I've just discovered this board, and am thankful that there's still some good opt discussions going on ... now the futureoptometrist is kind of dead.
Abs1, I've had many opportunities to try the panoptic. Topcon Canada has equipped a half dozen lanes in our preclinic with the panoptic. I say that it really doesn't appear to give 5x the view of a direct, but it's a fun toy. It definitely will not replace the direct, or a good fundus lens (I like the 78D). They're funning a special here $575 CAD for the panoptic head.
Cpw ... finally someone else that love Heine. Granted their BIO is "the standard", but not many of my classmates elected to get their diagnostic sets from them. Most of them got the Welysh Allen (sp?) .... or what I like to call the "Fisher Price" set ... te he.
On another note, I've been trying to decide on a good auxilliary lens. I have the Superfield, but I find that there's not enough mag. I absolutely love the 78D for evaluating the ONH and macuala, but I'm not quite sure how it will compare to a 60D or Super66 .... which I'll be sure to try next term.
Anyhow, good luck with finals everyone!