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



    I have not. But I have heard good things about the XPs in general, and I do have a number of XWs as well: 3.5, 5, 7, and 10. I tinkered with running down an XO 2.5mm but they are beyond scarce now...

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

    The really good Pentax and Nikon are quickly becoming mythical eyepieces. Now even Tak is starting to discontinue some of the LE line and the TMB Monocentrics have taken a jump in price lately.
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    Default Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary using a refractor?

    I'm planning on using my made in Japan, Celestron Orthos more. Through the years, I've brought and used the latest stuff and have forgotten about my old Orthoscopic EP.
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    Default Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary using a refractor?

    Quote Originally Posted by stargazerbert View Post
    I'm planning on using my made in Japan, Celestron Orthos more. Through the years, I've brought and used the latest stuff and have forgotten about my old Orthoscopic EP.
    The majority of the Celestron Orthos were made by Vixen and are very nice eyepieces. What scope are you using?
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    Default Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary using a refractor?

    Has anyone used one of the Vixen HR Planetary eyepieces? They have three focal lengths: 1.6mm, 2.0mm and 2.4mm. However I can only think that with such focal lengths that you'd need to be at a pretty serious altitude to take advantage of the obviously very high power you're going to be using. Even the 2.4mm is going to 624x with my 12" dob and 375x with my 120ED (OK, this may be useable very occasionally for lunar or planetary... I'm sure the amount of occasions in a year would probably be countable on one hand

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Davesellars View Post
    Has anyone used one of the Vixen HR Planetary eyepieces? They have three focal lengths: 1.6mm, 2.0mm and 2.4mm. However I can only think that with such focal lengths that you'd need to be at a pretty serious altitude to take advantage of the obviously very high power you're going to be using. Even the 2.4mm is going to 624x with my 12" dob and 375x with my 120ED (OK, this may be useable very occasionally for lunar or planetary... I'm sure the amount of occasions in a year would probably be countable on one hand

    https://www.firstlightoptics.com/vix...eyepieces.html
    I think they were designed with fast refractors in mind. Very fast . But then again F5 refractor will be pretty bad on planets or doubles, so I still miss the point of having them. I tried 2.3mm X-Cel LX with my 120ST 600mm FL on Saturn. It was very painful to use, even with 60 degree FOV and 16mm ER. It is a tall EP with very small field stop, so you eye position should be about perfect - couple mm off and you get blackout. These Vixen EPs have 42 deg FOV and 10mm ER and even smaller field stops. It is like trying to see through a pin hole inch or two away from your eye .

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

    I have not usd them yet but have them on my list of "to get". Very well recieved and reviews from real world observers say they work extremely well.
    I posted some info on them a couple months back in this sub forum. Think it was Vixen Planetary Eyepieces.
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