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    Default Re: Strategy for eye piece purchases



    If you're not in a hurry, it can also be worth keeping an eye on the used market. Over the years, I've picked up most of my favourite eyepieces second hand, often at worthwhile savings, including some Televue Naglers and Vixen LVWs.
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    Default Re: Strategy for eye piece purchases

    Quote Originally Posted by not_Fritz_Argelander View Post
    Try the TV before you buy. To me and some others they are worth the money. To others not.



    Yep!



    With the maximum FOV occurring at the max magnification!



    Yes, as noted.




    GSO Super Plossl? Or Super View?

    For Andromeda in one view binoculars might be better.....
    It was the GSO Super Plossl that I had noticed online. Not sure about the difference between that series and the Super View. Found a couple of links to GSO Super View though that seemed to indicated that the Super View series are 2". But I was talking about the GSO Super Plossl in either case.

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    Default Re: Strategy for eye piece purchases

    I don't see that GSO currently offers a Super Plossl. I checked their website.
    Guan Sheng Optical

    Their Plossls are OK and perform well. The Super Views have a good reputation. Check this thread here:
    https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/3...erview-design/

    Many "Super Plossls" are not Plossls at all but are derivative of designs like Masuyama / Zeiss Astroplanax or Erfle or other.

    This is a tricky issue......

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    Default Re: Strategy for eye piece purchases

    Well, the Swedish reseller I purchased my scope from claims there are. Not sure if they are telling the truth or mixing things up.

    See the provided link Astronomy eyepieces, Antares plossl and kellner eyepieces which lists things in a refreshing mix between Swedish and English (the technical guy at the reseller is from England). 485 SEK equals about €48.50 at current rates.

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    They are mixing things up.

    One of the highlighted links goes to a pair of Vixen Super Plossls which look to be just Plossls with 4 lenses in two groups. I don't find those eyepieces on the vixen website though. In the US Vixen is selling Plossls as NPL.

    https://www.vixenoptics.com/category-s/158.htm

    I can find no information on what the GSO design really is. Usually Super Plossl is a 5 element design, so not a Plossl but a clone of the Masuyama design. Folks just call it Super Plossl for marketing purposes. It's a nice design. It usually isn't a Plossl though.

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    Interesting. I am certainly no expert in the area. I have noticed that the reseller doesn't sell any of the brands that are continuously discussed here. The only other local Swedish reseller I am aware of carry some of the mentioned brands (Okular till astronomiska teleskop och stjärnkikare). As far as I can tell it is more economical for me though to purchase them online from the UK though.

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    The first reseller is physically located within reach from (an hour by car). The second reseller about three hours by car.

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    Default Re: Strategy for eye piece purchases

    Quote Originally Posted by Eskil View Post
    Interesting. I am certainly no expert in the area. I have noticed that the reseller doesn't sell any of the brands that are continuously discussed here. The only other local Swedish reseller I am aware of carry some of the mentioned brands (Okular till astronomiska teleskop och stjärnkikare). As far as I can tell it is more economical for me though to purchase them online from the UK though.

    /Eskil
    Interesting mix of EPs there. Meade SWA 68 and Meade UWA 82 EPs are of the same quality and optical performance as ES 68 and 82 series. If you can get them at better price than ES EPs, this would be a good buy.

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    One eye piece seems indeed interesting to me. The Meade Series 5000 UWA eye piece which is claimed to be 18mm but 1.25". Pricy at around $248 but the combination of 18mm, 82° and 1.25" is one of the few that I am aware of. Would this be in the class as the ES 82° 18mm which is so widely adored?

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    Default Re: Strategy for eye piece purchases

    Quote Originally Posted by Eskil View Post
    One eye piece seems indeed interesting to me. The Meade Series 5000 UWA eye piece which is claimed to be 18mm but 1.25". Pricy at around $248 but the combination of 18mm, 82° and 1.25" is one of the few that I am aware of. Would this be in the class as the ES 82° 18mm which is so widely adored?
    Yes it is the only known 1.25" 18mm 82 degree EP. I recently bought it used and like it a lot. They were made by the same company which makes 82 and 68 for ES, but no longer available new here in US. Looks like your store has some new old stock left.

    I had ES 82 18mm in the past. Optically, they perform to the same level. I like Meade 18mm better because it has longer effective eye relief and fits 1.25".

 

 
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