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#101 25585

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 06:56 PM

 

 

I sometimes question the sale of equipment to finance the purchase of new.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.

I have sold or swapped eyepieces, only to suffer seller's remorse and bought the same again to feel better. Just got an additional Vixen LVW 22mm, they are forever eyepieces.   


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Posted 16 September 2019 - 07:10 PM

I have lucked into a few discontinued diamonds.

 

The 21mm (non-LX) Ex-Cel was a steal at Telescope Warehouse,

  and probably the only one in the line easy to place the eye over.

  I won't push my luck on other non-LX's, though..

 

The  17mm Orion Explorer-II is amazing, and its construction

   internally resembles a Clave-Plossl

    far more than a symmetric-pseudo-plossl..

   I had a scope handy at the swap meet at the time..

   I got 3 for $7 each just before the table closed. 

  I wonder if anayone gave it a good looking through before...

   ..it was in a "comes with" package.  It is a diamond, though.  


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Posted 16 September 2019 - 07:16 PM

I have sold or swapped eyepieces, only to suffer seller's remorse and bought the same again to feel better. Just got an additional Vixen LVW 22mm, they are forever eyepieces.   

How do you like your 22 Vixen Lanthanum Superwide? Does it perform well in  your f/5 reflectors?



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Posted 17 September 2019 - 03:15 AM

How do you like your 22 Vixen Lanthanum Superwide? Does it perform well in  your f/5 reflectors?

It's an excellent eyepiece, comparable to the 18mm Delite in performance with wider TFOV. Eye comfort is great for wearing glasses, cup turned down. Stars are sharp and bright edge to edge.

 

There is no field curvature as in a Pentax XW 20mm. Worth buying a LVW if you see one. It's my "if only 1 eyepiece" choice!      


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Posted 17 September 2019 - 04:12 AM

I owned a 22 Panoptic which I sold to finance the purchase of a 20 T-5 Nagler.  While the Nagler seemed of somewhat higher contrast, it's hard to be sure if that wasn't mostly due to the slightly higher magnification.  I do miss the handiness of the Pan, and I also miss it for use in my 4.5" StarBlast.  In many ways it was the ideal eyepiece for that scope, providing a 5.5 mm exit pupil and a wide 3.25 degree FoV.  For RFT purposes, this eyepiece would often remain in that scope the entire night.  These days, I normally use my old 20 mm Meade RG Wide Angle in the StarBlast.  As you might imagine, the view isn't as wide nor as sharp at the margins.  

 

I sometimes question the sale of equipment to finance the purchase of new.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.

I have a 22mm Panoptic, I use it without the skirt so it's a 1.25 inch eyepiece. I use it as my low power wide field when I am swapping 1.25 inch eyepieces or in a scope with a 1.25 inch focuser.  It's not quite as wide as my Meade 24m SWA but it's better corrected in my fast scopes and I find the view has that immersive quality.

 

The 1.25 inch nose piece is quite long, I am considering having it shortened so I don't have to worry when adding filters that it might the diagonal.

 

Jon


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Posted 17 September 2019 - 12:05 PM

Just from reading other threads, there were rare long FL eyepieces in discontinued ranges, or single models.

 

Leitz 30mm 88°

60mm Pentax XL

40, 50, 60mm Celestron 2" Ultimas

Rodenstock 40mm

 

What other extinct giants are there?

 

Oh... and a "Nagler 79mm" 😆

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 03:40 PM

Hello all,

 

most of the eyepieces I am using on my Sky-Watcher fast achro have been discontinued:

 

Baader Eudiascopics

Baader Symmetric Diascope Edition

Leica B WW spotting eyepieces

Leica Periplan GF microscope eyepieces

Pentax XO and O-

Swarovski Habicht spotting eyepieces

Zeiss E-Pl, etc., microscope eyepieces

Carl Zeiss Jena Plössl

Carl Zeiss Jena orthos

...

Wild Heerbrugg Ultrawide 30mm tactical EP

 

This happens when you are living for too long,

 

JG


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Posted 18 September 2019 - 03:54 PM

The 11mm is usually skipped over.  The typical jump is 13mm to 9mm.

The 11mm has been one of the poorest sellers all along.

 

Don, you pretty much nailed this one. I have a 13 Ethos and a 9 T6 and 7 T6. If I need to bridge the gap, I use my 20 T5 barlowed to do so. 



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Posted 18 September 2019 - 04:27 PM

Hello all,

 

most of the eyepieces I am using on my Sky-Watcher fast achro have been discontinued:

 

Baader Eudiascopics

Baader Symmetric Diascope Edition

Leica B WW spotting eyepieces

Leica Periplan GF microscope eyepieces

Pentax XO and O-

Swarovski Habicht spotting eyepieces

Zeiss E-Pl, etc., microscope eyepieces

Carl Zeiss Jena Plössl

Carl Zeiss Jena orthos

...

Wild Heerbrugg Ultrawide 30mm tactical EP

 

This happens when you are living for too long,

 

JG

Hi & welcome.gif  to Cloudy Nights.

 

A very tasty selection of high quality eyepieces you own!


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Posted 19 September 2019 - 03:52 AM

Hi & welcome.gif  to Cloudy Nights.

 

A very tasty selection of high quality eyepieces you own!

Thank you very much for your kind welcome greetings!

 

I have picked up some of those tasty EPs in the U.K., as there are more picky birders in the U.K. than in Germany, ha, ha.

And it has been a fun to see the Royal Mail truck driving through our hill billy village to deliver the EPs.

 

Otherwise, missing in my list above is a tactical ultrawide Hensoldt f=15mm, also discontinued, and an old Carl Zeiss Jena Kellner - maybe the best Kellner ever manufactured for watching the very faint and very fuzzy DSOs.

 

Best regards,

JG



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Posted 19 September 2019 - 07:55 AM

Thank you very much for your kind welcome greetings!

 

I have picked up some of those tasty EPs in the U.K., as there are more picky birders in the U.K. than in Germany, ha, ha.

And it has been a fun to see the Royal Mail truck driving through our hill billy village to deliver the EPs.

 

Otherwise, missing in my list above is a tactical ultrawide Hensoldt f=15mm, also discontinued, and an old Carl Zeiss Jena Kellner - maybe the best Kellner ever manufactured for watching the very faint and very fuzzy DSOs.

 

Best regards,

JG

UK Astro Buy & Sell https://www.astrobuy...m/uk/browse.php is a good place to keep a watch on. I have both bought and sold from there successfully.


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