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#1 norm92de

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 03:16 PM

Hi,
I've noticed differences in the LVW series. Some of them have a longer 2" section and the lettering is displayed differently, IE. the LVW is engraved much larger on some of them?
Anybody know the reason? Or is it just company policy. ;)

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 05:22 PM

Some are made by Vixen and the others were made by Vixen for Orion. Others say there is no difference, but I have had both the Orion 22mm and Vixen 22mm LVW's.

The Vixen 22mm LVW was ever-so-slightly better.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 06:11 PM

Markus,
How does a person tell the difference?
And what about the differences in 2" spigot length?

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 06:33 PM

There were three versions of these. An earlier and later version made by vixen. These have different housing and also different length barrels.
Then there's also the Orion branded version.

I personally didn't notice much between the different versions, but I wasn't looking for anything either.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 07:16 PM

Yes, I forgot. There are three different versions.

The older Vixen LVW's, the Orion LVW's and the newer Vixen LVW's!

Cheers!

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 08:08 PM

Markus,
Thanks for your reply.
It is nice to have somebody who knows the answer to your question.
I now know the origin of the eyepieces that I own.
For what it is worth the 8mm older version is a superb eyepiece. It is better than my 7mm Nagler. Better contrast and definition

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 08:55 PM

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 09:38 PM

For what it is worth the 8mm older version is a superb eyepiece. It is better than my 7mm Nagler. Better contrast and definition


Yep, the 8 mm and 22 mm Vixen LVW's were the best of the series IMHO. I just sold my third 22 mm. :foreheadslap: Couldn't justify keeping it as I used it one time since I bought it used last year. :p

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 01:56 AM

I just sold my third 22 mm. :foreheadslap:

Maybe the secret is in keeping TWO of 'em?

.... for the binoviewer! :jump: :yay:
They are absolutely THE best pair i have for this.

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 07:23 AM

Generation 1 LVWs are not parfocal with Gen 2 LVWs, though within the generation they are parfocal.

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 12:01 PM

Generation 1 and 2 are parfocal if you use them in a 2" diagonal but not in 1.25"
Curious. I suppose it is the reduced length of the 2" insert.

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 12:28 AM

 

For what it is worth the 8mm older version is a superb eyepiece. It is better than my 7mm Nagler. Better contrast and definition


Yep, the 8 mm and 22 mm Vixen LVW's were the best of the series IMHO. I just sold my third 22 mm. :foreheadslap: Couldn't justify keeping it as I used it one time since I bought it used last year. :p

 

 

I just bought my third 22mm Vixen LVW. :lol:



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 07:28 PM

 

I just bought my third 22mm Vixen LVW. :lol:

 

 

Well, it's about time! :fingertap:



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 10:39 PM

 

 

I just bought my third 22mm Vixen LVW. :lol:

 

 

Well, it's about time! :fingertap:

 

 

A-yup!

Will be my third and FINAL time, as I've pretty much been through every eyepiece in that range and have realized which one works best w/o coma correction !!!

I am also thankful to have the 17mm and 22mm Vixen LVW's in my possession now !!!!

 

Sold a 28mm UWAN to get the 22mm LVW and a 1.25" newer style Lumicon O-III :jump:

 

Who needs 100 degree eyepieces when you can have these puppies ???

 

Ok, I admit it.......It would be nice to have BOTH !!!   :grin: :grin: :grin:

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 10:47 PM

Remember these beasties????

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 10:48 PM

I still love my 65-70 degrees with long eye relief !!!!!!!!!!!!!  :D



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 11:26 AM

for "superwide" fields i prefer the ES 82ΒΊ series -- really an incredible value at the price. i agree the LVWs are superb eyepieces (i only have the "new" vixen series) and give the pentax XWs a run for their money (for about $100 less). any of those, plus a few good orthos or plossls, and you're set.



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:16 PM

I had an original version LVW 8mm. One of my favorite eyepieces. But I couldn't justify keeping it after I obtained a Leica Zoom.

 

I'm pretty much done with eyepiece acquisition ... unless some company comes out with something very surprising, original and useful. We shall see.

 

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:40 PM

 

 

For what it is worth the 8mm older version is a superb eyepiece. It is better than my 7mm Nagler. Better contrast and definition


Yep, the 8 mm and 22 mm Vixen LVW's were the best of the series IMHO. I just sold my third 22 mm. :foreheadslap: Couldn't justify keeping it as I used it one time since I bought it used last year. :p

 

 

I just bought my third 22mm Vixen LVW. :lol:

 

You got a trinoviewer and three eyes? :lol:



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 01:02 PM

 

You got a trinoviewer and three eyes? :lol:
 

 

By that reckoning, having only two, looks like i'll be needin' two more.

 

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