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Posts Made By: john raymond

December 21, 2005 04:24 PM Forum: Eyepieces

Nagler vs. ?? for f/11 SCT

Posted By john raymond

Telescopes come and go, but good eypieces last a lifetime.

The Naglers will also work great on that short-tube refractor you will eventually get as a piggyback or grab-n-go scope.

John r

February 15, 2006 09:32 AM Forum: Deep Sky Observing

Hydra Galaxies (and double stars)

Posted By john raymond

Naked Eye: Can you resolve the bright triplet 1-C-2 Hydrae?

I cant, It looks fuzzy to me. The I Hydrae duo gives similar appearance. I belive this is the similar to the fuzziness of M44 when seen with the unaided eye.

John r

March 2, 2006 06:46 PM Forum: Eyepieces

short fl plossls

Posted By john raymond

I have TV 8mm plossl, with the TV 2x Barlow its parfocal in various scopes.

Other brand plossls I have to refocus when adding the barlow.

John R

March 6, 2006 07:48 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Old issues of S&T

Posted By john raymond

Why didnt they sell them on Astromart? As a fund raiser if nothing else. :S


Floyd Blue said:

Wow, I went the club meeting tonight and the club was getting rid of the S&T collection. It was grab and go and I got the 1961,1962,1964,1966 issues. This should make for some interesting reading. smile

April 28, 2006 11:45 PM Forum: Eyepieces

Orthoscopic Texas Cage Match

Posted By john raymond

Thanks for the review.

I recently acquired 2 Orthos: Meade 25mm and an Edmund 12.5mm (Circle T), both from the 80's. The fov is small but both are very sharp. I wish I had ep's like this years ago. It seems that many amateurs "discover" orthos after a few years of observing.

John R

James Barnett said:

The UO HDs to do an Orthoscopic Battle Royale.

May 4, 2006 08:40 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Telrad riser

Posted By john raymond

I have both of them and prefer the shorter one. The tall one I think is for tall dobs and long refractors. They both work very well and hold the Telrad in place firmly. The riser is thick and well built. Give it a try, if you dont like it you can always sell it.


June 24, 2006 08:34 PM Forum: Eyepieces

1970-80s Celestron EPs

Posted By john raymond

I have a pair of the 20mm erfles like yours. Great ep's. Too bad they dont make 'em like that anymore.


[QUOTE]William Paolini said:

I have the 9mm and 12mm Orthos (12 in pic), and the 20mm and 32mm Erfle (20 in pic).


June 30, 2006 07:53 PM Forum: Eyepieces

Meade Series 4000 Super Plossels

Posted By john raymond

Japan ep's usually are stamped "Japan" somewhere.

The better Taiwan ep's are stamped, some are not. Mainland China ep's are never labeled, im my experience. Usually only the box says China. I have compared the Japan Televue 26 plossl with the Taiwan Meade 26 pl and seen no difference in the scope. Japan ep's are well made, and simply look better than non-Japanese ep's. (my opinion) I am a big fan of the Taiwan Meade 3000's and Celestron plossls, but dislke the Meade 4000's Taiwan. A very subjective preference indeed.

Where country of origin makes a difference is best seen in the Meade Modified Achromat ep's. The Japanese versions are fine, the non-Japan versions cant be given away. See photo below

The Japanese reputation is well deserved, but inflated on Amart due to the scarcity of the older ep's and the flood of Chinese imports these days. The high prices of these ep's also affect the perception of ep worth. If you want high quality Japanese ep's, look at these

1. Orion ultrascopics/ Celestron ultimas
2. Televue Plossls and Nagler type 6's
3. KK Magellan wide scans
4, University orthos, Konigs
5. Vixen Lanthanums
6. Pentax
7. Takahashi LE

John grin

August 7, 2006 04:09 PM Forum: Eyepieces

A fun post to test the experts (cheer up Floyd!)

Posted By john raymond

The 3 eps are left to right:

7mm T6 Nagler, 8mm plossl, 6mm Ortho

Clear Skies
John 8)

August 7, 2006 04:12 PM Forum: Deep Sky Observing

A recent observing session, Walker Pass California

Posted By john raymond

Thats a good report. Keep it up.

John R