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Thread: Sterling/Astro-Tech Eyepieces and Burgess Optical Symmertical

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    Default Sterling/Astro-Tech Eyepieces and Burgess Optical Symmertical



    Alright, it cleared up tonight. I was able to get the Z8 out for a while and do some viewing. The skies were not great. Some lower fog and lots of twinkling stars. I was able to view both M45 and M42 with all 3 eyepieces. The two Astro-Tech/Sterling 20mm and 17mm have a very nice solid build. The view through them was nice. Good field of view and eye relief. I took out the Baader Classic Plossl 32mm to compare view quality too. I would say from the view tonight, the view quality was as good as it was through the Baader. The sky was bright tonight, but I still enjoyed the view. Pleiades was nice through them, and the Orion Nebula was an easy target. Over all I am impressed with them. I am looking forward to getting an entire set minus the 4mm and 6mm. I would recommend them to someone who wants a good plossl with out spending a lot of money. They are definitely better then the starter eyepieces coming with most scopes now a days. On to the Burgress12.5mm. Its good, at least as good as my Orion Highlight Plossl 12.5mm plossl. It was only $15 plus shipping. I would say pick one up for an extra eyepiece at that focal length. You can use it at star parties or when you may have the family out with you and would be worried about more expensive eyepieces.
    when they skies settle down, I will really put them to the test. For now, I am really impressed with the Sterlings/Astro-Tech eyepieces. I like them, and for the price of the Burgess 12.5mm symmetical its more then worth the $ to have a extra eyepiece in the tool box. One word on it. I do think the eye relief may have been a little shorter then the Orion Highlight. Can't wait to try them all out on the Moon later. Alright, everyone have good thoughts on some clear skies for me this coming weekend.
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    Default Re: Sterling/Astro-Tech Eyepieces and Burgess Optical Symmertical

    Nice to hear that they are performing well for you, hoping that you have clearer skies for the holidays
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    Default Re: Sterling/Astro-Tech Eyepieces and Burgess Optical Symmertical

    Hi Geoffery! Thanks a bunch for your review and first light experience with these new eyepieces. Much appreciated! I like the looks of the Sterlings. Might have to snag a few of these myself.
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    Default Re: Sterling/Astro-Tech Eyepieces and Burgess Optical Symmertical

    Hi Geoffery,

    My impression of the Sterling eyepieces is the same as yours. I just wish they had a 9mm.
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    I ordered the 12.5 mm Astro-Tech version last night to add to the Sterling/Astro-Tech collection.
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    Default Re: Sterling/Astro-Tech Eyepieces and Burgess Optical Symmertical

    [QUOTE=geofferyt;1058415584]I ordered the 12.5 mm Astro-Tech version last night to add to the Sterling/Astro-Tech collection.[/QUOTE
    I think you will be happy with it.
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    Default Re: Sterling/Astro-Tech Eyepieces and Burgess Optical Symmertical

    The 12.5mm Astro-Tech and 10mm Baader Ortho came in, next night its clear I will give them both a try. I also had the chance to get out with the 20mm, 17mm Sterling/Astro-Tech and the 12.5mm Burgess eyepieces again. This time the sky was more stable. I took the Zhumell 2" 2x ED barlow out too. It was late and I didn't have a lot of time, so I just hit a few targets. Orion was high so I took a look at the Orion Nebula. It looked very nice. I inserted the barlow and started off the the 32mm Baader, and when down to the 20mm Sterling next the 17mm and on to the 12.5 mm Burgess. The image was great. I have never seen Orion like that before. For one thing I have never used a scope of the size of the Z8 before or with lenses this good. I could really see the details of the could, you could see its "depth". All Sterlings performed as well as the Baader. The 12.5 Burgess was nice too, much better then the 9mm Zhumell starter eyepiece that came with the scope, when I tried it, the image was much dimmer.
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    Default Re: Sterling/Astro-Tech Eyepieces and Burgess Optical Symmertical

    Here is the Baader Classic Ortho 10mm
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