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WHAT IS YOUR EYEPIECE COLLECTION

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#101 Sarkikos

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 11:51 PM

Pete,

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 imagine you can get away with 16% CO in an f/9! Per NewtWin, 18% gets me within 1/2 mm of 100% illumination, depending on how accurate my measurements were, so that's about ideal for my 8" f/6.1 scope. Anything under about 20% CO is supposed to be good for planetary. Now I just have to get myself out the door into the cold to give it a try. :grin:

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!


My Z8 Newt originally had a 50mm ma diagonal and a bit over 25% CO. I should notice some contrast enhancement with a 18% CO! I've seen that some realtively small changes can make a big difference in planetary work. (I should start a new thread on this.)

My new 25mm TV Plossls in the binoviewer should also help a lot. (...right back on topic...)

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 08:44 AM

This is Santa's gift - family of Sterlings with biggest brother still missing.

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 08:59 AM

And one more gift - family of Flat Fields.

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#104 Rick Huber

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 09:03 AM

Okay - I don't feel so bad now with my collection - Here's what I have after 54 years of doing this - Sorted by FL

Celestron 40
Meade Kellner EWF 40
Meade 5000 SWA 2" 34
UO Erfle 32
Celestron Ultima 30
Edmund RKE 28
Meade 5000 SWA 2" 28
Televue Panoptic 27
Celestron 25
Celestron Ultima 24
UO Konig 24
Meade 5000 SWA 24
Meade RG 20
Meade 5000 SWA 20
Celestron Ultima 18
Meade SWA 18
Televue Nagler 17
UO Konig 16
Meade 5000 SWA 16
Meade RG 15.5
Meade series 4000 UWA 14
Meade 5000 Plossl 14
Celestron Ultima 12.5
Meade Series II Ortho 12.5
Williams Optics Super Planet 12.5
Celestron Ortho Illum Reticle 12
UO Konig 12
Televue Nagler 12
Televue Radian 10
UO HD Ortho 9
Meade Modified Achro 9
Burgess TMB 9
Meade series 4000 UWA 8.8
Celestron Ultima 7.5
UO Ortho 7
Burgess TMB 7
Pentax XL 7
Explore Scientific 6.7
Burgess TMB 6
Williams Optics Super Planet 6
Meade 5000 Plossl 5.5
Pentax XL 5.2
Burgess TMB 5
Meade series 4000 UWA 4.7
Burgess TMB 4
Burgess TMB 3.2
Williams Optics Super Planet 3

Criterion 18mm Huygens
Criterion 9mm AR
Criterion 7mm AR

The Criterion (Crico) are from 1955 and are from my first telescope, which I still have
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#105 DJD57

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 02:50 PM

VERY nice i know if i were you i would not sell any of those eyepieces dale
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#106 Mike E.

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 06:47 PM


Pairs of 6mm, 8mm, 12mm, 16mm, 24mm, & 32mm Brandons (silently awaiting their new scope), and a half-a-dozen .965 eyepieces unworthy of mention; from my old vintage refractor, that deserves better. :(

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#107 Sarkikos

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 07:19 PM

New acquisitions since I posted the Good, the Bad and the Ugly list:

* two Edmund RKE 28mm (one used, one new) for the binoviewer
* one Edmund RKE 12mm (used)
* two BGO 18mm (on backorder) for the binoviewer

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#108 LouP

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 10:44 PM

Since Christmas I now have:

TMB 2.5MM
Televue Nagler T6 3.5mm
Televue Radian 4mm
Televue Radian 5mm
Orion Expanse 6mm
Televue Nagler T6 7mm
Orion Expanse 9mm
Televue Nagler T4 12mm
Orion Expanse 15mm
Televue Nagler T4 17mm
Orion Expanse 20mm
Televue Nagler T4 22mm
Orion Plossl 25mm
Vixen Plossl 25mm
Televue Panoptic 27mm
Televue Panoptic 35mm
Orion Q70 38mm

And two WO 66 20mm that came with my binoviewers. The two plossls came with scopes I purchased and my current plans are to get a Televue Nagler T6 9mm and dump the set of Orion Expanse. They are nice eps but I have seemed to grow a nice set of TVs somehow :). Still not sure if I have a hole in there or not if I get rid of the Expanse.

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#109 Darkenergy426

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 08:56 PM

Explore Scientific:
30,24,18,14,6.7 11mm on backorder
Celestron: 19mmAxiom
10mm SMA
Orion: 35mm Deepview
Ultrascopic 25, 20,15mm
2X shorty barlow
2"Antares 2Xbarlow
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#110 Sarkikos

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 10:33 PM

Recently added:

* two Explore Scientific 14mm 82 degree (new on sale) for the binoviewer
* UO Ortho 25mm (used)
* two UO Ortho 18mm (used) for the binoviewer
* UO Ortho 4mm (used)
* two Apogee/Russell Optics RK* 20mm (new) for the binoviewer - less than $30 for the pair, so worth a try!

I cancelled the two BGO 18mm. They never go on sale. I can get them anytime at the same old price. But I probably won't reorder, because I have the UO 18mm used at a lower price. The ES 14mm eyepieces are on sale now so I bought them. It just makes sense. :grin:

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#111 Peter Glus

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 11:50 AM

For me...Ive consolidated and gotten rid of the naglers and panoptics.

C14 & Binos (w 3 different glasspath correctors) - Meade SWA 5000 24mm (w/o wraps)

C14 Singles - Meade SWA 5000 40, 34 and UWA 24

FS-128 - Leica ASPH Zoom
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#112 titihuang

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 08:27 PM

Here are my eyepieces:
WO Zoom 7.5~22.5mm
SWAN 9mm
SWAN 15mm
SWAN 20mm
SWAN 25mm
Pentax
7XL
14XL
21XL
Vixen LV5mm
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#113 skyjim

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 12:30 AM

Nice setup Bill my current ep lineup is:
Meade 5000 series UWA 4.7,6.7
Nagler T6 9&13 (I might replace the 9 with the Meade 8.8)
Hyperion 17mm and Hyperion Zoom 8-24
Meade 5000 series SWA 20,24&28(this ones been stripped down)
SWA 38mm (same as Orions Q70 series)
2X Meade Telextender 1.25"
GSO 2" ED barlow
Intes 12&21mm Erfles and a 25mm Plossl
Need some very good planetary ep's that will not break the bank...
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#114 Oz Alfert

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 08:42 AM

Used in different combinations based on the scope and observing targets for the night:

31 Hyperion-Aspheric
17 Televue Nagler T4
13 Astro-Tech AF70

14 Explore Scientific 82
6.7 Explore Scientific 82

24 Brandon
16 Russell Konig XL
15 Parks Gold
11 Televue Plossl
10 Orion Ultrascopic
9 Baader Ortho
8 Televue Plossl

28 Edmund RKE
15 Edmund RKE

2x Parks Gold Barlow
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#115 Frank

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 01:40 AM

Pentax XW40 - XW30 - XW20 - XW14 - XW10 - XW7
Televue Pl55 - Pan35 - N17T4 - N9T6 - N4.8T1
Baader Genuine Ortho 12.5 - 9 - 6
Meade SWA20

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 09:17 AM

Current collection

SIMPLE GLASS
Tele Vue Plossls NJ 7.4,10.4,13,17,21,26,32,40,55
UO HD's 5,6,7,9,12.5,18
CZJ 10,12.5,16
Brandon 8

COMPLEX GLASS
Meade SWA 5000 34mm
Tele Vue 20mmT2
Meade UWA 4000 14mm Smoothie
ES 82 N2 14mm
Tele Vue 11mmT1
Tele Vue 9mmT1 rubber eyeguard
ES 82 N2 6.7mm
ES 82 N2 4.7mm
Speers Waler Zoom 5-8
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#117 crazyqban

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 08:05 PM

Bino Pairs...

4, 6, 10, 16 ZAO II's
5, 7, 9, 11, 13 Nagler T6s
16 Nagler T5s
24 Panoptics

Singles...

13, 17, 21 Ethos
31 Nagler T5
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#118 Scanning4Comets

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 11:48 PM

20mm TeleVue Nagler Type 2 <--(soon)
12mm TeleVue Nagler Type 4
9mm TeleView Nagler Type 1 <--(soon)

Going ALL GREEN now!

Cheers,

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:11 PM

Only recently been acquiring EP's, hence the newness. Though, I think I'm done now.

40mm ES68
30mm ES82
20mm ES100
14mm ES100
9mm ES100
6.7mm ES82
4.7mm ES82
15mm ES70
10mm ES70

23mm Celestron Axiom LX
25mm Celestron Plossl

Picture of the ES suite:

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#120 Damo636

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 04:28 PM

Here's mine. I have downsized my collection quite a bit in the last year but consider what i have now keepers.

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 04:45 PM

Only recently been acquiring EP's, hence the newness. Though, I think I'm done now.

40mm ES68
30mm ES82
20mm ES100
14mm ES100
9mm ES100
6.7mm ES82
4.7mm ES82
15mm ES70
10mm ES70

23mm Celestron Axiom LX
25mm Celestron Plossl

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Envy! :bow:

#122 upnights

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 11:08 PM

I currantly have,
Orion Sirius Plossl's in 10,12.5,17,25 and 32mm
20mm Nagler Type2
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 11:26 PM

1. 2.5mm TMB Planetary
2. 3.2mm TMB Planetary
3. 4mm Celestron plossl
4. 5mm TeleVue Nagler T6
5. 4mm TMB Planetary
6. 5mm University Optics HD
7. 5mm Vixen LV
8. 6mm Baader Genuine Ortho
9. 6mm TMB Planetary
10. 6.7mm Meade UWA 82° 5K series
11. 7mm Celestron Ortho
12. 7mm Meade Research Grade Ortho
13. 7mm Pentax XW
14. 7.5mm Celestron Ultima classic
15. 7.5-22.5 William Optics Zoom
16. 8-24mm Baader Hyperion Zoom II
17. 8-24mm Baader Hyperion Mark III Zoom
18. 8-24mm Celestron Zoom
19. 8mm Agena WA
20. 8mm Agena WA (pair for binoviewer)
21. 8mm Televue Plossl
22. 9mm TeleVue Nagler T1
23. 9mm University Optics Volcano-top Ortho
24. 10mm Siebert Standard
25. 11mm Televue Plossl
26. 12mm TeleVue Nagler T2
27. 12.5mm UO V-top
28. 12.5mm UO V-top (binov.)
29. 12.5mm Celestron Illuminated Micro Guide
30. 12.5mm Orion Illuminated Reticle
31. 14mm Explore Scientific 82° AFOV
32. 14mm Explore Scientific 100°
33. 15mm Celestron Plossl
34. 15mm Siebert Standard
35. 15mm Televue Plossl
36. 16mm Brandon EFL
37. 16mm Meade SWA 5K (Super Wide Angle, Series 5000)
38. 17mm Sterling Plossl
39. 18mm Ultima Classic
40. 20mm Televue plossl
41. 20mm Celestron Silvertop Plossl
42. 20mm Meade SWA 5K
43 20mm UWA 80°
44. 20mm William Optics WA
45. 20mm William Optics WA (binov.)
46. 21mm Hyperion
47. 23mm Axiom LX
48. 23mm Stellarvue
49. 24mm Meade SWA 5K
50. 25mm Televue Plossl
51. 25mm Celestron Plossl
52. 25mm Celestron (binov)
53. 25mm Celestron (3rd)
54. 26mm Meade Super Plossl
55. 27mm TeleVue Panoptic
56. 28mm Meade SWA 5K
57. 30mm UWA 80°
58. 31mm Baader Hyperion Aspheric
59. 31mm Proxima
60. 32mm Televue Plossl
61. 32mm Televue Plossl (binov)
62. 32mm Celestron Plossl
63. 34mm Meade SWA 5K
64. 36mm Siebert Observatory Series
65. 40mm Meade Plossl 3K
66. 40mm Meade SWA 5K
67. 40mm TMB Paragon
68. 42mm GSO Superview
69. 56mm Meade Smooth-side Classic Plossl
70. 30x40 scope eyepiece (probably 14mm)

Best,
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Posted 31 December 2011 - 02:00 AM

Geeze, now I know why everyone complains about the prices of eyepieces. I figured everyone had no more then ~15 eyepieces total.

35mm ES 70 (in route)
24mm Panoptic
13mm Baader Hyperion
11mm Nagler T6 (in route)
8.8mm Explore Scientific 82
2x TV Barlow
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#125 calibos

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 10:26 AM

I bought a set of 8 eyepieces to replace my Hyperions about 6 months ago back in May.

If I were to replace them tomorrow (ie. January 1st) they would cost me twice as much if I bought from the good 'ol USA again or nearly 3 times as much if bought in Europe!! :shocked: :shocked:

3.7mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 13mm, 17mm & 21mm Ethos
31mm Nagler

20% Televue Discount + 11% Hayneedle Discount + €1-$1.45 exchange rate + 200 euro customs charge meant I paid about 2200 euros IIRC. If I had to claim on the insurance for them for whatever reason and had to buy replacements in Europe tomorrow, when one takes into account no discounts, less favourable exchange rate of €1-$1.29 and the imminent Telvue price increase, I would have to pay 5650 euros for the very same eyepieces. :roflmao:

I knew at that price they were a good investment and depreciation proof for nearly the rest of the decade. (ie. I'd be able to sell for at least as much as I paid for years to come)

Little did I anticipate that they would turn into an appreciating asset!! :roflmao:


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