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    Default Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary using a refractor?



    Thanks to all for the responses. I'm also really digging the original .965 Japanese made 12.5mm Ortho and 2x barlow that came with my 61 ATCO 1200mm. Surprisingly sharp!
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    Default Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary using a refractor?

    Pentax and Nikon used to make .965" Orthos.
    A lot of the older .965" orthos are still fantastic finds, the quality was first rate.
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    Default Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary using a refractor?

    Right now it's my ES 82/6.7. I have a new 5 mm Paradigm Dual ED I'm holding out some hope for, but haven't had a night in almost two weeks to try it yet.
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    Default Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary using a refractor?

    Just picked up a vintage double circle V (80's?) .965 80's 5mm Vixen ortho. Can't wait to use it with my Atco.
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    Default Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary using a refractor?

    At this time my favorite for refractors has been my ES 11mm and 8.8mm eyepieces. I now have 4 TV Delos eyepieces but haven't had a good night to try them out yet, uuuuuuuuuuuugh!!!!!!!!!!!! In Delos I have the 3.5mm, 6mm, 10mm, and the 17.3mm. They should do great in my ES 102 APO and the TS 130mm APO. Although the 3.5mm might only be of use with nights of excellent seeing but I'll wait and see.
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    Default Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary using a refractor?

    Has anyone tried a new Vixen 50 deg 4mm? I wonder how it compares to an ES?

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    Default Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary using a refractor?

    I have not tried the SLVs yet but they are getting good reviews so far. I have a couple of the original LV series and they are outstanding eyepieces.
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    Default Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary using a refractor?

    I second the Masuyama clones and the Nagler Zoom. I've also used some Orthos and TMB Planetary II's these past few months - the TMBs are not quite a sharp as an Ortho, but much better eye relief.
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    Default Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary using a refractor?

    Quote Originally Posted by j.gardavsky View Post
    It is my Tele Vue Nagler zoom 3mm-6mm, working well on the 6" F/5 refractor.

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    Me too! They are expensive: but basically 4 eyepieces in one and perfect for adjusting with the seeing. They are also as sharp as any other eyepiece that I have looked through.

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    Default Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary using a refractor?

    My inexpensive 12.5 mm in my 60mm Tasco. It gives good detail of Jupiter and Saturn. Can't wsit to get a much larger dob with decent ep's.
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