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DNTash
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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: MRNUTTY]
      #6090990 - 09/20/13 01:38 AM

Just downloaded to my iPad. Looks good -- and I'm looking forward to digging in this evening. A cloudy night predicted for here. Congrats Bill!

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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: faackanders2]
      #6094249 - 09/21/13 11:13 PM

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Thanks for the link. I just ordered it.




RECIEVED IT A FEW DAYS AGO, AND IT IS A REALLY GREAT BOOK ABOUT EYEPIECES.


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Full Sun
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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: faackanders2]
      #6098323 - 09/24/13 11:50 AM

A note to Canadians: my Amazon.ca pre-ordered soft copy was shipped and arrived two days later. Originally it showed up with a March 2014 shipping date and I was taking a chance that this would be amended. So we are good to go...
This book is quite an achievement and deserves a place in your astronomical reference library.


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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: Full Sun]
      #6098702 - 09/24/13 03:14 PM

Good to know. I will move it from my wishlist to my cart and see what happens.

Eric


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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #6098712 - 09/24/13 03:20 PM

I will probably be the last to handle it, October 22 they said. Perhaps they assigned it to a post office herring or tuna fish or something. Agena sent me an eyepiece in 5 days.

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TomCorbett
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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: kkokkolis]
      #6099142 - 09/24/13 07:04 PM

Received my copy today. I am pleased with the text.

What I would like to see in the 2nd edition.

    Some sort of evaluation table for the eyepieces, say something like Bill's Picks would be nice for the various observing criteria (resolution, contrast, transmission, color, AFOV, FL, eye relief, weight, cost etc.), objects, and scopes.

    Along the same lines, perhaps take some of the more popular scopes and give a range of eyepiece recommendations in a table.

    How about a purchase schedule? What eyepiece to buy (replace) first, second, third, etc.

    Also, I know these are not observing eyepieces as such, but some information and examples of reticle eyepieces would be helpful to some of us.

However, all in all, I am pleased by the first thumb-through. Appears to be well worth the cost and time to read. Bill, thank you for giving us this valuable reference.


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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: TomCorbett]
      #6099225 - 09/24/13 07:54 PM

This looks like it will be an excellent reading. I want one!

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Starman1
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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: TomCorbett]
      #6099318 - 09/24/13 08:54 PM

I believe there are multiple sites on-line that provide some answers for your questions. One could never publish a "Recommendation Guide", because there are just too many eyepieces and the brands and models fluctuate a lot.

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Some sort of evaluation table for the eyepieces, say something like Bill's Picks would be nice for the various observing criteria (resolution, contrast, transmission, color, AFOV, FL, eye relief, weight, cost etc.), objects, and scopes.



The Buyer's Guide to eyepieces at the top of the Eyepieces Forum has columns for magnification and true field for any scope whose details are entered in.
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Along the same lines, perhaps take some the more popular scopes and give a range of eyepiece recommendations in a table.



There are multiple calculators on the web that do just that.
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How about a purchase schedule? What eyepiece to buy (replace) first, second, third, etc.



I know Bill has used many eyepieces, but he hasn't used them all.
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Also, I know these are not observing eyepieces as such, but some information and examples of reticle eyepieces would be helpful to some of us.



This list is dated. You'll have to research what's still available (this was 2009):
Brand Focal length Size Type Illuminated? Details?
Antares 12.0 1.25 Kellner Y illuminated, cordless
Antares 14.0 1.25 Kellner Y illuminated, cordless
Antares 18.0 1.25 Kellner Y illuminated, cordless
Antares 10.0 1.25 Plossl Y illuminated, cordless
Antares 27.0 1.25 Kellner Y illuminated, cordless
Celestron 10.0 1.25 Plossl Y illuminated
Celestron 12.5 1.25 Orthoscopic Y illuminated
Lumicon 25.0 1.25 Kellner N x-hair
Lumicon 12.5 1.25 Orthoscopic Y illuminated
Lumicon 10.0 1.25 Plossl Y illuminated
Meade 9.0 1.25 Plossl Y illuminated
Meade 9.0 1.25 Plossl Y cord
Meade 12.0 1.25 Mod.Achr.(K) Y illuminated
Meade 12.0 1.25 Mod.Achr.(K) Y cord
Meade 12.0 1.25 Mod.Achr.(K) Y astrometric
Meade 25.0 1.25 Plossl Y CCD framing
Meridian 27.0 1.25 Kellner N
Meridian 12.0 1.25 Kellner Y illuminated
Orion 5.0 1.25 Ultrascopic Y illuminated
Orion 12.5 1.25 Plossl Y illuminated
Orion 20.0 1.25 ? Y 70deg.FMC
Questar 16.0 1.25 ? Y Questar only
StellarVue 23.0 1.25 widefield N widefield
StellarVue 23.0 1.25 widefield Y illuminated
Takahashi 5.0 1.25 ? Y illuminated
University Optics 12.0 1.25 Kellner Y illuminated
Russell Optics 25.0 1.25 Kellner N x-hair


You might find these articles useful and perhaps informative:
Parameters and Aberrations
The 3 "C"s
1X/2X/3X protocol
Contrast in Eyepieces


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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: TomCorbett]
      #6099345 - 09/24/13 09:18 PM

Quote:

Received my copy today. I am pleased with the text.

What I would like to see in the 2nd edition.

    Some sort of evaluation table for the eyepieces, say something like Bill's Picks would be nice for the various observing criteria (resolution, contrast, transmission, color, AFOV, FL, eye relief, weight, cost etc.), objects, and scopes.

    Along the same lines, perhaps take some the more popular scopes and give a range of eyepiece recommendations in a table.

    How about a purchase schedule? What eyepiece to buy (replace) first, second, third, etc.

    Also, I know these are not observing eyepieces as such, but some information and examples of reticle eyepieces would be helpful to some of us.

However, all in all, I am pleased by the first thumb-through. Appears to be well worth the cost and time to read. Bill, thank you for giving us this valuable reference.





Hi Tom. Interesting suggestions. Will definitely keep them in mind for a 2nd edition update. FYI, you can sort of zero in on a range of eyepiece characteristics to look for with your scopes by applying the advice given in Chapter 2, in the section called Observing Strategies on Pg 56. And one of Don's strategies is on Pg 58!


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TomCorbett
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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: Starman1]
      #6099632 - 09/25/13 12:36 AM

Don...

WOW! Thanks for all of the recommendations. These are very helpful.


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TomCorbett
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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: BillP]
      #6099636 - 09/25/13 12:42 AM

Bill...

Thank you for directing me to the observing strategies section in your book (p. 56ff.), all very good suggestions.


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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: TomCorbett]
      #6103585 - 09/27/13 07:30 AM

Bill's book lmspired me to built a couple of bk7 ball eyepices
They were easy to make and work as described
Thx Bill


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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: highfnum]
      #6103650 - 09/27/13 08:40 AM

You are welcome...but I'm just the messenger SteveC deserves all the kudos for his excellent write up in the book on how to do it

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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: BillP]
      #6103727 - 09/27/13 09:28 AM

Congrats on the book, Bill. I've found your advice on eyepieces here on Cloudy Nights to be exceptional. I appreciate the time you take out.

Edited by TMK (09/27/13 09:29 AM)


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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: BillP]
      #6103910 - 09/27/13 10:48 AM

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You are welcome...but I'm just the messenger SteveC deserves all the kudos for his excellent write up in the book on how to do it




Awww shucks, t'was nothin.


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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: Aquatone]
      #6104800 - 09/27/13 07:18 PM

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Just received my copy. The content looks most excellent and the book is much thicker than I expected.

My only iritation is the cheap glue binding which is truly awful. The book is really hard to keep flat and the pages keep snapping shut like they are spring loaded. If I bend the spine I fear the pages will start to fall out.

I know this is a niche market and the author has little control over how the book is bound, but poor binding really spoils the experience for me. Probably have to go iPad/Kindle next time.

Chris



To help preserve your new book for years to come, you may wish to google 'how to break in a new book' so that the spine of the book is not permanently damaged or broken and to insure that the pages will lie flat.


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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: rogerandgarf]
      #6105090 - 09/27/13 11:09 PM

I've already laminated mine to make sure it's gonna last a bit longer

George


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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: george tatsis]
      #6105451 - 09/28/13 08:17 AM

Excellent book! I read a little bit each day as my guilty pleasure.

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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: Aquarist]
      #6105796 - 09/28/13 11:56 AM

Looks like a excellent book, and a must have, will it become available hardcover

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Re: Bill Paolini's book on EP's is out! new [Re: Dave M]
      #6106596 - 09/28/13 09:12 PM

I wasn't sure I'd be home to receive the book this month, so I waited until today to order. Looking forward to reading the book, and I happen to pick it up at a good price from Walmart online, though I may have to wait until next Friday to receive the book.

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