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#26 johnnyha

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 08:55 PM

We've been down this road before but how many here have the same exact EPs they had six months ago? :grin: Probably a lot actually, but many are in flux, right? Right now I'm a little in flux because I'm testing out a few eyepieces against each other, and still looking fruitlessly for another. I've been working on this collection actively for years though. I have:

31T5, 26T5, 16 ZAOII, 13E, 10XW, 7XW, 7T6, 5T6
Pairs: 24 Black Anniversary Brandons, 19 Pans, 16 Brandons, 13T6s, 10 ZAOIIs.

So I'm pitting the 31T5 against my newly acquired 26T5, the 7XW against the newly acquired 7T6, the 16 Brandon against the newly acquired 16 ZAOII, and I'm looking for a second 16 ZAOII. I'll probably sell the 26T5 and the 7T6 and then I'm good, except for maybe a 21 Ethos somewhere down the line. All these EPs were mostly bought and traded used, I actually have a lot less eyepieces than last year. I also sold a BIPH six months ago to offset the cost of the current eyepiece collection. :grin:
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#27 Jim Curry

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 09:25 PM

95% of my observing is with a turret so I keep loaded:
32mm Brandon
12 Pentax XF
8.5 Pentax XF
6 Pentax SMC ortho
5 Pentax XO
and a 3.8 Pentax SMC ortho in reserve for the gooood nights.

For the few really wide field objects a 31 Nagler.
For bino w/3x powerswitch Brandons, 32, 24, 16.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 10:34 PM

We've been down this road before but how many here have the same exact EPs they had six months ago? Probably a lot actually, but many are in flux, right?



I have settled on my main eyepieces, not really in flux, I know what I like and I am satified with what I got. All eyepieces are pretty darn good.

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#29 David Knisely

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 11:14 PM

2-inch Barrel
University Optics 40mm Mk-70 Konig
30mm WideScan III
14mm Explore Scientific 100 degree Eyepiece.
14mm Meade Ultrawide (dual 1.25"/2" barrel)

1.25 inch Barrel
30mm Orion Ultrascopic
27mm Jaegers Kellner
24mm Tele Vue Panoptic
University Optics 24mm Konig
(2) 24mm Sirius Plossls (for the Binoviewer)
7-24mm Camera Concepts Zoom (for the PST)
20mm Sirius Plossl
15mm Orion Ultrascopic
10mm Orion Ultrascopic
(2) 10mm Sirius Plossls (for binoviewer)
8.5mm-12mm Speers Waler variable focal length eyepiece
5-7mm Speers Waler variable focal length eyepiece
6.4mm Meade "Superplossl"
6mm Brandon Orthoscopic.

Tele Vue 2.5x Powermate
Meade Model #140 2x Barlow

Clear skies to you.
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#30 Feidb

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 12:19 AM

My eyepieces are in my signature block. I do have some others but don't use them so no use listing them.
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#31 Albie

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 07:15 AM

My collection is in my sig and hasn't changed much in a year if at all but I don't mind showing it again.

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#32 cuir

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 07:46 AM

Nagler T6 7mm, 9mm, 11mm and 13mm.

Nagler T5 16mm

Panoptic 24mm

TV Plössls 20mm, 32mm and 40mm

Baader Genuine Orthos 5mm and 6mm

Powermate 2.5X
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 07:55 AM

What is a Tani Ortho?


Tani is the (T) in "Circle-T"
It is Japanese for "Valley"
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:30 AM

(2) 25mm Antares Plossls
(2) 20mm WO 66° Plossls
(2) 17mm Sterling Plossls (soon)
(1) 30mm ST 80 / 1 rpd
(1) 2x Orion Barlow
(1) 3x Antares Barlow
(1) 1.6x Barlow (binoviewer/nosepiece)
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:11 AM

Mine is cut way down and, frankly, I'm a happier observer for it. I do 90% of my observing with the first group of EPs. They pair up great with my 4" APO fl 790mm.

Nagler 31T5
Ethos 13
Ethos 8
TV 2x Powermate

Pentax 7XW
Pentax 5XW
Pentax 5.1 XO

Down the road I would like to add the 21mm Ethos - but a new DSLR camera has been beckoning to me so it will have to wait.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:42 AM

My six 1.25" eyepieces and one barlow are in my sig line. It is all I need until someday when I get a bigger scope with a 2" focuser.
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#37 NorskeBob

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:54 AM

Astro Tech Titan Type II ED 40mm
Televue Panoptic 35mm
GTO Proxima 31mm
Panoptic 24mm
20mm Nagler T5
Panoptic 19mm
Baader Hyperion 17mm
Panoptic 15mm
GSO 2" 2x ED Barlow
Celestron 1.25” 2x Barlow
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#38 Sarkikos

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 05:36 PM

BillP,

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)


Do you actually still use the Ramsdens and Huygens for observing? If so, what do you oberve with them? Or do you have them in storage waiting to be cannibalized for Ball Eyepieces? A grim fate for those old EPs. :grin:

I have some old Hs and Rs, but they're in my "Old and Obsolete" Box in the far back corner of my closet.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 05:57 PM

JON THAT is a really good collection and many good wide field eyepieces there dale
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 05:59 PM

David is the uo 24mm koning you have like a volcano top one? I have the uo 16 and 12mm uo koning 2 very sharp for a f/8.2 dale

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 06:01 PM

JON THAT is a really good collection and many good wide field eyepieces there dale


Thanks...

I like David Knisely's collection, mostly good basic eyepieces, what's do good about it is all the objects he has seen with em.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 06:19 PM

Haven't we been down this road before?


And, DJD57, in case you didn't know, the way to that road is here

It's a long and scenic road:-)

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 06:33 PM

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

1.25 Inch

TMB Planetary 2.5mm
TMB Planetary 4mm
Rowlesian Ball Eyepiece 5.8mm (BK7)
Coulter 6mm Orthoscopic
Meade 5k UWA 6.7mm
Vixen Lanthanum LVW 8mm
Baader Hyperion Zoom 8-24mm
Orion Sirius Plossl 10mm
? KE 10 Wide Angle Kellner 10mm
Zhumell Plossl 12.5mm
Celestron Erecting Eyepiece 20mm
Orion Illuminated Centering Kellner 20mm
Meade 5k SWA 24mm
Orion Sirius Plossl 25mm
? KE 25 Wide Angle Kellner 25mm
Antares Crosshair Kellner 27mm
GSO Super Plossl 40mm
Russian Kellner 43mm
Rini RK* 45mm

2" Inch

Rini Planetary 10mm
ES 100 Degree 14mm
Knight Owl SWA 15mm
Zhumell WF Plossl 26mm
Knight Owl SWA 30mm
Rini Plossl w/Crosshairs 35mm
Meade 4k QX 36mm
GSO Super View 50mm
Russell WF Plossl 68mm

Binoviewer Pairs

Smart Astronomy LER 6mm
Celestron X-Cel ED 8mm
Zhumell Zoom 8-24mm
Baader Genuine Orthoscopic 9mm
Sky Watcher Super Plossl 9mm
Knight Owl SWA 11mm
GSO Super View 15mm
Smart Astonomy LER 18mm
Surplus Shed WF Kellner 19.9mm
Celestron "Silver Top" Plossl 20mm
Orion Epic ED-2 22mm
Televue Plossl 25mm
Surplus Shed Kellner 31mm
Celestron Plossl 32mm

Barlows & Reducers

Knight Owl 1.25" Reducer 0.5x
Smart Astronomy 2" Reducer 0.5x
Knight Owl 2" Barlow 2x (1.5x for lens cell screwed onto end of 2" eyepiece)
Meade #140 Barlow 2x (1.5x for lens cell screwed onto end of 1.25" eyepiece, 3x on Burgess Binoviewer)
Parks Gold Series Shorty Barlow 2x (3.8x on Burgess Binoviewer)
Smart Astronomy Barlow 2.5x (4.75x on Burgess Binoviewer)
Zhumell Barlow 3x (5.7x on Burgess Binoviewer)
Smart Astronomy Barlow 5x (9.5x on Burgess Binoviewer - now that is ludicrous!)
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 06:41 PM

"There is nothing new under the sun" Eccl. 1:9

"I pity the fool." Mr. T

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 06:42 PM

I've got:

4mm UO VT ortho
5mm UO HD ortho
6mm UO HD ortho
6mm Ethos
7mm UO HD ortho
8mm Televue plossl
9mm UO HD ortho
12mm UO HD ortho
17mm Nagler T4
18mm UO HD ortho
25mm Televue plossl
32mm Televue plossl


1.25" and 2" Televue barlows

+ a 30mm Meade QX that just wants to be loved

.... and come Saturday a spankin' new 35 Panoptic!
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 06:50 PM

SkyWatcher 25mm
Skywatcher 10mm
DIY Kellner, probably in the high teen MM
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 07:00 PM

Haven't we been down this road before?


And, DJD57, in case you didn't know, the way to that road is here

It's a long and scenic road:-)


That thread is a very good example of why we need new threads for this sort of thing. ;)

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:03 PM

I'm new and still deciding where to go.

So far I have the following. I got some inexpensive pieces to help me decide where to go. I really like the Hyperion and hope my seeing is good enough to get down to 8mm or 10mm on a regular basis.

Lomo 43 [re-cut microscope eyepiece]
Celestron 32
Celestron 8 - 24 zoom
Celestron 25 [came w/ scope]
Hyperion 13
Parker silver 10 [came with scope]
Celestron 2x barlow
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:39 PM

New school:
2-inch AT Titan II 40mm; TV Radians 6,10,14; SWA 5K 16&24
These (except maybe SWA 16) allow views to be shared with all due to longer eye relief.

Old school:
Ultima/Ultrascopic 30, 25, 20, 15, 12.5; UO ortho VT 9;
[12 Koenig?] from binoculars
2x, 2.8x, 3x Barlows (see less use since Radians)

Contemplated: Keep 3 of the 5 Ultimas, and 1 of the 3 Barlows, and buy local (Siebert) if a gap needs filling.

Moon / planets / doubles: 10 or 14 Radian or 9 UO in SCT; 6 Radian in 80mm, or Barlows up to 4 effective; or 6 in SCT for rare nights (usually 6 is just an SCT collimation check); 9 to 16 in C-90

Deep Sky: 10 or 14 (200x or 140x) for clusters or planetaries in SCT; 9 (54x) 16 (30x) good matches for clusters or galaxies, and 24 (20x) for diffuse objects in 80mm.

40mm gives maximum SCT FOV over one degree; 20-30mm in SCT frame planets with moons or give medium DSO power.

The 40mm shows widest Milky Way gems well in a binocular-like 12x and 5.5° view in 80mm that's surprisingly sharp at f/6. 30mm at 16x or 24mm at 20x also give nice rich field views of just over 3 degrees.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 09:05 PM

The ones I own or the ones I use?

There's a difference.
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