Well it had been a frustrating 6 months. With selling eyepieces, telescopes etc.
Funny how life takes you on many roads. You think you have to sell this or that but in a few months things seem to work out.
I had been very sad to sell my eyepieceís most of all. Like my Tele Vue 31 Nagler and 12 Nagler 22 Panoptic 8.8 UWA etc.
All very high-end eyepieces. After I sold all these and my scope 10Ē Dob with Argo etc, I set out sorting things out and rebuilding.
I was lucky enough to get a 6Ē Maksutov and once I set this up on a EQ5 mount with dual axis drives and wooden tripod that package seemed very nice indeed.
(I once thought of selling in a moment of madness) Sometimes you donít realize what you have sometimes.
So I then set out to fix my eyepiece situation. I first got a set of University Optics Orthoscopics. These are very nice eyepieces and excellent for Planets and the Moon and double stars.
I did miss those wide field views of those eyepieces I sold.
Big eye relief and wide apparent fields.
Now you canít get to wide in an f12 Maksutov but that wonít stop me.
So I tested a few eyepieces and was very fortunate to get one of my old eyepieces back.
Thanks to Mike who was not happy with the 22 Panoptic he was happy to sell it back to me. I first sold it to Stu. I think the 22 Panoptic is one of the best eyepieces out there. So Iím rapt to get it back.
Next on my list was to get as big a field eyepiece I could. I tried many and have settled on a MK-70 University optics Konig 40 mm. This gives me 45x @ 1.5 Deg. Very good in a F12 scope. Stars are not perfect at the edge but Iím happy with that, as I wanted to get as wide field as possible.
With the 40mm and 22 mm I was looking for one more around 120x. So I asked Geoff If I could try his Pentax 14 mm XL. I thought that was very nice indeed.
So after a quick ask in the buy and sell threads I decided to buy a Penatx 14 mm XW new.
I rang Star Optics In Queensland. WWW.staroptics.com.au
spoke to Lex, He was most helpful after a chat and settling on price I ordered one. I rang on Tuesday morning and the 14 mm arrived first thing Wednesday morning. Now that was great service.
Thanks Lex Iíll be back.
My frist thoughts on the 14 mm is WOW very well packed in the box with one of those plastic screw bottle thingoís!! With fitted foam inside as well. Eyepiece information leaflet. The construction is absolutely brilliant 10/10.
I have always owned tele vue stuff .
Even without a big test Iím converted to these Penatxís.
In the future I may get the 10 mm and 7 mm.
So it will now rain for a while , but Iím happy with that as we need it.
Also Iím happy to be back on the track of high end eyepieces. Geoff and I will do some tests between the XL and XW just for fun.
Sorry for the long winded story . But Iím one happy new eyepiece owner.