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#1 Rick Woods

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 05:54 PM

My ES100 9mm and 14mm arrived today. Don P. packs these things so they're practically bombproof, and sends them priority mail so I had them in 2 days.

The 14mm has the new box (with sky chart), and a hard plastic field lens cap that falls off. The 9mm is in the old box, with the squishy lens cap which also falls off. I guess I'll contact ES and see if they'll send me new caps.

Anyway, they're beautiful, and I can't wait to try them! Unfortunately, the temperature hit 114* here today (119* in Phoenix), and it looks like the monsoon is getting ready to set in. I'm having my buddy Dinsdale over tomorrow night for observing; I hope the clouds stay away until after that. He's going to try the ES100's in his TV refractor, and I in my Meade SCT. The 20mm was wonderful in the SCT; I have great hopes for the new two!

I can't say enough good things about Don Pensack and his customer service. I needed a slight accomodation, and he had no trouble at all helping me out. He's one of us; and he knows how to avoid all the little things that torque us all off about the CS of many vendors.

This officially erases all the "spare" money I'm likely to have for the forseeable future, though.

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 08:47 PM

here here Rick on Don's service! I'm only sad that I have been cut off of buying anything for a few months at least. But I am glad I got to experience first hand the quality of Don's operation. I hope it continues and I know I will be recommending him to everyone I know.

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 06:32 AM

My ES100 9mm and 14mm arrived today.


Congrat ! You will like it. Waiting your comments.

the temperature hit 114* here today



Ouch !!! 53° F here !

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:02 AM

Congrats! Looking forward to the 1st light review.

Best,

#5 Rick Woods

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 01:23 PM

Well, first light is supposed to be tonight. It's brutally hot here, plus haze and scattered clouds. I'm not sure how good the review will be; but at least all the EPs will be compared under the same conditions.

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 02:50 PM

Well, first light is supposed to be tonight. It's brutally hot here, plus haze and scattered clouds. I'm not sure how good the review will be; but at least all the EPs will be compared under the same conditions.


Lots of water, Rick, lots of water. There's a pay raise and a promotion in this for you. ;)

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 03:01 PM

I bought a couple ES 82's from Don, he is a class act. My first NEW ep's in a long time. Can't beat the price on the ES eyepieces.

Sky conditions seem to be appalling across the country.

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 04:22 PM

I bought a couple ES 82's from Don, he is a class act. My first NEW ep's in a long time. Can't beat the price on the ES eyepieces.

Sky conditions seem to be appalling across the country.


Don's a pure gentleman, and highly respected for sure. :waytogo: He's got my vote! Don for Prez!!!! The weather has been really crummy here too.

Cheers,

#9 Rick Woods

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:24 PM

OK, here's my very sketchy review.

First, the sky was absolutely miserable - hazy, clouds appearing everywhere, we could barely see the Milky Way at the best moments. The only comparing we did was the 14mm ES100 with a 13mm Nagler T6 and a Meade S4000 14mm UWA. The conditions changed so rapidly, it was hard to pin anything down. The only target was Saturn. For some strange reason, Saturn cooperated, and we could see (intermittently) a great deal of detail. My impression was that the Meade UWA was slightly sharper than the ES. The Nagler seemed sharper than either, but it was slightly higher magnification, too (273x vs. 254x), so some things (like the Cassini Division) were slightly plainer. But, the next time we swapped things around, it would all be different; and in general, the sharpness and detail visible was pretty much the same in all three.

So this only tells me that the difference was almost too close to call, meaning the ES is right up there with the best. I expected the Meade to be noticably better, but the difference was far less than I expected.

After that, we blew off any more comparisons, and just observed whatever we could see between clouds, dust, and haze; and just enjoyed the 100* experience. I did notice that the stars at the extreme edge of the FOV were only very, very slightly out of focus.

My buddy did not come away from the experience ready to plunk his money for any ES eyepieces; but then, he's a TeleVue man, and he did enjoy the AFOV. So I'm guessing he'll probably get an Ethos down the road sometime.
Being a planetary guy, my serious EP money went into Brandons; and the ES100's are a great, non-budget-busting way to suck up some serious sky.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 07:25 AM

Rick,

Thanks, happy to see you survived the heat.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 09:48 AM

Velcome to zee Dark Side Luke. :evillaugh: :jedi: :evillaugh:

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#12 Rick Woods

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 07:16 PM

They are extremely well made. Nothing cheesy about these eyepieces.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 02:13 PM

This officially erases all the "spare" money I'm likely to have for the foreseeable future, though.


Welcome to the home of "Eyepiece Poverty". I was there for many years.
You've graduated upscale, though, and you may find your eyepiece acquisition period is coming to an end.
That is, until you start looking at short focal length eyepieces in 100-110 degrees. :grin:
I thought I was done (yeah, right :help:) until I looked through a 110 degree 4.7mm Ethos at the Moon. Sigh.
Good thing I'm working, 'cause I'm spending my retirement. :lol:

Thanks for the kind words, guys. And hope we all get some clear skies without "cook eggs on the sidewalk" temperatures soon.






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