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    Default Re: If You Could Have Only One Of The Eyepieces That You Own, Which Would It Be?



    Quote Originally Posted by Ozman13 View Post
    Hold on a minute....We're talking about "only" here and the instrument I use the most needs two!!
    What instrument is that? I don't see one in your signature... I am guessing though that if you have a bino-viewer or binos with interchangeable eyepieces that you will use the same type of eyepiece in each side, so that counts as one...

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    Default Re: If You Could Have Only One Of The Eyepieces That You Own, Which Would It Be?

    Quote Originally Posted by DeanD View Post
    What instrument is that? I don't see one in your signature... I am guessing though that if you have a bino-viewer or binos with interchangeable eyepieces that you will use the same type of eyepiece in each side, so that counts as one...

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    Whew...that was close, but as long as a matched pair for the binoviewer counts as one, I'm good with the ES 24mm 68s. But the Oberwerk BT-82XL-ED should be ordered in about three weeks (long time coming and still counting down, crossed fingers), so you'll soon see that in the signature. And of course the 25x100s can't use interchangeable EPs, so they don't count. I rarely use just one eye anymore, only if I use one of the Dobs or the little 90Mak.

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    Default Re: If You Could Have Only One Of The Eyepieces That You Own, Which Would It Be?

    I would have to go with my older 26mm Made series 4000 Super-Plossl and a 2x Barlow. Although it's considered a beginner eyepiece, at this time it's my most used one, followed by my 9mm Orion Expanse. My best EP is my Televue Radian 4mm but it only works with a few of my scopes and with sky conditions willing! The Radian should do very well with my 8" f/2.9 reflector when I get it completely refurbished!

    Boy, do I need to buy some better EP's!
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    Default Re: If You Could Have Only One Of The Eyepieces That You Own, Which Would It Be?

    Hello all,

    about 60 years ago, I have been living with only one eyepiece.
    I can still remember well what it does mean, ha, ha.

    Best,

    JG
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    Default Re: If You Could Have Only One Of The Eyepieces That You Own, Which Would It Be?

    Fifty years ago like JG I had only one reasonable eyepiece, a second hand 25mm Huygens if I remember well. I had to share it with my brother. It opened the sky for me though. The Leica 18-9 ASPH I now have is miles away from that one, and certainly a keeper. ( what I told about all my eyepieces)
    But my answer is: It is the one that opens the skies for you, no matter its simplicity.
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    Default Re: If You Could Have Only One Of The Eyepieces That You Own, Which Would It Be?

    Hi all. This is a difficult question to answer. Moderator jerryThe C already replied but didn't give his patent equation, which I have remembered all of these years: How many telescopes do you need= "N+1, where N is the number of telescopes that you already own".
    Many of us have several telescopes and eyepieces. Because:
    The telescopes have different apertures, focal lengths, optical designs, and other characteristics.
    The eyepieces have different exit pupils, number of elements, eye relief, apparent field of view, and other characteristics.
    For me, I have lots of eyepieces, but I I like the Smart Astronomy 1.25" 16mm 60° (Orion Edge On clone) for lunar and planetary viewing with my Mak-Cass telescope, and the Explore Scientific 2" 18mm 82° for DSO viewing with my 6" f/5 refractor and 12" f/4.9 Dob telescopes. I tried to constrain this to only two picks, but it was very difficult. Remember, astronomy is a science, and you only have the tools in your toolbox to work with each night. Thanks for the thread refractordude, and the best of regards to all.
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    Default Re: If You Could Have Only One Of The Eyepieces That You Own, Which Would It Be?

    My 25mm and then would use it on any of a dozen scopes
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    Default Re: If You Could Have Only One Of The Eyepieces That You Own, Which Would It Be?

    Quote Originally Posted by j.gardavsky View Post
    Hello all,

    about 60 years ago, I have been living with only one eyepiece.
    I can still remember well what it does mean, ha, ha.

    Best,

    JG
    So JG, how many eyepieces have you accumulated since then? (Including those that are languishing in your sock drawer! ) Your signature lists some pretty cool brand names, but no numbers!

    Just for fun I had a look and I counted 26 that I own (including 5 that are out on loan to aspiring astronomers: one who I made a 10" dob for, and another who has my SV70ED on semi-permanent loan). I suspect though that I am pretty low on the pecking order compared to some people on this site.

    I have decided to start another thread: "How many eyepieces do you own, and why?" By "why?" I mean what are the benefits of each one, and maybe why are some languishing in the sock drawer. Hopefully it might be instructive, particularly for those just starting out.

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    Default Re: If You Could Have Only One Of The Eyepieces That You Own, Which Would It Be?

    Most of us have acquired or at leased used a number of eyepieces over time. Some of us hang on to them and others trade or sell them to move on to something else. But what we prefer or tolerate in eyepieces generally is a personal preference. It also depends on which scope I am using.

    To show people eyepiece comparisons, I have a Svbony 17mm, a Badder Hyperion 17mm and an ES 17mm LE.
    In my C11 my overall favorite is an Explore Scientific 2" 92° 17mm LE with 20.02mm of eye relief. My second favorite is an Explore Scientific 2" 82° 30mm.
    In my ST80, it's the Baader Hyperion MkIII 8-24mm zoom.
    In my 102mm MCT it's my Nagler 13mm.
    In my 98mm APO, it's the ES 82° 6.7mm.

    I would go to a star party, outreach event or even a club viewing session and look through peoples eyepieces and ask questions. You don't know what you like till you try them.
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    My collection of eyepieces is not high end stuff but if I had to pick it would be my Celestron 30mm Ultima series (fully multicoated). It has given me some beautiful views in my 6" short tube C-6 newtonian and my old C-8 CAT. It's even pretty good in my ETX-125 Mak altho it is kind of heavy for that little OTA! Old! Bill
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