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Yet Another Scope Advice Thread (1 Viewer)

knb

Member
United Kingdom
Hello, I'm looking at getting a small scope and after browsing through umpteen threads, I'm thinking something like the Opticron MM4 60 ED with the SDL v3 eyepiece gives a reasonable balance of cost, size. performance and light transmission for the times and sites I'm likely to use it at. I do have a couple of questions though.

1. I've seen mention of the Baader mk IV eyepiece which is cheaper than the SDL but can't seem to find out how they compare. Is that something I should be considering? I like the sound of the Opticron 30x eyepiece but understand it's hard to get hold of now.

2. I'm not averse to buying used so would I be better seeing if I could get hold of something like a secondhand Kowa TSN 663? The new price is about 40% higher than the Opticron so beyond my budget (and I realise it's also about 40% heavier). Is there a world of difference between the two?

TIA
 

knb

Member
United Kingdom
So I guess it comes down to whether anyone has done any comparisons between the SDLv3 (or SDLv2) and the Baader Hyperion MkIV zoom on an Opticron MM4 60 ED?

Although, just to throw another spanner in the works, how would the Opticron combo compare to a used Nikon Fieldscope III ED 60?
 

Bill Atwood

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Supporter
United States
If you are trying to save money with the MM4 I'd recommend the HDF zoom eyepiece. I had the MM3ED/HDF & MM4/SDL2 for a period and could barely tell a difference when mixing and matching.
 

knb

Member
United Kingdom
If you are trying to save money with the MM4 I'd recommend the HDF zoom eyepiece. I had the MM3ED/HDF & MM4/SDL2 for a period and could barely tell a difference when mixing and matching.
Many thanks for that. I was more wondering whether the Baader was better as well as being better value. Apologies, I should have been clearer. I can't seem to find any comparison between the two, although I think I saw something about the Baader having a wider view.
 

wllmspd

Well-known member
Wonder if this will work with the Baader mark3 zoom, maybe not as it needs a little more focus travel than the mark4. Be good for someone to test this out and report.

Peter
 

wllmspd

Well-known member
Just got an Opticron MM4 60Ead and tried the Baader 8-24 mark IV with 41.5mm adapter (with the slide on “dust sleeve” removed) and the eyepiece will only go in about 6mm, it appears the lower smooth section of the eyepiece hole is a tiny bit narrower than the upper threaded bit. So either I sand something to remove 200microns or so…. Or I get an Opticron zoom, which I’d not budgeted for. Shame as the Baader has a wider field of view (especially at the short end) :-(

Peter
 

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