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#76 bulletdodger

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Posted 07 August 2021 - 11:15 AM

My Radians are great on the planets and I use the 6, 5, 4 and 3 when conditions support them. Not as handy as the TV zoom but wider FOV since mostly I use undriven
mounts. Like the Delos and Ethos but just too large for me. Naglers are great also but eye relief is not as comfortable as my Radians. I know they are an older line but they remain amongst my favorite eyepieces.
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Posted 07 August 2021 - 01:15 PM

If I was to have one planetary EP I would go with this:

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Silky smooth views of any planet. Tempted to add 2.5 mm TOE as well.
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Posted 08 August 2021 - 03:42 PM

My planetary eyepieces. I have deemed planetary to mean under 10 mm and designed for high contrast.

I also have a 7 mm Delite , 8 mm Brandon and 6 and 10 mm Baader Orthoscopic's which I forgot to add to this assemblage. I am a bit of an eyepiece hoarder.........bet there are a few others with this bug eh!!

 

The second picture is by brand or series, the first in order of focal length.

Tak 2.8 and 3.6 mm Hi-Or

Zeiss 4 mm 0.965" orthoscopic, Tak TOA 4 mm

AP SPL 5 mm and Tak LE 5 mm

Zeiss 6 mm 0.965" and 1.25" Orthoscopics, AP SPL 6 mm

Zeiss 8 mm 0.965 Orthoscopic, Televue Plossl 8 mm, AP SPL 8 mm, Tak LE 7.5 mm

Televue Delite 9 mm

Zeiss 0.965" and 10 mm Orthoscopic, AP SPL 10 mm

 

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They are all excellent eyepieces. Possibly my favourites would be the 4 mm TOA, 5 mm APL, Zeiss  6 mm 0.965", Tak LE 7.5 mm, 10 mm 0.965 and 1.25" Abbe Ortho's.

More because I have used them recently and enjoyed the contrast.


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Posted 19 October 2021 - 09:08 AM

Here’s my newest planetary lineup, 0.965” case…

Also a 7.4mm TV plossl in the case, & I’ve added a 9mm SMC…

Just missing the 7mm smile.gif

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Posted 19 October 2021 - 09:17 AM

Very nice glass and with the excellent turret.  Enjoy!



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Posted 19 October 2021 - 10:15 AM

Guys, I bought that pair of 2.5mm XO's on the other site. I'll probably test them in a 128 vs 152 planetary showdown for a couple nights, and then just keep one...

PM me if you'd like the other one...



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Posted 22 October 2021 - 07:52 PM

Bought some old one for a Astro-M80 that is still in repair.

It became the best I look through this night on Moon but needed cleaning... quite a challenge.

Mizar ortho 5m Japan diameter 24.5

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 10:12 PM

I've been loving this combo for planets in my 15" F/4.5 dob

 

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1. 2.7x APM Coma Correcting Barlow (this barlow was a big upgrade over my Meade #140 in terms of contrast)

2. Using the barrel from the #140 since its internal blackening is much better than the stock barrel the APM barlow came with. It's my Frankenbarlow.

3. Zeiss Binoviewer

4. Zeiss 10x25 E-PL eyepieces

 

I also got a pair of 32mm Tele Vue Plossls for when seeing isn't that great. These are absolutely outstanding.

 

Cannot get anywhere close to this when monoviewing.


Edited by CrazyPanda, 22 October 2021 - 10:31 PM.

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 07:16 AM

I've been loving this combo for planets in my 15" F/4.5 dob

 

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1. 2.7x APM Coma Correcting Barlow (this barlow was a big upgrade over my Meade #140 in terms of contrast)

2. Using the barrel from the #140 since its internal blackening is much better than the stock barrel the APM barlow came with. It's my Frankenbarlow.

3. Zeiss Binoviewer

4. Zeiss 10x25 E-PL eyepieces

 

I also got a pair of 32mm Tele Vue Plossls for when seeing isn't that great. These are absolutely outstanding.

 

Cannot get anywhere close to this when monoviewing.

These are looking like the Carl Zeiss E-Pl 10x/25 #44 42 34 f=25mm, AFOV 57°,

lenses sequence (1 - field stop - 1 - 1 - 2) eye lens concave out,

the legendary wide field Carl Zeiss eyepiece for the binoviewers on the professional grade microscopes.

 

Contrary to widespread rumours that these eyepieces are not suited for the fast telescopes,

they are very well suited,

as for the microscopy they have been designed for the so called "infinity optical systems" with the  image plane in front of the eyepiece.

 

Best,

JG


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 08:45 AM

These are looking like the Carl Zeiss E-Pl 10x/25 #44 42 34 f=25mm, AFOV 57°,

lenses sequence (1 - field stop - 1 - 1 - 2) eye lens concave out,

the legendary wide field Carl Zeiss eyepiece for the binoviewers on the professional grade microscopes.

 

Contrary to widespread rumours that these eyepieces are not suited for the fast telescopes,

they are very well suited,

as for the microscopy they have been designed for the so called "infinity optical systems" with the  image plane in front of the eyepiece.

 

Best,

JG

I think for these eyepieces there were two varieties - one made by Zeiss itself in Germany, and one made to Zeiss spec in China.

These are the ones made in China I believe. I bought them from Denis here on CloudyNights. Something like $600-800 for the pair if I recall? The German-made ones were 3x-4x the price. At the time they were listed on Zeiss' site for $1,300/each.

Not sure if one variety is better than the other, but the ones I have are incredible.


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#86 j.gardavsky

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 09:18 AM

I think for these eyepieces there were two varieties - one made by Zeiss itself in Germany, and one made to Zeiss spec in China.

These are the ones made in China I believe. I bought them from Denis here on CloudyNights. Something like $600-800 for the pair if I recall? The German-made ones were 3x-4x the price. At the time they were listed on Zeiss' site for $1,300/each.

Not sure if one variety is better than the other, but the ones I have are incredible.

Very interesting!

 

If you can unscrew the nosepiece with the negative focus lens and take the pic of the main interior for two different diopter settings, this would be very interesting to see if there is any difference.

 

My guess is, that on our hobby telescopes, it won't matter much if it is Carl Zeiss Germany,

or Carl Zeiss somewhere in China.

 

Best,

JG




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