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    Default Paradigm Dual ED First Light



    I have been waiting some time to get a decent session in with my new Paradigms. Finally had the opportunity to use the 15,12 and 5mm's last night on brighter, closer objects (moon and Jupiter). Both targets were clear and sharp to the edge, and I saw no CA. They are definitely a big step up from the Sirius Plossls (but nothing wrong with the plossls), and better than the gso super view, but don't come quite up to the performance of the ES 82 I have. For me, they are well worth the $60 I paid for each EP.
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    Default Re: Paradigm Dual ED First Light

    Excellent eyepieces. I bought the 8mm and 12mm a couple of years ago (still $60 back then) and they've gotten a lot of use. Do you plan to fill out the series?
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    Default Re: Paradigm Dual ED First Light

    Good to hear your enjoying your new eyepiece
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    Default Re: Paradigm Dual ED First Light

    Yes, the 18mm is on order now. The "plan", is to have that set complete before summer's end.
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    Default Re: Paradigm Dual ED First Light

    Good deal Danny. Glad you are happy with them. You are correct, a nice step up from a basic plossl, but of course not quite up to the ES 82s - nor would one expect them to be. I compared a Paradigm 12mm to my ES 82 11mm some time ago. I did not look at the large AFOV difference and focused on the views. Performance-wise, side by side, I was quite surprised how well the Paradigm held up against the ES. Obviously the ES beat it out in all categories, but again, that would be expected. However, the comparison did show me that that the Paradigm was a solid performer for its price point, and I would have no reservations about using them.

    I agree that the 18mm ES 82 is an amazing eyepiece. I have the 24mm through 4.7mm, and I would say that the 18mm and 11mm are my favorites overall. The 14mm is used a great deal as well, and though it has some field curvature, it is not significant - at least not to my eye. I think you will enjoy them.
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    Default Re: Paradigm Dual ED First Light

    I have 5 of the Paradigms and they work just great in my 2 SCTs. I use them mainly for planetary use and their 60° FOV is just right for the Moon and planets. There are times when they give me better views than my ES eyepieces! For the price they are hard to beat. Enjoy your new eyepieces!!!
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