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#1 TerryM43

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 09:25 PM

I have a chance to buy one or two Pentax XL eyepieces, an XL7, and an XL21 for $195 each.  They are in very good, almost new condition.  Is this a reasonable price to pay for a lens of this type?  I understand that they are no longer made.  Are there better options at this price?

 

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 10:13 PM

Hi Terry,

 

These are excellent eyepieces and only a fraction behind the Pentax XW's, which replaced them in about 2002 or 2003.  The Pentax XW's are still current models in all focal lengths.  Depending on your scope and personal ability to compensate, the 21mm can have a little field curvature, as does the 20mm Pentax XW. The 7mm Pentax XL is an excellent eyepiece in every respect, in every scope I've used it in.

 

I would have said $USD 195 is a bit over the odds for these and I wouldn't be paying it.

 

While neither the XL's or the XW's hang around very long in the classifieds, if you're fast enough and check the classifieds every few hours, you will get an XL in very good condition for between $120 and $170 and an XW for between $190 and $250 in very good condition.

 

At $140 to $170 these are probably good value, if in excellent condition, otherwise I would be adding a few $$$ and buying XW's on the used market.

 

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 11:01 PM

Pre pandemic these typically ran around $150. Now there are shortages and inflation so used market has gone up. $195 feels a bit rich, but these are different times. If you want something now and Morpheus aren’t in stock anywhere, you might consider it.

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 11:14 PM

I have a chance to buy one or two Pentax XL eyepieces, an XL7, and an XL21 for $195 each.  They are in very good, almost new condition.  Is this a reasonable price to pay for a lens of this type?  I understand that they are no longer made.  Are there better options at this price?

 

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Terry

I would pay that!  I have 5.2, 7 & 14mm XLs. The single figure FL ones, I find easier to use than their XW successors. Looking for a 28mm, so far unsuccessfully :( 



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Posted 26 September 2021 - 11:58 PM

Sorry, but this is quite a bit for an XL, which should run $145-$165. Don't bother yourself about paying more, though. They are some of the best eyepieces ever made and worth every penny. I actually prefer my XLs to the XWs.

Don't worry about spending more. The important thing is that you have them and can enjoy them. Please do.

Think of it this way . . . If you amortize the price of these over the thousands of amazing, awe-inspiring views they will give you over the next 20 years, it's pennies.

Seriously, I do mean 20 years, because you should never sell a Pentax XL. Just enjoy them.
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Posted 27 September 2021 - 03:55 AM

I have a complete set of the 1.25-inch Pentax XLs which I use in my Tak TSA 120 and FC 100DZ (and FS 102, which is the scope I bought them for ). Wonderful eyepieces and highly recommended.

As others have said, the indicated price is a bit steep. You might try and offer a lower amount.


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Posted 27 September 2021 - 06:46 AM

I am a fan of the XL SMC 8-24mm zoom as well. Effective eye relief for glasses right through, and big chunky zoom ring easy to use for wearing gloves.


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Posted 27 September 2021 - 09:04 AM

That's a bit more than the XL's typically sell for on the used market.  But they are discontinued and rare so if you are just craving XL's then the price isn't unreasonable.  But for that price I would consider skipping the XL's and going for used Morpheus EP's or even Delites, which are near that price and more prevalent on the used market.

 

That being said, I really like the XL's I've tried... I dare say I think I liked them better than the LVW's and XW's I've tried.


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Posted 27 September 2021 - 10:14 AM

The best LVWs are 8, 17 & 22mm. Best Morpheus 9, 12.5 & 17.5. I kept 15 & 18.2 Delites & might buy another 15mm for bino.

 

The advantage of Pentax XLs is they can be decloaked to make them thinner and lighter (also Nikon NAV SWs), handy for bino viewing and cleaning accessibility.

 

https://astromart.co...nd-xw-eyepieces


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Posted 28 September 2021 - 08:54 AM

Thanks, everyone for your insightful and helpful comments.  This site is such a great resource!

 

Terry




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