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#1 AstroFalcon

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 11:36 PM

I received my new ES68 24mm eyepiece this past Thursday, and surprisingly the weather actually cooperated and skies were clear ahead of a snow storm that arrived last evening. I went out with my Orion ST80A, let it cool and threw in the 24mm. Not having a large amount of time to observe, I targeted M42: the entire nebula (and then some) was nicely framed in the FOV and the Trapezium was easily ID'd though more magnification was needed to even think about splitting it.

Overall, I'm very impressed with my newest addition to my EP collection. I'm anxious to get out with it again once the weather clears. Again, my thanks to everyone who recommended this EP.

#2 Stephen S

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 12:33 AM

I think the 24mm ES68 is a real winner of an eyepiece. I had the 24mm ES68 and 24mm Televue Panoptic at the same time. Love my Televue eyepieces in general but after several direct comparisons, I ended up keeping the ES and selling the Panoptic. The 24mm ES68 has to be one of if not the best value eyepieces on the market today. I've added a couple of the ES82 eyepieces to the line up as well. Super value eyepieces in general.

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 02:21 AM

The 24mm 68 degrees works great in my CR6. It barlow's
well{using my Meade 140 apo barlow} either in the 1.5X mag or 2X mag configuration. De Lorme

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 02:42 AM

I have had the ES 24mm 68° for a year and I absolutely love it for it's value and performance. Congrats on your new eyepiece!

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 08:04 AM

I have both the 24Pan and the ES68 24mm (lucky me). I actually find I reach for the ES about 65% of the time (but wouldn't pull one out of the focuser just to use the other, they're both excellent eyepieces). I do prefer the Pan in the refractors slightly.

#6 Scanning4Comets

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 09:51 AM

24mm Pan has better edge correction in fast scopes ~ Sharp out to the edge.
24mm ES 68 has better eye relief, but edges are not good in a fast scope.

I think the 24mm ES 68 has better light transmission, but the difference won't be that noticeable.

Pick your poison! :grin:

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 10:54 AM

I have got one in the mail right now-hopefully it will arrive today. It will be clear tonight albeit cold! :)

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 11:41 AM

Great eyepiece, considering its price. Use it with catadioptric TAL 200K.

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 01:41 PM

I've got a pair of them that I use in my APM100 BT. They give great views, and are very comfortable as well. But yes you'll get some FC in a fast scope (this BT is f/5, I think). However, the edges are much sharper than what I see in the 21 or 17mm Baader Hyperion.

Also, as good as the 24mm ES68 is, I think the 20mm is even better. This is one SHARP eyepiece.

#10 AstroFalcon

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 02:26 PM

Jarrod, the 20mm ES68 is on my short list once funds become available again.

#11 Kon Dealer

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 02:38 PM

So happy for you.

#12 JonNPR

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 02:52 PM

I had a difficult choice between the ES and the Baader 24s. They both display about the widest possible TFOV for my scope. Had to decide between quality differences that favor the ES and the eye relief difference favoring the ES (18mm) and the Baader (20mm). As an eyeglass wearer who finds the ES 82* series ER just a tad bit bit too short for comfort, I leaned towards the Baaders. But 2mm more for the 68* series was intriguing. I ended up opting to risk it. Excellent EP, and just sufficient eye relief for me. But that extra couple of millimeters for the Baaders sure DOES make a significant comfort difference. If I ever see a good deal on a used Baader 24...

Jon

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 03:07 PM

Jarrod, the 20mm ES68 is on my short list once funds become available again.


I've ad all the ES68's except the 40mm. The 20mm is my favorite, but performance is very uniform across all FL in the series.

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 03:13 PM

A 6" f/8 achromat the ES68 24mm and M42.

Perfect.

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 05:37 PM

As an eyeglass wearer who finds the ES 82* series ER just a tad bit bit too short for comfort, I leaned towards the Baaders. But 2mm more for the 68* series was intriguing. I ended up opting to risk it. Excellent EP, and just sufficient eye relief for me. But that extra couple of millimeters for the Baaders sure DOES make a significant comfort difference.


Jon,

Have you ever considered contact lenses? I just switched from glasses to using Air Optix for Astigmatism toric contacts and it has been very liberating as far as astronomy goes. My observing sessions are so much more enjoyable now. And it's a great feeling to be able to consider all available eyepieces, not just those with extra-long ER.

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 05:47 PM

Congrats, the ES68 24mm is a real winner. Mine doesn't even go in the eyepiece case, it stays in the diagonal of my ST-80 on a Porta II. This combo is really fun to sweep Perseus and Cassiopeia with. M42, M44, M45 and the list goes on. :)

Here's mine. :waytogo:

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#17 aatt

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 07:12 PM

Mine arrived today and got it at the old price.It is raining tonight of course.

#18 AstroFalcon

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 08:27 PM

Ever since my first light report, the WX hasn't cooperated... figures!






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