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    Default What Is YOUR Favorite Manufacturer Of Eyepieces?



    For the last two days, I've been reading about various eyepieces, sizes, makes, and models. I've been all over the forum and there are lots of great threads on eyepieces. I'm curious what your FAVORITE eyepiece is and why.

    I'm looking to get something better than the set of 2-inch Celestron's I purchased with my Celestron CPC 1100 GPS (XLT). Think some nice eyepieces will really make that much of a difference than the Celestrons? Okay, I know the answer to that. But where should I spend my hard-earned-cash? Which eyepieces are considered the BEST?


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    I've been looking at the Nagler or Ethos as a starting point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJnSoCal View Post
    I've been looking at the Nagler or Ethos as a starting point.
    Hi DJ ...Those are choices you suggested are better than my favorite eyepieces ... The televue stuff is top shelf for sure ...
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    Hi DJ, and welcome to Astronomy Forum! Yep, Rich nailed it for me, too. Word is you go Ethos, you never go back! Can you attend some starparties and check them out firsthand?

    Thanks for joining us, and let us know what you decide, and how they work for you.



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    From what I've been reading, everyone seems to RAVE about TeleVue. They are a bit on the pricy side. I saw a few Nagler's at one of the Riverside Astronomical Society's parties and I really loved the crisp, wide, field of view. A noted contrast to the out-of-the-box Celestron's I was looking through. There is a lot of talk about sizes, but less about which manufacturer to buy. So, anyone have any other favorites or should I cease to look further and start saving my nickels and dimes?
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    I have a set of the meade series 5000 plossls and they are decent for planets but they do have some with wider field's also ... The build quality of the new meade stuff is awesome ..Twist up eye cups and decent eye relief ..Check them out before you buy though ...They are heavy eyepieces but probably not as heavy as the televue stuff .....Also not as expensive ...They are plossl with 60 degree , Super wide with 68 degree and ultra wide with a 82 degree field ..
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    Can't argue with Televue. Like you say everyone raves about them. I've been using the Baader Hyperions and like them alot. Field of view around sixtyeight degrees and good eye relief. I've been picking them up used for very reasonable prices. Primarily decent performance at a decent price. However, if I remember correctly a couple of the ones I bought were being sold as the seller had upgraded to Televue eyepieces. At my current level of experience I can't bring myself to pay more for an eyepiece than the entire scope and mount cost. Kind of like "putting perfume on a goat".
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    Given time, my entire EP arsenal will be Televue with possibly a few Pentax in there.

    My 13mm Type 6 Nagler stands head and shoulders above the Orion brand Stratus, Q70 and Edge-On EP's I own.

    I have also heard this about the Ethos--but, man that is some serious dough. Someday.
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    I personally love my 9mm Nagler and use it 90% of the time, both with and without a 2x TeleXtender. Great field of view and while it's pricey, it's attainable. It's hard to justify blowing a ton of cash on an Ethos when I can get 2 Naglers for the same or less.

    I'm currently working on a decent set (3-4 EPs) of Naglers to supplement my Series 5000s.
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