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  1. Hi Michael, I've no experience of that scope, but the Sky at Night Magazine reviewed it as part of a group test of 80mm refractors, back in the October 09 issue. The Meade 5000 scored 92% making it the group test winner. But if I recall correctly, there wasn't much in it between the others (William Optics 80mm Z80II, Skywatcher Equinox 80mm etc). HTH Mark
  2. I've got a short tube refractor and love it. They're very handy scopes to have and ready to go at the drop of a hat. Personally I use Hyperions (which you can pick up second hand for about £65). You can pick up a 24mm Baader Hyperion here at UK Astonomy Buy & Sell. However if your focal length is around 400mm as Moonshane has speculated then it might be quite fuzzy at the edges. And there's another guy here selling a couple of TMB planetary eyepieces for £30 each, the 8mm would barlow quite nicely for close ups of the moon and planets. Although if you splashed out on this 80mm refractor, then you'd probably improve your viewing even more due to the quality optics. Although that does cost a bit more, you'd probably find it a better long term investment for improved viewing. HTH Mark
  3. Nice setup. I'll bet that gives a nice size exit pupil for picking out faint objects.
  4. I'd hang fire on selling anything until you have a better idea of which eyepieces you use more than the rest. Normally people slowly build up a collection of eyepieces, depending on which ones they need to cover various magnifications with their telescopes. You have the luxury of doing it the other way around and deciding which ones you could happily do without. Certain of those eyepieces sound like keepers though, like the TeleVue and the Meade UWA. Their performance should hopefully distinguish them from the rest. Also, how they perform in your telescope will be a decider in which eyepieces you keep, as well as your method of viewing (Alt-Az mounts are much easier to use with wide angle eyepieces). HTH Mark
  5. Thanks for the responses chaps. I use my 24mm Hyperion a lot, but it tends to work mostly to help me find smaller targets or on DSO's. So with regards to contrast and clarity there's not much to distinguish the two eyepieces appart, except for clarity at the edges? I shall have to have a good think about splashing the cash for the moment, or at least until I've read Moocher's review. Thanks Mark
  6. Nice thread. These cases are very handy. I got a Jessops Cam Case 50, which is perfect for a small eyepiece collection. Only costs £15, and has a gunmetal finish that makes it look more expensive than it is. Here's mine:
  7. Both have about the same FOV, but what advantages would a Panoptic have over a Hyperion of the same focal length? I own a Hyperion and I'm very impressed with its performance, but am tempted by a 24mm Panoptic I've seen second hand. Is it worth upgrading, or will the performance hike be fairly slight? Mark
  8. Nice write-up John. I must admit that these days I'm becoming more concerned with FOV and the 'framing' of objects, and the Ethos giving you the ability to view the whole of the moon at 160+ magnification is phenomenal. In my scope with a Baader Hyperion I can just about manage seeing all of a full moon at just over half that magnification, and that's considered a wide-field eyepiece! One question: Is the actual view you get with an Ethos totally without a visible edge? I've heard that a Nagler is like looking out of a porthole, so is an Ethos like you're standing on the outside?
  9. Wha...? Company in good customer service shocker! Maybe I'm showing my age, but I had to reread what WO offered to do for you. These days that level of customer service is almost unheard of.
  10. Those William Optics ones I think are just rebadged. I've got a WO RDF and my mate brought an unbranded one off eBay and as far as we can see they are the same. They are normally bolted onto the picatinny rail of an assault rifle, and all that WO and other scope accessory manufacturers have done is attach a 'scope mounting bracket. I guess it's a case of a military application also having a civilian usage Here's one for sale on ebay right now: Red Dot Finder (Kson)
  11. Wow. That looks awesome. I saw a 13mm Ethos sell on eBay last week for £330, but your 3.7mm model appears to be much nicer (aesthetically). Unless you now confess your telescope is a Tasco refractor, I'm going to be very jealous
  12. Well, yes Moonshane, although the TeleVue's are slightly narrower than some standard plossls too, but only by 2 degrees. However, I think that's a small price to pay for their superior optics. As another example of the TV's performance I used a friends Celestron 25mm plossl, which came with a cheap telescope, and even though the magnification with my TeleVue was higher, there was much more clarity and superior contrast. The Celestron plossl had a very 'washed out' look in comparison. However, that was a cheap eyepiece, so it's shortcomings were much more obvious. Mark
  13. I've got a couple of Tele Vue plossls (20 & 32mm) and they are both excellent. I compared mine to an old Celestron Erfle and a 12.4mm Meade 4000 plossl and for clarity the TeleVue's win. I'm no expert, but even I could see that in my 80mm refractor that they were clearer than the cheaper eyepieces. They also look and feel like quality eyepieces. However, they do have a narrow FOV, compared to most other eyepieces. For this reason my Baader Hyperions generally get more useage, simply because I can spend more time looking through them without having to adjust the mount. But the TeleVue's are the nicest plossl's I've ever seen and definately worth the extra. Mark
  14. I think that'd be a good comparison Andy. Like you, I'm of the opinion that less is more with regards to glass in telescopes and eyepieces. Mark
  15. Indeed chaps, the narrow FOV of the otho's do them no favours in viewing such wide objects. But what I was wondering was is the actual quality of the viewing. Would I get a clearer look at the colours of Orion through a 25mm ortho (19.2 mag and approx 2.1 degree TFOV with my scope) than I would through a similarly sized plossl for example? Like I say, I'm just wondering rather than considering flashing the cash, but I had a chat with a friend who's buying his first scope and it got me thinking. Mark
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