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    Default The Best $30 Eyepiece Ever



    I have got a lot of stuff from Bill Vorce, who runs a business on E-Bay called Telescope Warehouse.

    Tonight I had the Burgess set up on the EQ5, trying to see the GRS, which I have never seen. I don't think it came around far enough before I was ready to pack it in.

    Anyway, I had already removed the counterweight from the mount when I noticed that the Pleiades had risen above the bush which had been hiding them, so I re-hung the counterweight and inserted my longest EP, an unusual one that I bought on a whim; A Rini 42mmT-top. He says there is only 10mm eye relief, but It is very comfortable for me and my bifocals, so I would guess it is more like 15-18mm. It gives me 24X in the Burgess, so it doesn't quite encompass the whole cluster, having only a 40 deg AFOV, but what a view, with the stars tack-sharp to the edge.

    It is different from all my other EPs in that your eye has to be in exactly the right place, but that is easy to do if you are seated.

    It works very well in all my long scopes, but really comes into it's own in the refractor.
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    Thanks for the report! Have heard good things about Paul Rini EP's and the report confirms it. There's an interesting write-up about Paul's home-bound operation, much like Harry Siebert who also makes fine EP's, here:

    11) The Strange and Wonderful Eyepieces of Paul Rini
    Various Eyepieces and Accessory Reviews Page1

    Talking about thirty dollars, have recently paid the amount for an EP too, a 17mm Sterling plossl; its Smart Astronomy website cites a review by a well known and highly regarded EP evaluator, who concludes after favorably comparing The Sterling (55-deg. AFOV) with the TeleVue plossls:

    Overall...quite a wonderful Plossl giving what appears on 1st try under not so dark skies to be very close to the performance as the TV with the added benefit of a much larger appearing AFOV at around 1/3 the price. Quite an accomplishment!
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    Hernando

 

 

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