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    Gaz's Avatar
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    .....if you have to recommend two premium EP's to 'convert' a "£40 per
    EP" cheapskate like me what would they be? One around 5-9mm the other
    15-20mm?

    I've got a few quid spare and I'm thinking of seeing what all the fuss
    is about.

    It would be a bonus if they were commonly avaliable secondhand...:O)

    cheers
    Gaz


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    "Gaz" <reds4ever@gmail.com> wrote:

    It might help to know what you want 'em for (targets and 'scope). One
    extreme would be a TMB Super Mono, lovely eyepieces but the limited
    FOV doesn't suit all types of observation. If you have a fast scope
    (<f/5) some EPs work better than others, if you wear glasses eye
    relief could also be a concern.


    Tim
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    Complex in, complex process, complex out.

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    Cheers Tim, yes I forgot.

    I've got a few scopes, the ones that get the most use are (in order), a
    LX90, a 120mm f8.4 cheapo refractor and a 12' f5 Dob.

    I like to look at all sorts of DSO's my favorites are globs and PN's,
    also Jupiter and Saturn (who doesn't like looking at them?)

    Gaz


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    We don't have any really high-end stuff, but other folks in our club do, and
    here is my 2 cents worth. Compared to good plossls, I think what you get
    for spending $$$ is some combination of 1) eye relief, 2) fov, and 3) great
    zoom. I haven't looked through any of the monocentric planetary examples,
    so I can't say anything about them. However, I doubt most folks could tell
    any difference between them and a good plossl or ortho.

    Eyepieces I would like to own:

    1) TV 24 Pan (never looked through one, but I bet I would love it)
    2) TV 3-6 zoom (for the zoom)
    3) TV 35 Nagler (do I really want this - it is sooo big. So how about the
    Leica 30mm instead?)

    The 24 Panoptic is the only one we are likely to get, and only if we can
    find it at a big discount.

    Dennis



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    Dennis Woos wrote:

    That would depend on whether their eyes were golden or not.

    I haven't used them, either, but I hope that those who get them actually
    do use them as they must be used--with extraordinary patience. Whatever
    difference there may be between them and, say, UO orthos, it cannot be
    so large that a casual observer is likely to notice anything during the
    course of one or five or even ten minutes, especially in indifferent
    seeing. I suspect the benefit will be slight for any given object, but
    the gain in recorded detail will accumulate as the user builds up his or
    her observing log.


    I have never been one for premium eyepieces--my most expensive eyepiece
    having been a 6 mm Radian, the next one after that a 32 mm Plossl. But
    I did lay down a significant sum for the 24 mm Panoptic. The difference
    between it and the 32 mm Plossl (which has the same TFOV) is substantial,
    but not earthshattering, in my opinion. Just the same, since its arrival,
    the 32 mm Plossl has sat, unused, in its original cardboard packaging,
    and the Panoptic has taken its place in my eyepiece case.

    Brian Tung <brian@isi.edu>
    The Astronomy Corner at http://astro.isi.edu/
    Unofficial C5+ Home Page at http://astro.isi.edu/c5plus/
    The PleiadAtlas Home Page at http://astro.isi.edu/pleiadatlas/
    My Own Personal FAQ (SAA) at http://astro.isi.edu/reference/faq.txt

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    Default OK premium eyepiece guys.......

    You did not specify exactly what you want the eyepice to do. There are
    basically two kinds of hihg end eyepieces. Those with limited FoVs that
    are exquisitly sharp and contrasty, and those with FoVs so wide you can
    not see the dege fo the FoV.

    The first catagory includes the famed Ziess Orthos--unavailable; the
    TMP
    SuperMonos--plantes; and the new AP eyepieces.

    The second catagory is bracketed by Naglers; 82 dFoV, sharp, contrasty
    but due to the number of lenses a tad softer than those in the first
    catagory.

    I suggest a 9mm Nagler and a 17mm Nagler. One look and you will see
    what all the fuss is about.


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    MitchAlsup@aol.com wrote in news:1112908930.402833.69830
    @z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com:


    Has anyone reviewed the new Meade series 5000 UWA's? The old Meade 14mm
    UWA was reputed to be a very good eyepiece.

    Klazmon.

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    Personally, I love the TV Radian EPs. They sell new for $240, available on
    Ebay and Astromart $140-$170US. I have nearly all and find them to be
    consistently pleasing. I'll use my basic stuff for a few session and then
    take a Radian out with me. The renewal always wows me. And, if you like eye
    relief at higher power, you'll love these.

    My favoite EPs are my Pentax XLs---I have only 21 and 28mm---I love them
    both. Radian only goes up to 18mm

    Orion is now introducing a new EP that retails for exactly HALF of the price
    of a Radian----and the ER is 20mm through the entire line. I WILL try one
    when available

    Doink


    "Gaz" <reds4ever@gmail.com> wrote in message
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    .....if you have to recommend two premium EP's to 'convert' a "£40 per
    EP" cheapskate like me what would they be? One around 5-9mm the other
    15-20mm?

    I've got a few quid spare and I'm thinking of seeing what all the fuss
    is about.

    It would be a bonus if they were commonly avaliable secondhand...:O)

    cheers
    Gaz



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    We had a 'swap round' at a public night last year, I found the 8mm
    Radian the best on my 'scope (10" f6) followed by a 6mm Nagler, a
    Clave plossl got an honourable mention. I recently bought a SH 6mm
    Ortho which is almost as good (but not quite), however at 1/10 of the
    price I can live with it. My all round favourite is an old TV wide
    angle 15mm but I don't think they're made now.
    jc

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    http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/jc_atm/



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    John Carruthers wrote:

    John,

    I don't believe that there is a 6mm Nagler. Perhaps you meant a 5, 7
    or 9mm Nagler type 6?

    Dave Mitsky


 

 
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