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Old 28-04-2021, 07:12 PM
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What are your best 3 eyepieces?

Answers will be different if only because of different scopes and different seeing and darkness locations.

But my favourite eyepiece is an APM XWA 20mm. I imagine its very similar to an Ethos 21.

Second favourite is APM 12.5 Hi FW.

3rd favourite is Baader Morpheus 17.5.

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Old 28-04-2021, 08:04 PM
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I use a Skywatcher 12” f5 Goto dob under Bortle 3 skies
My 3 favourite DSO eye pieces
1/ Ethos 21mm
2/ Apollo 11mm
3/ Panoptic 27mm

My 3 favourite Planetary eye pieces
1/ Apollo 11mm
2/ Ethos SX 4.7mm
3/ Delos 6mm

In January I experienced the best view of the Homunculus behind Eta Carina Star using my Apollo 11 eye piece during new moon.Even better than my Ethos 21mm with 2 x Powermate
I just thought I would mention it. The Apollo 11 eye piece is “Definitely Not” a show piece in a trophy cabinet , it’s a superb, well designed and engineered optical instrument worthy of its historical name.
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Old 29-04-2021, 09:19 AM
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My most used scopes are 80 & 100mm ED refractors. My favourite 3 EPs are 15, 7 & 5mm DeLites.
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Old 29-04-2021, 09:52 AM
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Old 29-04-2021, 11:41 AM
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My 3 favourites... & this was a tough pick...

ES 82* 30mm
Vixen LVW 22mm
Vixen LVW 13mm

these work in all my scopes, the ES is just so immersive & the other two are just so sharp & clear..

Still looking for the perfect planetary EP at a shorter FL...
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Old 29-04-2021, 09:29 PM
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Orion UltraScopic 35mm ( Japan )
Parks Gold Series 30mm ( Japan )
Parks Gold Series 25mm ( Japan )

On an equal par with these is the
Baader17.5mm Morpheus 76*degree

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Old 30-04-2021, 06:54 AM
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My 3 favorites (in terms of "I really like this eyepiece") are not the same as my 3 most-used.
That's because they don't yield the magnifications I most use.
3 favorites: 22mm T4 Nagler, 11mm Apollo, 6mm Ethos.
3 most used: 14mm Morpheus, 11mm Apollo, 8mm Ethos.
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Old 30-04-2021, 08:03 AM
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Ethos (2″/1.25″) 13mm
Nagler t6 (1.25") 9mm
Panoptic (2") 27mm
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Old 11-07-2021, 10:39 AM
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My 3 favorites (in terms of "I really like this eyepiece") are not the same as my 3 most-used.
That's because they don't yield the magnifications I most use.
3 favorites: 22mm T4 Nagler, 11mm Apollo, 6mm Ethos.
3 most used: 14mm Morpheus, 11mm Apollo, 8mm Ethos.
Sorry Don but I have to ask, what are the three magnifications you use the most?

I use 50x, 125x and 170x the most. ES82: 30mm, 8.8mm and Delos 12mm
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Old 11-07-2021, 10:54 AM
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Most used magnifications?
130x, 166x, 228x.
I have a 12.5" scope with excellent optics.
The Favorite eyepieces yield 83x, 166x, 304x.
Where I observe, 304x is almost always nice and sharp. It's a good eyepiece for planetaries.
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Old 13-08-2021, 02:02 AM
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Old 13-08-2021, 07:26 AM
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Pentax XW 30mm
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A pair of BCO 18mm for binos for planets (gives me nice 6mm).
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Old 13-08-2021, 10:30 PM
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Old 14-08-2021, 05:21 PM
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Old 16-08-2021, 09:07 PM
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At present my most used are:
Delos 17.5mm
Nagler 9mm
Nagler 5mm
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Old 18-08-2021, 08:34 AM
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Old 18-08-2021, 08:57 AM
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Hello,

Fav EP:
Can only list one atm, the Vixen LV 8-24mm zoom, great optics coupled with great function. A high quality flexible plossl without ER issues.

Greg, in regards to the United Optics lens 100degree history, (I think Rover/Lunt/APM/WO etc), a good background write-up is available from astro-talks.ru. (the 20mm APM is reviewed)

Steve
http://astro-talks.ru/forum/viewtopi...&t=1445#p69238

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Old 19-08-2021, 08:53 AM
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Thanks Steve. I have the APM 20 and 9mm XWA. They are wonderful as are really all my APM eyepieces.

APM now have a super zoom 7.7 - 15.

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Old 21-08-2021, 08:48 PM
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I'm weird (no surprise there), but my favourites are:
1. Vixen 8-24 LV zoom - every one I have used or owned has been razor sharp and sufficiently wide for my tastes.

2. Parks GS 25 (give it back Col! )
3. Parks GS 10
4. Tak LE24
5. Tak LE30


Naglers and I have never gotten along well - big issue for me with blackouts and other issues. Sharp enough, but with ease of use issues for my eyes. I prefer the TV Plossls to any of the Naglers.

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Old 22-08-2021, 09:34 PM
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I can't say that these are my three best, no, but they are meaningful to me nonetheless...

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From left to right: a Celestron "PowerSeeker" 4mm SR(?) kit-eyepiece, and surprisingly performance-driven; an 8mm .965" 60° Konig, gleaned from a pair of inexpensive binoculars, and surprisingly good as well; and last, but by no means least, a 20mm .965" Kellner, the very first eyepiece I ever looked through, with my late father, and whilst I saw my very first object, Saturn.

My very best eyepieces are these, and what I call my "planetaries"...

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