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    Default televue 24mm panoptic. what next ?



    hello all. i recently got quite fed up with the whole astronomy game after months of poor weather and decided id sell my hyperion zoom along with the 31mm baader aspheric .with the money i was going to get two or maybe three simple plossls. my thinking was they would be acceptable for occasional viewing on rare good nights.
    so no sooner had i sold the eyepieces , a panoptic popped up for sale at a good price ! yep you got it , i couldn't help snap it up . i remember reading its widely regarded as the best 1.25" available.
    anyway my question now is , as funds are low now should i get another e/p or go for a good quality barlow next ? will the panoptic barlow well or would i be doing it a disservice ?
    i was thinking of a barlow to give me x50 and x100 with the pan .

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    Default Re: televue 24mm panoptic. what next ?

    thought id add , i cant afford to get another high end eyepiece ,it would have to be more a budget e/p ,which is why perhaps a barlow of good quality would serve better for now ?

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    Default Re: televue 24mm panoptic. what next ?

    ( its like im having a private thread to myself )
    i think barlowing a 24mm might be pushing the eye relief, so another eyepiece it is then.

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    Default Re: televue 24mm panoptic. what next ?

    Hi Rory,

    Sorry I just saw this post, I hope I can make a useful suggestion. For a second spot you might want to look at the Explore Scientific 11mm or 14mm 82n EPs. They perform like high end EPs but at a very reasonable price, these two are only $100 US each...but are within a hair of being as good as the much more expensive Televue EPs. I own all of the ES 82n EPs and can recommend them without reservations of any kind. Hope this helps!

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    Default Re: televue 24mm panoptic. what next ?

    thanks brian, i hear good things about the E/S 82's. problem here in the uk is ,to get a good deal we need to order from the states. this inturn adds taxes once it gets to this end unless your a lucky one who sneaks past ! then finally ,it theres a problems with the e/p ,its a long return process.
    they are very good though ,as you never see second hand ones for sale over here
    thanks for the reply .

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    Default Re: televue 24mm panoptic. what next ?

    If anything, a barlow should INCREASE the eye relief. I'd get a GSO 1.25" barlow as you can remove the bottom lens set and screw it into the Pan like a filter and have a 1.5X AND a 2X barlow. The Pan barlows fine.
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    Default Re: televue 24mm panoptic. what next ?

    thanks zilladude, yes i thought it would increase eye relief, but as the 24mm has 15mm eye relief already if the barlow increases it to 20mm or more ,would that be an issue ?
    ive little experience with barlows.

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    Default Re: televue 24mm panoptic. what next ?

    Quote Originally Posted by rory View Post
    thanks zilladude, yes i thought it would increase eye relief, but as the 24mm has 15mm eye relief already if the barlow increases it to 20mm or more ,would that be an issue ?
    ive little experience with barlows.
    If you're worried about too much eye relief, then the TV powermate is what you want. it's a barlow that doesn't extend the ER. Just saw a 2.5x 1.25" PM go up for sale today for $150 on AM or CN.
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    Default Re: televue 24mm panoptic. what next ?

    If you wear glasses, that 20mm eye relief is a godsend. If you don't, that 20mm is still a godsend. Past 20mm and eye position could get tricky, but up to 20mm, Heck Yea!
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