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Bought a Complete Set of Pentax XWs Today

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#1 SandyHouTex

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Posted 03 June 2020 - 07:41 PM

Most of my eyepieces are Orthos, Brandons, Kellners (actually RKEs), and Erfles of one sort or another.  I also have a few Nagler type 6s for binoviewing, but today I decided to add the remainder of the XWs to the 3.5mm I already had.  I was even able to get the 2 inch 30mm and 40mm.  I look forward to giving them a spin when they arrive.  I won’t know what to do with a well corrected 70 deg. field of view.


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Posted 03 June 2020 - 07:47 PM

Congrats.  I'd like to know how that 40 performs in your larger SCTs.  I have a 10" Meade ACF on the way and was thinking about trying one out for a larger FOV over my long time favorite widefield EP the Panoptic 35.


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Posted 03 June 2020 - 07:56 PM

I knew there was a lot of money in Texas.
I knew, I knew.
seriously congratulations, i hope you will give us a report. cool.gif


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Posted 03 June 2020 - 07:56 PM

Congratulations! I have the 40,30,20,and 10. In the 10” SCT ACF he views are fantastic with all. The 10 quickly became my favorite planetary eyepiece.
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Posted 03 June 2020 - 08:09 PM

Congrats, I just got my 3.5 in mint condition from a local shop today, I have the 14mm also, slowly, i'll find the rest, those Pentax eyepieces are some kind of awesome! I hold them like they're newborns.


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Posted 03 June 2020 - 09:53 PM

Congrats.  I'd like to know how that 40 performs in your larger SCTs.  I have a 10" Meade ACF on the way and was thinking about trying one out for a larger FOV over my long time favorite widefield EP the Panoptic 35.

I’ll let you know.  I’m curious too.



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Posted 03 June 2020 - 09:54 PM

I knew there was a lot of money in Texas.
I knew, I knew.
seriously congratulations, i hope you will give us a report. cool.gif

I’m blessed.  I’m still working (and getting paid) at home.


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Posted 04 June 2020 - 07:26 AM

Congrats - and welcome to the club!

 

The Pentax XW are still the most comfortable series of eyepieces available and I am sure you will enjoy the longer focal lengths as much as you enjoyed your 3.5.  It's funny - the 3.5 was the last one I bought and it finally completed the full set.  I didn't think I had a need for it until I had cataract surgery.  Then I could see a lot better and the 3.5 is now used every night. cool.gif

 

Cheers,

 

Ron


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Posted 04 June 2020 - 07:51 AM

Congrats! You will enjoy the XW's. Recently I completed the set as well.


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Posted 04 June 2020 - 08:13 AM

XW's are a nice set (had them all at one time). 

My fav's were the 3.5mm and 10mm.


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Posted 04 June 2020 - 09:04 AM

Great eyepieces...welcome to the club! Enjoy... ;)


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Posted 04 June 2020 - 10:12 AM

Enjoy the XW’s, I also like them a lot in all my scopes.  I have all the 1.25” focal lengths but might add the 30 and 40 2” someday.

 

Bill


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Posted 04 June 2020 - 10:24 AM

Now that little worm in your brain will soon be whispering, then screaming at you....you can intersperse them with Delos....smart them worms are.


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Posted 04 June 2020 - 11:22 AM

Most of my eyepieces are Orthos, Brandons, Kellners (actually RKEs), and Erfles of one sort or another.  I also have a few Nagler type 6s for binoviewing, but today I decided to add the remainder of the XWs to the 3.5mm I already had.  I was even able to get the 2 inch 30mm and 40mm.  I look forward to giving them a spin when they arrive.  I won’t know what to do with a well corrected 70 deg. field of view.

 

waytogo.gif  They are wonderful all-purpose eyepieces that do everything very well.


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Posted 04 June 2020 - 11:29 AM

Wonderful!  I have the set from 3.5 to 20 and have appreciated them for many years.  Enjoy!



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Posted 04 June 2020 - 11:44 AM

I always wanted to have a pair of these for general viewing, either XL or XW, perhaps a pairs of 20mm, but my concern has always been their fat bellies and the ergonomics of two side by side units nearly touching each other in a binoviewer, I have to see a pair in action before I can decide how to proceed.

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Posted 04 June 2020 - 11:52 AM

Congrats!  I've been enjoying my full set for many years, 3.5 was the last I bought and the only one new.  I wish there was a 2.5mm.



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Posted 04 June 2020 - 12:25 PM

I always wanted to have a pair of these for general viewing, either XL or XW, perhaps a pairs of 20mm, but my concern has always been their fat bellies and the ergonomics of two side by side units nearly touching each other in a binoviewer, I have to see a pair in action before I can decide how to proceed.

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Vahe 

I have to use Delites or Nikon SWs, as fattest for bino viewing. Sadly XWs & Baader Morpheus are too porky.  


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Posted 04 June 2020 - 12:45 PM

Congrats Sandy on the XWs completed!

 

I have the 3.5, 5, 7 and 10, all great and very comfortable performers for the wide field viewing.

 

Looking forward to your 1st light report,

JG


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Posted 04 June 2020 - 01:48 PM

I collected the set too. If I were forced to choose only one set of eyepieces, it would be the XWs.

 

They have their (well known) issues, but they do everything either well or very well indeed, they are well constructed and will last a lifetime.

 

They are very easy to use, comfortable, easy to adjust, not particularly humongous, and parfocal. 

 

The 7mm is my favorite, closely followed by the 10. But I mostly use the 20 and 14. 

 

The latter two have well known field curvature, but it is small to non-existent to my eye in a 6" F8 refractor, and small enough to not be bothersome when used with a coma corrector. Of the group, I think the 20 and 14 are the most comfortable to use.


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Posted 04 June 2020 - 03:29 PM

I have all of the Pentax XW's now except for the 40mm.  They are my favorite eyepieces though a few others I use just as much. 



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Posted 04 June 2020 - 03:57 PM

I have a Vixen LVW 3.5mm & 22mm to fill in for the X/L/W 3.5 & 20mm, but have 7 Pentax X series altogether including the XL SMC zoom. Both Vixen LVW 5mm & 8mm are also good, though less ergonomically luxurious than Pentax.



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Posted 04 June 2020 - 07:28 PM

I received my order from Astronomics today.  Very fast shipping and well packed.  I’m really looking forward to trying them.  The eye lens is so huge and inviting.  Not to mention the coatings are dark, dark, dark.


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Posted 04 June 2020 - 08:02 PM

Most of my eyepieces are Orthos, Brandons, Kellners (actually RKEs), and Erfles of one sort or another.  I also have a few Nagler type 6s for binoviewing, but today I decided to add the remainder of the XWs to the 3.5mm I already had.  I was even able to get the 2 inch 30mm and 40mm.  I look forward to giving them a spin when they arrive.  I won’t know what to do with a well corrected 70 deg. field of view.

Premium eyepieces are an interesting subject.  They are so good and offer terrific performance so choices probably (if people get a shot at using a number of different ones) may come down to "comfort level."



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Posted 04 June 2020 - 10:08 PM

I’m just in from using the 14mm and 7mm on the moon with my ETX-125.  They are very sharp across the entire 70deg. field.  The twist up eyecups are very comfortable and make it easy to keep your eye centered.  The image is extremely bright.  It is advertised that all air surfaces are fully multicoated with a transmission of 96%.  Later, if I can get up, I’ll try to look at Jupiter and Saturn along with some of the Star fields in Scorpio.


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