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#26 John Huntley

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Posted 09 April 2020 - 06:53 PM

My most recent purchases were the ES 12mm and 17mm 92's.

 

While the optical performance is very good the eye relief and eye cup length don't seem to work for me as a non-glasses wearer.

 

I've moved the 12mm on to a new home now and the 17mm will follow in due course.

 

I'm glad I've tried them though, after reading so much about them on here.



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Posted 09 April 2020 - 07:08 PM

Over the late fall and winter I acquired a smattering of Pentax, Nikon, and Tak MC 0.965 orthos that cover 25mm - 2.8mm focal lengths....and I just ordered a 2mm HR. I am ready for the upcoming planet season!


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Posted 09 April 2020 - 07:45 PM

and I just ordered a 2mm HR. I am ready for the upcoming planet season!


Oh why would you say this?! That is one of those eyepieces that I’m going to wind up owning just because I want one.
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Posted 10 April 2020 - 12:11 AM

Crap. Just went stargazing with the kid. Dad, I’m missing an eyepiece. No, all five and the barlow are there. But Dad there is an empty spot. Yes because you used to have six cheap eyepieces but now you have five nice ones. But Dad there is an empty spot. Isn’t there another eyepiece I need? Not really, you don’t have any major gaps. Maybe a 7mm to fit between the 9 and the 5.5, but even then you have the 2.25x barlow for the 15mm if you need to fill that gap now and then. But Dad, don’t you have an eyepiece you can give me? Hmm do I tell him about my 7T1? Absolutely not, he already took my 9T1. Well let me think about it; maybe I will find a deal on something...

So do I get the Morpheus 6.5 on sale and pass on the Nagler? Or do I stick with the plan of getting my first hyperwide, the APM 13 XWA?

Or do I just throw a 10mm Plossl in his case so there aren’t any open spaces, even if he will never have a use for it?

Scott

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Posted 10 April 2020 - 12:34 AM

Nope get the APM flat wide 12.5 ... and an APM ultra flat 10mm for him (or the Altair version it’s cheaper).

Then you see how sharp those are you will find you need the 15, 18, 24 and 30 ultra-flats.

Now if only Markus would make an 8.5, 7 and maybe a 6mm UFF.

... LOL...

Cripes... the clouds have cleared - better go pack.

Edited by luxo II, 10 April 2020 - 12:39 AM.

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#31 James1996

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Posted 10 April 2020 - 02:00 AM

I've been eyeballing the ES 82, TV Nagler T6, TV Delite and Baader Morpheus eyepieces as replacements for my remaining Orion Expanse eyepieces.


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#32 Loren Toole

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Posted 10 April 2020 - 07:26 AM

I'm due for a sell-off of lesser used eyepieces, since January I've purchased a 6mm BCO, a 7mm Faworski ortho and a ES 32mm/62 2" plossl. The orthos are mainly a warm-up for Mars opposition this summer, both are already proven performers on the moon. The last item is a tenative replacement for my original Meade Series 5000 32mm plossl which is decent but suffers from an annoying undercut on the barrel and oversized rubber eyecup. Optically the Meade is OK as a low-power finder, I am hoping ES changed the optical formula to reduce edge astigmatism, however it would be probably fine if it's a drop-in replacement for the Meade.

 

All of these eyepieces will be used with my f7-f8 refractors so not especially demanding in terms of focal ratio. I rarely buy new eyepieces for my f4-f5 scopes since the cost of uber-quality eyepieces is usually way beyond my normal budget, the older Televues I'm currently using seem to perform well (so why change the lineup?)

 

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Posted 10 April 2020 - 08:09 AM

Loren, whenever you decide to replace your 32mm Meade, I would probably take that one off your hands. 



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Posted 10 April 2020 - 09:51 AM

Over the winter I collected the Vixen HR’s in 2.0, 2.4 and 3.4mm and REALLY starting to enjoy them on nights of VG+ seeing.

 

 My scopes are relatively slow (f/10) so quite easy on my ep collection.  I’m using the HR’s to tease the final bit of high power enjoyment from my solar / double star nights.   With 10mm eye relief they are also quite easy to use!

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Posted 10 April 2020 - 12:14 PM

I picked up a Tele Vue 32mm Plössl about a week ago. I haven't had it out under the stars yet, but the daytime viewing I've done shows me it is excellent. I am happy that with my glasses on I can lean against the eye cup (which I prefer doing with my other eyepieces with my glasses off). The view is very sharp. I am very much looking forward to getting out under the stars with it - if it ever clears up! LOL!

 

Tele Vue 32mm Plössl

 

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#36 shaesavage

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Posted 10 April 2020 - 12:35 PM

Over the winter I collected the Vixen HR’s in 2.0, 2.4 and 3.4mm and REALLY starting to enjoy them on nights of VG+ seeing.

 

 My scopes are relatively slow (f/10) so quite easy on my ep collection.  I’m using the HR’s to tease the final bit of high power enjoyment from my solar / double star nights.   With 10mm eye relief they are also quite easy to use!

I just ordered the 2.0mm...my bank account is afraid the 2.4mm and 3.4mm will follow once I see how nice the 2.0mm is.



#37 AJK 547

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Posted 10 April 2020 - 01:04 PM

Shane, I think your wallet will get a little lighter once you get familiar with your V2.0HR...

 

With my SCT’s, I most often use the 3.4 and 2.4 as you can imagine.  The HR’s (to my eyes) are equal to my TV DeLites and Deloi in contrast, but consistently outperform the TV’s in detail resolution.  However, the seeing must be VG+ for them to see light in the diagonal.

 

Clear, steady nights.



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Posted 10 April 2020 - 01:51 PM

Haven't got to try them yet, due to weather. Hoping for an opening tonight.

 

I went on a splurge and got 6.5 and 9 mm Morpheus, 30 APM UFF, and 5.5 Meade UWA. 


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#39 ScottRrtx

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Posted 10 April 2020 - 02:14 PM

Looks like the Morpheus sale is having success.

 

And clouds are an issue for quite a few people.

 

I've been tracking the APMs and see they're gaining in ownership. Like to hear comments. I'm guessing the 30 UFF is most popular, followed by the 4.7 HDC? Vendors would know better.

 

With all these ortho threads/posts, I'm starting to wonder if I should try one of those or a similar breed before trying a Delite. Hmmmm.


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Posted 10 April 2020 - 02:26 PM

My most recent purchases, just a few weeks back, have been a 42mm Erfle, which seems to be really good, but haven't had a chance to really shine yet, because the Moon has been prominent in the evening sky (or all night, actually), and a 9mm Sky-Watcher LET, which is a HORRIBLY poor eyepiece. Luckily, it didn't cost me much.

 

My third most recent purchase, in September '19, was my 17mm ES92, which is an absolutely stunningly good eyepiece that I enjoy tremendously.  

 

 

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I like my 12mm ES 92. I might get the 17 one day. I'm starting to think how much I would like an 8mm version if that came out. Perhaps 2021, at this rate?  shrug.gif



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Posted 10 April 2020 - 02:32 PM

Several new eyepieces in-house for testing:

 

Takahashi TOE 4.0 and 3.3mm

Docter 12.5

Leica B 22 WW

Gary Russell 50mm Super Plossl (Night Vision only)

 

The Taks are a known quantity since a friend loaned me two last fall. Great performers. 

 

Like many of you, my winter weather has been unfavorable so the others have only been lightly used. Hopefully that changes in this dark moon window.

I've read a lot of good feedback on those TOEs.

 

I've already got a whole collection of 10. roflmao.gif    foreheadslap.gif

 

But seriously, I think I'd like to try the 4mm..


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Posted 10 April 2020 - 02:34 PM

I like my 12mm ES 92. I might get the 17 one day. I'm starting to think how much I would like an 8mm version if that came out. Perhaps 2021, at this rate?  shrug.gif

I bought the 12mm ES92, was so impressed, that I got a 17mm, a week later. They are both in my top 5 favourites.



#43 ScottRrtx

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Posted 10 April 2020 - 02:37 PM

I bought the 12mm ES92, was so impressed, that I got a 17mm, a week later. They are both in my top 5 favourites.

In fact, your top 5%.... Mr. 100+

 

Wonder how many other 100 plussers out there. I don't think I would want to collect more than 25. That seems like a lot.

 

Are you still waiting on that Nagler 31?


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#44 Jeff Morgan

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Posted 10 April 2020 - 07:26 PM

I've read a lot of good feedback on those TOEs.

 

Yes, they get lots of raves.

 

If you search "TOE" in Titles Only (titles and contents will overwhelm with results) you can find several good threads from last year.


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Posted 15 April 2020 - 12:30 PM

Crap. Just went stargazing with the kid. Dad, I’m missing an eyepiece. No, all five and the barlow are there. But Dad there is an empty spot. Yes because you used to have six cheap eyepieces but now you have five nice ones. But Dad there is an empty spot. Isn’t there another eyepiece I need? Not really, you don’t have any major gaps. Maybe a 7mm to fit between the 9 and the 5.5, but even then you have the 2.25x barlow for the 15mm if you need to fill that gap now and then. But Dad, don’t you have an eyepiece you can give me? Hmm do I tell him about my 7T1? Absolutely not, he already took my 9T1. Well let me think about it; maybe I will find a deal on something...

So do I get the Morpheus 6.5 on sale and pass on the Nagler? Or do I stick with the plan of getting my first hyperwide, the APM 13 XWA?

Or do I just throw a 10mm Plossl in his case so there aren’t any open spaces, even if he will never have a use for it?

Scott

Get the APM 13 XWA! dancey.gif 

 

Unless you did spring for it already?

 

I'm really curious about it thinking1.gif  so I'd be interested in what you thought of it.



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Posted 15 April 2020 - 12:33 PM

I’m loving mine. I keep debating adding another one, but then talk myself out of it. I really like my line up and have no issues or any urge whatsoever to try one out to replace the lines I do have. All the ones I have left(minus the ES82 6.7) were purchased last year, or my most recent in January to finish off a set. 
ES82 30mm

All but the 3.5mm APM HDC 100 degree eyepieces 

Did you ever try a Morpheus/Delos/Pentax? Or did you go straight into the APM set?



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Posted 15 April 2020 - 12:38 PM

Did you ever try a Morpheus/Delos/Pentax? Or did you go straight into the APM set?

Never tried those. I basically went from Meade HD 60’s to ES82’s, to ES100, to APM for just as well corrected but 40x less weight. I’m a big fan of just wide fields. 



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Posted 15 April 2020 - 02:19 PM

I picked up a Tele Vue 32mm Plössl about a week ago. I haven't had it out under the stars yet, but the daytime viewing I've done shows me it is excellent. I am happy that with my glasses on I can lean against the eye cup (which I prefer doing with my other eyepieces with my glasses off). The view is very sharp. I am very much looking forward to getting out under the stars with it - if it ever clears up! LOL!

 

Rick

I got out under the stars this weekend with my 70mm f/10 and I can report the TV32 is awesome! I was worried about eye placement (I had read from others this could be an issue) but it's super easy to use. With my glasses on, it is perfect and even with glasses off it is easy to acquire and hold the image. I compared it to my son's GSO 32mm Plössl and they were about the same for eye placement. I felt the TV was sharper (but of course I would, right?) and I really enjoyed using it.

 

So happy to have it in the eyepiece case. I wonder what I'll get in 2021? 

 

Rick



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Posted 15 April 2020 - 03:32 PM

I was looking to get high magnification eyepiece and ended up buying apm 5mm 110fov. And what an amazing ep it is! 110fov is just a hole new experience for its price its very impressive.



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Posted 15 April 2020 - 03:45 PM

I was looking to get high magnification eyepiece and ended up buying apm 5mm 110fov. And what an amazing ep it is! 110fov is just a hole new experience for its price its very impressive.

Just be aware that though it is labeled 5mm, it is really closer to 4.7mm.




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