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#1 sipster

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Posted 23 February 2020 - 01:59 AM

It is now getting to be that time of year that I buy a new piece of equipment. So, based on research and advice here, I have decided that this years  move to improve my arsenal  will be the 31 Nagler. I have just sold my 35 Panoptic and will be ordering  the 31 Nagler soon as my low power finder eyepiece. Based on my current  rig, what does everyone think of that decision? I look forward to everyones thoughts.



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Posted 23 February 2020 - 03:40 AM

I have just sold my 35 Panoptic and will be ordering  the 31 Nagler soon 

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Nothing wrong w/a 35Pan but the 31T5 is probably a better match for the XT10i and will be great in the TV85.


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Posted 23 February 2020 - 04:00 AM

Can't go wrong with the 31T5 in any set up!


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Posted 23 February 2020 - 04:09 AM

It is now getting to be that time of year that I buy a new piece of equipment. So, based on research and advice here, I have decided that this years  move to improve my arsenal  will be the 31 Nagler. I have just sold my 35 Panoptic and will be ordering  the 31 Nagler soon as my low power finder eyepiece. Based on my current  rig, what does everyone think of that decision? I look forward to everyones thoughts.

Got your counterweighting sorted yet?


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Posted 23 February 2020 - 05:23 AM

Got your counterweighting sorted yet?

Right? Hit your local fitness store and grab a couple dumbbells. :)

 

great choice on the EP though.  The 31mm T5 is the defacto big sweeper eyepiece. 


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Posted 23 February 2020 - 11:13 AM

31t5 is a great choice
And I have one
However the 35 Pan is no slouch
I actually like 35 better some regards like ER and WT
31 seems better corrected higher mag both you can go wrong

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Posted 23 February 2020 - 01:15 PM

A couple years ago I did exactly the same thing you are doing. The 35 was an excellent eyepiece and I enjoyed using it. But it my case I simply liked the view through the 31mm a little better, so ended up selling the 35mm. I miss it sometimes, but the 31mm serves me well. It should do well in your scopes.

 

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Posted 23 February 2020 - 01:58 PM

I recently re-bought a Nagler 31-mm; an eyepiece I soon learned should not have sold. My thought on eyepieces is this is one of the best in the 30 to 32-mm range ever produced. Enjoy those space 'vistas' it provides.


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Posted 23 February 2020 - 04:51 PM

Might consider a 21 Ethos though. Little more magnification for a little less field, but the Ethos are very nice. Used they would be closer to the same price...
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Posted 24 February 2020 - 02:13 AM

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Nothing wrong w/a 35Pan but the 31T5 is probably a better match for the XT10i and will be great in the TV85.

I agree.



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Posted 24 February 2020 - 01:53 PM

31T5 is a great choice.


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Posted 26 February 2020 - 08:06 AM

I am headed the opposite direction. I recently bought a 35mm Panoptic to use in my AD10, and I like it so much I am considering selling the 31mm Nagler, which I haven't used since the Panoptic arrived in my eyepiece case. Different strokes for different folks.


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Posted 26 February 2020 - 08:35 AM

I am headed the opposite direction. I recently bought a 35mm Panoptic to use in my AD10, and I like it so much I am considering selling the 31mm Nagler, which I haven't used since the Panoptic arrived in my eyepiece case. Different strokes for different folks.

A 35 Panoptic is a great choice. Not that much less magnification or more exit pupil than 31mm. I use mine as both finder & rich field on the Genesis. The Pan's lesser weight is good too.



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Posted 26 February 2020 - 09:20 AM

A 35 Panoptic is a great choice. Not that much less magnification or more exit pupil than 31mm. I use mine as both finder & rich field on the Genesis. The Pan's lesser weight is good too.

I certainly appreciate the lower weight and smaller size. But there is something about the image presentation of the Panoptic that is just right to me.  A certain je ne sais quoi that the 31 Nagler lacks. The 24mm Panoptic has it as well, although unlike the 35mm, I cannot wear my glasses when I use the 24mm.


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Posted 28 February 2020 - 09:14 PM

Got your counterweighting sorted yet?

I have used a powermate  with the 35 pan and 13 ethos with  the  tv85  by moving the scope forward in the rings to help balance  out the weight and it worked out pretty  well, so I plan on doing the same for the 31 Nagler  to use by itself.


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Posted 28 February 2020 - 09:25 PM

Might consider a 21 Ethos though. Little more magnification for a little less field, but the Ethos are very nice. Used they would be closer to the same price...

That will be likely my next future purchase by next years  tax time. Each spring at tax time I treat myself  to a new piece  of equipment. I have the 13 ethos  and 3.7 ethos, and my goal is to eventually  add the 21 and 8 ethos  to my case.


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Posted 28 February 2020 - 11:54 PM

I sold a 35mm Panoptic to get a 31mm Nagler may years ago and for me it was a great decision. It presents about the same view just at a higher magnification, but for me with my suburban-ish skies, the significantly less sky glow and darker sky made the 31mm Nagler a great upgrade.


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Posted 02 March 2020 - 09:15 PM

Can’t go wrong with either.  I use and enjoy both, but if I could only keep one, it would be the 31mm Nagler.


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Posted 05 March 2020 - 12:59 PM

Yeah, unless you're well below f/4, you're not really going to find too many setups that compel you say, "I wish I had something OTHER than this here 31T5..."

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