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#1 DJD57

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 02:14 PM

I WANTED TO know what is everyone eyepiece collection? i have 2 scopes a edmund 4f/15 refractor and criterion 6f/8 reflector here is my collection all made in japan
6mm uo ortho
7mm uo ortho
8mm carton plossl
9mm uo ortho
10.5mm meade rg ortho
12mm uo koning 2
16mm uo koning 2
18mm uo ortho
20mm meade rg erfle
24mm uo koning
30mm celestron ultima plus a celestron 2x ultima barlow and a uo 2.8x klee barlow lens let me know what you ahve
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 02:36 PM

My set for my F15 Mak 180 Pro:

Deep Sky:
40mm TV Plossl
24mm TV Panoptic

Planetary/Lunar Binoviewing:
20mm Burgess Bino-Lites (+ OCS Lens @ 1.7x)
16mm Brandons
15mm Synta Widefields (for sheer wow-factor lunar floatiness)

Star-splitting:
12.5mm Tani Ortho (Circle-T)
5mm Tani Ortho (Circle-T) (yet to buy)

I'm now done with choosing eyepieces for the above scope.
Still sorting out sets for other scopes...
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 03:28 PM

That is a nice collection for all those telescopes thanks dale
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 03:56 PM

Not a very impressive collection, but it serves me well. :)
My scopes are NexStar 6SE and TV-76.

2-inch...
• 38 UO SWA.
• 35 & 27 Panoptics.
• 22 Nagler T4.

1-1/4... [note]: grab 'n go in color.
• 32 TV Plossl.
30 Ultrascopic... Japan, 1996.
• 26 Siebert illuminated "starbox" dbl crosshair.
• 25 Opt Plossl... in the SV finderscope.
24 Brandon... black anniversary flat top.
• 24 Panoptic.
• 18 Radian.
16 Brandon... black anniversary flat top.
• 15 NLV.
• 12 Nagler T4... (dual format).
• 7 Pentax XW.

Amplifiers...
• TV 2x & 3x Barlows.
• Dakin 2.4x Barlow.
• 2.5x & 5x Powermates.
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 04:09 PM

Cut back some:

TV Smooth Side:
7.4mm
10.5mm
13mm
17mm
21mm
26mm
TV WF Smooth Side:
19mm
15mm
TV Plossl 15mm
TV Plossl 11mm
TV 20mm T/2
TV 12mm T/2
TV 13mm T/1
TV 9mm T/2
TV 26mm T/5
UO 4mm
UO 5mm
UO 6mm
UO 7mm
UO 12.5mm
Axiom LX 31mm
Axiom LX 23mm
Meade SWA 5000s 40mm
Meade SWA 5000s 24mm
Meade SWA 5000s 20mm
Meade UWA 5000s 18mm
Meade SWA 4000s Smooth Side 18mm
Meade UWA 4000s Smooth Side 6.7mm
A few more and one zoom eps.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 04:23 PM

2" Eyepieces

40mm Titan-II ED

1.25" General Purpose

24mm Panoptic
19mm Panoptic (not pictured)
13mm Nagler T6
8.8mm Meade 5000 UWA (external housing removed)
6.7mm Meade 5000 UWA (external housing removed)
4.7mm Meade 5000 UWA (external housing removed)

1.25" Planetary

10mm Astro-Physics SPL
8mm TMB Supermonocentric
6mm Zeiss ZAO-II
5mm Pentax XO
2-4mm Nagler Zoom

1.25" Uncoated Singlets (Ultimate Planetary)

5.9mm Couture Ball (BK7)
4.4mm Paolini Ball (BK7) (not pictured)

Barlows / Amplifiers (not pictured)

1.25" Siebert 2.5x Barlow
2" Siebert 4x-8x Variable Telecentric

Ecclectic / Special Use (not pictured)

35mm Ultrascopic (1.25")
28mm RKE (1.25")
30mm Rini (1.25")
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12mm Ramsden (1.25" All Metal Components)
12mm Huygen (.965" All Metal Components)
8mm Huygen (.965" All Metal Components)
5mm Huygen (.965" All Metal Components)
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9mm Owl Enhanced Superwide (1.25")
6mm Owl Enhanced Superwide (1.25")

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#7 Glen10

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 04:31 PM

I like your taste in Ep's DJD57!

Bit of an ep junkie myself, maybe time i culled a few?:
1.25":
circle t 4,5,6,7,9,12.5 &18mm orthos for L&P
UO 6.5,8,12,16,24,32mm konigs for deep sky
circle t 16,20,25mm erfle for deep sky
circle t 6,9,20,25mm kellners.
celestron 35mm ultima

2"
32mm celestron erfle
17mm UO widescan plossl

If you like your existing konigs, i'd recommend a 32mm for your scope.
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 04:49 PM

After constantly changing things around ever since I started I have finally arrived at two collections -- a 2" collection for deep space, and compact a 1.25" collection for general purpose and planetary work. I actually store them in two separate cases so I can grab just what i need and go. Since I don't use driven mounts, you'll notice a slight preference for wide-field eyepieces.

2":
31 Nagler T5
26 Nagler T5
20 Nagler T5
13 Ethos
8 Ethos

1.25:
24 Pan
16 Nagler T5
11 Nagler T6
9 Nagler T6
7 Nagler T6
3-6 Nagler zoom
2X Televue Barlow
2.5X Televue Powermate
3X Televue Barlow
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 05:04 PM

Enough to do the job:
31,22,12 mm Naglers; 8,6,4mm Radians. Plan to add a 17mm Nagler.
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 05:05 PM

I currently keep 3 distinct collections.

For DSO observation with my 7" f/6.7 Newt, I have
36mm Meade QX
15mm Axiom LX
6.7mm Explore Scientific 82

I'm kind of proud of how inexpensive that DSO set was. All told it cost me just $292, everything brand new.

For lunar and planetary observation with my 7" f/6.7 Newt, I have:
20mm Meade 5000 SWA (useful for finding Uranus and Neptune)
3-6mm Nagler Zoom
6mm ZAO-II
5.1mm Pentax XO
4mm UO ortho

The zoom and orthos are redundant, magnification wise, but I tend to prefer the orthos for lunar and the zoom for planetary. If I'm going for some difficult planetary detail that the zoom seems to be having trouble with, the orthos definitely get a shot, but my preference for the zoom is based on many failures of the orthos to be enough better to warrant swapping them in. The moon, however, just looks better in the orthos, possibly due to the near total absence of lateral color anywhere in the view.

For my 120mm f/8.3 grab-n-go Newt, I have:
24mm Meade 5000 SWA
12.4mm Meade 4000 Super Plossl
2x Meade TeleXtender
5.2mm Orion Lanthanum

The TeleXtender is in there mostly because it isn't doing anything else at the moment. I put it up for sale but thought better of it before it sold. Even though I don't need it right now, I kind of felt I should have at least one Barlow somewhere.
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 06:05 PM

My bunch:

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I have tried to keep a small number of eyepieces because I have only one scope. Although I regret having sold my Panoptic 35 and my Baader Zoom. Although for the near future, I hope to add a Panoptic 27 and possibly other Baader Zoom.
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 06:11 PM

Haven't we been down this road before? Anyway, I have a mixed bag of Plossls, Kellners and a set of AT Series 6 WF's that are sitting under the tree as we speak. Not much to speak of but they serve me well.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 06:16 PM

I was just thinking that very same thing!

Sort of like "What's in your eyepiece case?"; minus the required photos of eyepieces in cases :lol:

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 06:31 PM

Zactly!!!

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 06:44 PM

We have been down this road before, but it's a nice drive, worth traveling again.

My collection is in my sig (mostly).

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 06:54 PM

In my sig....

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 07:48 PM

My set comprises:

Ethos 6mm
Ethos 8mm
Ethos 13mm
Nagler 20mm
Nagler 31mm
Skywatcher Aero ED 40mm
Antares 2" 1.6x barlow
Chromacor O-1 corrector
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 07:54 PM

What is a Tani Ortho?

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 07:59 PM

tHANKS i really like the old japan orthos and konings really sharp in any slower f/ratio scope, the orthos are very sharp to the edge in my rv-6 scope dale

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 08:02 PM

I really like my celstron 30mm ultima better than a uo 32mm koning? this 30mm ultima is very sharp with no kidney bean effect dale

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 08:11 PM

I use subsets of this list according to what scope I'm taking out...

40mm Meade 5000 SWA
40mm Meade 3000 Plössl
32mm Tele Vue Plössl
28mm Edmunds Plössl
25mm Meade 3000 Plössl
25mm Tele Vue Plössl
24mm Meade 5000 SWA
20mm Tele Vue Plössl
20mm Meade 5000 SWA
18mm Meade 5000 UWA
18mm University Optics HD Ortho
16mm Meade 3000 Plössl
16mm University Optics König II
16mm Meade 5000 SWA
15mm Tele Vue Plössl
12.5mm University Optics HD Ortho
12mm University Optics König II
11mm Tele Vue Plössl
11mm Televue Nagler Type 1
9.5mm Meade 3000 Plössl
9mm University Optics HD Ortho
9mm Televue Nagler Type 1
8mm Tele Vue Plössl
7mm Meade RG Ortho
6.7mm Meade 5000 UWA
6.7mm Meade 3000 Plössl
5mm Meade 3000 Plössl
4.7mm Meade 5000 UWA

I've got too many Plössls...
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 08:30 PM

A good question... This is what I can remember:

Naglers: 31, 20, 16, 12, 9, 7, 4.8, 3.5

Panoptics: 35mm, 22mm

TV Widefields: 32mm, 24mm, 15mm

TV: 20mm Plossl

WO Uwan: 28mm

Meade SWA Series 5000: 24mm, 16mm

Meade UWA Series 4000: 6.7mm

TMB/??? Planetary: 9mm, 7mm, 6mm, 5mm, 4mm, 3.2mm, 2.5mm

Meade Series 2 Orthos: 25mm, 18mm, 12.5mm, 9mm, 6mm, 4mm

Meade MA UWA: 40mm, 25mm

Meade 7mm RG Ortho

Criterion: 18mm AR, 9mm Ortho

Celestron: 40mm PL, 32mm PL, 25mm Plossl, 25mm Ortho, 20mm Erfle, 12.5mm Ultima, 10mm Plossl

Parks GSs: 15mm, 10mm

Synta: 9mm SWA

Orion: 25mm Kellner

Edmunds: 15mm RKE

There are also a fair collection of 0.965 inch eyepieces, the standard set that came with a 76mm F/16 Sears refractor, along with the eyepieces that came with my 60mm Asahi Pentax and those others that have built up over the years.

That's about what I remember, there are various other Plossls and such that came with various scopes... Some pretty good, some not so hot. I have duplicates of some of those listed and I just don't quite remember them all.

There are also 3 Paracorrs, and a pile of Barlows.

I have 2 main sets, the Nalgers, I take them with me when I head for the dark skies and often use them in the backyard. The second set consist of the TV Widefields and the 9mm, 6mm and 4mm TMBs plus a 2X GSO Barlow. The eyepieces are more compact and do a good job, I use them mostly when I am out in the backyard.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 08:35 PM

The question is not what's in your ep case but what should be in your ep case? :)

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 08:46 PM

Eyepiece Pairs
Agena 9mm EWA pair
Smart Astronomy LER Planetary 12.5mm pair
Edmund RKE 28mm pair
Meade QX70 20mm pair
Garrett Optical 17.5mm pair

2" Eyepieces
Celestron Axiom LX 23mm
Meade SWA 28mm
Meade SWA 34mm
Baader Hyperion Mark III 8-24 click stop zoom

1.25" Eyepiece singles
Televue Radian 6mm
Skywatcher super plossl 25mm
Skywatcher super plossl 10mm

Barlows and Power Amplifiers
Meade 5000 series 2" 2x TeleXtender
Parks Silver Series 1.25" 2x w/T-ring
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