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Strangely Brown

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  1. Hey Spec-Chum, Your review was great- with pleasingly similar findings to mine. I am sure that (like me) you found that it certainly does come as a surprise to note that it beats the BST: especially so on the Ring Nebula and on Saturn... I must say though, I have had no problems adding a filter to mine; it offers a very snug fit on my Baader Neodymium Moon and Skyglow filter- but I actually prefer the view without it (it seems to me to be a little like wearing sunglasses...)
  2. I don't have much more than that myself! I would be pleased to know what you think of it, once you get the chance to use it. In my opinion it is much better than the stock EPs, and against the BST it is a good match: certain things are better through the Seben (such as planets), and others better through the BST (such as DSOs)- but there is only a subtle difference. The Seben is far more versatile and (for me) this makes it easier to locate objects than with the BST; however, overall the BST does have the optical edge- but only just- yet, if I had to only choose one to keep I would pick the Seben.
  3. If it is anything like as gloomy as it is here where you are, you'll be lucky tonight... I hope that you like it. You simply must post your findings!
  4. Thanks to Hugechris for the honest comparison- it is so very refreshing to read comments which are not coloured by the deceitful glare of greater price equating to greater performance. Naturally, better quality components obviously give superior performance; yet, to many of us the differences are so subtle that they are barely noticeable to the average user. I had rather hoped that this would be the case: I knew that the Baader would be a better performer (especially at the extreme ends), but am delighted that the difference is really not that great a gulf. It just goes to show that bargains can be found! I am glad that I went for the cheaper option and I certainly have no plans to upgrade my Seben for the Baader: as, for me and my requirements, that considerably extra cost is simply a waste of money that I could spend on other things... Thanks to all those who have commented on this thread- it would be great to hear from other users too to gain a wider picture of what this seemingly overlooked eyepiece can actually deliver.
  5. Hugechris, I see from your other posts that you have the Baader Hyperion Mark III zoom: are the "rarely seen" benefits of this costlier zoom really worth the considerable extra pennies? It is all too easy for us consumers to be seduced by brand names (especially the more expensive ones!); so, knowing that the Seben is a cheap and cheerful bargain- how far does the Baader genuinely match up, and which one do you (honestly) prefer?
  6. I would certainly recommend an ironing stool, a Telrad, 'Turn Left at Orion', and a red torch. They make viewing so much easier: as does some insect repellant!
  7. Hey ikorodu, I am so glad that you liked the EP. It is great value and your write up was absolutely spot on. You are right- it does work equally as well with a Barlow (I use a Tal x2, and highly recommend that you pick one of those up too!) Try having a look at M13 and M57 through the Seben- they are both fairly easy to find and yield amazing views (especially the Ring Nebula!) Also, those pics are great and I hope that you can post some more. Hugechris, you are correct in stating that more expensive zoom EPs will rarely offer benefits in a light polluted area. I couldn't agree more- and have happily put the £130 extra that the Baader sells for on to purchasing my tenth guitar. Money well spent... Spec-Chum, I am sure that this versatile EP will serve your needs well. Don't waste your cash on a load of fixed EPs; if you can only afford one EP at the moment, this one does most of the things that you will require at a very reasonable cost. I wouldn't bother with filters for now, and being new to this pursuit (as I am), I would suggest that you invest in the following (in the following order): Seben Zoom (I got mine from amazon for fifty quid) Ironing stool (makes viewing so much easier and more comfortable!) 8mm BST Explorer Telrad finder (so easy to use...)
  8. Thanks to the Moderators for the kindly advice and feedback. I have started a new topic in Discussion-Eyepieces which includes a link to this page. I am not sure if this is the correct way to do it but I am new to the world of forums and do not know a better solution!
  9. For those interested in an inexpensive eyepiece, I started a topic on the Seben Zoom 8-24mm which includes detailed reports from several contributors. At the suggestion of the Moderators, I have included a link here so that a wider audience may read the comments which were originally posted in the Beginners Help and Advice section. I hope that the link works and that the comments are of use to readers. Many thanks.
  10. I took the Seben Zoom out on the 24th and was rewarded with the most wonderful views I have seen so far in the two months since I took up the hobby. The seeing conditions were as perfect as they could ever get here and again the Seben did not disappoint. After a quick look at Saturn, I used the Telrad to find M13 (glorious, as ever!) and then hunted down both M57 and M27- my first nebulae views! M57 was a beauty and through the zoom the Ring Nebula was swiftly transformed from a small nondescript grey blob into a beautiful ring of wispy smoke hanging languidly in the night sky (and no, I assure you that this was not a leftover from what I had been smoking... ) M27 was trickier to locate (mind you, it was late and I was tired), but once found it was larger than M57- yet did not perform so well when 'zoomed in' as it appeared at all settings as a beautifully ghostly hour glass-like smudge- with the surrounding areas revealing a myriad nightly jewels embedded within the wonderfully rich heartland of The Milky Way. The Seben impressed once more; and though the BST Explorer gave more satisfying views on the DSOs once I had eventually found them- the versatility of the Seben keeps it as my number one for now. If only I could get a glimpse of one of those elusive galaxies...
  11. Also, thanks to Ikorod for taking the time to read the comments before taking the plunge and ordering- I hope that you like it as much as I do! I'd feel terribly guilty if you hated it...
  12. Thanks for the replies! I am glad that the comments have been useful to some of the forum members. We all know that the Seben will never be top of the zoom lens tree- yet, it does what it does well- and at a price which will suit the wallets of many of us. Thanks especially to damnut- we seem to have similar tastes. (I have never used a 2" eyepiece but am intrigued by what they can offer). If anybody has compared it with the Baader Zoom, I would be interested in discovering just how much more (or perhaps not?!!) the £140 price difference can deliver...
  13. Thanks for all of the replies. I have been using the Seben Zoom for a couple of weeks now and I am still very pleased with it. It seems to be best between 10- 20mm: the far extremes are good; but at 8mm it is not quite so clear, and at 24mm the FOV is small. However, all things considered it delivers sharp views at a very reasonable price. In comparison with my 8mm BST Explorer (a great eyepiece), I stand by my previous claim that the Seben is better when viewing planets (Saturn is more crisp, Mars reveals more surface markings)- but the BST yields far more detail on other celestial objects, such as M13 (which is crystal clear with rich detail, yet a little muted at higher magnification through the Seben). The Seben is now my 'standard' eyepiece, and the fact that I use it most of the time is testament to the abilities it has. Highly recommended for those on a tight budget!
  14. If only it were simply down to a glass of wine, or watching the TV! Unfortunately my condition is incurable and permanent, but I thank you all for your comments; sleepy or otherwise...
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