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#1 john

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Posted 01 January 2004 - 04:00 AM

i have just upgraded from my old edmund 6" reflector (25 yrs old), and bought a meade lx200gps 10" and what a difference.I liked my old scope but wanted something easier to use. I sent away for the $99 eyepeice offer meade is offering and had a question about eyepeices.Are these new possels as good as the old edmund rke eyepeices. I am also looking for a recommendation for a moon/planetary eyepeice in the 10mm range(if i find these meade eyepeices aren't that great). I read that orthoscopics are very good.
p.s. i am not looking to spend $200 for the eyepeice.

thanks, john
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one other thing ----- has anyone out there with a SCT used the SCOPESAVER TABLE as i am looking at buying one.Setting up the 10" SCT on the tripod can be tricky. :question:

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Posted 01 January 2004 - 03:50 PM

For lunar and planetary work, RKE, University Opitcs Orthos, Univeristy Opitcs HD Orthos, and Tele Vue Plossls are well regarded. There is a review in the Review section of Cloudy Nights about planetary eyepieces in general. Orion Ultrascopics are also very good (which are, I believe, the same as the Parks Gold Series and the less expensive Antares Ultra eyepieces). All, except the Parks, can be had for about $100, the HD Orthos are about $80, and the "regular" Orthos are about $50. Try Helix Manufacturing or Univerisity Optics for the Orthos (same price, just whoever has them in stock) and ScopeStuff for the Antares Ultras.

#3 Ken

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Posted 01 January 2004 - 05:02 PM

John,

Are you sure that was an upgrade. ;) I hope you have kept your Edmund. That or fiind a collector for it. They are unique instruments. Feel free to post an image if you have one. The seventies era Red Tube Edmunds are amazing instruments. I still use my '77 on a regular basis.

Seriously though, the best value in planetary eyepieces anywhere is the UO HD eyepieces from Helix manufacturing. They are comparable to the $200 TMB monos in image quality.

http://www.helix-mfg.com/eyepieces.htm

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#4 Ricky

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Posted 01 January 2004 - 09:41 PM

Hi Ken,

What a sweet rig! I love that fork mount...awesome!

Best Regards,
Ricky

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Posted 01 January 2004 - 11:49 PM

I personally have the UO Orthos for planetary views, and they are great! (the FOV is not wide at all, but for the price/performance ratio you can't beat them!)


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#6 john

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Posted 12 January 2004 - 10:57 PM

hi

my old edumund is the exact same as your ONLY i was using a equatorial mount and it was a 6". i only used the rke line of eyepeices at the time then about 10 yrs ago bought a 10mm possl(and it's better than the new meade 4000 super's.

now with my new sct 10" i need a good planetary eyepeice but am not willing to spend 350. I hear the antares speers walers are very good at half the price.

john

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Posted 13 January 2004 - 12:51 PM

Warped,

I think I also read that the Orion Ultrascopics are the same as the Celestron Ultimas.?.?.?. I could be wrong though :question:

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Posted 15 January 2004 - 01:21 PM

Well, the Ultimas used to be the same as the Ultrascopics/Parks Gold Series, but they aren't any more (all different specs except for the 35mm). You can get the same eyepiece (I think) from Antares with their Ultima plossls from http://www.scopestuff.com for about $70 each. They don't have a 3.8mm, so you'd still need to get a Orion or Parks in that focal length if you need it. I have a 3.8 Ultrascopic, and had a real hard time deciding between the 5mm Univerity Optics HD Ortho and the 5mm Ultrascopic/Antares Ultima eyepiece. I got the HD finally. The 3.8mm and 5mm have built-in barlows, and have better eye-relief than the Orthos, but more glass, more chances for reflections/ghosting, etc. I find that I can use the 5mm HD Ortho, even with it's tiny eye-relief of about 4mm. I wanted a 5mm eyepiece to replace my 4.8mm Nagler which is not a great planetary eyepiece (as most wide-angle eyepieces aren't).


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