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I see Burgess Optical is still making monocentric 6mm, 8mm, 10mm and a 16mm (16mm is designed for BVs)
Burgess has made some high quality offerings in the past and the 10mm has been well reviewed.
Scroll down the page a bit: https://www.burgessoptical.com/

They also have a 91mm f/7.7 fluorite/ lanthanum doublet for $875USD.
Refractors: Antares 105mm f/15 (modified), Bresser 102mm f/13.2, Celestron 150mm f/8 (modified), Homemade 70mm f/10 (LZOS K8/F8 doublet), Stellarvue NHNG Deluxe 80mm f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, Teleskop-Service 102mm f/11, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
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I know one thing the 2-2" diagonals ( $49 ea.)and the 2" CR-X Contrast filter ( $59 ) I bought from them are excellent performers.
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And they are easy to deal with, even up here to Canada, top notch service.
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The 16mm will be an interesting focal length to have in monocentric design. Would be well suited for fainter DSO to get maximum throughput. I will probably get one of these when they become available. The 10mm is also quite flexible, especially when Barlowed as the off-axis cleans up nicely and it retains its superb contrast, so makes an excellent planetary when Barlowed, which is how I use it with a TV 2x for 5mm effective and with a TV 2.5x Powermate for 4mm effective. I am adjusting my previous review of the 10mm and when finished will submit it here.
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WilliamPaolini wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 2:05 pm The 16mm will be an interesting focal length to have in monocentric design. Would be well suited for fainter DSO to get maximum throughput. I will probably get one of these when they become available. The 10mm is also quite flexible, especially when Barlowed as the off-axis cleans up nicely and it retains its superb contrast, so makes an excellent planetary when Barlowed, which is how I use it with a TV 2x for 5mm effective and with a TV 2.5x Powermate for 4mm effective. I am adjusting my previous review of the 10mm and when finished will submit it here.
Any idea when the 16 will be available ? I should probably ask them direct.
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I popped them a note asking.
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WilliamPaolini wrote: Thu Jun 24, 2021 3:32 pm I popped them a note asking.
Thanx, could you let us know ? If you think about it.
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LDW47 wrote: Fri Jun 25, 2021 4:56 pm
WilliamPaolini wrote: Thu Jun 24, 2021 3:32 pm I popped them a note asking.
Thanx, could you let us know ? If you think about it.

I certainly will.
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I really don't need another ep but I like to try new gear and support these type of smaller businesses incl. Russell Optics etc. and some up here in Canada.
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FYI, Spoke to Bill Burgess yesterday. He indicated that the 16mm Ultramono is expected to be in production and available this Fall, along with a series of Barlows to get that unit to multiple shorter focal lengths. More of the 8mm's should be coming too. Also working on a few new scopes as well. So looks to be an interesting Fall and Winter at Burgess Optical if plans stay on track. If I get my hands on any of them will post an assessment.
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Thank you for the information Bill.
Refractors: Antares 105mm f/15 (modified), Bresser 102mm f/13.2, Celestron 150mm f/8 (modified), Homemade 70mm f/10 (LZOS K8/F8 doublet), Stellarvue NHNG Deluxe 80mm f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, Teleskop-Service 102mm f/11, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
EQ Mounts: Celestron CG-5, Celestron ASGT (modified), Skywatcher EQ-5, TAL MT-1, Vixen SXP/ Berlebach Planet
Az/ Alt Mounts: Celestron SLT (modified), Manfrotto 055B/ RC28, Manfrotto 028B/ Stellarvue M2C/ Argo Navis
Diagonal: 2” Astro-Physics MaxBright, 2” Stellarvue Deluxe, 2” TAL dielectric, 2” TeleVue Everbrite, 2” Baader DX-2 Amici prism, 2” Long Perng Amici prism, 2” Baader Herschel wedge
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I just remembered, the eye relief on the 16mm Ultramono is expected to be 16mm! So this one will actually be long eye relief and eyeglass compatible, something quite unusual for a 3 element 1 group type eyepiece!
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Well that is sounding quite interesting. I may have to sacrifice the piggy bank.
Refractors: Antares 105mm f/15 (modified), Bresser 102mm f/13.2, Celestron 150mm f/8 (modified), Homemade 70mm f/10 (LZOS K8/F8 doublet), Stellarvue NHNG Deluxe 80mm f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, Teleskop-Service 102mm f/11, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
EQ Mounts: Celestron CG-5, Celestron ASGT (modified), Skywatcher EQ-5, TAL MT-1, Vixen SXP/ Berlebach Planet
Az/ Alt Mounts: Celestron SLT (modified), Manfrotto 055B/ RC28, Manfrotto 028B/ Stellarvue M2C/ Argo Navis
Diagonal: 2” Astro-Physics MaxBright, 2” Stellarvue Deluxe, 2” TAL dielectric, 2” TeleVue Everbrite, 2” Baader DX-2 Amici prism, 2” Long Perng Amici prism, 2” Baader Herschel wedge
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I note that Harry Siebert sells monocentric eyepieces in a bunch of longer focal lengths and sells Barlows of a variety of magnifications so you can turn those monocentrics into any focal length you want.
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Back in 2012 I reviewed a Siebert 10mm mono. Performed as expected relative to ER and AFOV. Planetary performance was certainly very good on planets but had a little more scatter than I thought it should have (comparing to AP-SPL). Execution of the build was rather crude though and a bit pricey at $199, no where near as refined of a build as the Ultramonos even with their more reasonable price ($99). However, I recall last year that Harry contacted me saying that he made a big improvement on the build of those and supposedly very nice. He was going to send me one to update my review but it never came through, so never got a chance to see the "better" build version.
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WilliamPaolini wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 2:05 pm The 16mm will be an interesting focal length to have in monocentric design. Would be well suited for fainter DSO to get maximum throughput. I will probably get one of these when they become available. The 10mm is also quite flexible, especially when Barlowed as the off-axis cleans up nicely and it retains its superb contrast, so makes an excellent planetary when Barlowed, which is how I use it with a TV 2x for 5mm effective and with a TV 2.5x Powermate for 4mm effective. I am adjusting my previous review of the 10mm and when finished will submit it here.
I’ve enjoyed my 10 mm and will happily read his updated review.
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FYI, I just asked them for another update on the 16mm mono.
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I never got an update on the 16 Ultramono. However I understand that he is expecting a shipment of 500 10mm Ultramonos in the next 30 days.
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Thank you for the update Bill. :)
Refractors: Antares 105mm f/15 (modified), Bresser 102mm f/13.2, Celestron 150mm f/8 (modified), Homemade 70mm f/10 (LZOS K8/F8 doublet), Stellarvue NHNG Deluxe 80mm f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, Teleskop-Service 102mm f/11, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
EQ Mounts: Celestron CG-5, Celestron ASGT (modified), Skywatcher EQ-5, TAL MT-1, Vixen SXP/ Berlebach Planet
Az/ Alt Mounts: Celestron SLT (modified), Manfrotto 055B/ RC28, Manfrotto 028B/ Stellarvue M2C/ Argo Navis
Diagonal: 2” Astro-Physics MaxBright, 2” Stellarvue Deluxe, 2” TAL dielectric, 2” TeleVue Everbrite, 2” Baader DX-2 Amici prism, 2” Long Perng Amici prism, 2” Baader Herschel wedge
Eyepieces: Antares to Zeiss, definitely more than 1 person requires
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