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    Default Televue- over-rated??



    Just bought a Televue 32mm Plossl. Looks nice and has "heft", but what about actual performance?

    Did a back-to-back comparison with a bog-standard Celestron eyepiece kit 32mm Plossl.

    Looking at objects like M45, Double Cluster I could not see ANY improvement in view, extent of field of view, off-axis aberrations etc. etc.

    Have to say I am distinctly "underwhelmed" by the TV eyepiece.

    It may just be me but on this basis I'm suspecting that owning TV kit is just another form of snobbery.

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    Televue make good eyepieces. So do other manufacturers. Is a well-made Televue better than a well-made Celestron just because it was made by Televue? Probably not so that you would notice.

    Where they stand out is in optical designs. A Plossl is a Plossl no matter who builds it. However, only Televue makes Panoptics, Naglers and Ethoses. A Panoptic will knock the socks off a Plossl no matter who makes them.

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    Thanks, Keith. Then why the hype and why the price difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonKeiller View Post
    Thanks, Keith. Then why the hype and why the price difference?
    One of the guys at the store I deal with that sells TeleVue said that you are paying for the name to a certain extent. Also you aren't getting anything that's made in China, though that isn't much of an issue these day IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclist View Post
    One of the guys at the store I deal with that sells TeleVue said that you are paying for the name to a certain extent. Also you aren't getting anything that's made in China, though that isn't much of an issue these day IMO.
    That's snobbery

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    I too own a 32 mm Televue plossl. I have also owned Meade and Orion plossls and I could tell the Televue showed better star colors and was somewhat sharper off axis. Where Televue shines is in their Premium eyepieces IMHO. I have several Radians and I think they were worth every pennny. Planning on buying a couple Panoptics as well. I can watch Jupiter drift across the FOV in a radian and its sharp to the edge. Of course you could spend thousands more per eyepiece from Takahashi but would you really get a 10,000$ view? Like keith said a plossl is a plossl but when you get a chance take a look thru a Nagler and I think you will change your mind.
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    That's snobbery
    Snobbery or snootery or both? One thing, the C6S is not as finicky regarding eyepiece quality as are faster scopes.
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    Most of the Plössl EPs do a very similar job. The TeleVue Plössls may offer more brightness on otherwise challenging nebulas and galaxies, mainly due to the high-end multicoatings with better transmissivity, than others have.

    On the other hand, my hunting the challenging objects may be more a sort of snobbery, than possessing those snobbery EPs, like Swarovski, Televue, and other nice things.

    Otherwise, I agree with Keith.

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    I'm not a Televue fan. They make a good product, but the question I ask myself is, "Will a Televue eyepiece be x hundred dollars better than a Russell Optics eyepiece, for example?" For me the answer is usually no. A better product, yes. But not enough for me to adjust the significant price increase.

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