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    Default Your favorite eyepiece for planetary using a refractor?



    Whats your current favorite eyepiece for doing planetary using a refractor? I'm really enjoying my TV 8mm Radian. Sometimes with a TV 2x barlow and prism diagonal. Might be time for another powermate me thinks.
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    Default Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary using a refractor?

    It is my Tele Vue Nagler zoom 3mm-6mm, working well on the 6" F/5 refractor.

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

    I use a 10mm TV Radian with my 102mm, f/15 Unitron, which is my normal planetary scope at darker sky locations. If sky conditions permit I'll use my 6mm TV Ethos. Pretty much the same with my SV110ED Stellarvue and my 125mm, f/16 Unitron.

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

    I use my ES 6.7mm 82° EP a lot but when conditions are right, the 4.7mm gets used I use my XLT 120 scope the most on planets and doubles.

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

    I use my 5, 10, 15 Masuyama clones and a 12mm Radian. 1.6x or 2x Antares barlow.
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    Default Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary using a refractor?

    Another vote for the Nagler zoom 3-6mm :-)
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    Default Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary using a refractor?

    My ES 6.7mm or the ES 11mm barlowed depending on which refractor and conditions.
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    Default Re: Your favorite eyepiece for planetary using a refractor?

    10mm Vite aspheric in my Meade 60mm...

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

    I have started collecting ortho's in the last 18 months, and I am delighted with them, especially a Celestron 7mm and a UO 12.5mm. My Meade UWA 5.5mm also gets plenty of use.
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    If you come across any pre 1998 made in Japan Celestron, Orion, UO or Antares Orthos they are worth grabbing. Excellent quality.
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