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#176 clamchip

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 01:21 PM

Here's my dirty dozen observing box. 

The ones marked with a green dot are Celestron Ultima.

These are a Masuyama design and seem to work excellent in every telescope, short, fat

fast, slow, refractor, reflector, etc.

They were also sold by Orion as the 'Ultrascopic' and Parks 'Gold line' I have since updated

my kit to include a Meade Research Grade 16.8mm my all round favorite.

Robert

 

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 02:49 PM

My Sears telescopes came with a collection of .965" eyepieces that I used for years before I ever saw a 1.25" eyepiece. The 76.2mm f/16 refractor included the first group of eyepieces in the first image. The first two are clearly labelled circle T but the 9, 6 and 4mm have no labels as to the manufacturer. The Kellner was the best of the group but i would say that the 15 and 9mm Huygens provided nice views and even the 6mm Huygens  was pretty good. 

 

The second image shows the eyepieces of the Sears 4454 80mm f/15 refractor. All unlabelled. Maybe circle T or some other generic ones. Look at the 22mm K and compare with the upper image. It seems to me that when the 4454 arrived cost cutting measures were being used and this included the eyepieces. The sun and moon eyepiece filters are there. 

 

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#178 Terra Nova

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 03:52 PM

Very cool Guido. Here is my old Sears set. I sold it a couple of years ago to another CN’er.

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 05:51 PM

I think that as a fan of the 1970s/1980s Meade Research Grade Series I'm in good company.  Back when they were new, I could only afford to buy one at a time, and with an 80mm F15 frac as my main scope, I bought just the Orthoscopics.

 

So here I am, 40 years older, and I'm discovering the Wide Angle (Erfle) variety.  They do well in EVERY scope I own, but it's the painfully sharp micro-dot stars in my refractors that impress me most.  Am I gonna copy this set:  https://www.cloudyni...ces/#entry33832 ??   Maybe...


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#180 JeniSkunk

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 06:48 PM

My favourite eyepiece with my RAO 50x500 frac is the stock 22mm Kellner. Whilst its magnification isn't a lot, it has good eye relief.

However, the stock HM 12mm and 6mm have so little eye relief, that with my short sightedness, my eyeball basically has to be touching those eyepieces. Not something I can regard as a pleasant viewing experience.



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Posted 22 March 2020 - 08:14 PM

Many years ago (in the mid to late '80s) Vernonscope had the set of 5 Brandons on sale with a wooden case. I bought them and eventually a Dakin barlow. I still have them, and still use them. The Brandons give crisp detail. Like the rest of us, I've bought lots of eyepieces, but somehow the Brandons are my favorites.


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Posted 22 March 2020 - 10:17 PM

Very cool Guido. Here is my old Sears set. I sold it a couple of years ago to another CN’er.

Nice set Terra. I like that yellow and red. They look quite cool. I used the sun filter many times with luck. It never cracked on me even while spending a long time making drawings of sunspots. The moon filter was good enough and I used to like the green color on the moon. Your former set looks more color coded than mine but then what use is a color code at night?lol.gif

 

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Posted 23 March 2020 - 01:44 PM

I have vintage 60's Ortho-Star eyepieces to use with two 60's Cave Newtonians.  Here, with chrome barrels, are the 26.6, 16, and 10mm Ortho-Stars well as well as a satin barrel Meade 20mm wide angle.  I continue to wait for a 6.6mm Ortho-Star to complete the set but a 7mm Meade RG ortho would be ok till I find the rarer one.

 

The 26.6 and the 10mm came with my 65 Cave 10" when I bought it and I just got the 16mm from Lew Chilton.  Thank you Lew.

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Posted 23 March 2020 - 01:48 PM

Though branded University Optics, the two in the middle are Gailland eyepieces.  

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Posted 23 March 2020 - 01:58 PM

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