Recently got back into the hobby after about 8 years off, finally got around to fixing my broken 10" lightbridge(astigmatic mirrors.. 3 of them.. long story)
I live in fairly light polluted skies so my nightly viewing is limited to planets.
I'm looking for a planetary killer eyepiece with an emphasis on on axis sharpness and contrast, the best image my scope can produce.
I've been looking at the forums and classifieds and came up with some decent ideas that wont break the bank if bought used/new, around $100-$130 range. I am all aboard the low element good glass train for pristine planetary images.
11mm Televue plossl
10mm Baader classic Ortho
3mm televue radian(likely used)
I like the televue plossl, and BCO for there 4 elements designs, read good things about their sharpness and contrast. fairly inexpensive, people seem to swear by these.
The radian has a couple more elements but has a bit of extra afov, and it wouldn't need to be barlowed.
I currently own the following.
Meade 5.5mm series 5000 plossl --- which performs very well, probably the best out of the bunch
Baader hyperion 8mm(with fine tuning ring to take it down to 6mm) --- very good image, love the extra afov, love its versatility.
Burgess optical 3.2mm planetary --- This is one of the original tbm/burgess ones, purchased around 2009? for some reason, this thing is a dog. I've never gotten a good image out of it. soft, washed out. glare. not at all what i expect from the reputation of this eyepiece. Maybe my scope is too fast for it f4.7, maybe there are some internal reflections going on. no idea.
Meade 15mm qx wide angle --- for some reason this otherwise generic eyepiece is one of my best, suspiciously sharp/contrasty. barlowed down to 7.5 is outperformes the baader..
None of the above are really known for being dedicated planetary killers, so i'm wondering what's being left on the table, so to speak.
I'd like to downsize these to 1 really solid dedicated eyepiece. I'll likely keep the 15mm qx. but the 5.5mm, 8mm, and 3.2mm can be tossed in a blender(sold off).
Any thoughts on how the 11mm televue plossl(likely barlowed), the Baader 10mm BCO(again barlowed), or the 3mm Radian might serve me?