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  1. I have just purchased an Orion ultrablock filter to enhance my views of nebulae. However, while the filter screws on nicely to my Plossyl EPs, it fits very loosely on the ends of my Delite EPs to the point that I do not trust using it. Anyone else notice this problem?
  2. After discovering that my Borg 107FL could take the magnification provided by the Ethos 3.7mm with ease, I have been working (or waiting...) for the chance to make a few changes to my "planetary eyepiece" department for 2019. After a bit of a wait (>4 months), I finally grabbed the chance to get a second hand 4mm DeLite from astrobuysell (I have been looking for one of these since the review by @iPeace). The recent pre-Christmas TeleVue sale allowed me to bag the rare 3mm DeLite at a discount. I really liked the Ethos 3.7mm but as it was rendered redundant by my plan, it had to go and luckily it has covered the cost of the two new DeLite's! [The two new DeLites are pictured with a 5mm DeLite that I picked up second hand last summer.] The 4mm is wearing a 'Baader 2"-1.25" low profile adapter for Steeltrack' (which I find very good, as I don't like to mess with adapters when wearing gloves!) https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adapters/baader-low-profile-eyepiece-adapter-for-steeltrack.html Just need some PLANETS now! Alan
  3. Astro Colleagues, Has anyone had the opportunity to compare the TV Nagler 6 5mm to the Delite 5mm for Jupiter viewing? Just wondering which would perform better with my Sky Watcher Pro ED100. Used the Nagler 5mm with a Baader Neodymium filter last night for some pretty good views of Jupiter. However did experience some distraction by those floaters that are common among my fellow seniors. Astro Colleagues, Has anyone had the opportunity to compare the TV Nagler 6 5mm to the Delite 5mm for Jupiter viewing? Just wondering which would perform better with my Sky Watcher Pro ED100. Used the Nagler 5mm with a Baader Neodymium filter last night for some pretty good views of Jupiter. However did experience some distraction by those floaters that are common among my fellow seniors.
  4. The TV ep's and the Powermate arrived yesterday, so here are some images of the unboxing and a bit of a 1st light report. Never having owned or bought Televu it was a pleasant surpise to see how well packed they were, bagged and bubble wrapped with instructions and a little stick on lable which I am not sure what to do with. Once out of the box the first impression s is how well made they are, solid and well finsished, bigger than I expected but not overly so. All have with firm fitting end caps and unlike my experience with Baader ep's when you take off the viewing end cap it does not remove the rubber fold up guard with it. The coatings all looked good and the lenses were pristine. All in all they screamed quality. Instructions are provided, the first time I have seen instructions included with ep's. They give an intro into various terms associated with an ep and how to get the best out of these, also how to use the pull up and lockable eye cups to get the best of the 20mm eye relief that the Delite design has. The Powermate was simlarly packed and had instructions how to use it and a description of why it differs from other Barlow lenses. Unblievably the skies parted last night for a while and I quickly set up my short FL Altair astro 70mmED on a SW AZ Goto mount I normally use with a Mak127. I decided on the ED70 as there were no planets up last night but some good cluster and DSO to try the EP's out on. First the Pleiades starting off with the 18.2mm then the 11 followed by the 7. I did not try the Powermate. Wow! such a difference between these and other ep's I have. The 18.2 obviously gave the best FOV but in all of them the view was of pin sharp stars all the way across, the contrast was fantastic and the colours held a lovely blue tinge. I compared against the 24mm Baader I have , the Baader is good but the contrast is not as good and sharp. Next was the Adromeda Galaxy. Again another wow moment. Best in the 18.2 but still good in the 7mm, it seemed to stand out better against the dark background better than I had seen before, less of a faint fuzzy more of a bright fuzzy. Alberio was next, easily split and showing the colour in all 3. The background stars stood out nicely and again pin sharp. Next test will be on the Moon and some planets. Anything I do not like? No apart from the name, sounds to much like a Buggs Bunny Acme type name. Improvements? Yes, can they make a 22 or a 24mm version? I would buy it straight away. I paid $250 each for these and no shipping charges as a colleague brought them across, so they worked out at £166 each, a good saving on the UK price.
  5. FOR SALE: Televue Delite 7mm eyepiece NOW SOLD
  6. Hello all, As a starter I would like to let everybody know that i am not an extremely experienced observer thus my statements and opinions might not be correct and are subjective. The DeLite range are a relatively new line in the TeleVue brand and I am going to review it in combination with the TeleVue 2X barlow. The DeLite is a small brother of the Delos range and features the great 20mm eye relief of the Delos but has a smaller AFOV of only 62°. Telescopes used: Skywatcher 250PDS and Explore Scientific 80ED Triplet. DeLite The unboxing. As can be expected with any quality eyepiece, the DeLite came in a very sturdy box, much better than some of the "carboard/paper" boxes. It feels as this wouldn't get saggy or tear like the carboard boxes will. The eyepiece box contained some documentation and instructions on how to use the eyepiece. The eyepiece itself was nicely wrapped in 2 pieces of bubblewrap and a plastic cover around the eyepiece. Build Quality. The eyepiece feels of very good quality with a nice chrome barrel, the beautiful TeleVue DeLite markings. There was no damage what so ever on the eyepiece casing, not a single scratch. The eyepiece protections caps feel nice and sturdy and have TeleVue printed on both of them. Slight remark towards the plastic protection caps. They fit nice and tight, a little too tight for the bottom one which, when not pulled down straight, would cause the chrome barrel to unscrew. Not a huge issue but something to note. A nice design feature is the ability to change the height of the eyeguard housing and its ability to lock it, the action feels very smooth and once locked feels really sturdy and i wouldn't see it moving by accident. The lenses appear pristine with no markings visible, the coatings appear purple in reflections. The top eyepiece glass has a small indentation which is belongs to this eyepiece, I have no experience with any of the other DeLite range so i can not exactly tell if this is only on the 18.2mm. As I do not own any 1¼" filters I can not see how the filter threading on the eyepiece barrel is but it looks good. Optics. During the first test using the 80ED triplet I tried some dusk lunar observations with the sun still shining quite bright. First thing I noted was the very nice color reproduction. It did not feel like I was looking through a telescope at all and the moon seemed color free. In focus the detail on the moon was revealed very nicely. Even on this low magnification it was a great sight to see and a good half hour went by before I took my eye of the eyeguard. There was no color on the edge detected what so ever and it looked very fine and sharp. Taking a look at the field stop showed it was razor sharp with a hint of a blue rim around the outer most edge near the field stop itself. I found this minimal and it is barely noticeable. After sunset we used the eyepiece in the Skywatcher 250PDS. A rough alignment on Jupiter later revieled it and its moons in pristine quality. The details on Jupiter looked amazing, the red spot was easily spotted and some of the smaller storms were even visible at this magnification. It was a beauty to behold and again the eyepiece did not show any color and views were very nice even right up on the edge of the field stop. We moved on to the moon to show some more detail than the ES80 ED and we were not surprised to see some very nice detail. The lower craters were nicely defined and the Terminator looked very nice revealing the tiniest of craters. Hopping over to some stars, just before the clouds set in. The image was nice and clear, seeming to look much cleaner and brighter than the Maxvision 24mm 68°. Stars were looking like pinpricks over the entire field and the double star Mizar and Alcor looked fantastic. Shortly after we had to pack everything up due to high clouds. Conclusion. We are very impressed with the eyepiece, really good optics, really good build quality and appearance. I can highly recommend this eyepiece who wants TeleVue quality but does not have the money for the Naglers or Ethos or Delos eyepieces. I hope this was of some help to the people trying to decide if they should get these or not. They are of fantastic quality and in combination with the barlow gave me very impressive results of Jupiter, showing the color of the red spot easily and giving me detail I have no even seen in a Meade 12" ACF and Delos eyepieces at my local astronomy club! Feel free to leave any questions in the reactions! Clear skies, Buikimaging.
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