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#1 25585

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 02:50 AM

Which eyepieces are most popular, not just on CN, but anywhere? 

 

How much is focal length, price, weight, AFOV factors.

 

Are the most popular & best selling those cheap ebay Chinese Plossls, wide fields with strange names, or Meades, Celestrons & Orions that people with same-make scopes buy?  

 

Do zooms sell well or starter sets? 



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Posted 16 September 2020 - 07:15 AM

If all the newbies were in r/telescope I'm sure they would have got(or at least heard) 66° goldline . I think it's pretty popular among beginners and the cheap no name plössls too are popular as I've seen .
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Posted 16 September 2020 - 07:20 AM

The most commonly owned eyepiece, not necessarily the most popular but a candidate for most frequently used, would probably be the ubiquitous 25mm Chinese Plossl that comes with scores of imported Chinese telescopes.  

 

Many folks use it until they purchase something better but hang onto it for star party use or as a spare.

 

It's a decent eyepiece.  


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 09:24 AM

The dust plug....we all have one.


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 11:40 AM

I'd guess one of the zooms.


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 01:25 PM

The dust plug....we all have one.

10mm Plossl then lol.gif


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 03:21 PM

I went into the Optcorp site and arranged the 1.25" EPs  by best selling and the answer was the Celestron Eyepiece and Filter Kit.  For 2" EPs, Baader Zoom was the winner.

 

The same Baader was 6th best selling 1.25" EP, although the Celestron Zoom was the 5th best seller. 


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 04:36 PM

I guess this is a question best answered by dealers. They have all the data. The rest of us are just guessing !


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 04:59 PM

Top 5 sellers (alphabetical, not in order of sales):

APM

Baader

Explore Scientific

Pentax

TeleVue

* the biggest seller in each line is < $300


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 05:16 PM

svbony 23mm wide angle 62*


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 05:32 PM

Careful, heard there's spyware in SVbony's. lol.gif


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 10:03 PM

Whatever it is, it will be Chinese manufactured these days. 



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Posted 17 September 2020 - 02:49 AM

While not completely at a standstill, eyepiece design and production using conventional optics may have little more that can be done.

 

Same for commercial mass-produced scopes, better accessories are always welcome. A cheaper but as-easy to use Paracorr 2 equivalent would be good. Visual flatteners & reducers.

 

Plenty of Barlows, focusers, diagonals and filters over all price ranges. 

 

If most eyepieces sold are <$300, the majority will be Chinese wider field models, and some prestige 50 - 70° I guess.



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Posted 17 September 2020 - 07:35 AM

Top 5 sellers (alphabetical, not in order of sales):

APM

Baader

Explore Scientific

Pentax

TeleVue

* the biggest seller in each line is < $300

Hi Don,

 

I'm guessing APM's top seller is the 30mm.

 

ES, the 28/68

 

TeleVue, now that's tricky.  Televue's top seller that's under $300...  13mm DeLite or 32mm Plossl?


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Posted 17 September 2020 - 08:10 AM

25 мм no name Plossl


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Posted 17 September 2020 - 08:34 AM

Top 5 sellers (alphabetical, not in order of sales):

APM

Baader

Explore Scientific

Pentax

TeleVue

* the biggest seller in each line is < $300

(I would never buy anything Baader).

 

But the list is quite interesting.

 

I think it can be explained that you maybe sell 'aftermarket' eyepieces.

 

Apart from Explore Scientific I think none off the shelf telescopes would come say with a Tele Vue or Pentax.

 

The list would also suggest that the Ploessl is probably not the most by volume sold boutique eyepiece.

 

I have seen this in the wrist watch world. When you start out a watch for $500 sounds expensive. But once you are into it a watch for $2000 sounds normal. When I bought the rubbish Baader barlow for £43 I thought again oh man £43 and £35 for a Vixen NPL 4mm. Now somehow I was convinced I need something better and bought a Tele Vue zoom 3-6mm last month for £290 on astromart UK. And now I still need a deep sky ocular and probably will buy a Tele Vue Nagler 13 or 16mm either on astromart or full retail. What I am trying to say: a £300 eyepiece seems now normal to me. And one has to be realistic: even if a lot is made in China with lower average wages these days one cannot expect a good eyepiece for $50.


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Posted 17 September 2020 - 11:44 AM

Please don't let that Q Barlow put you off Baader! Try a Morpheus, say 9mm or 12mm, or a BBHS or even dielectric diagonal.   

 

I hope cheapie stuff as included in OE kit, leads to upgrading not hobby-killing. 


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Posted 17 September 2020 - 12:19 PM

Please don't let that Q Barlow put you off Baader! Try a Morpheus, say 9mm or 12mm, or a BBHS or even dielectric diagonal.   

 

I hope cheapie stuff as included in OE kit, leads to upgrading not hobby-killing. 

No.  Bad customer service doesn't get my business. There is also reason why my next laptop will not be a 15" Mac Book again. Bad customer service from Apple.***

 

Anyway.

 

But coming back to the list: why is there no Vixen or Meade among them. And what happened to Takahashi eyepieces.

 

 

***I do what  Martin Lewis (consumer champion) preaches us to do  in the UK: change supplier if you are not happy with the service.


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Posted 17 September 2020 - 12:39 PM

No.  Bad customer service doesn't get my business. There is also reason why my next laptop will not be a 15" Mac Book again. Bad customer service from Apple.***

 

Anyway.

 

But coming back to the list: why is there no Vixen or Meade among them. And what happened to Takahashi eyepieces.

 

 

***I do what  Martin Lewis (consumer champion) preaches us to do  in the UK: change supplier if you are not happy with the service.

Vixen: lots of sales as the HR and SSW eyepieces were discontinued, but it looks like Vixen is moving all eyepiece production to China.  Since they're such a big player in Japan,

I do expect the introduction of new types later....maybe.

 

Takahashi eyepieces: small volume, high-end, producer.  Lots of discussion about them, but I've never met anyone in the field with a Takahashi eyepiece other than a few LEs.

I think most of their owners post here on CN.

 

Meade: In and out of eyepieces as time has gone on.  They're in bankruptcy again, now, and I was surprised to see two new eyepieces from them recently.

The new ones haven't really penetrated the market yet, and the older ones have had spotty availability and one of their most popular models was dropped (the HD-60).

I suspect Celestron sells a lot of eyepieces, though, judging from the number of posts here on CN about the Luminos series and X-Cel LX series.



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Posted 17 September 2020 - 12:51 PM

I went into the Optcorp site and arranged the 1.25" EPs  by best selling and the answer was the Celestron Eyepiece and Filter Kit.  For 2" EPs, Baader Zoom was the winner.

 

The same Baader was 6th best selling 1.25" EP, although the Celestron Zoom was the 5th best seller. 

That actually makes sense to me.  With all the newbies in astronomy they probably don’t want to pay a lot for just one eyepiece.


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Posted 17 September 2020 - 06:56 PM

Most 'popular' and best-selling eyepieces:

 

I suspect they are very cheap ( < $35 USD ) and made in China (just like 90% of everything else these days).

 

Sigh...


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Posted 17 September 2020 - 07:10 PM

The question would have different answers if it were rephrased:

--What are the best-selling eyepieces in the US aftermarket?

--What are the best-selling eyepieces to telescope makers?

--What are the best selling eyepieces to people who frequent cloudynights.com?

 

But the original question was:

"Which eyepieces are most popular, not just on CN, but anywhere?"

 

To which no one has the answer unless all the Chinese companies compare notes (and I doubt they do).

 

In the UK, a lot of the same eyepieces that sell here sell there, but with different brand names on the outside.

Ditto the EU and Australia.  Some Chinese eyepieces are sold under many labels but are the same eyepieces everywhere.

And now many of those Chinese companies are selling direct to consumers through "stores" on line.

 

So if we were to discover that one of the 8 sellers of a certain eyepiece had the largest sales of the eyepiece, but that, collectively, another eyepiece was a bigger seller (all brands combined),

which would you say is the most popular eyepiece.  The one from Barsta, or only one of the 8 labels the eyepiece is sold under?

 

So there isn't really a good answer to the OP's question.  It needs to be rephrased.



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Posted 17 September 2020 - 07:48 PM

I was going to say that the Barsta made 60 degree ED series seem to be very popular over here in the UK under a number of brandings.


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Posted 17 September 2020 - 07:48 PM

What Don said....



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Posted 17 September 2020 - 08:01 PM

Plus, the question is incomplete.  It should be, "What is the most popular/best selling eyepiece for [this purpose] at no more than [this cost]?"

 

There are so many variables, both in the equipment itself and in personal needs/wants/preferences, that the spectrum of what might be considered "the most popular" covers a huge range of brands, types, and prices.  (As the discussion here shows. lol.gif )


Edited by Thandal, 17 September 2020 - 08:02 PM.



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