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    Default Beach EP's



    Many years ago, back in the late 80's, I was a photojournalist. I had a special camera system reserved for fires, because fires are rough on camera gear. It was an old Nikon F2, with a Nikkor 35mm f2, 50mm f4, & a 135 f2.8. Over time, the heat of the fires, melted foam light seals and turned the multicoatings funny colors.

    Today, I'm taking an old scope, that I can live without, to the beach! I'm taking my 60mm f/13. Now I must decide which EP's are making the trip as well knowing that I will most likely be replacing them when I get back. The beach we are going to is a rural area, with few lights.
    I've decided on:
    Celestron Omni 15mm Plossl, Orion Sirius 25mm Plossl, & an Orion 2x shorty barlow

    None of these are bad preformers, but I'll be replacing them all with GSO Plossl EP's, on my return. I have been really happy with my GSO's that I currently have. To be honest, I have looked through more expensive EP's and with my old eyes, and an f/8 scope, I just can't see a difference. Besides, it's nice not to have to figure out where to bury the body, when someone drops your EP. LOL
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    Default Re: Beach EP's

    Plossl eyepieces work very well in f/8 and slower telescopes and the views are quite good.
    Unless you are getting rid of the eyepieces to fund other purchases they would make good outreach equipment.

    Enjoy the beach and the views
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    Plossl eyepieces work very well in f/8 and slower telescopes and the views are quite good.
    Unless you are getting rid of the eyepieces to fund other purchases they would make good outreach equipment.

    Enjoy the beach and the views
    You know... I've been thinking. I'm going to do my best to protect this gear on the beach. This is a fantastic star gazing spot and there is a deck off the sand. I'm going to speak with the park rangers about donating the gear on my departure. It could be a great way to outreach. This place is dark and only red lights are allowed on the beach anyway because of turtle nesting.
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    Taking gear to the beach will not hard it, I have viewed many times on shores of fresh and salt water.
    You just need to be a bit more diligent on cleaning the equipment afterwards.

    A nice thought with the telescope though
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    Hello Sixfalls,

    I have 2 news for you, going for the beach astronomy:

    1. Either, you spend $3,000 for a sports spotting scope, the Zeiss Victory Fl T* bla bla bla is the most rugged and best protected optics for the rainy and solty environments.
    2. Or, you spend about 10 bucks on a pack of the Fog Eliminators from Nikon, and smear a thick layer of that stuff on the outer lenses surfaces. Back at home, you'll spend some time to wash the Fog Eliminator away.

    Otherwise, I also used to have the latest version of the F2, a great mechanics like in a Rolex watch.
    Sold mine in need of money, that's life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j.gardavsky View Post
    .....I also used to have the latest version of the F2, a great mechanics like in a Rolex watch.
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    Yes, I miss my old F2. It was a fine machine, but the times I had with this camera were even better. I photographed a riot in Atlanta back in the early 90's. Stemmed from the Rodney King event out in CA, I think. Anyway. At the time of my exit, someone grabbed my arm to prevent me from leaving by violence. I swung the F2, with an MD-3 drive at his head by the strap. Mine are also all gone. All but a Canon EOS 1D Mark III. Again memories... But today, wouldn't mind a much lighter camera. LOL

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    Hello Andy,

    these are super photos of yours, the true American school of photography.

    I have been mostly capturing landscapes, mountains (Alps), sea, and my wife, of course,
    eventually some parties with friends.
    Most of my classic equipment is sold, my point-and-shoot Contax G2, some Leicas, still keeping the Leica R7.
    Enclosed are some of my last pics on the classic film Fuji Velvia through the Contax G2.

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    Well done. Contax G2 / Velvia... You have good taste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixfalls View Post
    Well done. Contax G2 / Velvia... You have good taste.
    Thank you Andy, much appreciated!

    I have also a set of filters from B+W (Schneider in Kreuznach), and some Cokins, they also make a difference.
    Missing badly the discontinued Kodak slide films, I still keep a few in the fridge.

    Best,

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