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    Default What is your favorite eyepiece?



    That you've used? In your collection?

    The eyepiece I use more than any other (which is also the most expensive one I own) is a 2" Vixen Lanthanum LVW 17mm ep. I love it, and wish I could afford more. Though if I could afford more, I would start a collection of the Ethos line from Tele Vue (of course).

    Also, do you prefer 2" or 1.25"? I can't imagine going back to 1.25" EPs after experiencing the 2".

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    Eyepieces are extremely personal and very subjective....so its kind of hard for me to recommend one to someone else ..

    That said I have owned at least one telescope for over 50 years now and have purchased and sold just about every eyepiece type they ever made...

    I am not a Nagler lover, because my eyeball just has to move all over the place to "take in" the larger FOV so I definitely will not ever be in the market for an Ethos... too uncomfortable for me personally to use...

    I prefer 68-70 degree FOV thus I own 4 Pentax eyepieces and a Panoptic The Panoptic (35 mm) is the eyepiece I use the most simply because I am a deep space observer ...

    I own 4 telescopes that get a lot of use...wo refractors (4 and 5 inch) and two Scts (8 and 11 inch)...the fastest is the 4" refractor which is a f/6 the slowest are the SCTs at f/10)... These eyepieces just plain work in all my telescopes...

    I find that the very inexpensive Baader Hyperions also work well in all my telescopes...and IF someone asked me what they should buy and they used the same telescopes I do I would say the Hyperions...

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    I have two favorite eyepieces:

    1. Siebert Observatory 36mm in 2" format for wide view low power viewing.

    2. Hyperion 8-24mm Click Zoom - my workhorse for all other magnifications. I use it in 2" mode but it is actually a 1.25" eyepiece.

    At the moment these two are all I seem to use most nights.
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    Well just like ebusinesstutor,I have two EP's I like best.

    1) Meade 1.25" 4000 DS Super Plossl 26mm

    2) Zhumell 1.25" Plossl 12.5mm

    Of the two,I suppose I use the 26mm most.
    So I guess the Meade is the winner here for me.

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    My favorite eyepiece is the one I haven't recieved yet. At this point in time, it is a Siebert Ultra 30mm, on the way. Once it gets here, I may have a new favorite.
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    This is an interesting and complex question. For me, my favorite EP and most used EP don't always coincide. It also depends upon what scope I'm using and what my targets are (DSO or planets). With that said, here are my thoughts and opinions:
    ETX-80 DSO
    My favorite in this scope was the Orion Stratus 21mm (loved the views it provided, but alas is too heavy for it so I will not use it anymore with this scope). My other favorite is the Meade Super Plossl 9.7mm; it provides a nice black sky while still affording a decent magnification and a FOV that is free from distortions. The most used EP in this scope is the Meade Super Plossl 15mm...it too offers the same merits as the 9.7mm, but with lower magnification and a slightly gray sky (it would probably be my favorite under darker skies). I tend to use it more then the 9.7 due to the larger FOV.

    ETX-80 PLANETS
    This would have to be the 6.4mm with the built in barlow. Eye relief is tight, but my views with this have decent contrast and sharpness.

    XT10i DSO
    This scope presents an interesting conundrum, as I'm still experimenting with EP. Initially, I would have to say it was the Meade 26mm Super Plossl barlowed in the #126 (short 2x). Since then I've acquired other EP and am still evaluating. The 9.4mm Speers-Waler is the one I would have to pick at the moment, but that could change. (I've only tried the Stratus in this scope once and didn't like the edge distortions that became apparent, but that was only one night's use so it's still too early to judge...it's been too cloudy of late to do any further tests.)

    XT10i PLANETS
    This is variable depending upon conditions. Under nights of average seeing, I would have to say it's the Meade 9.7mm in the #126 barlow. Under nights of above average seeing, it would be the 10mm Orion Sirius Plossl in the 2.5X barlow. (I haven't yet tried my Stratus (Stratii?) on planets.)

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    Mine would be the 27 mm Panoptic. This eyepiece has that "wow" factor. Its perfect for viewing clusters, open or globs.

    I susect that my favorite shortly will be a Nagler IV 17mm - just as soon as a buy it.

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    I have a William Optics 2" 40mm on order, I have seen this in other club members scopes and it is an amazing eyepiece...
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    Favorite ep?

    No favorites here, the one that gives the best object framing for the scopes fov at the mag I want that the sky will hold for that night. There is no single ep 'best' and I only use 2" ep's for sweeping / low mag - wide field, never for detail. The ep is only a part of the equation, so I think it's pointless to decouple it from scope type, f#, and apeture, and say any one fits all 'the best'.

    Some is personal preference. I seem to like 70-80 deg FOV more than I like the 100's, I really like the 40/45 deg fov orthos on planets and others (depending). Might feel different if I having to nudge a scope around but as I hate that, I don't do it or worry about the ep's for it. All things being equal over time I still have and occasionally use the ol' meade 4k Plossels (mostly for comparison purposes, but on some objects they work extremely well)
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