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    Default A Question about Vixen LV Eyepieces



    I have been slowly purchasing Vixen LV eyepieces. The only two left to find is the 7mm and 10mm. There is an 18mm that is listed in William Paolini's book that I suspect was discontinued early on and I do not expect to ever find and am not terribly interested in.

    I have noticed that some have the focal length number painted with white paint and others have yellow. I am curious as to the significance of that color difference....earlier or later production, different manufacturing plant, etc. If anyone knows anything about this, I would appreciate being enlightened, just out of curiosity.

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    Default Re: A Question about Vixen LV Eyepieces

    Hello Bill, good to see you on the forums
    I had the Vixen LV but all of mine were white numbering and lettering so not sure of the colour change significance.
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    Default Re: A Question about Vixen LV Eyepieces

    Thanks, Gabrielle!

    I am guessing the yellow numerals are on older eyepieces, since the most modern version (SLV) has white numbers.

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    Default Re: A Question about Vixen LV Eyepieces

    I was looking online and I did find a couple that had yellow lettering.
    Actually one was an ad for a 4mm and two pictures showed white letters and the third photo showed yellow??
    Photo reactive paint?
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    Default Re: A Question about Vixen LV Eyepieces

    Hi Bill,

    There is a guy here in Oz who is selling a bunch of them (not a 7 or 10 sorry!): most have white markings but 2 (15mm and 5mm) have yellow and it seems that they are the same age...

    Maybe the markings-painter at the factory gets bored with one colour.

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    Default Re: A Question about Vixen LV Eyepieces

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    I was looking online and I did find a couple that had yellow lettering.
    Actually one was an ad for a 4mm and two pictures showed white letters and the third photo showed yellow??
    Photo reactive paint?
    I don't know about photo reactive paint, but the ones I have are in an eyepiece caddy with some having white numbers and some having yellow.....no pictures or camera flash involved.
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    Default Re: A Question about Vixen LV Eyepieces

    I was just joking about the paint, though i have never actually seen a LV with yellow markings before. It seems to be a strange thing to do.
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    Default Re: A Question about Vixen LV Eyepieces

    I went in and double checked which ones were what. The 2.5, 5, and 15 have yellow numbers. The 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, 20 have white. The soon to arrive 25mm has white numbers. For the 40mm I bought an NLV, which is a completely different setup. Since the 40mm will be a different size, general look and feel, I can use that one as a reference as to where different eyepieces are located in the caddy.
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    Default Re: A Question about Vixen LV Eyepieces

    I found a couple of 4mm images that had the yellow markings as well but it does seem to be only those few focal lengths that changed.

    The 40mm provides so very nice views but the long eye relief can cause it to be a bit tricky placing your eye.
    Once you find the spot it is great.
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