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    Default My new favorite SuperGroup!



    Welcome back AF forum!

    Finally not just a clear night but an Amazingly clear night woot! The temps were perfect. About 45 chilled and super still air. The timing was perfect to try out my new eyepiece acquisitions. Years ago I was given a Newtonian telescope with a few eyepieces and in the following weeks that followed I reconnected with my love for the night skies and stargazing. One of the eyepieces I was given has always thrilled me with it wonderfully sharp optics. A late 60's (early 70's ?) USA made 32mm Brandon VernonScope EFL. I've prized it and use it on every scope I have with wonderful results so I've always been on the lookout for others which don't come up very often. Well a few others finally did after almost 4 years of waiting for a deal and I snapped them up. A 24mm and an 8mm in pretty well used (slightly abused) but totally usable shape. These all sell new for $239 each and are now the only all American eyepieces made (even the glass) so my patience paid off and I'm lucky to have a nice usable set for the collection now.

    It use to be Cream but now this is My new Favorite SuperGroup line-up
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    Left to right- Russel Optics 65mm SuperPlossl - 60's-70's 32mm Brandon EFL Ocular - 80's 24mm Brandon EFL Ocular and lastly an 80's 8mm Brandon Ocular.

    Usually the powers that be punish me for such an act but this time the very night I received them it was just perfect out. I did not hesitate. I grabbed the SV80ED and PortaII rig and was off. After letting it chill for about half and hour I started with the old standby The Pleadies.
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    I'm really loving the 65mm SuperPlossl from Russel Optics. Just a wonderful eyepiece for a wideview to find and center with. It never gets cold to the touch thanks to being made of solid lathed Delrin. The eye relief is crazy at about 4 inches. The cluster never looked better. Cliche as it is yes just like diamonds on black velvet. I then continued to switch up to each stronger eyepiece after a good long gaze.

    The 32mm I knew would not disappoint so lets see how these others compare. Just as great as the 32 I'm pleased to say. Super sharp in the center and the contast is excellent on all 3. Another thing I love about the Brandons is that the 32 and 24mm are parafocal so switching them and not having to refocus is a real plus. The 8mm though is not oh well. The great news is that even compared to my prized 8mm Radian which of course is much wider the sharpness in actually a tad better. Yes!

    Onto the next target. I tried the flaming star nebula and could not see much. I also went for the Crab Nebula but very hard to find with such a small rig. I then went for something a bit easier, the Triangulum Galaxy. First using the 65mm which works wonderfully to find things. After some wonderful views of it with all the eyepiece ( the 8mm was a champ here looking at the dim core showed lots of detail!) I went looking for M74 which is a new one for me. I was not using a finder so it is a very satisfying feeling being able to find things just from memory. I knew it would be just to the left Of the Pleiades..Searching...searching...where are you? Ahhh there you are! After some adverted gazing the core and spirals did start to reveal themselves. At this point I started switching between the 8mm Radian and the 8mm Brandon and once again the Brandon had a slight edge in contrast and sharpness. The detail after a few minutes looking with adverted vision was just stunning.

    By this time Orion had finally risen above the neighbors house and as always just cannot be resisted. Starting with the 32mm I centered the trapezium and the full bloom of the Nebula just popped. I was enjoying the 8mm Brandon so much by this time that I went right to it and was rewarded with a simply wonderful and super sharp view. The stars in the Trapezium again just razor sharp. I forget just how long I gazed at Orion. It was that mesmerizing as usual. I saw more and more with each passing minute. Once a gain a real delight. I can't wait to see this in a really large Dobsonian one day soon. I tried for the Horsehead and the flame but just could not see it but I did have some amber streetlight issues by this time.

    I ended this wonderful session with The Andromeda Galaxy and once again all the eyepieces just shined in all regards. Excellent contrast and sharpness to one and all. The core with the 8mm was a sight to behold. All in all a wonderful relaxing session finally after so many days of constant rain. Let hope that this marks a trend in the weather. I don't mind the rain just not so much please. At least give me one night a week.

    So thats that. If you ever get the chance to try these eyepieces give them a go. For me they did not disappoint and I can't wait for another session with this wonderful Supergroup of glass!

    So glad to see you all again and the site back up. Happy Holidays and a great New Year to you and yours. Look up!
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    Default Re: My new favorite SuperGroup!

    Congrats on the "new" glass, Chris! Great finds, and patience certainly paid off in dividends for you. And, excellent write-up to accompany the purchase along with a fine clear sky. You are indeed a lucky man!

    Thanks a bunch, I really enjoyed the read!
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    Eyepieces: GSO Super Plössl 40mm, 32mm, 15mm, 9mm; ES 82° Series; GSO Superview 30mm; Celestron Plössl 26mm, 20mm; ES 70° 25mm; ES Plössl 25mm; Vite Aspheric 23mm, 10mm, 4mm; Orion Expanse 20mm, 9mm; KK Ortho 18mm, 12.5mm; Bresser 70° 15mm; Coulter Optical 12.5mm; BCO 10mm; ES 62° 9mm; Zhumell Z Series 5mm
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