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Old 24-11-2007, 11:41 AM
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For me:
31, 22, 17 and 9 mm Naglers, Ethos, and 7 and 5 mm Pentax XWs. I like the slightly 'better' on-axis performance with the Pentaxes at the shorter focal lengths. The 17 Nagler might be redundant now with the Ethos, but I'll see how things go.
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Old 25-11-2007, 11:19 AM
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Mine aren't expensive, but they get me where I want to go.

5mm Celestron Ultima Series
9mm University Optics orthoscopic
10mm Orion Sirius Plossl
13.8mm Meade SWA
20mm GSO plossl
26mm Meade super plossl
40mm Orion Sirius plossl
Orion 2x Barlow
Klee 2.8x Barlow
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Old 25-11-2007, 06:52 PM
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My eyepiece collection

For the last 20 years the mainstay of the collection has been TV Plossls, these replaced a set of UO Ortho I had used for 5 years. Over the years I've added crosswire eyeieces ( for guiding the Olympus OM-1's), various Barlow's and fliters.
Based on the telescopes I had (18", 13", 10" Dobbies, 12" f 5 Newt and a couple of 8" and 10" SCT along the way) found that the Nagler was a good buy. Recently added a Clave and managed to find a full set of the Meade 4000 series Super Plossls and the "ultimate" ones.... an almost complete set of Masuyama modified orthos ( Absolutely fantastic). Now have consolidated the scopes to a 12"Lx200, 6" cometseeker, Genesis and ED80.
Here's the list:

TV Plossl's 4.8, 7.4, 10.5, 15, 21, 26, 32
TV Nagler Type 1, 13mm
Ziess 6mm Monocentric
32mm Clave
12.5 Micro guide
12mm cross wire
Meade 4000 super plossls, full set
Masuyama, full set of 1 1/4", just need the 45mm!
Barlows: x2, x2.5, Klee x2.8, TV x 5 Powermate
Chinese 40mm, 45mm Orthos
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Old 26-11-2007, 05:51 PM
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Settled in after the move ken ?

you sure must be persistant hunting down eyepieces you want
I recall buyers being extremely happy to of found one of those
masuyamas for sale .

I really like the pretoria I got of you .. I seem to use it more than my 27 pano

take care
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Old 26-11-2007, 07:20 PM
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Eyepiece family

The Pretoria is a very underestimated eyepiece, especially for fast Newts.
The Masuyama's have got to be close to the "Holy Grail" of eyepieces. Maybe not as wide a field as the later Naglers etc but for clarity, tightness, crispness and feel; not sure they can be beat. If anyone knows where to find a 45mm Masuyama I'd be VERY interested.
I found my Ziess Mono in a auction sale in South Africa many years ago... a long story.... but I've just been offered us$450 for it!! Too good to sell even at that price!
Weather is pretty typical over here in the UK, but at least I've got Comet Holmes every night!! Working on the spectroscopes and caught up with Maurice Gavin ( great guy!) and joined up with the Guildford Society; they have an 1900's 20" reflector available to members.
I should point out that when I started with a 6" f8 I only had a 25mm Ramsden and a 12.5 MH; they lasted me for a few years before I could really appreciate what "good" eyepieces can do. It was only while doing the SN chart work that I really understood the difference an eyepiece can make to finding/ seeing faint objects, hence the change to TV Plossl's.
The attached list details the Masuyama family...(I wish!)
The photo show the ones I have ( plus the Klee and the Clave)
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Old 26-11-2007, 07:25 PM
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Like to see some pics of those Masuyama's Ken

Good one you must have changed that as I was posting.
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Old 26-11-2007, 07:34 PM
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Masuyama's

I figured as you don't get the chance very often to see one, never mind actually using one! that the photo might be appreciated....ESP???
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Old 27-11-2007, 06:46 PM
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Really like those Masuyama's Ken. Thanks for posting the pic.

Be nice to see more of the not so norm eyepieces out there
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Old 16-01-2008, 10:30 AM
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Old 26-04-2008, 01:08 PM
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Brandons

Set of Brandon oculars 32mm, 24mm, 18mm, 12mm, 8mm In my opinion the best for lunar, planetary, and solar observing.
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Old 27-04-2008, 06:50 PM
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where do old eyepieces go too when they die
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Old 27-04-2008, 08:22 PM
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my collection ... for use in f/5 Dob.

TV Nagler 5mm
TV Nagler 13mm
TV Panoptic 19mm
TV Panoptic 27mm
TV PowerMate 2x

Initially purchased low cost Meade & GSO eyepieces, but have now spent more on my EPs than on my Dob.

It's easy to rationalise about the please of wide/flat views, buying for the long term, and the high resale value of TV EPs .... but I think that a lot of us just get hooked on improving our setup.

Cheers.
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:19 PM
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Hello

I┤m From Mexico and Found this Forum.

Hello

I have 2 scopes.

1 reflector Meade DS-2130 FL:1000 5"
1 Refractor Stellarvue SV80ED FL:560 80mm

Eyepieces: (all 1.25")

Ploosl

Kit Olivon
4mm FOV 50░
6mm FOV 50░
12.5mm FOV 50░
32mm FOV 50░
Barlow 2X.
#12 Yellow - 74% VLT
#21 Orange - 46% VLT
#23A Light Red - 25% VLT
#56 Light Green - 53% VLT
#82A Light Blue - 73% VLT
Polarizing Filter
Moon & SkyGlow


TeleVue
15mm FOV 50░
Barlow 2X

William Optocs.
SWAN 20mm FOV 72░
SWAN 9mm FOV 72░
Dielectric diagonal 90░ 2"

Meade
26mm FOV 52░
9.7mm FOV 52░

FreeMark o "unknow"
20mm FOV 50░
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:40 PM
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Well...

An old blast from the past - a Unitron 2" 60mm and a set of 5 Edmund RKE's (showing my age).
More recently Vixen LV10, LV15, LVW22 and NLVW30.
And a couple of others that should remain anonymous.
I'm not interested in optics faster than f/7.
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Old 16-09-2008, 08:50 AM
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Vixen LVWs, TV barlows, set of Astronomik nebula filters
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Old 16-09-2008, 03:03 PM
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32mm GSO
25mm Series 500 Plossl
15mm Series 500 Plossl
15mm Bintel Wide View
13mm TV Type 6 Nagler
9mm TV Type 6 Nagler
5mm TV Type 6 Nagler
TV 2x Barlow
TV Visual Paracorr (on order)

Hopefully this is it for a while! Would love an Ethos???
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Old 16-09-2008, 07:36 PM
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After a few months of collecting my new set of eyepieces. Thanks Daniel
(frontier optics) today the last 2 arrived and now they are complete.

The volcano top Ortho's are still the best value for money eyepieces around.
IMO.
Around $90 Aus each. And very sharp and contrasty eyepieces.
No not wide field but hey you sure do pay for that wide field of view
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Old 29-12-2008, 11:17 AM
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Eyepieces
A thread like this is a good place to learn about eyepieces.
My hope for this thread is for members to ask about various eyepieces owned and used.
Some may like to share there new eyepiece experience in this thread.

My comment above about UO orthosopics still stands as great value for money.
But with most scopes these day's for visual work being F5 Newtonian on a Dobsonian base.
A wide field eyepiece is more to peoples liking.

Luckily the choice of eyepieces has never been so great. A nice little article is here,
http://www.xmission.com/~alanne/AstronomyFormulas.html

A little tip is if you where to have only two eyepieces in your kit a wide field eyepiece of say 30mm and a medium power eyepiece say 10mm and a Barlow is all thats needed to enjoy the night sky with your scope. Spend that little extra and get a top quality eyepiece, say from Pentax or Tele Vue or Vixen plus many others. Don't get to wrapped up in buying over a dozen eyepieces, you will end up only using two or three most nights. There many opinions on this and you can spend forever reading the Internet about it, but thats fun also.

Happy viewing.
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Old 31-12-2008, 02:43 PM
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Your right there David.
Myself only use three.
7mm Orthoscopic.
Meade 4000 14mm UWA.
Meade 5000 26mm.

The others including the barlow just dont cut it and are in hiding.
Cheers Kev.
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:24 PM
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LVW's...

I have three sets. The "good ones" are Vixen LVW's - the 8, 13 and 22 and an NLVW 30mm, all roughly the same size (big) and weight (heavy).
http://web.me.com/nicholas.loveday/S...epieces.html#3 These are mainly for an f/15 Maksutov.

Eventually I also finally decided to build up a modest set of Vixen LV's - 4, 6, 10, 15 and 25 mm - for two reasons:

- I don't want to reach for the LVW's every time at a public star party or just for friends where they won't know the difference and I'd expect to have to clean the gunk off from peoples eyes afterwards, and

- the LVW's are too heavy for when i am using my smaller and lighter 102mm refractor - I have to rebalance the mount between eyepiece changes and that irritating. The Vixen LV's are smaller, lighter and the refractor balance is insensitive to these.

The third is a set of Edmund RKE's, which i don't use anymore.

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