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Old Mar 11, 2008, 1:37 PM   #1
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Looking for a 2" eyepiece, that take full advantage of the telescope and camera," with a large diameter lens, long focal point and eye relief for hopefully around or a little below $100, for all around Astro/Terrestrial viewing first and second trying to get into digiscoping.

Telescope: 80mm aperture and 600mm focal length. (Celestron C-80ED APO Refractor) F/7.5
Epieces, that I have:

William Optics 1.25 " 45 Deg. Erecting Prism
Orion 2x 3-Element Barlow, 2" Shorty-Plus
Antares 1.25" W70 Series Widefield Eyepiece - 8.6mm
The Orion 2" diagonal & adapter
The scope comes with a Plossls 25mm EP and a
1.25" 45 degree erect image diagonal (Diagonal no good for astro use)

Camera: Lens 37mm dia. and is equivalent to a 35 - 420mm focal length lens. (Panasonic DMC-FZ30)
F2.8 to F3.7 with Leica 37mm Dia. solid lens Dc Vario-Elmarit 1:28-3.7 / 7.4-88.8 ASPH.

Lenses I have been looking at, to name a few:

WS 30mm 80 degree field 2" Oculars Wide field ? $69.95
Willian Optic = SWAN 40 = $118.00 SWAN 33 = $118.00
Orion Telescopes = 32mm and 38mm Q70 2" Wide-Field Eyepiece $99.95
30mm or 42mm GSO Superview 2" EP $63 and $65
30mm UWA
Or any other suggestion would be great.

Desperate ;-(

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Old Mar 11, 2008, 5:40 PM   #2
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I had an interest in that at one time and found a lot of help from this fellow ....there were a couple posts at the time but I have this one bookmarked.

I hope it helps.

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Old Mar 11, 2008, 6:41 PM   #3
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I read this great review by "ankh" a while back, but as the review was made in Nov. 2005 and "ankh" was hoping for some EPs with longer focal length at the time, I have search in vain for an up to date follow-up.

If anybody can help me out on this subject, I would greatly appreciate it.
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Old Mar 12, 2008, 11:02 AM   #4
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Quote: Summation.
From review by ankh – Subject Panasonic TalkFZ30 digiscoping test/review(pics) Date October 23, 2005
Maxview II is a great eyepiece but unfortunately doesn't work with FZ30 well only at full zoom.(and not great)
If I could suggest William optics could even improve the eyepiece, like building it with longer tube.
To Scoptronics I would suggest to build an eyepiece with even longer eye relief and longer focal length like 50 or 60mm. The optics in Maxview are excellent already.
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As it is now March 2008, can anybody tell me, if any of the new eyepieces fit those criteria, at a price around the $100 mark?
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