Just going to use this thread as an opportunity for my random wishes in astro gear.
For me, it's a full line of Docter or ES92-like ergonomics, with the same respective quality.
The Docter is the most comfortable and easily accessible widefield I've ever used (except for maybe my 35 Pan, but that's considerably narrower). Somehow it achieves greater exit pupil affordance than Delos despite having a wider AFOV. Even with the eye guard set correctly, Delos seems to have a narrow depth of eye placement - easy to cause blackouts. Docter "just works", at least for my eye geometry. Very, very easy to take in the whole field with or without eye glasses without causing blackouts.
Evidently the Nagler T4s are even more finicky with eye placement in this regard (though I've not used them, so can't say for myself). They have limited focal length options anyway.
The more I use my 17ES92, the more I prefer the ergonomics of my Ethoi. The accessibility of the field makes it feel wider than my 21 Ethos. I know objectively it's not, but it just feels that way.
I want either:
- A full line of Docters with the same focal lengths as Delos/Ethos
- A full line of ES92s with the same focal lengths as Delos/Ethos
My eyes would thank me for the ES92s, but my muscles would thank me for the Docters. Can't imagine having a case full of ES92s lol...
Nobody offers a full line of eyepieces with the characteristics of Docter or ES92s, not even Tele Vue.
For those of us without the luxury of a heated filter slide, the best we can do is manually thread different filters on and off different eyepieces. This is annoying.
I want magnetic filters that make swapping filters on and off a breeze. A few thoughts:
- There should be a thin magnetic adapter which you can thread onto your eyepieces or adapters
- There should be a matching magnetic adapter you can thread your filter into, or ideally, everyone should standardize on a magnetic system
- The filters themselves would have to be carefully sized and tapered in such a way that they cannot get accidentally snagged by a compression ring or thumb screw when extracting an eyepiece from a focuser. Else they risk popping off.
Breathable & magnetic lens caps
I recently fell victim to a fungus that was attacking my 35 Pan's field lens. I caught it in time to nuke it with some denaturated alcohol before it could damage the coatings, but it got me thinking that it would be nice if lens caps were breathable so that any moisture in them from dew or condensation could evaporate more easily.
Following up the idea of magnetic adapters above, we could have some nice snap-on aluminum lens caps, with breathing holes and HEPA filter material in them to allow air flow. This would keep the lenses safe and dust-free, but also allow moisture to evaporate.
Since the field lens caps would be magnetic, there wouldn't be a chronic struggle to get them off in cold weather (have you ever tried removing a Tele Vue field lens cap in 0 degree weather? Nearly impossible with gloves on.
The other advantage to magnetic lens caps is they would allow people to keep the lens caps on while in an eyepiece box with 1.25" and 2" holes. You wouldn't have to choose between keeping the lenses capped and in a foam case, or uncapped and in a wooden box. They could stay capped and still be in the wooden box, giving them greater dust protection.
A dedicated astronomy head lamp that isn't crap
I know these are considered annoying at star parties, but this would be for private use.
Current problems with most head lamps:
- They have annoying strobe effect for runners and joggers who want the safety of such a feature. The one I have goes into strobe mode if you hit the red light button twice within 5 seconds. So that means to turn off the red light, I have to wait 5 seconds, else it engages strobe mode. ANNOYING!
- Some use a single button to switch between red light and white light mode. The one I have has two separate buttons, but they are hard to press.
- Following that thought, hard to press buttons. When it's winter and it's cold out and you have thick gloves, trying to press the buttons on the head lamp is annoying.
- Brightness level adjustment has a similar problem to the strobe settings. You have to cycle through the brightness settings.
- Orion has a motion sensing headlamp that is an atrociously bad idea. During the summer when trying to swat mosquitoes away from your face, you'll end up accidentally turning it on.
Here's what I want
- No strobe mode. Totally useless for astronomy.
- Should have both white and red LED lights so that when you're packing things up for the night or just need some extra light, you have it.
- Separate buttons for white and red mode.
- Large buttons that are easy to press with gloves on.
- No brightness toggle. Click once for on, once for off. Period. That's it. Nothing more complicated than that.
- Brightness setting should be an adjustable dial that you set to your liking and then not have to worry about.
Edited by CrazyPanda, 08 January 2020 - 02:50 AM.