(noting at the outset that I am not trying to offend...)
I find it odd that people can be convinced that the zoom is incapable of doing certain things (excellent planetary performance, outperforming top notch fixed focal length eps, etc.) when they have never looked through one. One of the most intriguing aspects of the ASPH is that many people have relayed the idea that they were initially skeptical of its ability, tried it, and have since come to realize that it is essentially unsurpassed when it comes to performance under a wide range of viewing contexts (DSO, planets, lunar, solar). Some people have gone so far as to liquidate the majority of their other ep's simply because their other glass seems to offer no performance advantage over the Leica. Granted, it is possible to handpick a review that indicates the Leica isn't as excellent as some reviewers have indicated, but the majority of reviews seem to indicate this is some sort of logic-defying ep that equals or surpasses the very best fixed focal length eps. I place a lot of weight behind the views of experienced observers who have sold off sets of Brandons or Zeiss ep's after spending time with the Leica.
Again, not trying to be confrontational on this, but I tend to question the strong views of those who have not looked through the ep in question, when those views contradict the majority of opinions posted by people who have.
Very well said!
Some contributions do indeed exhibit an attitude as though everybody would have a full set of ZAOIIs (plus Zeiss Barlow) and only would be considering the Leica zoom if it clearly equals or even surpasses these highest quality orthos. By setting this benchmark almost all other eyepieces (including EVERY TeleVue eyepiece) would be ruled out (with the possible exception of the two Pentax XOs).
To accept a widefield zoom with an optical quality close or even equal to the top notch fixed focal length eyepieces seems to be impossible for some.
Remark: These words are not directed to anybody in particular. Therefore, please do take it as a general remark without being pointed at someone specifically.