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#76 socialoutkast

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 04:01 PM

I have a C8, a 12" Dob and my Astroscan. I use the Astroscan the most, followed by the C8. I use a 8-21 zoom for the most part in the Edmund. The 17mm super Plossl is the Ep of choice for the C8. Depends on the weather and the objects for what I use next. Eyepiece case favors planetary viewing but enough low power for DSOs.


6mm Long Eye Relief Smart Astronomy
7mm Ortho Celestron
8mm TMB
8mm RKE Edmunds
9mm Agena ESW
10mm Plossl Black Knight
11mm Owl Astronomy ultra wide
12mm Celestron Illuminated Kellner
12.5mm Meade Plossl
12.5mm ED Agena Astro
14.5mm Long Eye Relief Smart Astronomy
15mm Seibert
16mm Owl Astronomy ultra wide
17mm Plossl Smart Astronomy
19mm Extra Flat Smart Astronomy
25mm Ortho Meade
27mm Extra Flat Smart Astronomy
28mm RKE, Edmunds
32mm Erfle, Celestron
35mm Orion Deep View 2”
40mm Plossl Black Knight
8.4-21mm Ortho Edmunds
Edmunds Barlow 2.5x
Black Knight Barlow 2x/1.4x
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#77 Frank

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 04:08 PM

In actual use:
TV Plossl 55
Pentax XW40
Pentax XW30
Pentax XW20
Pentax XW14
Pentax XW10
Pentax XW7

Expected:
Meade SWA 20 (for WO80FD)
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Posted 28 December 2010 - 04:48 PM

My collection is centered around the two main uses (deep sky vs planetary/moon).

For deep-sky:

40mm TMB Paragon
30mm TMB Paragon
22mm Vixen LVW

30mm Meade UWA
18mm Meade UWA

21mm Televue Ethos
13mm Televue Ethos
8mm Televue Ethos

2x Televue Powermate

For planetary/moon:

9mm BO/TMB Planetary
7mm BO/TMB Planetary
6mm BO/TMB Planetary
5mm BO/TMB Planetary
4mm BO/TMB Planetary

25mm UO Ortho
12mm UO Ortho
7mm TMB Supermono
6mm TMB Supermono
5mm TMB Supermono
4mm TMB Supermono


Star Party
8-24mm Vixen LVW Zoom


I've had about 2 dozen other eyepiece pass through my eyepiece case. These are the ones that ended up sticking. For planetary, I wanted maximum contrast and sharpness, thus the orthos and the supermonos. But I also wanted comfort when absolute contrast wasn't needed, thus the planetaries. Since you're always bumping up against the seeing, I needed a range of focal lengths, and 4-7mm is around where I hit the seeing limit for my 15", 8" and 6" 'scopes.

For deep-sky, ultra-wides are really nice. The Ethos are my mainstays, but I also like maximizing the exit pupil, thus the 40mm Paragon and 30mm UWAs (the 30mm is awesome when panning the milky way at a dark site). The 22mm LVW and 18mm UWA are to maximize the true field of view on 1.25". The 30mm Paragon is for when I don't want to deal with the heavy UWA. The powermate is to save money, as it gives me an 10.5mm, 6.5mm, and 4mm Ethos equivelant with the 21/13/8mm
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Posted 29 December 2010 - 11:35 AM

GLEN ARE YOU SELLING ANY OF THOSE uo konings are orthos i need the uo 8mm koning 2 and the 25mm uo ortho and 12.5mm ortho uo dale

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 11:57 AM

My eyepiece collection:
(Premium set)
34mm Meade SWA (2")
28mm Meade SWA (2")
22mm Vixen LVW
16mm Nagler
11mm Nagler
8mm Ethos
5mm Nagler
4mm Uwan
Orion Shorty Plus 2x Barlow
Antares 1.6x 2" Barlow

(Secondary set, for when I do not want to risk or need to
use the premium stuff)
36mm Baader Hyperion Aspheric (2")
24mm Meade SWA
14mm Antares W70
9.7mm Antares W70
7mm TMB (Planetary)
5mm TMB (Planetary)
4mm TMB (Planetary)
Orion 2x, & Antares 3x barlows
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Posted 29 December 2010 - 12:11 PM

THAT is a nice set, i only have 10 eyepieces but i started the post and i have old uo konings and orthos dale
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Posted 29 December 2010 - 01:58 PM

Current line up...

Meade Series 5K SWA 40mm
Televue Plossl's smoothside 40mm, 32mm, 21mm
Carton Plossl's 15mm, 12mm, 8mm
Astro-Tech Flat Field 19mm
Faworski Ortho's 16.8mm, 10.5mm, 7mm
Faworski Kellner's 21.7mm, 17.5mm
University Optic's Ortho's 25mm, 18mm, 12.5mm, 9mm, 7mm, 6mm, 5mm, 4mm
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Posted 29 December 2010 - 03:30 PM

You guys made me actually inventory what I have:

.975”
Pentax 8mm XP SMC

1.25”
Brashear boxed set: 5 eyepieces + diagonal + Herschel Wedge

Mogey
boxed set: ¼”, 1/3”, ½”, 1”, 2”
½”

Fecker
Ortho boxed set: 1/6”, ¼”, ½”, ¾”, 1”, 1.5”
2X Barlow
1” Kellner? (haven’t disassembled)
1” Kellner? (ditto)

Vernonscope
2.4X Dakin Barlow
3X prototype Dakin Barlow (per Ralph Dakin…)
3X Dakin Barlow
7/8” Vernonscope
32mm Brandon
32mm Al barrel volcano top
16mm Brandon
16mm “tubed” Brandon
16mm Al barrel volcano top
8mm Brandon
6mm flat top
4mm flat top
Brass Brandon set: 8mm, 12mm, 16,, 24mm, 32mm

UO: 16mm Konig

TMB:
Supermonos: boxed set 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm

Meade: 24.5mm Super Wide Angle

4 unid brass eyepieces, 1 Tolles design

2”
Clave 55mm

Vernonscope:
2X Barlow
48mm Brandon
40mm Erfle
32mm Vernonscope

AP: Barcon

Pentax: SMC XL40
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Posted 29 December 2010 - 03:46 PM

Brashear set

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 03:49 PM

Mogey Set

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 03:53 PM

Fecker orthos

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 04:44 PM

I' am a fan of the TV Ethos, and I have the whole set from 3.7mm to 21mm. :D

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 03:11 AM

TV 32 plossl
TV 8-24 zoom
UO VT orthos from 4 to 25mm (set of 8)
Unbranded 25mm plossl (parfocalised with my LPI)
Circle T 2x barlow

I've owned Pans and Nagler T6s (and a Radian), but found I rarely used them
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 07:07 AM

Fecker orthos

Just for a second I thought it read "Faulker orthos"."Meet The Faulkers" :grin:

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 11:59 AM

Brandons, and some other stuff.
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 12:31 PM

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Pentax XW7 - 10 - 14 - 20 - 30 - 40
TV Plossl 55
Meade SWA20 (for WO80FD 'finder')

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 04:12 PM

DOUG DO YOU like the 8mm carton plossl? i got one it looks like about a 50 fov but is made in japan and sharp. do you think the 10.5mm faworski ortho has about a 50 fov? i have one too and looks wider than the 7mm and 9mm uo orthos that i have and is just as sharp too dale

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 06:01 PM

My deep sky object eyepiece set.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 06:32 PM

My planetary / lunar eyepiece set.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 06:39 PM

Awesome totally you got everything but the kitchen sink nice case too dale

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 08:46 PM

Picture added:
Pentax XW7 - 10 - 14 - 20 - 30 - 40
TV Plossl 55
Meade SWA20 (for WO80FD 'finder')


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Posted 30 December 2010 - 08:51 PM

Nice collection Mike !!!

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 10:25 PM

Wow... I feel bad.

I just have

26, 18, 13 10.5, 7.4mm plossls
9, 7, 6, 5, 4mm orthoscopics
1.8x, 2.5x barlows.

I really like my ocular kit is light in comparison to other folks but its all I need. Heck the last 5 eyepieces were basically brand new 70's era orthos.


I know a lot else is out there - especially in wide angle. I just dont feel the need... ever.

Different strokes!!!!


Pete

Im considering some TMB's if the focal lengths are the right number. Im pretty retro on oculars.
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 10:33 PM

My planetary / lunar eyepiece set.


Nice stuff in both kits!!! I like that you got your CO down to 18%- Keep me posted and let me know how it works. I got 16% on the 8 f/9 znd I could widdle it down but im told its pointless at that percentage.

I like the stars having less light in the diffraction pattern rings as well as more subtle detail on planets. Im comapring it though to a 35% obstructiuon so the leap is more than youll see - but it has to be evident regardless - that s a drop in CO size!


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Posted 30 December 2010 - 11:34 PM

Dale,

Awesome totally you got everything but the kitchen sink nice case too dale


The sink's in the third case so I can wash up before observing, kind of like a doctor before an operation. :grin:

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