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    Default Plossl eyepiece recommendations?



    I'd like to pick up some new eyepieces to complement (and eventually replace) the stock Skywatcher Super eyepieces that came with my Heritage P130.

    Just want to get some recommendations on what decent Plossl EPs that I should consider - one other important consideration is that I wear eyeglasses and am nearsighted with a very slight astigmatism.

    I've heard and read a bit about the GSO Plossl's being a great bang for the buck - but I'm not sure if these are available here in Canada or if there is an online retailer that would ship to Canada.

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    Hello Xevyn,

    the Meade Super Plössls are a very good choice on budget at the focal lengths of about 15mm and above. Lots of people keep wondering if there is any difference in performance to the much more expensive TeleVue Plössls.

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    So far as I can tell, however, the Meade Super Plossls are just Plossls. I think that the early ones were good 5 element Super Plossls but for some years they've just been 4 element Plossls.

    GSO makes the 5 element Super Plossls and IMHO they are a very worthwhile step up from the 4 element Plossls. Agena Astro and OPT Corp sell the GSO Super Plossls as Superview. I think Agenea Astro is usually just a little cheaper.

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    the gso's are aregood bang for buck ep
    who just happen to supply meade,and a few
    others,who simply rebrand them.
    gso are a good,no nonsense,do the job ep
    that give surprising results for the relatively
    low price.
    agena stock the gso superviews aswell,a wider afov.
    clear skies,

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    I have been switching Meades for the Celestrons that came with my scope, still in the budget range, but a definite improvement
    Celestron SE8 - 25mm and 15mm
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    I just got my first GSO Superview. I have not had a chance to really give it a good try yet since high clouds completely wiped out my observing attempt last night as far as stars were concerned, but I did have some luck with the moon. The one thing that I did notice with the Superview was the incredible eye relief. I was constantly needing to move away from the eyepiece because I had gotten too close for the eye relief. I was also very impressed by the crispness of the image. I don't think you could go wrong with a GSO Superview.

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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I'll take a look at the Meade 4000 Plossls for 15mm and higher.

    Tom - the GSO's sound like a good option based on the eye relief. Which site did you order yours from? Do you know it they ship to Canada?


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    Quote Originally Posted by OleCuss View Post
    So far as I can tell, however, the Meade Super Plossls are just Plossls. I think that the early ones were good 5 element Super Plossls but for some years they've just been 4 element Plossls.

    GSO makes the 5 element Super Plossls and IMHO they are a very worthwhile step up from the 4 element Plossls. Agena Astro and OPT Corp sell the GSO Super Plossls as Superview. I think Agenea Astro is usually just a little cheaper.
    I am sorry, but; a 5 element eyepiece is not a Plössl--as it was not invented by Georg Simon Plössl. It is an EP design that utilizes the basic optical prescription of the Plössl EP and incorporates a 5th lens that ameliorates the optical problems of the Plössl with respect to uncorrected spherical when the objective is fast and to some extent push the exit pupil outwards.

    Not a bad EP, but not a Plössl either.

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    Some further searching has found that the so called Super Plössl is probably a Zeiss ASTROPLANOKULAR--flatfield eyepiece for astronomy.

    from: http://www.astrosurf.com/re/evolution_of_eyepieces.pdf

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    Please change "field lens" into "eye lens".

 

 

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