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#1 Starman81

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 02:46 PM

I don't really think anyone really starts off collecting barlows and that most barlow "collections" are unintentional. Most observers have 1 or 2 or maybe even 3 at most. But when you hit 4 or more, that's when I would consider you a 'barlow collector'--intentional or not. Well, either way, I became a collector. Here are my wares. Others should not be ashamed and should show off their collections as well. OCA's, coma correctors etc are technically barlows but I don't count them. Pictures are required!

Antares 2" 1.6x
AP BARCON 2" 1.5x
GSO ED Barlow 2" 2x
TV Powermate 2.5x
TV Barlow 2x
Hyperion Zoom Barlow 2.25x
ES 2x Focal Extender
ES 3x Focal Extender

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 02:54 PM

At one point I had four of these things! They just kept on breeding! Eventually I grew tired of playing the "remove eyepiece, add barlow, put eyepiece into barlow" game altogether, but I wouldn't refuse it if I had it in front of me again.

I just like to use one eyepiece at a time now. Barlows are good if you don't want to spend another heap of cash on another eyepiece though, so it does serve a purpose I guess, lol.

For example: My 10mm Delos + 1.6x Antares barlow would give me the equivalent of a 6.25mm eyepiece and give me 192x. I actually wouldn't mind having the 1.6x Antares Barlow again if I could just find the one with the thumb screws. I absolutely hated the twist lock one because every time I tightened the twist lock part, my scope would always "nudge" away from the target.

#3 russell23

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 04:27 PM

I recognize those ES Focal Extenders!

#4 Mike B

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 04:35 PM

Pictures are required!


Well, then my *official* reply will just have to wait for a photo-op.

But for the raw data.... 7... and none of 'em tele-extenders or that fancy stuff. Just Barlows... GOOD ones, too. Love 'em!

...and for the record, i DON'T collect Barlows.
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Posted 03 May 2014 - 05:19 PM

I'm a barlow *accumulator*, not a collector.

A mere 5:

UO Klee 2.8x (two of these - don't ask)
Orion (Japan) deluxe 2x
Vernonscope Dakin 2.4x
2" UO 2x barlow

(plus a scad of .965" barlows)

I'm thinking of getting the Gerd Düring coma-correcting barlow because, if I have enough barlows on hand, I might get around to using one of them.

#6 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 07:13 PM

I'm a barlow *accumulator*, not a collector.



That's me too. I accumulate them in scope deals and with an occasional purchase. My pile looks something like this:

TeleVue 2x as per Syed's photo
Celestron Ultima
Celestron 2x Shortys (2 of these)
Meade 2x (Japan long)
Meade 2x-3X (Japan long)
Meade 3x (Japan long)

There are a few others which I can't put my finger on.

I only use Barlows at the highest magnifications, when the 3.5mm Nagler is not enough, then it's Barlow time. A simple 2x like the TeleVue works quite well.

Jon

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 08:29 PM

They do seem to congregate all by themselves...

2.5x TV Powermate
2x Meade telextender
2x a Celestron a Ultima
2x 2" GSO ED barlow
...and a couple of old throwaway Meades.

The 2.5x PM really brings the Leica down into good planetary mags so I will probably get rid of the Meade, but I'd like to compare the Ultima to the 2.5x a bit more before thinning the herd once more.

Convenient or not, barlows are a pretty amazing accessory. They can add significant capabilities to an ep collection, without significantly degrading the quality of the view, while costing relatively little.

#8 Scott in NC

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 08:56 PM

Well, I wouldn't call myself a collector, but by your criteria I guess I may be close. Here's my list:

Televue 1.25" 2x Barlow
Televue 1.25" 2.5x Powermate
Televue 1.25" 5x Powermate

I mainly use these for AP, but the 2x Barlow and 2.5x Powermate do get occasional visual use combined with a Baader 8-24mm zoom eyepiece.

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 09:59 PM

Didn't intend to collect barlows, it just came about as time passed on.

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TV Powermate 2.5x, 2x & 3x barlows

#1 TV Powermate 2.25x
#2 TV 2x
#3 TV 3x
#4 Antares 2" 1.6x
#5 GSO 2" 2x
#6 Omni 1-1/4" 2x
#7 Long 3x
#8 Baader Q 2.25x barlow
#9 Baader Hyperion Zoom 2.25x barlow
#10 WO 1.6x OCA

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Baader Hyperion Zoom 2.25x & Baader Q 2.25x barlow

Best,

#10 Tamiji Homma

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 10:01 PM

Hi Syed,

I have quite a few Barlow lenses.

TMB 1.8x, Zeiss 2x, Televe 2x:
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Televue 4x, 2x Powermate, Nikon EiC-1.6x, Baader 4x FFC, Takahashi TOA 1.6x:
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Astro Physics BARCON:
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Nikon EiC-14:
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Nikon EiC-10:
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Baader 1.8x:
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Astro Physics Advanced BARCON:
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Takahashi CQ 1.7x and Extender Q 1.6x:
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Denkmeier Barlow lens cell:
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I couldn't find any photo of Baader VIP Barlow... I may have missed some more :)

Tammy

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 10:03 PM

2x Tele Vue
2.2x Baader Classic
2.5x Siebert
2.7x APM ED (*favorite)
2.8x Klee
4x-8x Siebert Zoom Barlow

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 10:25 PM

1.3X Zeiss (M44)
2X Zeiss (M44)
2X Zeiss/Baader 1.25"
2X Vernonscope Dakin 1.25"
2X GSO 2"

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 10:26 PM

2x Tele Vue
2x Powermate 2in
2x Celestron Ultima
2x Orion Shorty Plus
2x Orion Shorty
2.5x Powermate
2.8x Klee
3x Dynascope

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 10:27 PM

I seem to have four.
Celestron Ultima 2.2x (labeled 2x), 3-element short, from 2000
Antares 3x, 3-element short, from 2002
TV 2x, TV 3x
all 1.25"

#15 Larry Geary

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 10:31 PM

I think we found our winner.

#16 Scott in NC

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 10:57 PM

Wow, Tammy--now that's quite a collection! :). The Tak CQ and Extender Q look especially interesting. I've never seen those before.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 12:08 AM

Tammy,


You must be a Young Fella, because I don't see you having these?

The year is 1969:-)

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 12:54 PM

Tammy,


You must be a Young Fella, because I don't see you having these?

The year is 1969:-)


whoa, is that Jaegers? I remember having the one on top, you could slide the lens back & forth to change magnification. Must have been late 70's early 80's.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 01:39 PM

No, It's Edmund!

Yep! - The $8.00 one is a 18mm clear aperture "Slider" that goes from apx 2-3x. - I've had my share of those.

The $24.50 "Goodwin" was considered to be the High-End of the day, and it seemed that every time I used the Edmund Order Form, I ran out of Money before I ran out of space on the paper:-( - Never did indicate to Robert that I wanted to try a Goodwin, because there were just too many other things that I just Had to Have.

Do kids today still go nuts over Telescope Stuff, like that...?


The reason I know these things about the Old Stuff, is that according to my Snail Mail of the other day, I now qualify for a:

"Free Discount Drug Card, along with a Free End of Life Planning Kit"!

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All I have to do is return the card, and they will even pay the postage!

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So you see, being a "Young Fella" is not such a bad thing at all:-)





Be seein' ya Guys... That is, I Hope:-)

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 04:07 PM

Tammy,


You must be a Young Fella, because I don't see you having these?

The year is 1969:-)


whoa, is that Jaegers? I remember having the one on top, you could slide the lens back & forth to change magnification. Must have been late 70's early 80's.


Yup, same here. Was definitely Edmund's. Got used with the klunky ol' 'Ramsden' & Kellner EPs of the day.

#21 Starman81

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 09:25 AM

Hi Syed,

I have quite a few Barlow lenses.

I couldn't find any photo of Baader VIP Barlow... I may have missed some more :)

Tammy


That is indeed the mother lode, Tammy! :applause:

I have a couple redundant barlows, but all my barlows are relatively low cost (relative to a premium eyepiece), so they are less likely to be sold off.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 09:58 AM

I'm a barlow *accumulator*, not a collector.


Yes, I didn't get into this hobby thinking I would "collect" Barlows. When I started in 1964, "Barlow" was a bad word. :roflmao:

But, oh well....... I checked and now I have more than I expected:

Celestron 2x
Televue 2x
Televue 2 inch 2x PowerMate
Zeiss 2x
Astro-Physics Barcon
Baader VIP

I'll stop here. I'm afraid if I dig around in the basement, I might find more. :scared:

Cheers,

Ron

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 10:02 AM

I seem to be able to resist keeping more than 3, even though I had quite a few over the years.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 12:48 PM

1.8x TV
2.5x TV
2.8x Klee
2.8x Klee Zebra

Jaimo!

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 01:37 PM

Here we go:

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