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TheLookingGlass

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  1. True, but some eyepieces correct by having the opposite FC of the Newtonian mirror. Examples are some of the Pentax XW's and some others. The 10mm, 7mm, 5mm and 3.5mm are pretty flat fields in short FL Newts because they have negative FC, while the 14mm and 20mm XW's have positive FC resulting in less than stellar views. I used to own a 2 inch GSO coma corrector. At the time I also had a 20mm XW. It did not completely eliminate the FC in the 20mm XW, it only cut the FC down to half. So now I own a 22mm Ultima LX and no longer have the coma corrector, and the performance in the 22mm Ultima LX alone is excellent. Only other EP that I really liked alone was the 22mm Vixen LVW. Those EP's are excellent in short FL Newts w/o a coma corrector. True about the 17mm Nagler T4. I used to also own a 12mm Nag T4, and that one was much worse trying to get into the field stop.....even worse than the 17mm Nag T4. Get close to see the FS, and blackouts ensue, then when you back off you can't see the FS. It was really annoying at first, but over time, I got used to it. I much prefer the 12.5mm Baader Morpheus over the 12mm Nag T4. So much easier to hold the exit pupil, even with the eyecup rolled down. I also owned the 17mm Ultima LX which I modified. I also modified my 22mm Ultima LX. I shaved some of the rubber off the top of the 22mm Ultima LX, so now I can see the field stop easily with glasses. When the top of the rubber was stock, there was no way I could see the field stop on it at all. No problems now though. Also true what you said about the 14mm Baader Morpheus and FC, which is why I waited for reviews FIRST before I decided to purchase and I got the 12.5mm instead of the 14mm. The best 14mm EP I ever owned was the 14mm TV Delos and the 14mm Denkmeier. The 12.5mm Morpheus isn't perfect at the edges, but it is passable and not too bad. I've added a few pics to show what I did to the 17mm and 22mm Ultima LX to show you what I mean. The 22mm Ultima LX is the glasses friendly eyepiece....the 17mm was not as I did not think to shave off the top at the time. I am just waiting for my 28mm ES 68 to arrive soon. I also used to own 100 degree EP's. I eventually went back to 68-76 degree EP's with long eye relief as I found the 100 degree EP's a bit much. For me the 68-76 degrees is perfect for long hours of comfort. An observing friend of mine owns the 12mm and 17mm ES 92's and I really found them a treat to use! Just a tad too heavy for my liking. All of my eyepieces have long eye relief and are glasses friendly. I just leave the adapters on all of my eyepieces so I never have to switch. Everything stays in 2 inch mode, and the 2" filters can go on any of them without having to switch. The 2" Lumicon O-III in the pic below has a 14mm Baader fine tuning ring attached to it. I only do this because I find it is easier to grip rather than trying to grip the filter alone which is thin and can easily be dropped because of that. Cheers!
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    Baader Morpheus retro fit improved eyecup

    True. Eye relief is just a tad over both the M43 extension and the rubber eyecup, but I can use the Morpheus eyepieces without the M43 extension and keeping the rubber eyeguard rolled right down without any problems. I've been using long eye relief eyepieces for many years, and I have gotten used to it. That's just me tho.....others need eyeguards in the up position. YMMV... Cheers!
  3. True, but I found the 17mm was not as bad as you said it was. Plus, the 17mm Nagler is not corrected near the edges at all, until you use it with a coma corrector at F/4.7 to F/5. Same goes for the 22mm Nagler T4. Exit pupil for me was very easy to hold, but then again, I am one who uses eyepieces with 20mm of eye relief with the eyeguards rolled down with ease. The 22mm Ultima LX has really nice correction and super easy eye placement. I'd take it over the 22mm Nagler any day of the week at F/4.7 by itself. I've tried the 17mm ES 92 myself. At first I didn't like it and preferred my Morpheus eyepieces, but after trying it a few more times I got used it. I still prefer the 76 degrees of the Baader Morpheus over those, the Pentax XW's and Delos eyepieces. The Morpheus are my favorite line of eyepieces. As the old saying goes, YMMV. Cheers!
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    Baader Morpheus retro fit improved eyecup

    Agena Astro had an offer to us buyers. They sent me three new Morpheus eyecups + M-43 Extension and dust caps for free. I just had to pay for shipping, which was excellent. I had originally bought three Morphs; 12.5mm / 9mm / 6.5mm. The dust caps fit perfectly when folded down. I find just the rubber eyecups twisted on without the M43 extender just right.
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    SkyWatcher Nirvana UWA 28mm, any thoughts?

    ...Or you can do this.
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    SkyWatcher Nirvana UWA 28mm, any thoughts?

    Yep. Totally true! Not just an issue with eyeglass wearers. That mushroom top is a really weird fit for almost anybody, unless your face is massive and your eye socket can rest on such a HUGE design. The twist up eyecup is next to useless IMO. I owned one and had to remove it altogether to get a comfy feel.
  7. Which one? "ring of fire" or short eye relief?
  8. The 18mm Meade HD-60, or the Celestron was loaded with field curvature in my 10" F/4.7. Both will be worse at F/4. The 18mm UF has a LOT of EOFB. In astronomy, the 17-18mm niche is very hard to get ,(that is fairly sharp for most of the field), at short FL's. I tried out a friends 17.5mm Baader Morpheus in a 12" F/5. I compared it to a 17mm Baader Hyperion. Believe it or not, I preferred the 17mm Hyperion. Edge sharpness in the 17.5mm Morpheus was not impressive at all. The 17mm AT AF-70 / Celestron Ultima LX is also really good in short FL scopes. I still own the 17mm Hyperion, which is the best in the entire Hyperion line.
  9. Not a good idea if you need the eye relief. Also, a good observing friend of mine bought a 26mm Nagler. He said he owned it maybe a week. He said that there was a "ring of fire" around the edge in the 26mm Nagler, IIRC.
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    Pentax XW

    Most all of the XW's are amazing eyepieces! The only one's I find negligible are the 14mm and 20mm XW's because of field curvature, but the 5mm XW as well because I found eye placement a bit trickier than the rest.
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    Celestron Ultima LX 32mm 70 degree

    I have the 22mm Ultima LX as well. It's a different beast than the 32mm according to reports on here. I am glad I did not get the 32mm. The 22mm is excellent though!
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    Celestron Ultima LX 32mm 70 degree

    Thank you so much for that information Ricochet. FC drives me up the bend !!! Cheers!
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    Celestron Ultima LX 32mm 70 degree

    I do realize that this is an old thread, but I have come across a 32mm Ultima LX and I was curious as to how it was at F/5 SnakeyJ. If it is ok, could you please elaborate on the views at F/5? Thanks!
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    Planning your ideal eyepiece collection

    I know if I ran into some "unexpected extra cash", I'd be springing for some TeleVue and Baader Morpheus! I already have some of my "dream" eyepieces already. IMO, it's best to "mix 'em up" and not just stick to one brand, although I do prefer long eye relief and 70-76 degree EP's myself.
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