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mike bacanin

A lucky find! Celestron 26mm "NJ" Vintage plossls

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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

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Mike,

Stop showing off :)

Why can't I find eyepiece bargains?

Hope you had a short journey home ;)

Glen.

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I had both a Vixen-branded 36mm Plossl and a Celestron 26mm and both were very nice EPs. Not the NJ type, but still very good. You're a lucky man!!

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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

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Lovely pair of EPs Mike, congratulations..you'll have to post a first light report when you can:-)

Dave

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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

Not good to hear Mike. It's a problem with being just north of Manchester. One little accident and everything goes down the pan.

Could be some clear skies at the weekend for first light.

Glen.

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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

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Good news on the Zeiss Mike,very nice.

My 2" Baader Amici turned up this morning. blumming compression ring screw missing. How long would it take to flip open the box before dispatch?

This will go along with my little Baader 11/4" Prism.

Glen.

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Hi Mike,

I also have that 26mm eyepiece - as a circle V and the 10mm too. Both are excellent.

Great find.

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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

A very nice pair Mike ;)

I used to have a 30mm from that range - it was a lovely EP and, naturally, one I wish I'd not sold :p

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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

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I have the 50mm circle v one stamped japan that gives lovely wide field views through my C8

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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

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came with a set of eyepieces with my scope (meade swa 32 and 24.5mm). with the views i get i think they are all keepers

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Nice though it was, the Plossl 36mm was blown away by the TMB Paragon 40mm.

I am not unhappy to have sold it (made a colleague very happy).

Cheers

Michael

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I've located a Denk 2x multiplier in USA, these will then make a terrific 13mm binoview pair for Jupiter. :)

Mike

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