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  1. I've got the 5-8mm series 1 zoom and I love it. I have worried for years about the gap in the side though and bits and dust getting in but it hasn't seemed to ever be a problem
  2. The 8mm TV plossl is an outstanding eyepiece. I like the warm tone it gives which help features stand out by providing contrast.
  3. Wow, bringing the thread back from the dead! Just to add this is a fantastic eyepiece and the 8mm is also a gem too.
  4. Loads of great collections on here. Love the wooden case!
  5. Original posters in the galaxy reunite. I ended up getting a star travel 150 in the end instead for a bargain price from scopes'n'skies. These fracs were / are great. by the way thanks for the write up Sky Daddy!
  6. Joking aside how does the Vixen perform. I know it's the widest fov possible in a 2" barrel but whats it like in an f5 scope at the edge. I've always been mildly tempted!
  7. Wow! What have you got in all of those. I manage with 1 case!
  8. I have the 24mm panoptic and here are the reasons I think make it a worthwhile eyepiece to own. 1) comfortable to use with long eye relief although I can live with virtually zero eye relief 2) Biggest possible field in a 1.25" format. Hence good for binoviewers, small maks or travelscopes limited to the format. 3) nice and compact so again relating to the point above it's good for travel. On a completely separate note I just like the way it feels although thats just personal opinion
  9. I agree with this but I use my Nagler 31 more than the Ethos 21. I think I just prefer the wider field of view it offers but it's definitely worth owning both.
  10. lol I took it with my phone. I was going for the bokeh effect!!!
  11. Hi Pal I thought I might as well take a photo of my setup so you can see for yourself (see below). I use a CG5 mount which is nice and sturdy. Regarding planetary I have a C100ED for that although I don't use it as much now as I prefer the light gathering power of the Startravel !!! Make no mistake the CA on this scope out of the box is bad but it can be managed. For one it has a special lens cap which comes is 2 parts. When you remove the inner cap to reduce the aperture you double the focal length to F10 should you desire which reduces CA but the image is somewhat dimmer as you would expect (I never do this by the way). My alternative is to use the Baader semi-apo filter which does a really good job of taking care of CA and doesn't distort the colour. Hence the CA is still noticeable but it doesn't bother me. I got mine a good few years ago now for a steal at around £200 from the scopes n' skies bargain bucket. Its actually shorter than the C100ED (which is another mighty fine scope by the way!) and with these 2 scopes I feel I have all the bases covered. If you buy one you will not regret it and I nearly forgot to mention that mine has been to Wales and the Isle of Man on its travels. When you pack it up with the mount it is quite compact and portable which is another plus. Happy Days
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    From the album: Setup

    My quick grab and go setup
  14. Just to add my 2ps worth I have a 150 startravel frac and use it as my main scope. It can literally go from inside the house to outside for viewing in the space of seconds. I just pick the whole lot up on the mount, take it through my french doors and point it at the north star straight away when outside. If it wasn't like this I don't think I would ever use a telescope to be honest due to all the faffing around and the changeable weather. I don't bother with goto or any power supplies either. Hence its fracs only for me but then I don't have any patience and would have nowhere to store a dob without having to wheel it around (or install some purpose built structure in my garden to store).
  15. I would go with the 8mm ethos. As a suggestion you could then get a powermate (potentially funded by selling the 3.7SX?) like Dobfest says and get 4mm along with other good focal lengths for your set.
  16. I agree with this 100%. If anything I use the Nagler more!
  17. I find this incredible. I have been considering getting one of these eyepieces for a long time due to the maximum fov claimed. For a company to effectively lie about the specs is quite shocking.
  18. A 24mm panoptic gives the maximum fov in a 1.25" format so get one of those.
  19. Nice set. There are so many great collections on show!
  20. When it comes to eyepieces you have to spend big to get the wow factor. Look through an ethos and you will never turn back.
  21. I once used a powermated 2-4mm zoom on the moon and Jupiter. Bearing in mind I have a manual mount it was hilarious how fast the object flew past This topic just reminded me of it. I tend to use both zooms as much as each other by the way but can understand why people recommend the 3-6mm. Good thing that it makes the 2-4mm cheaper!
  22. It's funny how everyone has there own preferences. What you have said is basically the polar opposite of what I like. I hate eyepieces which have blurry stars at the edges. I like everything to be pin sharp
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