I picked up a 3.5mm LVW a couple of months ago for viewing the planets in my 4" F/7 refractor. I thought it would make a nice higher power extension to my beloved Morpheus EP's which stop at 4.5mm. I use them as 2" eyepieces so I thought the LVW would fit in perfectly since it is also dual barrel. Its only shortcoming is the FOV is quite a bit more narrow compared to the Morpheus but body and view quality is a nice match.. It's a great EP that gives me exactly 50x per inch of aperture and I'm generally happy with it, but I was curious how it would compare to the Pentax 3.5mm XW. Has anyone ever compared these 2 directly? Or can anyone comment on the performance of the XW 3.5mm in a similar refractor?
I recently tried Pentax XL eyepieces in 7mm and 14mm and was kind of blown away at just how much I liked them... first impressions left me thinking I might actually like them better than LVW's which surprised me. So I would love to hear how the 3.5mm XW and 3.5mm LVW compare. And also, was there a Pentax XL near this focal length or did that line only go down to 5.2mm?