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Old 18-06-2020, 12:26 PM
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Illuminated reticle eyepiece

I've got an illuminated crosshair 12.5mm eyepiece, but the illumination is too strong to see a star in the centre of the reticle. I used to have another eyepiece similar to this one but experienced the same issue so I replaced the eyepiece. Clearly that wasn't the issue..

Any advice how I can dim the illumination? Or is there a 'proper' way to use these eyepieces?
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Old 18-06-2020, 01:42 PM
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There should be a brightness adjustment on it somewhere.
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Old 18-06-2020, 01:46 PM
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There should be a brightness adjustment on it somewhere.

Oh yes, I should have mentioned, there is but even when it's on the lowest setting it's far too bright to see any stars
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Old 18-06-2020, 03:58 PM
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Iíve purchased 2 different brands of 12.5mm illuminated reticle centering eye pieces and they were both rubbish. Couldnít see a thing out of them and the led light brightness adjuster played up too ( have one to a friend and the other in the bin
Bought an Orion 20mm 70 degree illuminated reticle centering eye piece and it was unbelievable, perfect views of stars ( once focused ) , nice wide field , good eye relief and the red led light was super adjustable, perfect !! Iíve had it for over 3 years and only changed the battery once
They are not cheap but in my experience worth every cent !!!
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Old 18-06-2020, 04:25 PM
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Thanks Martin, yeah I've seen a few good reviews about the Orion 20mm. Might be worth a try if I don't get anywhere with the eyepiece I have at the moment..

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Old 18-06-2020, 04:30 PM
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I agree with Martin. The optics in these 20mm eyepieces are surprising good. They are very comfortable to use. I have not had any trouble with the illuminated cross hairs swamping the star field.
I also have an Orion 12mmm plossl illuminated reticule eyepiece. The double cross hair can be properly focused and it has a good quality illuminator which makes all the difference. Again no swamping of the star field when on the lower settings. The battery life on this unit is outstanding.
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Old 18-06-2020, 06:25 PM
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Maybe dab some white paint on the bulb..I have not tried it but I expect it should work..
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