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#1 Anthony Dente

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Posted 28 July 2021 - 07:10 AM

Like to know what you think are the best planetary eyepieces...!


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Posted 28 July 2021 - 07:32 AM

I don't know if these are among the very best, but these are the ones I have...

 

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...and by Baader.  I do refer to them as my "planetaries".


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Posted 28 July 2021 - 08:18 AM

I agree with Sky Muse. Orthos do very well, with fewer lens elements resulting in minimal internal reflections when compared to modern wide field designs, and the relatively narrow field is unimportant in planetary observation. I had a full set of orthoscopics from Edmund Scientific in the late 60's, I've always regretted selling those. They were only about thirty dollars apiece too...

 

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Posted 28 July 2021 - 08:28 AM

Edmund Scientific in the late 60's, I've always regretted selling those. They were only about thirty dollars apiece too...

 

Yeah but that was $30.00 in 1960's money.   How much would $30 of 60's money  be in 2020?  $150??

My first job in the 70's paid $2.65.  Today that job has people getting $13.00 and clamoring for $15.00


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Posted 28 July 2021 - 08:36 AM

(( and the relatively narrow field is unimportant in planetary observation. ))

It can be under very high power without a drive.
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Posted 28 July 2021 - 09:14 AM

Any high power planetary observation without a drive, be it wide or narrow FOV is an exercise in frustration. The best results from visual observing require prolonged examination to catch detail as it pops into view in moments of good seeing. That's more difficult to do if the subject is constantly moving across the field, and/or the observer is constantly having to move the scope to compensate.There's no substitute for a driven scope.

 

(( and the relatively narrow field is unimportant in planetary observation. ))

It can be under very high power without a drive.

 

 

Lee


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Posted 28 July 2021 - 09:17 AM

Edmund Scientific in the late 60's, I've always regretted selling those. They were only about thirty dollars apiece too...

 

Yeah but that was $30.00 in 1960's money.   How much would $30 of 60's money  be in 2020?  $150??

My first job in the 70's paid $2.65.  Today that job has people getting $13.00 and clamoring for $15.00

It wasn't meant to be an exercise in comparing the value of the dollar over time. The numerical difference is the point. My first job was in the 70's as well, and it paid three times what you were getting. So, I got a $30 eyepiece for four hours work. By your metrics it would take ten hours for the equivalent today. The Edmunds were still a better value.

 

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Posted 28 July 2021 - 09:19 AM

Ah, once I get this attached to my fine-tuned Meade LX70 mount, look out...

 

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Hey, I'm serious.  I'm going to do it, and I do have high hopes for its success.


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Posted 28 July 2021 - 09:21 AM

Back to the topic, I can't show you because I don't have one of those fancy camera phones.

 

My best planetary eyepieces as far as sharpness go are  a Televue 11, and 8mm plossl.

They were slightly sharper than a vintage cirlce t ortho (maybe the coatings).  The extra 5-10 degrees

of field was welcome for lunar, and I typically don't have a motor driven scope.

 

I also have some paradigm dual ed's which offer a wider field and more eye relief and they

deliver 96% of what what the TV plossls do.  So on nights of so-so seeing they see more use.

 

I would like to try out some BGOs as I have heard great things about them.  They are hard to come by.

What about the BCO's how do they compare to BGO's


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Posted 28 July 2021 - 09:23 AM

I don't know if these are among the very best, but these are the ones I have...

 

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...and by Baader.  I do refer to them as my "planetaries".

What is Phantom MC-Coated? 


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Posted 28 July 2021 - 09:25 AM

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Posted 28 July 2021 - 09:26 AM

What is Phantom MC-Coated?  I believe this is Baader's marketing term for their coatings.

I have a Baader 30mm Aspheric with "phantom" coatings.   They are good, perhaps a step above typical multi-coatings on

mid range eyepieces.


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Posted 28 July 2021 - 09:36 AM

What is Phantom MC-Coated?  I believe this is Baader's marketing term for their coatings.

I have a Baader 30mm Aspheric with "phantom" coatings.   They are good, perhaps a step above typical multi-coatings on

mid range eyepieces.

Techno-jargon isn’t in my wheelhouse. I just look  through it.


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Posted 28 July 2021 - 09:41 AM

Sometimes it's the 24 pans @ 3x, sometimes it's the 12mm Pentax XFs @ 3x, but mostly it's these semi-decloaked 15mm Starguider EDs @ 3x...
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Posted 28 July 2021 - 09:51 AM

What is Phantom MC-Coated? 

P-H-A-N-T-O-M...

 

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Posted 28 July 2021 - 09:56 AM

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Posted 28 July 2021 - 10:18 AM

(( The best results from visual observing require prolonged examination to catch detail as it pops into view in moments of good seeing. ))

Totally agree Lee. Ideally a drive will bring out the best in the observer. Whenever I use my platform I just plain see more and am so much more relaxed not having distractions and wasted efforts to keep the object centered.


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Posted 28 July 2021 - 10:21 AM

I find the Tele Vue Nagler 2mm-4mm zoom a very useful eyepiece for planetary observing. I also like using Pentax XW's (I have the 10mm, 7mm, 5mm and 3.5mm) and with my 12 inch dobsonian I use the 6mm and 4.7mm Tele Vue Ethos for planetary.

 

I used to use Baader / Fujiyama HD orthos for this task as well but these days I prefer the eye comfort of eyepieces with longer eye relief.


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Posted 28 July 2021 - 10:26 AM

I find the Tele Vue Nagler 2mm-4mm zoom a very useful eyepiece for planetary observing. I also like using Pentax XW's (I have the 10mm, 7mm, 5mm and 3.5mm) and with my 12 inch dobsonian I use the 6mm and 4.7mm Tele Vue Ethos for planetary.

 

I used to use Baader / Fujiyama HD orthos for this task as well but these days I prefer the eye comfort of eyepieces with longer eye relief.

I use the Tele Vue 3-6mm zoom for planetary observations...!


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Posted 28 July 2021 - 10:27 AM

2.58XO, 3.7 &4.7 Ethos, 3.5 & 5 & 7 XWs, 7.4 TV plossl, 7 UO HD, 7 RG, and my most favorite...the 6.6mm Orthostar.


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Posted 28 July 2021 - 10:50 AM

Front row, L to R:  Clavé Plossls 20mm, 16, 12, 8, & 6 (not shown is the 30mm)  Tak Abbe Orthos 18 & 25mm   Masuyama 10mm.  In the back row are two Parks Gold Orthos of 15mm.

 

The Clavé rank best on lunar/planetary although the others are not far behind.  Still searching for a Clavé 10mm 1.25". 

 

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Posted 28 July 2021 - 01:26 PM

For me it's almost always Leica zoom + 1.8 extender.

 

Used it last night on Saturn and Jupiter in my 8" F7 (maxs out at 288x), and got some stunning views.

 

As is often the case, I did some eyepiece comparisons. Swapped in Docter 12.5 with 2.5 Powermate, and compared with Morpheus 12.5. Surprisingly close, but the color saturation in the Docter wins. Also compared with 5mm XW, and couldn't see much of any difference. 

 

In the end, I liked the view in the Leica best, but didn't see anything in one eyepiece that I couldn't in another. But I could back the power off in the Leica when the seeing wasn't so good.


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Posted 28 July 2021 - 02:04 PM

While I have Baader BGO's and like them for planetary observing. I've found that

even the humble Plossl when used with my binoviewers have given me some

excellent planetary views over he years.  Observations below made with Plossl's

and binoviewers. Comfort at the eyepiece is probably more important than a particular

type of eyepiece.  Scope used was a 6" f/8 achromat.

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Posted 28 July 2021 - 02:40 PM

My planetary eyepieces are Tele Vue Plössls and a Fujiyama Ortho.

 

Eyepieces 2020

 

Clear skies!

 

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Posted 28 July 2021 - 03:06 PM

Other than tight eye relief below15mm, I really like Plossls.

 

I use a 5X Powermate with my 32mm through 15mm TeleVue Plossls, and this is my favored route to achieve high magnification with my Plossls, KK orthos and RKEs. It works very well.

 

I virtually never use my 11mm and 8mm TV Plossls since adopting the Powermate approach.

 

Note: I also have the 2.5X Powermate which I use, though less frequently than the 5X


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