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    Default What is your take on Vixen NPL Plossls



    I'm looking for eye pieces under $50. I found that the Vixen NPL Plossls are selling all for around $40. Are they in any way better than the Celestron Opti Plossls? Those sell between $20 and $40. I try to build up a little collection of different eye pieces to learn the differences in magnification for different objects. Don't want to invest too much money yet. Later, when I know what kind of eye pieces I use most, I'm willing to invest more money. But right now, I need something that is affordable but good.
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    Default Re: What is your take on Vixen NPL Plossls

    I only have one so far. I got the 30 mm NPL for times that I didn't want to swap to 2" eyepieces for low power. I also liked the price, so I decided to check it out. I was impressed. I will say that the eye cup feels cheap initially because it's plastic, but it's still pretty durable. I learned that last week when it took a tumble onto stone pavers. It held up well. Overall, the views were good. I didn't see any obvious defects, but I haven't used it on many objects yet. I'd give at least the longer focal length NPL's a thumbs up. They are excellent plossls for the price in my opinion.

    I did just see that Astro Tech has Paradigm Dual ED eyepieces. That would give you 60 degrees AFOV instead of a plossl's 50. They are going for about $60, but I see most are wait listed currently.
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    I was thinking about getting their 15 or 18 mm to fill a gap.
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    Default Re: What is your take on Vixen NPL Plossls

    Its a 4-element plossl design, so its going to be pretty much the same as any other plossl. In slow scopes it will be fine, in faster scopes it will show image breakdown in the outer part of the field of view as would any other plossl. As to whether it's better than any other plossl, I suspect one would be hard pressed to tell a difference.

    Agree that for the price, the AT Paradigm Dual EDs are good eyepieces. I had 12mm model once and tested it against my ES 82 11mm. Aside from the obvious AFOV difference of 60* vs 82*, the Paradigm accorded itself pretty well. It didn't match the ES for image brightness or contrast, but I would prefer them over a plossl. There is also the Agena Starguider Dual ED which is a re-branded AT Paradigm, so no difference in quality or price. I see they are also out of stock on three of the six focal lengths, so apparently they are popular.

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    Default Re: What is your take on Vixen NPL Plossls

    I have Vixen eyepieces (lanthanum) and they are great. I would assume good quality in their Plossl Line. I have had very good luck with Orion Sirius plossls, and I would consider Meade plossls also.

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    Default Re: What is your take on Vixen NPL Plossls

    Vixen is regarded as making very nice equipment - including their eyepieces. You wouldn't go wrong in buying from them. If I had a choice between Vixen and Meade for EP's - I'd go with Vixen. I have several of their mid-price ones, and they are very nice indeed. And if you decide to upgrade later on, the re-sale market for astronomy gear is quite brisk and things tend to maintain very good re-sale value.

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