wide variety of viewing options with the supplied 20mm eyepieces.

I'm wondering, as everyone here was so helpful with my last issue, what you think about a new set of eyepieces to compliment my existing 20mm's. Should I go with a new set of 15 mm's? 30's or higher? Expensive wide fields or simple, cheaper plossls?

I will also be adding a four inch refractor to my arsenal soon (deciding on a make/model). Not sure if that would factor into anyone's recommendations. The scopes I'm looking at are between f/5.4-7.

Thanks in advance!


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Re: WO Binoviewer, new eyepieces? new [Re: MaestroMyth]
      #5799179 - 04/14/13 07:25 PM

I have just added pairs of 20 15 10 SWA 70* eyepieces and a pair of 12mm WA from Agena Astro for my WO's. Also have 30mm Vixen NPL's. My favourites are the 12mm. Pinpoint stars all the way to the field stop, very nice and not expensive. Same goes for the 15 and 20's. The 10 was a try and see and it's ok but not much use for them at that FL. Waiting on a pair of RKE 28's to see what the fuss is about.
The surprise for me are the WA 60* eyepieces Shame they don't come in a 24mm FL. Scope is 6" f8 achro refractor.
Matt


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MaestroMyth
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Re: WO Binoviewer, new eyepieces? new [Re: Messyone]
      #5799410 - 04/14/13 08:52 PM

thanks, matt. that's a big help. i'm intrigued by the 12mm's from agena. love that store, by the way.

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Messyone
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Re: WO Binoviewer, new eyepieces? new [Re: MaestroMyth]
      #5799834 - 04/15/13 02:28 AM

Agena is my favourite store and I'm in Australia! Just wish the WA went from 17 to 24 mm instead of 17 to 20mm otherwise I would have bought them instead of the SWA's. As I said amazing eyepiece in the bino's. I recently tried Meade HD 5000 12mm pair and despite the fact there was enough nose relief they just didn't have it for me not sure why cause I really like the look of them...of course in the dark that makes no difference. RKE's should be here soon.
Matt


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Re: WO Binoviewer, new eyepieces? new [Re: Messyone]
      #5800043 - 04/15/13 09:05 AM

I have the same and I'm going to double up my 16mm for BV. I don't like to use the barlow too much in my 8" SCT, but have to use it in my 80ED. You put the 1.6x in front of the diagonal, so it probably performs more like a 2x.

Bob


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Re: WO Binoviewer, new eyepieces? new [Re: REC]
      #5801336 - 04/15/13 07:23 PM

Matt bought my baader classic ortho's from agena - one good thing is they charge reasonable postage to Australia

maestro you wont gain much fov by going up from 20mm 66deg ep, most fov you can get in 1.25" is from a 24mm 65deg eyepice ike meade swa or panoptic-or something like TV plossl 32

how do you find the 20mm ep's at the edge of your fov ?


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MaestroMyth
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Re: WO Binoviewer, new eyepieces? new [Re: daniel_h]
      #5801359 - 04/15/13 07:29 PM

i find the edges to be fine. but, i'm not the most picky observer so YMMV! i'm really happy with the 20s. just wanted to see some other options. i like to change out a lot of eyepieces in the same observing session.

the 12mm's sound ideal.


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Re: WO Binoviewer, new eyepieces? new [Re: MaestroMyth]
      #5801698 - 04/15/13 10:47 PM

I love my 28 RKE's on my binoviewer, but they are an acquired taste.

Peter T.


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Re: WO Binoviewer, new eyepieces? new [Re: pftarch]
      #5801753 - 04/15/13 11:21 PM

you might want to look at astrotech paradigms -thogh a bit heavier than the 20's
rke 28 had a bit too much er for me when binoviewing, hard to get head postion correct


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Re: WO Binoviewer, new eyepieces? new [Re: daniel_h]
      #5801854 - 04/16/13 01:07 AM

I put a pair of Astronomics High Grade Plossels in my WO binos. A little more magnification and very comfortable and $80.00 for the pair. No eyegards supplied but you can make your own.

A pair of Paradigm Dual Eds are next.... I've got one 12mm and need to order the other. A very good eyepiece!


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