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mike bacanin

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  1. Hi Peter, I'm not surprised how good it is, i had a 8mm, really superb. And they command big money on the used market, ie at least $200 USD plus. Mike
  2. Matt, not true! I just had a very rare early 10.4 TV Plossl on ABS at a great price.Superb very sharp planetary eyepiece. Regrettably i am not able to offer these gems here. Mike
  3. Pretty much concur with John. Clave of Paris made exceptional Plossls, true symmetrical design, in the 80's. These are as good as Televue, with exceptional contrast. They are rare and very expensive. The 1st version 5 element Meade ser 4000 Japan were pretty much on a par with TV too. Some of the early Meade ser 3000 are also very good. Finally, as John mentions, the early Vixen Japan silvertops are superb, and great build quality. Btw, Current Televue is not a true Symmetrical Plossl, but a patented TV design. Mike
  4. I've located a Denk 2x multiplier in USA, these will then make a terrific 13mm binoview pair for Jupiter. Mike
  5. Hi Michael, Again, another nice eyepiece you have! Alot of people who want to collect the set of silvertop plossls struggle to find the one you have. Regards Mike
  6. Hi John, That 30mm would be quite a prized ep! I understand the 30mm were stamped made in Taiwan. They have the largest fov of the silveretops, 50 degrees. Regards Mike
  7. No worries Glen, i just daydreamed about Jupiter in the Binos!! btw, the zeiss 16-0 pair just arrived, lovely. Hi Dave, Thanks! will try test them asap. I'm wondering how these barlowed 2x would compare to the 12.5 Circle T ORTHO PAIR. Regards Mike
  8. Hi Michael, Yes, the Circle V's are lovely eyepieces, the 30mm is a rare thing to find. Hi Glen, It was a nightmare!! 2 hours on the M60/62! Thanks again, Mike
  9. I've been very lucky to acquire not one, but a matched bino pair of vintage Celestron 26mm silvertop plossls with the very rare "NJ"barrel stamping. I've always had a high regard for the vintage all silver Celestron plossls. They're made by Vixen Japan in the early 80's, and are possibly the finest plossls bar the televues. It appears these "NJ" stamped eyepieces were a very costly prototype to the original Televue NJ smoothsides. The only items contracted to have the NJ stamp were made for Televue. It appears that the same optical house contracted by Televue let maybe 50 or so of these slip out before Al Nagler put a stop to them. These were branded with the Celestron label, and afterwards the eyelens design was modified in favour of a less expensive design to mass produce. I was happy enough when i found this out, then a friend in Canada offered me a 2nd matching eyepiece. I was amazed to find another. They are really beautiful, with the sharpest field stop, nice coatings, and a fov app 49 degrees. I'm waiting to try them in the Denks. Mike
  10. Earlier this year i had a heavy 6" F8 newtonian ota, weighing about 20 lbs on HEQ5, just ok for visual. As already stated,moment arm is the killer, it amplifies every little vibration, especially when operating the focusser. I currently have a loaded C8 with denk binoviewers on the mount, and its perfectly fine.The ota is very short, and massively reduces the moment arm effect. However i've upgraded to the 2" CG5 Tripod,and this is much better than the std HEQ5 tripod. Mike
  11. Don't forget David, you own probably one of the best 5" Fluorite Apo ever made. anyone taking the 180 out from a warm room into cold winter air is in for a very long wait before the image settles due to cooldown. Agree with Astrobaby, a fan is very deirable on Maks of this size and bigger Mike
  12. Hi Jim, Well done! A nice observation that has captured some good detail. I understand exactly what you have with regard to seeing, but keep observing and you'll catch more of the good moments that will reveal surprising details! Mike
  13. Hi Ben, Your point regarding comfort is perfectly valid. Whilst i have used all of the specialised planetary eyepieces i mentioned, i accept that not everyone would like them. The Pentax 5XO is a good example. incredibly sharp, but most cannot live with 3mm of eye relief. I can personally, but i see the point of view that alot would not tolerate that for extended viewing. Mike
  14. It all depends how much you want to extract any last possible bit of detail particularly when seeing is very good. There is a reason why, say, a zeiss monocentric costs $800. one, its very rare, and two, it has the best possible sharpness and contrast, coupled with very high transmission and exceptional lens polish. As stated, the differences can be subtle in normal seeing, but for example, a zeiss jena ortho will clearly best a circle T, in superior scatter control and contrast. Without in any way meaning any offence, alot of Nagler, XW, and similar high end widefields have never had the experience of using Zeiss jena, Zeiss Abbe,Supermono, Pentax orthos, or AP SPL's. These are eyepieces optimised for bringing out very subtle planetary detail, and as such are valued, which drives their used prices very high. As i say, Nagler, XW, XL are very fine, but for the specialised role of planetary use, there are better. Mike
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