Last updated: 24 October 2003
Subject: user observations/eyepieces Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2003 15:09:48 From: EddieDTS@aol.com my personal opinions on the meade eyepiece set, 40, 32, 26, 20, 15, 12, 9.7 and 6.4mm, with my etx90, I was out tonight on what i would call a good seeing night, i went through all of my eyepieces on various sky objects, lovely sharp bright views on 40 and 32mm pieces which the 32 i prefer because of the eye relief as with the 40 although no big problem you have to look from about 1/4 of an inch back . double cluster was very impressive in them and i like to look at objects like ring nebula or albireo in these 2 although they appear very small , as with the field of stars also in view it makes it look very nice. The 26 and the 20 are also nice peices showing m81 and m82 in same fov looks very nice sight, the sharpness of stars in all the 4 pieces are quite good. these 2 are good for looking at the sun also with the proper solar filter. I have looked through the 12, 9.7 and 6.4 at bright stars like vega and doubles like castor and the double double, not impressed, the stars appear like what you would see if you sharpened a picture too much or as if you blew up a picture where the pixels began to show so seperating castor cant be done properly because the oversharpness merges into the other star. As you can see i dont have the technical words for this as im certainly no expert these are just what i see so if you have these eye pieces and get clear pinpoint stars with no excess pls email me so i know if my high powers are faulty, i just put it down to the fact that they are chinese made and not japanese eyepieces, now the very strange thing is this, i was veiwing mars and saturn at differant nights, when i used these 12, 9.7 and 6.4mm pieces there was no problem, in fact as i saw it in the 6.4mm i saw the cassini division and not only titan but rhea with saturn, a little on the fuzzy side but minimal and certainly was impressive to me, and the 9.7 looked sharper and very nice too also seeing rhea clearly. on mars even now with the 12mm i could just see a polar cap and certainly some darkness of the land, with the 9.7 it was also there but with the 6.4 it looked very nice (this was a good night to view mars) i clearly saw the polar cap on south and the dark features altho a little faint and it was a nice little ball, personally i thought it was great as mars is now much smaller, as i did with saturn, so there you have 2 very differant accounts of the high power eyepieces, bad for stars and pretty nice with planets. And on the suns new hotspot i checked it out, very good with 26 and 20mm yet closing in on the sunspot with the 9.7 and 6.4, couldnt really get a good focus. i have spoken to mike about the high powers and he gave me some helpful tips that i tried but it was still the same. so overall i would say these eyepieces are pretty good but i will be buying a orion ultrascopic to really compare, i am satisfied with these eyepieces, love the 32mm and 20mm and even the 6.4 for planets but forget the doubles with it. I cant comment on the barlow as i dropped it in the mud i would love to hear anyones opinions on the same eyepieces wether good or bad just to compare. eddie
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