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#26 BradFran

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Posted 05 April 2020 - 05:03 AM

12mm Brandon.

An excellent eyepiece!


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Posted 05 April 2020 - 06:03 AM

Vintage Zeiss 15mm in my f/20 refractor. For higher magnifications ZAO-I 10, or recently my Christmas present TV Plossl 8mm

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For low mag views, I enjoy very much Tak 32mm Ortho in the same scope.

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Posted 05 April 2020 - 06:13 AM

3mm, 4mm, and 5mm TeleVue Delites.

Sharp to the edge, excellent contrast, comfortable eye relief, small size and weight.

I have Rukl's atlas of the Moon, so I've been learning the names of craters.

And here is something for all moon viewers to search for:

https://en.wikipedia.../wiki/Lunar_100

Im gonna try to photograph the Lunar 100, should be fun


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Posted 05 April 2020 - 06:23 AM

For afocal photography , a night owl 20mm ( 30mm ), it has the exact OD, As the Id of my camera lens, set it down easy peasy.The 15mm nightowl, just because it has a fat field and the eye relief is a good match for my camera. Attached photo taken with the 15mm knightowl

 

Nothing more needed for afocal photography , editing software allows me to zoom, enhance ,etc.

 

For visual : pretty much anything from 24mm on down to the 9mmT1, I have higher power, but usually along the shores of lake Erie the atmosphere wont permit.it

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Posted 05 April 2020 - 06:49 AM

12mm Brandon.  Of all the Pentax SMC, various orthos I've used, the Brandon had better contrast and showed more detail on the moon and planets for me.  Of course, you have to live with the small FOV, which doesn't matter on planets, but may for the moon.

TV Delites: Flat field, sharpness and wonderful ergonomics

 

Brandon with a TV 2x Barlow: The Brandon used to be my favorite and still might be but I never did a direct comparison against the TV Delites.

Barlowing cleans up any aberrations and adds ER. The purity of the Brandon is what impressed me.

 

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Posted 05 April 2020 - 08:46 AM

My planetary lineup is 3.4 HR, 5 Tak LE, 7T1.

For my high power Mak, I can remove the barlow from the 5LE and use it as a 10LE.

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Posted 05 April 2020 - 09:08 AM

I have mainly just used 13mm and 9mm Nagler T6s along with 2x Barlow in my 8" f/6 reflector.

I know the Naglers have rectilinear distortion, but it hasn't bothered me so far.


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Posted 05 April 2020 - 09:09 AM

DeLites:  yes, yes, yes! (especially in my 120 mm refractor).

 

An observing buddy did a careful comparison with TOEs and found them slightly better.

 

I need longer eye relief, but for those who don’t, you might consider the Tak TOEs.

 

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Posted 05 April 2020 - 09:49 AM

It depends on the features I'm observing. My favourite eyepieces are all of them, really. The Moon is a beautiful thing to look at and it offers a huge range of visual experiences. One of my favourite things to do is to pop the 8mm or 6mm in the eyepiece of my 8" SCT and turn off the RA drive with the Moon just outside my FOV. Then, I watch as it drifts past my window... I truly feel like I'm in orbit above it! I think this is one area where a relatively narrow FOV comes in handy... my Plössls make it feel like an actual portal or window that I'm looking through. Something akin to a looking out a spaceship that Isaac Asimov would have dreamed up. I've been doing this since I was a little kid (in the 1970's) and I still love doing it today! :)

 

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Posted 05 April 2020 - 12:59 PM

I figured I'd see a lot of minimal glass. That's a bandwagon that I've also jumped on recently as they let the scope's optics do most of the work. They also don't introduce any false color like some wide field eyepieces. However, wide fields make up for it in other ways.

 

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Posted 05 April 2020 - 01:49 PM

10mm Ethos fills the view with a little margin (except when at super perhelion) and so sharp and clear.  Apparent size makes it look like a 6' sphere/disk 3' in front of you (2m spere/disk 1m in front of you for my non-US friends) in my 17.5" f4.1 Dob.


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Posted 05 April 2020 - 01:53 PM

Anyone using neutral density filters for the moon ?
How much do these filters help ?

Sometimes use variable polarizing to prevent eyes from watering (more comfortable) when going back and forth between DSO and bright full moon.  However if you let your eye adjust to the brightness your pupils will shrink and you will actually see more detail on the moon.


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Posted 05 April 2020 - 02:14 PM

10mm Ethos fills the view with a little margin (except when at super perhelion) and so sharp and clear.  Apparent size makes it look like a 6' sphere/disk 3' in front of you (2m spere/disk 1m in front of you for my non-US friends).

That sounds similar to the 4.7E in my 130 f/7. What kind of scope do you use with the 10E?



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Posted 05 April 2020 - 02:48 PM

Sometimes use variable polarizing to prevent eyes from watering (more comfortable) when going back and forth between DSO and bright full moon.  However if you let your eye adjust to the brightness your pupils will shrink and you will actually see more detail on the moon.

I do the same, accept I put one half of the polarizing filter in the nose of the diagonal and the other half in the eye piece. Twist the eye piece to the desired brightness.


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Posted 05 April 2020 - 03:35 PM

That sounds similar to the 4.7E in my 130 f/7. What kind of scope do you use with the 10E?

17.5" f4.1


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Posted 05 April 2020 - 03:53 PM

I prefer my TV Delite 5mm with an orange #21 filter.

Lovely views.


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Posted 05 April 2020 - 03:57 PM

I prefer my TV Delite 5mm with an orange #21 filter.

Lovely views.

Try a #15 dark yellow to enhance contrast.


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Posted 05 April 2020 - 04:21 PM

I prefer my TV Delite 5mm with an orange #21 filter.
Lovely views.



That filter really makes the moon pop, especially in smaller apos and even at high power. Highly recommended the lumicon #21 orange filter for the moon
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Posted 05 April 2020 - 06:41 PM

I feel the Moon is best viewed through a binoviewer. In my FC100DC with a 2X barlow and a pair of 18mm Celestron Ultima's or Takahashi LE's the views are jaw dropping. But for a single eyepice view, I can think of nothing better than a 3.4mm Vixen HR. The HR eyepieces are without a doubt the finest planetary eyepieces I've ever owned, and are even better than the TMB Super Monocentrics. (Be warned about the Vixen HR's though, as once you buy one, you'll want the rest).


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 01:44 PM

Of my current eyepieces my favorite is a 12mm Brandon used with an Astrophysics x2 Barlow for perhaps just over x200. About x150 to x200 is my standard maximum magnification for my UK skys. Last saturday though  I managed to get to x300 with a 8mm Brandon and compared it to my 7.5mm LE, (slightly higher mag). The Brandon was noticeably  a step up in contrast making the craters in Plato noticeably easier to see than the LE. Four visible in the Brandon , 3 in the LE, though perhaps two visible as albedo features only.

 

Now though in my 50's I'm starting to appreciate longer eye relief and so I'm interested in the Delites for that reason.

 

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Posted 06 April 2020 - 03:58 PM

Any eyepiece as long as it is a pair in the binoviewer and producing 200x or more.  Binoviewing on Moon is so relaxing and natural and eye-stress free that can actually play around the surface all night.  A real game changer for me with Lunar observing.


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 04:16 PM

3mm, 4mm, and 5mm TeleVue Delites.

Sharp to the edge, excellent contrast, comfortable eye relief, small size and weight.

I have Rukl's atlas of the Moon, so I've been learning the names of craters.

And here is something for all moon viewers to search for:

https://en.wikipedia.../wiki/Lunar_100

Don, are you observing with these in your Dob, without tracking?   Since these are based on the Ethos design (they are aren't they?), wouldn't an Ethos be better for the larger more immersive view?



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Posted 06 April 2020 - 04:28 PM

In my mak it’s the APM HDC 9mm

In my refractor it’s the APM HDC 4.7mm


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 06:25 PM

Wouldn't an Ethos be better for the larger more immersive view?

Yes ofcourse it would. But an Ethos is much more expensive and heavier.

 

And a Delite has a larger eye relief compared to an Ethos. So if you have glasses, this might be an important point to consider.


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 06:42 PM

Yes ofcourse it would. But an Ethos is much more expensive and heavier.

 

And a Delite has a larger eye relief compared to an Ethos. So if you have glasses, this might be an important point to consider.

I don't believe the OP mentioned any weight or price restriction.

 

And, I'm asking Don as I believe he doesn't wear glasses to observe, thus eye-relief is not an issue.


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