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Old Friday 29th September 2017, 15:08   #1
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SDL zoom vs fixed HDF eyepieces?

The title says it all, looking at eyepieces at around 28-32ish magnification on either 66 or 80mm objective scopes and wandering which would offer the best image quality?

Anyone with experience of the above, your thoughts welcomed.

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Old Friday 29th September 2017, 16:37   #2
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Hi Matt, I've had a HR66 for years and always thought it a sharp scope. Recently I traded it in for a HR80+SDLv2 to give me extra reach (I'm often at Rutland Water). To my 58 year old eyes, the SDL at 38x gives as good an image as the HDF 38ww (though with a narrower field of view of course). I almost exclusively use the SDL because I can zoom in if I see anything interesting. I'm also not bothered about the field of view because I normally scan with bins. At 72x sharp focusing is in a very narrow band but certainly there and with virtually no drop of in image. I'm really happy with this HR80 + SDL combination and can't envisage ever needing anything else.
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Thanks for the feedback, will definitely check out the zoom with the bigger scopes. We currently use the brands mighty midget 50mm ed but could definitely use a little more reach!

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Nice one Matt. If you don't mind a straight rather than angled scope, there's some good deals on the HR80 at the moment. I got mine from Infocus and saved myself 250.

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I'm a spectacle wearer, and have an HR80 GA ED telescope with SDL vs 2 eyepiece. I also have a fixed Opticron eyepiece, 27x (with this 'scope) WW HDF eyepiece. Both combos work well. Normally I use the fixed eyepiece on an old Opticron HR60 ED 'scope, 20x with this 'scope.
The HR80 GA ED telescope gives a cleaner, bluer image and in poor conditions (e.g. misty) the clarity is much better.
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