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#1 rkelley8493

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 02:26 PM

If you were court ordered to attend "Eyepieces Anonymous" meetings and had to give up all your eyepieces but 5, which would you keep? For me, it would be [in order of focal length]:

 

1.  TeleVue 21mm Ethos

2.  Explore Scientific 17mm 92º

3.  Explore Scientific 12mm 92º

4.  Televue 8mm Delos 

5.  Pentax SMC XW 5mm

 

If I could get away with keeping one more, it would be the 22mm Nagler. I know it's almost identical in focal length as the 21E, [probably a reason why I would have been court ordered for Eye-p's Anonymous lol.gif ] but I love the eye relief & the views that the 22 gives. Second runner up, the 30mm ES 82º. It gets quite a bit of light in the SCT.


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#2 Astrojensen

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 02:40 PM

Fortunately, there is no such limit in real life, otherwise I would be in real trouble, as there's no way I could accomodate the enormous range in magnification I use, and the diverse roles my eyepieces have to fill, with only five or six eyepieces. I use four in the binoviewer alone. 

 

Even ten would be a real stretch for me, unless I gave up binoviewing, which I have absolutely no intention to.

 

 

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 02:49 PM

Ditto. My complete Pentax XL set is 7 by itself, and my 5 Vixen LV travel eyepieces, and my UO 55mm Plossl, and the 6 in the case with my BV.
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Posted 15 May 2019 - 03:04 PM

Decisions, decisions... Well, I'd work backwards... first eliminating these >>>    Tom

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 03:06 PM

Pentax XW. 5mm
Delos 12mm
Nagler T4 17mm
Nagler T4 22mm
Nagler T5 31mm

Tomorrow this list will change..of that I'm sure

Try to pick 5 out of 25 I own

Tough... I've seen pixs of Folks on CN. .that make my stall

 Look anorexic. tongue2.gif

ps- missed the part about being 

"Court ordered"... In that scenario

I'd keep my Ep's & do the time,lol

I mean how much time could you get ?? misdemeanor at best... A month?  Figure it'll rain or be cloudy for at least 15 of those days

Plus I could use a little time off from the wife & kids....::: I crack myself up:::::::

Eyepiece annon... I'd get a bumper sticker that said

"I'm a friend of. Carl Z"


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#6 Jeff Morgan

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 03:22 PM

Pretty much the ones I have now.

 

But if I buy a binoviewer (likely) I will need a pair of planetary eyepieces, the Leica Zoom is too wide for comfortable IPD. That would take me to Forbidden 7.



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Posted 15 May 2019 - 03:28 PM

​I already ended up with far more eyepieces than I need, given that I mostly use night vision in my telescopes, so I could actually pare it down to three eyepieces and a Barlow. I know that I could, because for a few years I did.

 

20mm Lunt/APM HDC (I used to have a 21mm Ethos in this slot)

Leica ASPH zoom

Nagler 3-6mm zoom

2x Barlow 

 

If push came to shove, I might add an ES82 30mm or 31mm Nagler. 


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 03:33 PM

Do telecentric focal extenders count? If not, then

 

34mm SWA (2”)

28mm RKE (1.25”)

35mm Park’s Gold (1.25”)

2x 19mm Flat Fields (binoviewer, Binocular telescope most used and also 1.25”)

 

My ES 2x, 3x, 5x 1.25” focal extenders and my 2” 2x Meade TeleXtender will get me to all mags I’d like in my favorite eyepieces 


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 03:41 PM

In order of fl:

1) Pentax 5 XO

2) Pentax 10 XW

3) Pentax 20 XW

4) Pentax 30 XW

5) Pentax 40 XW

 

6) 31 Nagler

 

 


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 04:03 PM

1]  31 Nagler 

2]  Pentax 7mm

3]  William Optics 20mm 100* ( I own one of these) this is a GREAT EP.  btw

4]  13 Nagler  (type 2 )

5]  9mm Explore scientific 100*  ( I own one of these ) one of my favorites

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 04:08 PM

Vixen LVW 3.5mm

Tak LE 5mm

Tak LE 7.5mm

Ethos 13mm

Panoptic 22mm

 

done.

 

<edit> Hmm... I own all but one of them. Think I see a pattern. They all have very nice eyerelief and are comfortable to use...  Guess I know what's important to me now.


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 04:17 PM

Pretty easy for me: 

 

31 Nagler

17/14 Nikon HW

12.5/10 Nikon HW

Leica Zoom (and extender!)

If the extender doesn't count, add 6mm Ethos


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 04:31 PM

Delos 17.3, 10, 6

Nagler 22, 31

 

This is my normal kit when I observe with the AD10, so I could be quite happy with them.

 

Sadly, this would probably mean the C6 and 80mm refractor would go on the selling block. 


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 04:59 PM

Interesting question.  There was time I never thought I'd even own as many EPs as I do now, and yet I'm having a hard time picking out any I'd be willing to give up.

 

Here goes:

ES 24

Morpheus 12.5

ES 6.7

Meade 5.5

SW 4

 

Thankfully, this is just a reflective exercise, so I don't actually have to give any up. snoopy2.gif



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Posted 15 May 2019 - 05:07 PM

I actually only own 4 eyepieces right now and honestly, 5-6 would be tops for me anyways.  I only own one scope and there are only so many focal lenghts you really need, IMO to cover you for just about anything.  I dont buy into the idea of "planetary" eyepieces or things like that anymore.  The wide field, big eye relief, comfortable eyepieces can do planets just fine now and you dont have to suffer with any of the downsides to planetary EPs.  

 

I havent looked through an Ethos yet but I suspect id like one.  So.... as lame as this might sound, heres my perfect list:

 

1) 31mm Nagler T5 or ES 30mm 82 degree

2) 21mm Ethos

3) Baader Morpheus 14mm

4) Baader Morpheus 9m

5) Baader  Morpheus 6.5mm

6) TV Delos 4mm or something similar


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 05:09 PM

25ES100

21E

17E

13E

9ES120

 

The 25ES100 wins over the 31NT5 because it has a smaller exit pupil for my 66 YO eyes in my 20" F/4


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 05:15 PM

I actually only own 4 eyepieces right now and honestly, 5-6 would be tops for me anyways.  I only own one scope and there are only so many focal lenghts you really need, IMO to cover you for just about anything.  I dont buy into the idea of "planetary" eyepieces or things like that anymore.  The wide field, big eye relief, comfortable eyepieces can do planets just fine now and you dont have to suffer with any of the downsides to planetary EPs.  

 

I havent looked through an Ethos yet but I suspect id like one.  So.... as lame as this might sound, heres my perfect list:

 

1) 31mm Nagler T5 or ES 30mm 82 degree

2) 21mm Ethos

3) Baader Morpheus 14mm

4) Baader Morpheus 9m

5) Baader  Morpheus 6.5mm

6) TV Delos 4mm or something similar

Doesn't sound lame at all. I think my list might be a little different if I had my SCT or Dob in mind [was thinking of the apo when I posted]. 


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 06:17 PM

That would be easy. My TV32mm plossl, 3mm Delite, 4,5mm Radians and a smooth side 7mm Nagler. This is what i use most everytime, and not much in the middle. I go from a 32, down to high power.


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 06:26 PM

Oh dear!

 

1) 48mm Brandon

2) 30mm APM UFF

3) Vixen LVW 22mm

4) ES92 17mm

5) ES92 12mm

6) Morpheus 9mm. 


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 06:28 PM

These are currently in heavy rotation (I also have the 5mm XW, not shown):

 

Pentax XL-XW-small.jpg

 

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 06:29 PM

What? This question was made for me! I only use 6 eyepieces! smile.gif

  • Meade Series 4000 24.5mm SWA
  • Tele Vue 20mm Plössl
  • Tele Vue 15mm Plössl
  • Tele Vue 11 mm Plössl
  • Tele Vue 8mm Plössl
  • Fujiyama 6mm Ortho

So far, no need for any more. Thanks!

 

Eyepiece Set 2017


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 06:34 PM

If it was just 5 I'd go for these, which I already have:

 

31mm Nagler

21mm Ethos

13mm Ethos

8mm Ethos

6mm Ethos

 

Of those, I don't use the 31mm Nagler that much so I guess I could make do with just the 4 Ethos's.


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 06:57 PM

Here we go:
31 Nagler
17 Ethos
10 Ethos
6 Ethos
4.7 Ethos
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Posted 15 May 2019 - 09:17 PM

I recently got a smaller eyepiece box that allows me to carry around a subset of what I have. In the 1.25" eyepieces I carry a 27, 20, 16, 14, and 12. That's five. If I can add another, I could toss in a 40mm, 2" eyepiece. Oh, and did I mention the Barlows? A 2x works well to 450x in my f15 Maksutov by doubling the 20mm on down. For refractors, I replace the 2x with a 3x.


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 09:38 PM

Five from the eyepieces I already own would be:

17 ES92

13 Ethos

10 Ethos

8 Ethos

6 Ethos

 

If I could have a sixth it would be the one I use with my favorite narrow band filter: 32 Masuyama

If a sixth isn't allowed I would substitute the 9 ES120 for the 8 & 10 Ethos.


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