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    With the TeleVue sale right now (3 for the price of 2)...can anyone recommend an equivalent or better EP with long eye relief for a better price?
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    Check out the Zhumell Planetary Z's thread. Good stuff there. I was asking the exact same question a few weeks ago and found my answer which fit my needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jb32828 View Post
    Check out the Zhumell Planetary Z's thread. Good stuff there. I was asking the exact same question a few weeks ago and found my answer which fit my needs.
    I'll do that...thanks jb!
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    I'm a newbie, and also with the same need- long eye relief. I just got some Vixen NLVs. They are a little less expensive than the radians, but still nice (IMO great) quality. Amazon has the best price on them- at least they did last week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dw310 View Post
    I'm a newbie, and also with the same need- long eye relief. I just got some Vixen NLVs. They are a little less expensive than the radians, but still nice (IMO great) quality. Amazon has the best price on them- at least they did last week.
    Cool, thx fp dw!
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    You folks should check out the Explorer Scientific Eyepieces. I did a lot of research before buying mine (including trying both) and decided that they were the better value.

    Eye relief was an important factor for me too.

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    Thinking more about this, I realize you are probably looking at 1.25 inch eyepieces and are not that worried about getting a wide FOV.

    If FOV is not that important, then the ES EPs are probably more expensive than you are looking at. Sorry for the confusion. I'm a Dob guy and always go for the wide FOV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sneakinoutatnight View Post
    With the TeleVue sale right now (3 for the price of 2)...can anyone recommend an equivalent or better EP with long eye relief for a better price?
    Thx
    Better than TV Radian, and with long eye relief? That would be the Pentax XW EP's, here's a pic of my 7mm:



    It has a 20mm eye relief and apparent field of view (AFOV) of 70-degrees. Super sharp up to the edge of field, performance is legendary, almost a perfect eyepiece.

    For middle of the road performance, there's the TMB planetaries with good eye relief too, same price as the Zhumell Z planetaries.

    Best,

    Hernando
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