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    Default Re: New Vixen 100mm finder eyepiece



    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    have you ever noticed anything weird with the threads on your Antares reducer?
    A imaging friend of mine uses/ recommends the Antares all the time. I have never heard him complain about the threading before.
    They're often highly recommended. There was nothing wrong with the lens cell itself, the thread coating wore away on mine after only a few times being used, rendering it useless for me.

    antares1 point 5x.jpg

    This Antares 1.5x Barlow (above) is very good, both optically and build quality, but you can see that the drawtube thread is oversized. I can't thread anything into this as it would just fall straight out.
    TS Optics: 150mm, f/6 Newtonian (GSO SVD series). Altair: Starwave 102ED-R. Sky-Watcher: SkyMax 102mm, SkyMax 127mm, Evostar 72ED DS Pro, Evostar 80ED DS Pro, ST80 (TS Focuser), ST102 (TS Focuser), EQ5 Deluxe, AZ5 Deluxe. Vixen: Porta II, SXG Hal-130. Orion: 90mm StarMax , ST80 (TS Focuser). Celestron: NexStar Evolution 9.25". William Optics: E-BINO-P Binoviewer. A shed load of eyepieces including: Antares, Astro Hutech, Baader, Bresser, BST, Bushnell, Celestron, Explore Scientific, GSO, Kokusai, Meade, Orion, Sky-Watcher, Solomark, SvBony, TeleVue, Vixen & one or two I'm not sure of.

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    Default Re: New Vixen 100mm finder eyepiece

    So you are saying you have a knack of picking the items that fall through the cracks?
    Refractors: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNG 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen SD115s f/7.7
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    Default Re: New Vixen 100mm finder eyepiece

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    So you are saying you have a knack of picking the items that fall through the cracks?
    Yeah, more or less lol.
    TS Optics: 150mm, f/6 Newtonian (GSO SVD series). Altair: Starwave 102ED-R. Sky-Watcher: SkyMax 102mm, SkyMax 127mm, Evostar 72ED DS Pro, Evostar 80ED DS Pro, ST80 (TS Focuser), ST102 (TS Focuser), EQ5 Deluxe, AZ5 Deluxe. Vixen: Porta II, SXG Hal-130. Orion: 90mm StarMax , ST80 (TS Focuser). Celestron: NexStar Evolution 9.25". William Optics: E-BINO-P Binoviewer. A shed load of eyepieces including: Antares, Astro Hutech, Baader, Bresser, BST, Bushnell, Celestron, Explore Scientific, GSO, Kokusai, Meade, Orion, Sky-Watcher, Solomark, SvBony, TeleVue, Vixen & one or two I'm not sure of.

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    Default Re: New Vixen 100mm finder eyepiece

    I have the same problem at times, if it is expensive or important I have the crazy half go and pick it out so I know it will work
    Refractors: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNG 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen SD115s f/7.7
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    Default Re: New Vixen 100mm finder eyepiece

    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty Barlow View Post
    I've read where others have had a similar problem. The Antares may be GSO, but I'm not totally convinced, I've heard they were actually made in Canada. The packaging isn't standard GSO. I have Revelation, Altair and TS Optics 0.5x reducers and apart from the writing/silk screening they are identical and come in identical GSO style plastic boxes. My Antares 1.5x Barlow has oversized threads as well. I think it was probably a weird batch that they either never recalled or just ended up on stock shelves somewhere.
    YMMV but I don’t put much credence in packaging arguments. Folks I trust say Antares resells many GSO products. In this case the 0.5x reducrs branded Antares and GSO (I have both) look identical.
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    Default Re: New Vixen 100mm finder eyepiece

    The older Antares offerings (1990s -mid 2000s) used to be Vixen and various Japanese shops but when they drastically cut their line down to mostly AP related equipment they probably changed suppliers.
    All of my older Antares gear is stamped Japan but I have seen some newer offerings stamped China/ Taiwan.
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    Default Re: New Vixen 100mm finder eyepiece

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    I have the same problem at times, if it is expensive or important I have the crazy half go and pick it out so I know it will work
    I've had occasional quality control problems with everything from really inexpensive items to top of the range stuff. It doesn't matter where it's made either. People moan about cheap Chinese mass production but I've had borkers from everywhere.

    My favourite story is when I had to return two 7mm TeleVue DeLites in a row because of visible debris in the field of view. All I really wanted was a good 7mm eyepiece. As they were the last stock, and I'd have had to wait several weeks, I decided on a 7mm Celestron X-Cel LX instead. I returned three of those in a row all with the same visible debris problem. Finally I ordered a Kokusai 7mm orthoscopic, which also had a weird defect with a bright spot in the FOV. That went back also.

    IMG_20170811_141619.jpg

    This 7mm Sky-Watcher (Barsta) UWA was under £40 and was, and still is, perfect.
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    Default Re: New Vixen 100mm finder eyepiece

    Quote Originally Posted by not_Fritz_Argelander View Post
    YMMV but I don’t put much credence in packaging arguments. Folks I trust say Antares resells many GSO products. In this case the 0.5x reducrs branded Antares and GSO (I have both) look identical.
    Yeah, yours possibly is GSO. I think there was an Antares batch with oversized threads at one time. The ones that didn't get sold sat on shelves somewhere until I bought them lol.
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    Default Re: New Vixen 100mm finder eyepiece

    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty Barlow View Post
    Yeah, yours possibly is GSO. I think there was an Antares batch with oversized threads at one time. The ones that didn't get sold sat on shelves somewhere until I bought them lol.
    We need to get you an exorcism or something.
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    Default Re: New Vixen 100mm finder eyepiece

    Quote Originally Posted by not_Fritz_Argelander View Post
    We need to get you an exorcism or something.
    That could work. Some Antares stuff has been perfect.

    Antares 2 - Copy.jpg
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    Unfortunately this Speers-WALER was not and also had visible and uncleanable debris. I bought it a couple of years back in anticipation of the Mars opposition. It got returned, it looked impressive though.
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