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    Default HELP!: Are Astro-tech eyepieces good or not???



    Are Astro-tech eyepieces any good?

    I found a website that has these:

    1) Astro-tech 1.25'' Paradigm Dual ED Eyepieces in the ranges of 25mm,18mm,15mm,12mm,8mm, and 2mm. All for $60 apiece

    2)Astro-tech Titan 1.25'' 70 degree field super wide angle eyepieces in the ranges of 20mm,15mm, and 10mm. All for $69 apiece

    3)Astro-tech Long Eye Relief 1.25'' Eyepieces in the ranges of 12.5mm,9mm,6mm, and 3mm. All for $59.99 apiece

    4)Vixen 1.25'' NPL Series eyepiece in a 4mm size for only $29.99

    If these eyepieces are of good quality please let me know because they have great prices on them and a wide selection to choose from.
    Please let me know if you have any knowledge at all about these Astro-tech eyepieces.

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    Default Re: HELP!: Are Astro-tech eyepieces good or not???

    According to astronomics.com, most of the astro-tech eyepieces are of good quality and should work good.
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    Default Re: HELP!: Are Astro-tech eyepieces good or not???

    In slower scopes they work very very well... I've used a few at star parties in my SCT and to be honest preformed well enough that I would not mind owning them ...

    I have no experience with them in Fast scopes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob327
    In slower scopes they work very very well... I've used a few at star parties in my SCT and to be honest preformed well enough that I would not mind owning them ...

    I have no experience with them in Fast scopes...

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    With that said, do you think they would still be ok?

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    Default Re: HELP!: Are Astro-tech eyepieces good or not???

    Hi Rodney,
    I recently added several of the Paradigms to my collection. My scope is a 6" newt, f/5. I have used the 15mm and the 8mm extensively while making lunar observations, and liked them so much I purchased the 25mm and 5mm. I have had little chance to do any DSO observing, but what little I did do (before clouds and rain settled on us for weeks!) seemed good. I had really liked my Owl Enhanced Super Wides, and have tried to swap EPs to compare. I think I see round stars to the edge with the Paradigms as compared to my Owls, but I am no expert. They are working well enough for me to be happy; in fact, upon reflection, I seem to be happier with them with each outing. As Bob noted regarding scopes, I bought these with the hopes of using them in a slower scope (f/10) when the time comes to upgrade to more aperture. I would purchase them again if I had to.
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    Default Re: HELP!: Are Astro-tech eyepieces good or not???

    I have heard some reviews on the Astro Tech EP's that were very favorable. You can also look at Agena EP's ..you can get alot of them very cheap and most people seem to like them. I'm looking at buying a Agena SWA 20mm when they come back into stock.
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    Default Re: HELP!: Are Astro-tech eyepieces good or not???

    I've been looking very seriously at the Astro-Tech ED's, but haven't pulled the trigger yet. Budgetary problems after the recent move.
    But I like what I hear.
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    Thanks everyone.

    But what about the vixen 4mm? Anyone know about that one or Vixen at all?

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    Default Re: HELP!: Are Astro-tech eyepieces good or not???

    Honestly I think that Vixen you are talking about is about on par with a plossl that would come with the scope or in a EP kit. But I know Vixen does have some nice EP's..you just have to pay the money for them.
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    Default Re: HELP!: Are Astro-tech eyepieces good or not???

    I also meant to mention that the folks at Astronomics were great to deal with. The 15mm Paradigm had a blob of paint on the threads where you attach filters to the eyepiece. I didn't see it until several weeks after purchasing, well beyond the 30 day period. Found it when I was trying to put on a moon filter. I emailed them the problem and asked how I should remedy it. I got a prompt reply with a return authorization number for the one I had and they sent me a new one later. I did have a month wait, but that was due to their moving into their new building. I have been very pleased with their service.
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