These three eyepieces "sold" me on 2" viewing. I used them on my
c8 and for a while on my 9.25 but just haven't used them in the
months since moving to higher end eyepieces. They are:
45 mm Rini
25 mm Rini
11 mm Russell
Paul Rini eyepieces are somewhat legendary and sold new for $40
apiece, the Russell for $80, so shipped new value is about $170.
The Rinis look homemade because they are. Their chief problem is
a "blanking effect"--eyepiece goes black if you move our head the
wrong way. Very noticeable on a c14 but less of a problem on the
c8 for some reason. Or maybe in my C8 days I was less fussy.
BUT, these pieces also give nice wide fields of view.
The Russell is very well made (out of delrin, glass lenses, but
very light compared to other eyepieces). Its worst problem is
ghosting on bright planets--very pronounced. But this eyepiece
functions well on dsos.
Make no mistake: you won't use these for the rest of your life,
but you do get three for less than the price of one 2" UO, and
it's a reasonable starter kit. Once I moved away from 1.25 I never
went back, not even with theswe guys. You can always resell them.
Or, keep them for star parties. A reminder if you're new to
astronomy: SCTs (usually f/10) and long focal length "slow"
scopes are more tolerant of low-end eyepieces than fast dobs
where edge of field correction
is crucial. Consider buying these if you're f/8 or higher.
I will NOT break up the set. $135 takes all three and includes USPS
insured shipping to CON US.