Re: [tec-scopes] Binoviewer and eyepieces for TEC 160


Nov 26, 2009

 


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#17558 Nov 26, 2009

I'm considering the Baader Planetarium Mark V Binoviewer and was wondering which eyepieces that you would recommend. I enjoy planetary viewing and will more than likely search out double stars and other DSOs. Recommendations?



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#17559 Nov 27, 2009

Have a word with Don Yeir, and think about a Vernonscope bino-viewer

and Brandon outfit. On Nov 27, 2009, at 07:12, Richard wrote:



> I'm considering the Baader Planetarium Mark V Binoviewer and was

> wondering which eyepieces that you would recommend. I enjoy planetary

> viewing and will more than likely search out double stars and other

> DSOs. Recommendations?



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#17562 Nov 27, 2009

Hi Richard, and my best wishes for you with your new 160FL. I do own the Baader MK5, with all 3 Glaspath correctors.  My viewing has been throughsome very nice (expensive) eyepieces, and some much less expensive.  My eyes are68 years old and that definitely biases my recommendations. That said, I can still seethe minute, subtle differences between different eyepieces.  I'll recommend three cate-gories based on your wallet size: 1.  High-end/expensive:  I prefer the ZAO II's and the TMB Monocentrics for planetary use 2.  High-end/not so expensive:  I prefer the Brandon eyepieces; especially 8mm with the                                              1.7X corrector for Saturn and Jupiter 3.  Low-end/inexpensive:  SmartAstronomy Sterling Plossl's; 25mm, 20mm, 17mm, 12mm                                      They work well with the 1.25X corrector; sharp with neutral                                      color and no safety grooves. I have used TV Panoptics for lower power views, and they are great eyepieces, but trulyI can't see that much difference between them and the Plossl's.  YMMV. I did an interesting experiment two nights ago, and need to follow-up on it.  I placed the2.6X corrector in line with the prism in the focuser tube, and with the 20mm eyepiecesgot a hugh magnification of the Moon and Jupiter.  Seeing was average here, but atfirst light it looked like a good combination.  Roland C. has said to do the magnificationbefore the prism, not after it. I'll also try it with the other correctors next. I hope you are as pleased with your 160FL as I am with mine. It never lets me down whenI'm using it. Just the perfect size and weight for me in this stage of life needing to travelto find really dark and stable skies.  Best of success to you, and keep us informed ofyour observations. Wes

--- On Fri, 11/27/09, Richard richrd_cc@...> wrote:



From: Richard richrd_cc@...>Subject: [tec-scopes] Binoviewer and eyepieces for TEC 160To: tec-scopes@yahoogroups.comDate: Friday, November 27, 2009, 1:12 AM

 I'm considering the Baader Planetarium Mark V Binoviewer and was wondering which eyepieces that you would recommend. I enjoy planetary viewing and will more than likely search out double stars and other DSOs. Recommendations?


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