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Paul73

££ Eyepiece Accident then Embarrassment

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Hi Guys

I thought that this one might raise a smile on a cloudy afternoon.

My precious ES 82° 24mm got a bit of a daytime knock back in November. After much cursing, I replaced it in its case and hoped for the best...

Fast forward to Dec. I retrieved said eypiece. Popped it in the Dob with trembling hands - the view was awful. Deeply sad as this was a favourite eyepiece (and £200 off to the seaside). Wondered if it was just poor seeing. Tried again a couple of days ago. Same result. Although I was surprised to see Owl nebula standing out on a hazy night.

I resolved to take it apart and realign the elements as there was nothing to lose.

Today was the day so a close inspection revealed something strange......

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I feel a right muppet, but it couldn't have worked out much better.

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Haha we,ve all been guilty of a bit of muppetry glad it worked out though.

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Oh well, I once thought there was something seriously wrong with my Nagler 12T4 (which is one of those dual barrel 2" - 1.25" types). I inserted it into the 2" diagonal after swapping out the 17T4, and was treated to a featureless grey image. No amount of turning the focusing knob of the C8 solved this. I took out the EP and put in the 17T4, and could achieve focus again, no worries. I then looked at the 12T4 to find that the 1.25" semi-transparent lens cap was still on the smaller inner barrel :rolleyes:

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Something like this bounds to happen to us a couple of times :smiley:

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Curiously, I know I won't leave a filter on my EP when working with the C8, because my filters go into a filter-slide built into the diagonal I have. I can of course leave the filter in the slide, but that is easily cured :D

This still leaves open many other avenues of stupidity ;)

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:D :D :D What a prize plum. Although I did have a similar experience with a moon filter. The skies were so clear yet I couldn't understand why all the clusters seemed less than impressive. Of course it wasn't until my eyelids were telling me it was bed time that I realized. A beautifully clear night wasted but hey ho, such is life :rolleyes:  

Glad to see your prized 24mm remains all good though.

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Glad to have lightened the mood!

I was going to change my avatar to something muppet related but thought that it would probably stick.

Paul

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Alls well that ends well. 

We've all had similar mishaps but it's good that we can smile about them later.

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Classic! We've all been there. :grin:

Sympathies really but it is funny.

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Classic! We've all been there. :grin:

Sympathies really but it is funny.

You're a wicked man Brantuk  :p But it was funny.

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Doh!

I was looking at m31 the other day and found myself thinking for some time that he view was really disappointing. Then I realised I was still looking through my finderscope when I thought I was looking through my main scope!

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I had the unfiltered eyepiece in the scope on Saturday. Perfect!!!

What a relief.

Paul

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