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    Default Looking for new eyepiece opinions and thoughts.



    I am finally interested in purchasing higher quality eyepieces. I currently own a Celestron C8-SGT and a William Optics Megrez 90. I wear contacts/glasses as well as others that observe with me so I was planning on getting eyepeices with larger eye relief. I also plan on using my Celestron Ultima 2x barlow in conjunction with these new eyepieces. I like to observe all sky objects so I'd like a well rounded set.

    After much review and looking around online I have narrowed my choices to one of the following groups:
    Televue Naglers Type 6 series: 13mm, 11mm and 9mm...(all 12 mm eye relief).
    Pentax XW series: 14mm, 10mm and 7mm...(all 20 mm eye relief).
    Vixen Lanthanum LVW series: 22mm, 13mm and 8mm...(all 20 mm eye relief).

    They are all around the same price (some are on sale) and all have excellent reviews as well as pros and cons. I would like your opinion or your thoughts of these eyepieces, whether you own them or not and what you may have heard about them from others. It is a tough decision for me...I usually spend way too much time reviewing as well as over analyzing.

    Thanks....David

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    Default Re: Looking for new eyepiece opinions and thoughts.

    Quote Originally Posted by david_p View Post
    I am finally interested in purchasing higher quality eyepieces. I currently own a Celestron C8-SGT and a William Optics Megrez 90. I wear contacts/glasses as well as others that observe with me so I was planning on getting eyepeices with larger eye relief. I also plan on using my Celestron Ultima 2x barlow in conjunction with these new eyepieces. I like to observe all sky objects so I'd like a well rounded set.

    After much review and looking around online I have narrowed my choices to one of the following groups:
    Televue Naglers Type 6 series: 13mm, 11mm and 9mm...(all 12 mm eye relief).
    Pentax XW series: 14mm, 10mm and 7mm...(all 20 mm eye relief).
    Vixen Lanthanum LVW series: 22mm, 13mm and 8mm...(all 20 mm eye relief).

    They are all around the same price (some are on sale) and all have excellent reviews as well as pros and cons. I would like your opinion or your thoughts of these eyepieces, whether you own them or not and what you may have heard about them from others. It is a tough decision for me...I usually spend way too much time reviewing as well as over analyzing.

    Thanks....David
    Hi Dave,

    First off, I own the 9mm and 13mm Naglers, and the 7mm and 10mm Pentax XWs and love all four. But for good eye relief I would go with the Pentax XWs...they are brilliant. That said, the 13mm Nagler is one of my most used EPs, it's just a bit tighter on the eye relief front. My general observing set at home includes the following: Pentax 5XW, 7XW, 10XW, TV 9NT6, 13NT6, and 16NT6. Next up come the TV 19 Pan and 24 Pan, with the 30mm ES 82n filling in the wide field slot. Do you have some lower power EPs already? Something in mind? If not, the TV 24mm Panoptic offers a 68 degree FOV (close to the Pentax XWs) and 16mm of eye relief. This is my most used EP in all of my scopes, can't say enough good things about it Hope this helps!

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    Default Re: Looking for new eyepiece opinions and thoughts.

    David, just curious why you didn't consider the ES 82 or 68 series EPs? They are excellent quality, optically and physically, and really are one of the best deals out there. The only line you listed I can comment on is the Nagler, and then only in one focal length. I did a direct comparison between a Nagler T4 22mm and the ES 82 24mm because I wanted to see for myself how they compared. Bottom line is I sold the Nagler and spent the extra money on more ES 82s. For me at least, that is how it played out.

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    Default Re: Looking for new eyepiece opinions and thoughts.

    Quote Originally Posted by KT4HX View Post
    David, just curious why you didn't consider the ES 82 or 68 series EPs? They are excellent quality, optically and physically, and really are one of the best deals out there. The only line you listed I can comment on is the Nagler, and then only in one focal length. I did a direct comparison between a Nagler T4 22mm and the ES 82 24mm because I wanted to see for myself how they compared. Bottom line is I sold the Nagler and spent the extra money on more ES 82s. For me at least, that is how it played out.

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    I have the full set of ES 82n EPs and I agree with you in every respect. However, the OP stated that eye relief is a major consideration and the ES EPs don't all compete at the high end in that regard. The Pentax XWs and Vixen EPs are the best for ER that he listed. He might actually also want to look at the TV Delos line: 70 degree FOV and every one has 20mm of eye relief...

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    Default Re: Looking for new eyepiece opinions and thoughts.

    Hello David,

    I second to Brian. My recently purchased Pentax XW 7mm and 10mm EPs have replaced 2 other 'older' EPs in my arsenal. The 7mm has already offered a stunning view on the details in the M33 galaxy. With the later purchased 10mm, I am still waiting on the clouds to disappear. But the 10mm Pentax XW has been reported as the best wide field 10mm EP ever designed and manufactured.

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    Default Re: Looking for new eyepiece opinions and thoughts.

    My bad on that. I just plain looked past the ER issue. Agree, that the ES's don't always make grade as far as ER. I think because I observe without my glasses, it likely didn't click with me on first read.
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    I have some of the Vixen LVWs, and really like them . I also have a few Naglers, and find I prefer their larger AFOV - but I usually take my glasses off to use them. Some of the shorter focal length Naglers in the old designs were very tight on eye relief, but the longer focal length t6s are OK - though still shorter than the LVWs.

    Haven't tried the XWs.

    I did have a look through one of the Delos at Astrofest - typically excellent televue quality, but I wasn't that impressed by the eye relief; don't know whether that was something to do with using it indoors rather than at night...

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    Default Re: Looking for new eyepiece opinions and thoughts.

    Yeah I would consider the Delos as well. The Pentax are excellent dont get me wrong.
    Some people like Big Macs and some prefer Whoppers, both EPs are really amazing it depends on your personal preferences.
    For me, viewing with glasses on is really reallly nice.

    Also, note that the Delos is a 72* EP.
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