While I have a nice collection of quality eyepieces such as Naglers, Panoptics, DeLites, Pentax XF, etc. I recently acquired a couple of Halloween Plossls which I'm really enjoying. They've ignited a long-held desire to build a small collection of 'classic' eyepieces.
I'm currently waiting on a few to arrive in the mail - when they do I'll have:
These eyepieces will be used occasionally in several scopes, mainly a SV66ED, C6 SCT and Tak FS-102 (the two Halloweens are quite nice in the Tak!)
Coincidentally I've been offered some original smooth-side Tele Vue Wide Fields as possible part-exchange for something else. The only one that really interests me is the 15mm, although the 24mm, 32m and 40mm are also available.
Part of the 15mm's attraction is the form factor, the fact that I've never seen one and also that it comes from the same era as the others mentioned above. However, the wide fields don't seem to be particularly well regarded these days (I found a thread on CN where they were described as Tele Vue's worst eyepieces) whereas the classic four and five-element Plossls & pseudo-Masuyamas still seem to have a strong following.
So what am I asking? I guess I'm looking for opinions as to whether the WF 15mm deserves a place among the other 'classics' or is it a sub-standard odd duck that I should ignore? Bear in mind that its performance should be judged against the other oldies and not current designs.
Edited by MortonH, 13 February 2016 - 01:26 AM.