February 21, 2016: A Nine Dollar Eyepiece? The 23mm Vite Aspheric Eyepiece

After reading some very positive reviews about them in this Cloudy Nights thread, I decided to buy some super-duper-cheap eyepieces, for no other reason than to satisfy my curiosity about them.  Well, and because I’m super-duper-cheap, too.  These are the Vite aspheric 62-degree EPs, which cost just NINE BUCKS each.  Incredibly, some of the reviews they […]

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December 14, 2014 – Upgrading the Mak, Part 3A – 8mm TeleVue Plossl vs. 9.7mm Meade 4000 SuperPlossl, Bahtinov mask, Lord mask, diagonals

As promised, I can finally give you the lowdown on how good the TeleVue Plossl is. It ain’t worth it. I observed Jupiter tonight, for almost a solid hour, with a couple of breaks for the Geminid meteor shower.  (I only saw one, out of the corner of my eye.)  I switched back and forth […]

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