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    I started looking around for eyepieces that I thought might help me see dim objects with light pollution and a small scope. I did not want to spend a lot of money and was willing to give up some field to get something, if I thought it would help. I noticed that Astronomics has their high precisions Plossles on sale. These are the same as Smart Astronomy's Sterling Plossles that William Paolini holds in high regard. I have been curious about them for a while anyway.

    They have something like a 40 layer multi coating on them and a 55 degree field of view. The eyepiece sequence is a bit odd and that is really the only thing that has kept me from buying them before. What I really wanted was a 9mm, but they do not make one. The sequence of 1.25 inch format eyepieces is 25, 20, 17, 12.5, 6, and 4mm. What I saw this evening, 10/26/2016, was that Astronomics had the 4 and 6mm for sale at $20, and the 12.5 and 17mm for $27.95, I think. They did not have any of the 20mm in stock and did not list the 25mm. I looked at Smart Astronomy. They had them all except the 25mm. Before things were over, I had the whole string, except for the 25mm on order. If that one shows up, I will probably buy it, just to complete the set.

    I had them come by USPS to slow them down, and do not plan on opening up the boxes until after Bryan's (bladekeeper) vacation time is over. However, I thought I better warn everyone, in case there are strange things happening with the weather.
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    Default Re: Feeding Frenzy

    Hope they work well for you Bill, I will be interested in your impressions of them.
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    Default Re: Feeding Frenzy

    That's a good stable of eyepieces you've got now. I find that Plossls are great for polluted skies, ironically better than very expensive wide AFOV alternatives. Target finding may be a little more difficult so I usually start with a wide angle with a wide AFOV, and then switch down to a plossl for a closer look.
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    Default Re: Feeding Frenzy

    Congrats on the EP grabs, Bill!

    I am curious about your impressions of them and will look forward to that. Meanwhile, I appreciate the consideration of my vacation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spelunkerd View Post
    That's a good stable of eyepieces you've got now. I find that Plossls are great for polluted skies, ironically better than very expensive wide AFOV alternatives. Target finding may be a little more difficult so I usually start with a wide angle with a wide AFOV, and then switch down to a plossl for a closer look.
    That is what I have in mind. The ES60 eyepieces have been doing a really good job of getting me there and so have the 5000 series Plossles. I plan on checking out a number of eyepieces, including these new ones, for the times when light transmission and contrast get really critical. With a bunch a tightly packed galaxies coming up under the circumstances, I will need all the help I can get. It will be really interesting to see what these do compared to what I already have. I am hoping four elements with top notch coatings might be better than five or six elements for this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    Hope they work well for you Bill, I will be interested in your impressions of them.
    I will be sure to post about them! For the price, I don't think I can be going too far wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Congrats on the EP grabs, Bill!

    I am curious about your impressions of them and will look forward to that. Meanwhile, I appreciate the consideration of my vacation.
    With all you do for this forum, (not to diminish all the work the rest of the folks do) I think you deserve some good skies!
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    Default Re: Feeding Frenzy

    lol, congrats on the new EP's Bill !
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    Default Re: Feeding Frenzy

    Thanks, Neil!

    I have another little bit to add to the story. Since Smart Astronomy listed a 25mm Sterling Plossl, but did not have any in stock, I replied to the email they sent me in response to my order and asked them if they thought they would be getting any more of the 25mm. I told them that it would be the last one I needed to complete a set. I received a reply from Victor that said had had been saving one back for himself, but was going to sell it to me. He wanted me to have a complete set! I emailed him back and said that was great, but asked him if he though he would be getting more of them. If not, then I did not want to take his personal one.

    Whichever way this goes, I think I will have to do some additional business with them. Not sure what, but I will do something.
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    I see Smart Astronomy selling an entire set for $199.99. Great deal!
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