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    Default Do HQ EP's really add an Inch to your apo?



    I've read it quite a few times now, that the higher quality Eyepieces are like adding an Inch to your aperture. Like a Televue Naglar. (supposed to be very crisp, clear contrast, and bright).

    I know it doesn't literally add an inch, but can anyone with experience say whether or not this is just an over exaggeration? Would love to hear from someone that has some HQ EP’s and how they match up to medium quality EP’s.

    If the weather ever gets nice on a weekend I'll hit a star party up and see for myself (given someone has some HQ EP's on em).


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    For a year I've used a set of 5 Meade eyepieces that came with the entry level DS2090AT scope for my C6S SCT and my 2045 SCT. I recently upgraded to Meade's 4000 series eyepieces. I don't know about adding an inch of aperture but in side by side comparisons, the 4000 series eyepieces provided much sharper and more detailed images of Jupiter. I know that the 4000 eyepieces do not meet your definition of high quality; but thought I'd offer my experinece as one data point.
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    Simple answer is NO in my opinion... I do not own an Apo refractor BUT I do own 4 and 5 inch Achros, and 8 and 11 inch scts...

    I also have owned a few Naglers over the years and all I can say is that they are terrific eyepieces, work well in both fast and slow telescopes...

    However ...

    I sold my Naglers and purchased Pentax XW's and TV Panoptics because I was not comfortable viewing the sky with ultra wide FOV eyepieces (82 degree FOV) ...had to shift my eyeballs all over the place to take in the entire view... with the XW's and Panoptics ( 68-70 degree FOV) I can relax and see the entire FOV much more comfortably ...

    Sounds crazy but in my case its true...You of course may differ.

    If you go to a Star Party you will most likely have absolutely no problems finding guys using Naglers, Ethos, Pentax's or Panoptics...

    BUT if you can try them in your own scope...

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    I own a few Hyperions. Again, not what you would consider a "high" quality EP, but better than the stock Plossl's that came with my scope. Anyway, I can say that the Hyperions give a much better view. The clarity and brightness of the images provided by these EP's are head and shoulders above the Plossl's. I don't know about adding an inch though.
    I would think that the high priced EP's would probably give a better quality image. I don't think an "inch" better though. I've been fortunate enough to have been loaned a couple of higher quality EP's while at star parties before. Compared to my Hyperions...I'd rather save the hundreds of dollars and keep using the Hyperions. Of course, I use an 8" reflector. I could possibly have a slightly different opinion if I owned a bigger/nicer scope.
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    Wonderful responses! Thanks guys.

    Bob you are correct, I need to hit a star party. BAD! Unfortunately, It's been raining, cloudy or full moon on the weekends here for the last month or two I happen to wake up Saturday morning around 4:00 am and got some amazing views of MANY winter objects, including Saturn and Venus around 5:15. It was the clearest sky I'd seen all year, was a VERY nice change.

    About the Hyperion’s, I've read a little on them. Some people actually say they are equivalent to Naglers. Others say right bellow. Also, many Meade 5000 owners say they are just as good as Naglers. Anyone had a chance to compare them apples to apples?

 

 

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