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    Default Masuyama Eyepieces



    I've not been on this site for some time now, though I'm still heavily involved with spending lots of nights out with the telescope.

    I decided about 8 months ago to try out a Masuyama 50mm 53 degree eyepiece. I was very impressed with the quality of views through this eyepiece. Outstanding clarity and very crisp views. Contrast is amazing as well. Next I ordered the Masuyama 60mm 46 degree eyepiece, roughly a month ago. I used this one during my most recent outings with the telescope which was a few weeks ago (weather was cooperative). I like this eyepiece even more. The three things I notice when using these eyepieces compared to others is, I can really focus in on stars with pinpoint sharpness. With other various eyepieces in the past, the best I could do is get it focused with ever so slight blur or with ever so slight prism coloring around stars. These Masuyama's don't have that. Second thing I notice is they really pick up a lot of faint light (stars). I can be looking at the moon and still see stars off in the distance around the moon. On nights when I'm setting up the telescope and there is still daylight, when looking through these eyepieces, I can already see a star or two (maybe even more) where before with other eyepieces it would have to be a bit darker in order to see a star or two. Third thing I notice is the contrast. One of the first objects I looked at when I received my first Masuyama (50mm 53 degree eyepiece) was the nebula of Orion and Venus. I absolutely love these Masuyama eyepieces. The contrast is amazing, especially looking at brighter objects like the Moon and Venus. The next Masuyama eyepiece that I'm planning to get is the 45mm 53 degree eyepiece. I will then look into getting a good quality barlow. It seems sometimes (weather permitting I guess) that a 2x barlow is too strong. I wish they had more to choose from in the 1.6x range.

    The sweet spot I'm interested in, which I've indicated in past threads, I love to see "space" around any given object. For example, when I look at Saturn, I love to have a fair amount of "space" showing around the planet. I really don't care to see just the planet and the rings only in the eyepiece. I love to see a decent amount of space around Saturn because that gives me a good visual with background, depth perception perhaps.

    When I got the 60mm eyepiece a few weeks back, I looked at M31 for the first time with this specific telescope. The only time that I had looked at M31 was back when I was a teenager and had one of those small Tasco telescopes. M31 still looked like a small dot of light with that specific scope. However, when I looked at M31 with the new 60mm eyepiece and my Celestron 1100, I was in total awe. Wow! 2.5 million light years away. Amazing! That same night I also viewed the open star cluster in Taurus (Hyades star cluster), the nebula of Orion (M42), and Pleiades.

    Pretty amazing views with these eyepieces and I am looking forward to getting the 45mm 53 degree Masuyama in the near future.
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    Default Re: Masuyama Eyepieces

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