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As prompted by @Alan White who was also pre-owner of two of these eyepieces, thought I’d do a quick stock take of where my collection is. 

Spot the odd one out in the widefields!

Also got the orthos out and gave them a run out on the moon with the 76DC. The winner of the night was the TOE, just an astounding eyepiece and the first time I’ve been able to see a brownish hue in areas of the lunar surface. 

Still think there could be a 2.5mm added… 😈

 

 

 

 

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Nice family, when did the TOE sneak in? 
I fancy a 4mm TOE myself, but trying to hang onto my funds at the minute, but may succumb to click finger.

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17 minutes ago, Alan White said:

Nice family, when did the TOE sneak in? 
I fancy a 4mm TOE myself, but trying to hang onto my funds at the minute, but may succumb to click finger.

The TOE arrived a few months ago, primarily for getting ready for the planetary season but have found it to be a great WL solar, lunar and double splitter so far. It feels bigger than its 52° FoV comparing it to other similar FoV EPs and I find just so easy to use. 

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Nice sets!

If your focuser accepts 2" eps, I would recommend the 30mm APM UFF as a low power / wide field ep. It is as comfortable as the other eyepieces in your second photo and the views are really good. With that in set, you are pretty much done.

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18 minutes ago, Piero said:

Nice sets!

If your focuser accepts 2" eps, I would recommend the 30mm APM UFF as a low power / wide field ep. It is as comfortable as the other eyepieces in your second photo and the views are really good. With that in set, you are pretty much done.

👍🏻 Currently using a Tak 76 so would need the Baader system or a FT & adaptor for 2” EPs; now my 1.25” collection is sorted it’s something I can certainly think about (when my finances recover!).

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3 hours ago, IB20 said:

👍🏻 Currently using a Tak 76 so would need the Baader system or a FT & adaptor for 2” EPs; now my 1.25” collection is sorted it’s something I can certainly think about (when my finances recover!).

 

Yeah sure, an eyepiece set is something which is built up over time.

A 24 Pan would also work, but 1) it is more expensive, 2) it is quite close to your 17mm Morpheus, and 3) it is a small eyepiece whereas the others are medium size, so balancing can be affected.

 

30-17-10-7-5 is a very functional set in many telescopes. If one day you decide to get a 10 or 12" f5 dobson, that set of eyepieces is excellent.

You've got a keeper there..

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On 09/06/2022 at 22:13, IB20 said:

The winner of the night was the TOE, just an astounding eyepiece

High time you sold those big heavy Pentax's :) If you like the 4mm TOE, you'll love the 2.5 and then you simply couldn't leave out the 3.3 :)

Malcolm

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The question is how well do TOE's perform compared with HR's....

I was getting some great views last night using a HR 2.4 and 3.4 mm.

By the time I got the TOE 4mm out the moon was behind the house, so no luck there... 

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