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    Default Quick Review Orion HighLight Plossl 17mm



    Hey everyone,

    If anybody is interested, I just thought I'd share some of my thoughts on the new Orion HighLight Plossl 17mm EP, I purchased.

    I'm not going to do a side-by-side comparison to another 17mm, because, frankly, I don't have another 17mm EP to compare it to. So, this won't be a comparison review, just some random thoughts, and a small review.


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    > Great value (Under $60 bucks)
    > Orion claims 52' FOV
    > 4-Element Optics
    > Very good light transmission
    > Fully/Multi Coated glass
    > Easy to grip
    > Nice clarity. Actually, better than I expected
    > Seems to be constructed very well
    > Eye relief. Not the best, but, not horrible either
    > Grooved barrel for locking screws


    Each EP has it's pros & cons, and they each have a purpose. However, (in my personal kit) I now find this new EP to be my #1 "goto" EP. It's always the first one I grab. The views through this EP are very sharp, crisp & highly detailed. Better than what I was expecting, especially for the price!

    For under $60 USD, I really can't complain, and I think Orion did a very nice job with this line of EP's. I have nothing bad to say about it, as of yet. BUT, if I "do" find something wrong, you guys will be the first to know, as I like to be as fair as possible if I review something.

    I did try it alongside my other EP's on the same evening....And came to the conclusion that this EP will get some heavy use! When viewing Jupiter, I instantly noticed the main belt, and the visible moons were crisp points of light. Even the GRS was quickly discernible.

    Overall:
    2 weeks of use, and I find it to be a real good value, and I'm pleased with the view! So pleased in fact, that I might even get another one.
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    Thanks for the review. I'm glad it's working for you.
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    I wonder how the Highlights compare to the standard Sirius plossls. I had the Sirius line before my TVs and they performed very decently. I almost regret selling them so I could have a set of "public" EPs.

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    I also have the 17mm Highlight Plossl.

    Definitely one of my most used EPs

    The 32mm Highlight Plossl is also really nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TCA View Post
    I wonder how the Highlights compare to the standard Sirius plossls. I had the Sirius line before my TVs and they performed very decently. I almost regret selling them so I could have a set of "public" EPs.
    Hey TCA,

    I have ONE Sirius Plossl.... 9mm....So, I can't really compare the two fairly. BUT, I do notice a more enhanced view when using the new HighLight vs some of my other plossls. It's certainly a noticeable difference over (let's say) my Meade 25mm plossl...Which is actually a halfway decent EP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Remus View Post
    I also have the 17mm Highlight Plossl.

    Definitely one of my most used EPs

    The 32mm Highlight Plossl is also really nice!

    Hey Remus,

    That's cool to hear. Glad you like yours, too! I was thinking of maybe getting the 25mm, or a 32mm myself. Any pros/cons that you notice on your 32mm?
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    No Cons on the 32mm. I have actually used that one for moon-shots (Put the camera right up to the EP) with some success. If you are able to use 2" EP's (I cant with my XT6) I'd look at the Q70s from Orion.

    All-in-all, I am very satisfied with it.

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    Hey Remus,

    That's how I normally do my photography (Afocal Method)...BUT, I have my eyes on a new Canon EOS model camera, so, I'm really looking forward to doing some Prime Focus photography again.

    Thanks for the info on the 32mm, sounds like a nice choice. I have been looking at the Q series EP's, but don't have a 2" adapter yet. Gotta wait for the ol' Money Tree to start sproutin' again! LOL
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    I have the 32mm from this line. I only have 4 eyepieces but it is probably the one I use most. Sharp from side to side. I have a 10mm Sirius plossl and a 25 that came with my scope. They are solid eyepieces but you can definitely see a step up with the Highlights. Anyway, glad you like the 17!

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    Quote Originally Posted by laney50w View Post
    Hey everyone,

    If anybody is interested, I just thought I'd share some of my thoughts on the new Orion HighLight Plossl 17mm EP, I purchased.
    The views through this EP are very sharp, crisp & highly detailed. Better than what I was expecting, especially for the price!
    I agree with you; I love mine!

    My wife got a 17 mm Orion Explorer Ploessl with her StarBlast scope, and I tried it out in my C-11 and 10" Orion Dob; seems 'sort of ok'. But then a friend was observing with me and said, "Let's see how the Highlight 17 matches up to the Explorer." We switched them back and forth on his 127 mm Mak, and my bigger scope...and I was amazed at the improved contrast in the Highlight, and the much fainter stars I could now see. I bought one THE NEXT DAY.

    Then later I got the Highlight 7.5, 9.5, and 12.5, and gave up using my more expensive Orion Lanthanums. The only complaint I have is that I had to cover up the shiny gray tops by pasting on a ring of black felt. Eyepiece tops should ONLY be black & non-shiny!

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