Just got in from first light with the 30mm ES 82 in my backyard.
Limiting mag here is about 4.0, as I live in the city. I let my scope cool down for two hours before even starting. I got outside and put the 30mm ES 82 in the focuser and aimed it right at Altair and the other star near it...both stars were in the field.
Both stars were very sharp with slight flaring which is to be expected at such a low power. I then locked onto the Coathanger cluster which fit in the FOV with ease. Nice views! For fun, I then took Altair in Aquila and centered it. I took this fairly bright star and I slowly started to go towards the edge of the field. The star stayed sharp almost all the way to the edges......There is slight coma from the mirror, but correction in this EP is excellent....I was grinning from ear to ear. So far, so good! +1.
The moon was up in the south, so I plopped in my 13% transmission Antares ND filter, then the 30mm ES 82.
WHAT A VIEW !!!! The entire half moon was super sharp, and had excellent contrast. This was also first light for my 13% transmission Antares moon filter as well tonight. +1 here also!
I also took the moon and slowly panned the scope so that it would go near the edges of the FOV ~ it stayed sharp to about 90%. This eyepiece is what I have been wanting for ages. Why I didn't get one long ago is beyond me. The sharpness and correction is incredible in this eyepiece. There is a "blue ring of fire" at the field stop, but it isn't something I'd complain about since 90% of the field is sharp.
Eye placement: Perfect. Only very slight kidney bean blackouts, but nothing too bad at all. IIRC, the 34mm ES 68 was worse in that regard, but I am not positive. I also tried viewing through the 30mm ES 82 with my reading glasses as I draw objects I view a lot. I can still see the entire field stop if I tilt my head back & forth. I didn't think it would be possible, but I could still see the entire view with my glasses on. +1 there. The actual eye relief was just right...I just barely rested my eye socket into the eye-cup to see the field stop. Very nice. +1 again.
It's a bit heavy, but I just tighten up my focuser a bit and also the compression ring....and also my tension handles on the side of my scope and I can view with it from 20° to 90° in the sky without any balance problems.
I also had a look at a group of stars around Deneb in Cygnus and all were nice little pinpoints, and then I swung over to M-71 and finally M-27 in Vulpecula. I'm really going to be liking this eyepiece ~ A LOT !!!
So....tomorrow night I'll be heading to the darker site I frequent for a nice run with this again. In the meantime, I eagerly await for the Double Cluster to get really high tonight to see how it looks in the 30mm ES 82.
This is one eyepiece I should have bought a very long time ago !!!! It isn't going anywhere !!!
I am very happy with first light. I'll report back here tomorrow night after I get it to better skies.
Really wish I'd've gotten this instead of the 36mm Hyperion. Never crossed my mind though.
Cannot say that I am not happy with it though