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    Default Some favorite eyepieces



    The Antares Elite Plossl (Masuyama clone) 52° AFOV, winged eye guards, made in Japan, blackened lens edges and fully multicoated except for the 5mm which is multi coated.
    I originally bought these in/ around 2000 for the cost of about 2900SKK or $110USD.
    Available in focal lengths of 25, 20, 15, 10, 7.5 and 5mm.
    I had some Celestron Ultima at the time but after using these, the Ultima went for sale in favour of the Elites.
    These have given me some superb planetary views over the years and seem to find their way into the focuser when I am chasing other objects
    I just found a comment from Agena Astro about these: https://agenaastro.com/antares-20mm-...-eyepiece.html

    Antares Elite Plossl a.jpgAntares Elite Plossl Eyelens a.jpg

    What are some of your favorites?
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    Default Re: Some favorite eyepieces

    Got 3 Antares regular plossls 12. 10. 6mm and they are all optically superior to most other plossls. Do not know why think China made.
    Newtman but some refractors allowed.

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    Default Re: Some favorite eyepieces

    Nice, Gabby! I have a few of the Orion Ultrascopic version, and they are indeed a very nice view. The 3.8 is one of my favorites when it's allowable. Not sure if the Baader Eudiascopic version would be any better optically, but would really like to make the comparison one day.

    My main goto's are still my old smoothie TeleVue (NJ) plossls that I picked up as a set some time back. I use them much more than I use the Ortho's these days. My next grab is usually the old (NJ) Widefields.
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    Default Re: Some favorite eyepieces

    I also have the Masuyama / Zeiss Astroplanax clones in Orion, Takahashi, Kasai, and Parks brands. They are a favorite eyepiece, to be sure.

    But favorite depends on tasks. The above are all around great performers. But for special purposes:

    Fine internal detail: the KK Orthoscopics and BCOs

    For maximum throughput the TV Plossls

    For wider field sweeping TV Panoptics.

    It's hard to pick just one favorite. So many eyepieces have passed through my hands that I think almost all of the ones I have are favorites in some sense.
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    Default Re: Some favorite eyepieces

    My collection still growing, and the Meade smoothie still untested, at the moment if I had to pick one favorite I'd say it was my 24mm UWA. I love those widefield views, its better corrected than the 20mm and in a pinch makes a fearsome weapon.
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    Default Re: Some favorite eyepieces

    18mm Celestron X-Cel LX (Orion - SkyQuest XT-6 f/8)
    GSO 9mm Plossl

    My Celestron 18mm seems to be just perfect for my eyeballs. The right amount of eye relief, and the most pleasing slice of the sky for most objects that I end up gazing upon. Then there are planets and star splits. For this my fav for the time being, would be my GSO 9mm. I'm sure that at some point this will be upgraded, but for a $30 EP, I have to say It has provided a lot of "Oh-Cools". On the wide-angle search the skys end of the world, I'm still hopelessly searching. Likely, because for this task, I just can't put down the 12x60 Celestron Binos.
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    Default Re: Some favorite eyepieces

    Quote Originally Posted by not_Fritz_Argelander View Post
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    It's hard to pick just one favorite. So many eyepieces have passed through my hands that I think almost all of the ones I have are favorites in some sense.
    I agree.

    I am using about 30 eyepieces for astronomy, and losts of them make groups of close focus length.
    But I can see some differences in performance between the eyepieces in the groups,
    so each might perform best one its specific DSO.

    Cloning the EPs designs, and using misleading type names, became quite widespread.
    Zeiss Astroplanokular (the original name), Zeiss Astroplanar (in plane language), Astroplanax (nonsense name),
    is just one of many examples,

    Zeiss Astroplanokular.jpg

    (Pic from the Evolution of the Astronomical Eyepiece)

    Best,

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    Default Re: Some favorite eyepieces

    I agree nFA the KK for detail are a better eyepiece but the Antares do put up a nice view for general viewing.
    Thomas Back posted once that for serious planetary observing any Masuyama or clone under 10mm "was a dog"
    For general/ binoviewing they work very well though and I have not had to save for a set of Tak LE so far.
    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: Some favorite eyepieces

    Quote Originally Posted by j.gardavsky View Post
    I agree.

    I am using about 30 eyepieces for astronomy, and losts of them make groups of close focus length.
    But I can see some differences in performance between the eyepieces in the groups,
    so each might perform best one its specific DSO.

    Cloning the EPs designs, and using misleading type names, became quite widespread.
    Zeiss Astroplanokular (the original name), Zeiss Astroplanar (in plane language), Astroplanax (nonsense name),
    is just one of many examples,

    Zeiss Astroplanokular.jpg

    (Pic from the Evolution of the Astronomical Eyepiece)

    Best,

    JG
    Hi JG. I think that since "okular" is just German for eyepiece or ocular that probably the best English rendition is Zeiss Astroplan. Still even though it is a nonsense name, I'm rather fond of "Astroplanax" since it evokes a resonance with Ajax, a Greek hero from the Iliad. These Zeiss designs, whatever you call them are certainly heroic.
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    Default Re: Some favorite eyepieces

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    I agree nFA the KK for detail are a better eyepiece but the Antares do put up a nice view for general viewing.
    Thomas Back posted once that for serious planetary observing any Masuyama or clone under 10mm "was a dog"
    For general/ binoviewing they work very well though and I have not had to save for a set of Tak LE so far.
    Well clearly Thomas Back had off days..... I haven't found mine to be "doggy" at all. Each one is the cat's meow.

    Here is my current census:

    Tak LE 50mm (in my SV ED80 A this is just gorgeous)
    Orion Ultrascopic: 35mm, 25mm, 20mm, 15mm, 10mm
    Meade 12.4mm
    Pargs Gold 7.5mm
    Kasai AP 5mm

    To my eye the shorties are all very nice.
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