Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

Discuss telescope eyepieces.
User avatar
SKEtrip
Saturn Ambassador
Articles: 0
Posts: 353
Joined: Sat May 11, 2019 12:29 pm
Location: Kansas, USA

TSS Awards Badges

Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#1

Post by SKEtrip »

Anybody got an extra $1250 lying about:

https://agenaastro.com/tele-vue-1-25-2- ... -11mm.html

Can't do it, it is too pretty to use...
AD10, SV102T, AR127 & ST80
M2 & SW AZEQ6 GT Mounts
ES82 11 18 24, ES100 5.5 9 14 20, KK Orthos, BCO's, Vixen HR 2.4, 3.4 Vortex 10X50,
ACD 75 Astro Mutt
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." - Robert A. Heinlein

Image
User avatar
notFritzArgelander
Universal Ambassador
Articles: 0
Posts: 6747
Joined: Fri May 10, 2019 4:13 pm
Location: Idaho US

TSS Awards Badges

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#2

Post by notFritzArgelander »

Not for me. :)
Scopes: Refs: Orion ST80, SV 80EDA f7, TS 102ED f11 Newts: Z12 f5; Cats: VMC110L, Intes MK66,VMC200L f9.75 EPs: KK Fujiyama Orthoscopics, 2x Vixen NPLs (40-6mm) and BCOs, Baader Mark IV zooms, TV Panoptics, Delos, Plossl 32-8mm. Mixed brand Masuyama/Astroplans Binoculars: Nikon Aculon 10x50, Celestron 15x70, Baader Maxbright. Mounts: Star Seeker III, Vixen Porta II, Celestron CG5, Orion Sirius EQG
User avatar
Lady Fraktor
Co-Administrator
Articles: 0
Posts: 3838
Joined: Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:14 pm
Location: Slovakia

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#3

Post by Lady Fraktor »

A good thing I am a lady or I might say something that would get me banned...
As usual, congratulations to the best thing about TeleVue, the marketing team...
🇸🇰
Proper Telescopes: Antares 105 f/15, Bresser 102 f/13.2, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNGDX 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
Mounts: Berlebach Planet w/ pier, Celestron AS-GT, Celestron CG-5 w/ Argo Navis & tracking motor, SLT w/ pier & tripod mods, Manfrotto 028b w/ SV M2C, Mantrotto 055Pro w/ 128RC, TAL MT1C, Vixen SXP w/ HAL-130 & half pier
Diagonal: 2" A-P Maxbright, 2" Baader Herschel Wedge (P), 2" Zeiss/ Baader Amici Prism (DX2), 2" Orion Amici Prism, 2" Stellarvue DX, 2" TeleVue EverBrite
Eyepieces: Antares to Zeiss
User avatar
notFritzArgelander
Universal Ambassador
Articles: 0
Posts: 6747
Joined: Fri May 10, 2019 4:13 pm
Location: Idaho US

TSS Awards Badges

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#4

Post by notFritzArgelander »

Lady Fraktor wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:39 am
A good thing I am a lady or I might say something that would get me banned...
As usual, congratulations to the best thing about TeleVue, the marketing team...
Well now. I'm no lady. I'm also, selectively, a TeleVue fan. But this item strikes me as cheesy in the sense of overpriced Velveeta. Am I banned yet? ;)
Scopes: Refs: Orion ST80, SV 80EDA f7, TS 102ED f11 Newts: Z12 f5; Cats: VMC110L, Intes MK66,VMC200L f9.75 EPs: KK Fujiyama Orthoscopics, 2x Vixen NPLs (40-6mm) and BCOs, Baader Mark IV zooms, TV Panoptics, Delos, Plossl 32-8mm. Mixed brand Masuyama/Astroplans Binoculars: Nikon Aculon 10x50, Celestron 15x70, Baader Maxbright. Mounts: Star Seeker III, Vixen Porta II, Celestron CG5, Orion Sirius EQG
User avatar
Lady Fraktor
Co-Administrator
Articles: 0
Posts: 3838
Joined: Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:14 pm
Location: Slovakia

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#5

Post by Lady Fraktor »

I own some of their equipment as well, just not a believer in the often stated, there is nothing else better.
🇸🇰
Proper Telescopes: Antares 105 f/15, Bresser 102 f/13.2, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNGDX 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
Mounts: Berlebach Planet w/ pier, Celestron AS-GT, Celestron CG-5 w/ Argo Navis & tracking motor, SLT w/ pier & tripod mods, Manfrotto 028b w/ SV M2C, Mantrotto 055Pro w/ 128RC, TAL MT1C, Vixen SXP w/ HAL-130 & half pier
Diagonal: 2" A-P Maxbright, 2" Baader Herschel Wedge (P), 2" Zeiss/ Baader Amici Prism (DX2), 2" Orion Amici Prism, 2" Stellarvue DX, 2" TeleVue EverBrite
Eyepieces: Antares to Zeiss
User avatar
notFritzArgelander
Universal Ambassador
Articles: 0
Posts: 6747
Joined: Fri May 10, 2019 4:13 pm
Location: Idaho US

TSS Awards Badges

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#6

Post by notFritzArgelander »

Lady Fraktor wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:20 am
I own some of their equipment as well, just not a believer in the often stated, there is nothing else better.
In this case there's a serious question about what, if any, differences from the Nagler design this might represent. The lack of any technical info (beyond 85* AFOV, a field stop size of 16.2mm, and 19mm eye relief) that might serve to justify the huge price difference? Color me, nope.
Scopes: Refs: Orion ST80, SV 80EDA f7, TS 102ED f11 Newts: Z12 f5; Cats: VMC110L, Intes MK66,VMC200L f9.75 EPs: KK Fujiyama Orthoscopics, 2x Vixen NPLs (40-6mm) and BCOs, Baader Mark IV zooms, TV Panoptics, Delos, Plossl 32-8mm. Mixed brand Masuyama/Astroplans Binoculars: Nikon Aculon 10x50, Celestron 15x70, Baader Maxbright. Mounts: Star Seeker III, Vixen Porta II, Celestron CG5, Orion Sirius EQG
User avatar
SKEtrip
Saturn Ambassador
Articles: 0
Posts: 353
Joined: Sat May 11, 2019 12:29 pm
Location: Kansas, USA

TSS Awards Badges

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#7

Post by SKEtrip »

Lady Fraktor wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:39 am
A good thing I am a lady or I might say something that would get me banned...
As usual, congratulations to the best thing about TeleVue, the marketing team...
Honestly I believe their marketing team messed this one up. For a "commemorative" item announcement /release
it would been much better to introduce it BEFORE the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. Announce it almost 4 months
after the date to be commemorated....just to order? - no definitive date for shipment has been given.

At that price they should all be personally autographed & delivered.
AD10, SV102T, AR127 & ST80
M2 & SW AZEQ6 GT Mounts
ES82 11 18 24, ES100 5.5 9 14 20, KK Orthos, BCO's, Vixen HR 2.4, 3.4 Vortex 10X50,
ACD 75 Astro Mutt
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." - Robert A. Heinlein

Image
User avatar
Lady Fraktor
Co-Administrator
Articles: 0
Posts: 3838
Joined: Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:14 pm
Location: Slovakia

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#8

Post by Lady Fraktor »

They need to sift through the pre-orders to make sure their fan base gets them since there are only 300 going around the world.
I had a chuckle over a comment on CN that it is probably a rework of the Explore Scientific 12mm 92° eyepiece.
🇸🇰
Proper Telescopes: Antares 105 f/15, Bresser 102 f/13.2, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNGDX 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
Mounts: Berlebach Planet w/ pier, Celestron AS-GT, Celestron CG-5 w/ Argo Navis & tracking motor, SLT w/ pier & tripod mods, Manfrotto 028b w/ SV M2C, Mantrotto 055Pro w/ 128RC, TAL MT1C, Vixen SXP w/ HAL-130 & half pier
Diagonal: 2" A-P Maxbright, 2" Baader Herschel Wedge (P), 2" Zeiss/ Baader Amici Prism (DX2), 2" Orion Amici Prism, 2" Stellarvue DX, 2" TeleVue EverBrite
Eyepieces: Antares to Zeiss
User avatar
notFritzArgelander
Universal Ambassador
Articles: 0
Posts: 6747
Joined: Fri May 10, 2019 4:13 pm
Location: Idaho US

TSS Awards Badges

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#9

Post by notFritzArgelander »

Lady Fraktor wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:10 pm
They need to sift through the pre-orders to make sure their fan base gets them since there are only 300 going around the world.
I had a chuckle over a comment on CN that it is probably a rework of the Explore Scientific 12mm 92° eyepiece.
That's hilarious! :lol:
Scopes: Refs: Orion ST80, SV 80EDA f7, TS 102ED f11 Newts: Z12 f5; Cats: VMC110L, Intes MK66,VMC200L f9.75 EPs: KK Fujiyama Orthoscopics, 2x Vixen NPLs (40-6mm) and BCOs, Baader Mark IV zooms, TV Panoptics, Delos, Plossl 32-8mm. Mixed brand Masuyama/Astroplans Binoculars: Nikon Aculon 10x50, Celestron 15x70, Baader Maxbright. Mounts: Star Seeker III, Vixen Porta II, Celestron CG5, Orion Sirius EQG
User avatar
Lady Fraktor
Co-Administrator
Articles: 0
Posts: 3838
Joined: Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:14 pm
Location: Slovakia

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#10

Post by Lady Fraktor »

It would be rather ironic though :lol:
🇸🇰
Proper Telescopes: Antares 105 f/15, Bresser 102 f/13.2, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNGDX 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
Mounts: Berlebach Planet w/ pier, Celestron AS-GT, Celestron CG-5 w/ Argo Navis & tracking motor, SLT w/ pier & tripod mods, Manfrotto 028b w/ SV M2C, Mantrotto 055Pro w/ 128RC, TAL MT1C, Vixen SXP w/ HAL-130 & half pier
Diagonal: 2" A-P Maxbright, 2" Baader Herschel Wedge (P), 2" Zeiss/ Baader Amici Prism (DX2), 2" Orion Amici Prism, 2" Stellarvue DX, 2" TeleVue EverBrite
Eyepieces: Antares to Zeiss
User avatar
AntennaGuy
Orion Spur Ambassador
Articles: 0
Posts: 786
Joined: Sun May 19, 2019 1:20 am
Location: Tyler, TX USA

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#11

Post by AntennaGuy »

According to the Agenaastro website, this eyepiece is manufactured in Taiwan. Not that I have anything against Taiwan, but it seems to me that if this is true, it substantially reduces the commemorative value of this eyepiece in regard to Apollo 11. If Taiwan had led the Apollo program, I might think otherwise. But... perhaps I just don't get it. Neither this eyepiece nor one similar even went to the moon, right? Rather, some other eyepiece, and evidently not necessarily of this design, was used in a simulator here on Earth. That's just too tenuous a connection to me, kinda like: "I have George Washington's original axe that chopped down the cherry tree, however the handle has been replaced three times and the head has been replaced twice."
* Celestron C6 SCT on a Twilight 1 Alt-Az mount
* Meade 323 refractor on a manual equatorial mount.
User avatar
Lady Fraktor
Co-Administrator
Articles: 0
Posts: 3838
Joined: Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:14 pm
Location: Slovakia

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#12

Post by Lady Fraktor »

The majority of TeleVue eyepieces are made in Taiwan so not really an issue for myself.

The TeleVue hardcore fan base goes on like the landings would never have happened without Mr. Nagler.
Thankfully there was a hundred thousand or more people to carry the load when he was having a bad day....
🇸🇰
Proper Telescopes: Antares 105 f/15, Bresser 102 f/13.2, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNGDX 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
Mounts: Berlebach Planet w/ pier, Celestron AS-GT, Celestron CG-5 w/ Argo Navis & tracking motor, SLT w/ pier & tripod mods, Manfrotto 028b w/ SV M2C, Mantrotto 055Pro w/ 128RC, TAL MT1C, Vixen SXP w/ HAL-130 & half pier
Diagonal: 2" A-P Maxbright, 2" Baader Herschel Wedge (P), 2" Zeiss/ Baader Amici Prism (DX2), 2" Orion Amici Prism, 2" Stellarvue DX, 2" TeleVue EverBrite
Eyepieces: Antares to Zeiss
User avatar
notFritzArgelander
Universal Ambassador
Articles: 0
Posts: 6747
Joined: Fri May 10, 2019 4:13 pm
Location: Idaho US

TSS Awards Badges

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#13

Post by notFritzArgelander »

Lady Fraktor wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:54 pm
The majority of TeleVue eyepieces are made in Taiwan so not really an issue for myself.

The TeleVue hardcore fan base goes on like the landings would never have happened without Mr. Nagler.
Thankfully there was a hundred thousand or more people to carry the load when he was having a bad day....
Yeah, that's really silly of the fans and is nausea inducing like personality cults do. One of those hundred thousand was an uncle of mine who worked guidance systems on the Saturn V. He didn't know, let alone get any help from Mr Nagler....
Scopes: Refs: Orion ST80, SV 80EDA f7, TS 102ED f11 Newts: Z12 f5; Cats: VMC110L, Intes MK66,VMC200L f9.75 EPs: KK Fujiyama Orthoscopics, 2x Vixen NPLs (40-6mm) and BCOs, Baader Mark IV zooms, TV Panoptics, Delos, Plossl 32-8mm. Mixed brand Masuyama/Astroplans Binoculars: Nikon Aculon 10x50, Celestron 15x70, Baader Maxbright. Mounts: Star Seeker III, Vixen Porta II, Celestron CG5, Orion Sirius EQG
User avatar
AntennaGuy
Orion Spur Ambassador
Articles: 0
Posts: 786
Joined: Sun May 19, 2019 1:20 am
Location: Tyler, TX USA

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#14

Post by AntennaGuy »

Lady Fraktor wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:54 pm
...The TeleVue hardcore fan base goes on like the landings would never have happened without Mr. Nagler.
...
Interesting. So an optics/eyepiece designer (albeit highly-skilled, famous in his field) can actually have fans? Hmm. This gives me ideas. You see, I've designed some "cool" antennas... Only a relatively small technical community even knows about them, but... I wonder if any of those people would qualify as "fans" of my work? Perhaps some of the young graduate students (again, not a large number by any sensible standard, but even so, more than zero) who have sought me out at certain antenna-related technical conferences could be called "fans." But, before your comment, I never before thought about designing some kind of commemorative antenna! Maybe a little bitty one, perhaps, like those ZWO mini-camera key chains? (e.g., https://www.highpointscientific.com/zwo ... m-keychain ) . :)
Well... it's something to think about. Everyone needs a little ego boost now and then, you know.
Added later:
Sigh. Evidently, I continue to only rediscover old ideas, e.g., https://www.flickr.com/photos/fboyd/2911909809/
(Not one of my antennas.)
Also: My apologies for wandering off-topic, somewhat.
* Celestron C6 SCT on a Twilight 1 Alt-Az mount
* Meade 323 refractor on a manual equatorial mount.
User avatar
Marcelo F.
Moon Ambassador
Articles: 0
Posts: 94
Joined: Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:50 am
Location: Lisbon

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#15

Post by Marcelo F. »

Sounds like a reasonable eyepiece for my $65 telescope
Telescope: Dobson N 76/300 FirstScope DOB w/ DIY tripod adapter, 5x24 Finderscope.
Eps: 4mm Ramsden, 6mm Huygenian, 12.5mm Huygenian, 20mm Huygenian, 4mm Plossl, Solomark LP Filter, Dark Green Moon Filter.
Binoculars: Bresser National Geographic 7x50
Camera: none
Messier: 7/110
User avatar
DeanD
Mars Ambassador
Articles: 0
Posts: 159
Joined: Fri May 17, 2019 7:27 am
Location: Adelaide SA
Contact:

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#16

Post by DeanD »

I contacted the TV dealer here in Oz before I saw this thread and the US price. He has 4 coming in, 2 are pre-sold and I could have one if I forked out $A2099 ($US1445)...
I passed and thanked him for the offer. He has probably sold them all now.

Just for fun I mentioned it to my wife. It got the quickest "No!" I have ever heard!

I like my TV eyepieces (except for the 9mm T1 Nagler), but got them all either second hand or when the Aussie $ was on parity with the $US. They are getting way too pricey now. I can understand that Al has fans: I understand he is a nice guy and great to deal with and he has done a lot to develop some very nice equipment to encourage the amateur astronomy community. I don't think he has a 10-year + waiting list for new scopes like another US manufacturer though. ;)

Hang on: maybe if I got 3 of the Apollo 11 eyepieces I might be able to trade with someone who has lucked out on that waiting list... hmmm :banana-dance:
Telescopes: 12" f5 dob, Celestron CPC800, 150mmf5 Celestron achro, Tak TSA102, TV76, ETX125...
Binos: Tak 22x60, Swarovski 8x30 Habicht, FB 25x100, Orion Regulux 15x70...
Eyepieces: way too many (is that possible?), but I do like my TV 32mm plossl, 13mm Nagler T6, 27mm Panoptic and 3-6mm Nagler zoom, plus Fujiyama 18mm and 25mm orthos and Tak 7.5mm LE
User avatar
AntennaGuy
Orion Spur Ambassador
Articles: 0
Posts: 786
Joined: Sun May 19, 2019 1:20 am
Location: Tyler, TX USA

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#17

Post by AntennaGuy »

Ahem. FYI, I have been conveyed a message from someone who sought and acquired a statement from an employee of Agena Astro, specifically addressing a query about the connection, if any, between the design of this eyepiece and any eyepiece(s) used in the Apollo 11 simulator mentioned in the Televue promotional materials. Here is that statement: "It is not said in any of Tele Vue's communications that the design of this eyepiece is in any way related to the optics used in the visual simulator used to train astronauts during the Gemini and Apollo programs."
* Celestron C6 SCT on a Twilight 1 Alt-Az mount
* Meade 323 refractor on a manual equatorial mount.
User avatar
j.gardavsky
Saturn Ambassador
Articles: 0
Posts: 340
Joined: Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:52 pm
Location: Germany

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#18

Post by j.gardavsky »

The EP looks too cheap to be genuine, I am afraid,

JG
User avatar
Ozypic
Pluto Ambassador
Articles: 0
Posts: 460
Joined: Fri May 10, 2019 10:26 pm
Location: NSW Australia

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#19

Post by Ozypic »

I'm sure they probably crushed some moon rocks and melted them to make the glass etc .... if theres a buck in it .... still a hundred yrs from now at the 150th anniversary imagine what it will be worth..
Phill. Dreaming of Clear Skys .... :D :D :D
SCOPE : Skywatcher 120X600 ST Achromatic Refractor. 
EP's : 25mm & 10mm Plossl , Celestron 8/24mm Zoom EP,
Filters : Solar filter, Badder Fringe Killer & Moon/Skyglow. 
MOUNT : Skywatcher Star Discovery goto Mount.
CAMERAS : ZWO 120 asi MC. / Sony HX400V 50X Zoom.
Binoculars : Saxon 10x50
User avatar
Lady Fraktor
Co-Administrator
Articles: 0
Posts: 3838
Joined: Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:14 pm
Location: Slovakia

Re: Tele Vue Apollo 11 Special Edition

#20

Post by Lady Fraktor »

AntennaGuy wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:17 pm
Ahem. FYI, I have been conveyed a message from someone who sought and acquired a statement from an employee of Agena Astro, specifically addressing a query about the connection, if any, between the design of this eyepiece and any eyepiece(s) used in the Apollo 11 simulator mentioned in the Televue promotional materials. Here is that statement: "It is not said in any of Tele Vue's communications that the design of this eyepiece is in any way related to the optics used in the visual simulator used to train astronauts during the Gemini and Apollo programs."
I am not sure if this was an issue here perhaps at that other site?
Though Mr. Nagler helped design the simulator optics people seem to set aside the fact that this was a team effort and not accomplished by one person working alone.
The fan club elsewhere tends to cause a twitch in my right eye at times.
🇸🇰
Proper Telescopes: Antares 105 f/15, Bresser 102 f/13.2, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNGDX 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
Mounts: Berlebach Planet w/ pier, Celestron AS-GT, Celestron CG-5 w/ Argo Navis & tracking motor, SLT w/ pier & tripod mods, Manfrotto 028b w/ SV M2C, Mantrotto 055Pro w/ 128RC, TAL MT1C, Vixen SXP w/ HAL-130 & half pier
Diagonal: 2" A-P Maxbright, 2" Baader Herschel Wedge (P), 2" Zeiss/ Baader Amici Prism (DX2), 2" Orion Amici Prism, 2" Stellarvue DX, 2" TeleVue EverBrite
Eyepieces: Antares to Zeiss
Post Reply

Return to “Eyepieces”