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#1 Tim J K

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 07:55 AM

Last year I saw posts of the Explore Scientific dobsonian prototype at NEAF. Does ES have any dobs this year? Thanks

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 08:42 AM

no, and they didn't bring the trailer either.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 09:27 AM

Very limited display, nothing new.... pretty much the theme of NEAF this year.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 10:02 AM

Thanks for the info Danny and Mark. Darn, I was looking forward to seeing what they had come up with.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 02:00 PM

Very limited display, nothing new.... pretty much the theme of NEAF this year.


Well, didn't they have the ES100 30mm 3" eyepiece on display? I'd say that's something pretty new. :)

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 05:20 PM

They did have that monster on display. Makes the 41mm Televue look positively svelte.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 06:11 PM

Here's a photo of the 3-inch 30mm ES eyepiece prototype.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 06:12 PM

Here's another.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 09:15 PM

This was my first NEAF and their booth was right there as you entered i was surprised they didn't have much more than a couple scopes and eyepieces on one table. The other table was their computers. I went looking for that " last needed" eyepiece and bought the 20mm 68 degree argon eyepiece. Used it to night in NJ. And it's now may favorite wide field eyepiece. Let me say that for the money you can't go wrong with their eyepieces. They were very informative at the booth and i'll invest in their eyepieces in the future.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 08:48 AM

I asked about the Dob. None on display this year. They are about a month away from finalizing the production version of the Dob. Info should appear on their website thereafter.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 09:32 AM

Thanks for all of the info everyone. Looking forward to seeing that new dob design.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 04:49 PM

They also had the newest version of the 127ED with sliding dew shield. Alas, the price has gone up, and no finder is provided.

It looked to me like they had a sample of every product that they are currently selling, plus the 30mm 100 and 3" diagonal.

I saw all (most??) ES eyepieces for sale at different vendors, including the 25mm 100 degree, and the 9mm 120 degree. I did not ask, but I assume that they were offering the rather big across-the-board "NEAF discount" on ES stuff as well.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 12:14 PM

I talked with Rick at the ES booth and he convinced me that the 127 CF was the better deal at the moment. The new 127 with metal tube has not started to ship yet so the CF was the only option if I did not want to wait. It has the latest improvements, and does come with finder, rings, diagonal, and case so is complete. Woodland Hills only had one so I had to act quick.

I have set it up a couple times, under high thin clouds but it appears nice so far. Focuser is not great but will work ok for visual I think. Feathertouch or Moonlight would be best for imaging.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 06:00 PM

I talked with Rick at the ES booth and he convinced me that the 127 CF was the better deal at the moment. The new 127 with metal tube has not started to ship yet so the CF was the only option if I did not want to wait. It has the latest improvements, and does come with finder, rings, diagonal, and case so is complete. Woodland Hills only had one so I had to act quick.

I have set it up a couple times, under high thin clouds but it appears nice so far. Focuser is not great but will work ok for visual I think. Feathertouch or Moonlight would be best for imaging.

Dean


I think you made a wise decision!

Last year Scott Roberts advised me to put a Moonlight on my ES127ED, but I've not done it yet. FT gave me the model number of their focuser that will fit right on.






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