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#1 Jarrod

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 08:50 AM

A tiny lottery, but still...

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I found them for sale, gently used, the other day. I've had each and every one of these on backorder for the last two months, with no end in sight - and there they were - all except the 14mm - including a nice Orion accessory case.

FedEx delivered yesterday *and* we had clear skies last night. That may be the most amazing bit of all! :grin: I looked through each and every one of them. All of them look very nice, though I admit that I don't have a lot to compare the performance to - these are some of the first EPs I've ever owned. But I can say they are very sharp, and maintain this sharpness all the way to the edge. My favorites overall so far are the 11mm/82* and 24mm/68*. Those were great on every object I looked at, and the ER (especially on the 24) was the most comfortable. The 8.8 put up its best view on M51 A/B - that was lovely. The 6.7mm put up a nice view of Saturn that the 6mm TMB planetary II could not match under the conditions I had. The bad news is that the vignetting with my glasses on is pretty noticable. The good news is that I will likely start viewing without my glasses, as I discovered last night that my left eye astigmatism isn't so bad that it interferes with the view, even through the 11mm. I'm really stoked to finally be able to use these!

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 09:46 AM

Nice catch! :waytogo:

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 03:13 PM

they look very classy in your case. congrats.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 03:19 PM

You have a very nice set of glass in you arsonel!

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 03:40 PM

Isn't it great to just keep on buying more & more eyepieces?@?@? I am feeding my addiction as I type now, LOL!

Cheers and congrats on he new glass :yay:

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 04:44 PM

Thanks all.

Markus, I can't say it feels great, but it *is* hard to stop :grin:

I would allow myself *one* more EP in the 14-18mm range at this time. However, I'm not certain of which one I should get, so that may help stall another purchase. That would not be a bad thing!

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 06:43 PM

Nice score. I have the 11mm *82, it's been great for Saturn at x180 in my C8. Next I want either the 24mm or 30mm.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 07:27 PM

I was more impressed with the ES 82* series than the TMB Planetaries as well, but then the ES cost more so no great surprise.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:43 AM

Grats on the nice purchase! I assume this was the kit listed here on CN? If so, that was a great deal, imo. And, you scored the hard-to-find ES68 24mm in the mix.

It looks like you now have both the 82 and 68 degree 24mm from ES? I'd love to know how you see them comparing to one another. I'm still waiting on an ES68 24mm, and for a lot of right reasons I want to hold out for one, but I keep coming back to the ES82 24mm as an available option due to the long wait time on the 68. Obviously, the FOV is quite different but within the confines of each, I do wonder if one is notably different from the other.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:45 PM

Isn't it great to just keep on buying more & more eyepieces?@?@? I am feeding my addiction as I type now, LOL!

Cheers and congrats on he new glass :yay:


Markus, I think you're something of a rarity; most eyepiece hooligans end up hoarding so many that eventually they need to have a shed built to house them all (you know who you are!). At least you binge and purge!

Congrats to the OP on the nice score!

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:00 PM

Syed,

I almost grabbed a 13mm Astro tech AF70, but realized my Paypal was at zero, :lol: I would have had to sell off my barlow and almost did and had no takers. I would have also lost two good configurations: 10mm XW with barlow and 7mm XW with barlow on Jupiter and Saturn, which would have been detrimental.

If I had of hoarded the eyepieces I had bought, I would need a shed to keep them all in! I like to have no more than 7 at a time and a barlow, that's just how I am.

Cheers,

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:18 PM

I would also like to hear from anyone who has both the ES24 68° and the 82° to give us their opinion and compare the two. I have had the ES24mm 68° on backorder since December. I have a couple of other 80° eyepieces and honestly I find that 65 - 70° is just fine for me; perhaps its due to my 60 year old eyes though..lol. thanks, Allan

#13 Jarrod

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 04:28 PM

Yes, next up is an A/B of the 24mm Meade 5K 82º vs. the ES 68º. I don't know when I'll be able to get to it but I'll be sure to post my findings in this forum.






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