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Morpheus. Ugliest eyepieces I think I've ever seen

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#26 japaoletti

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 07:39 PM

The review of the Delites was even better. Bettered the XW and the Tak orthoscopic. Unless you want the FOV I'd go for the Delites. 



#27 bremms

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 08:32 PM

 

If most eyepieces perform about the same, have the same viewing characteristics, and cost about the same, then people will opt for the ones that look less revolting. 

 

From BillP"s review it seems that the XW and Delos are the closest in terms of specs and performance (and they have also been criticised for their appearance).  However the prices are substantially different.

 

Delos 14mm = $340.

 

XW 14mm = $299.99

 

Morpheus 14mm = $239.99

 

 

Personally, I'd happily own an eyepiece that looks like a Dalek if its performance is close to a Pentax XW but costs less. 

 

It does look like a Dalek.



#28 RichA

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 10:20 PM

i really like the top lens but thats were it stops the rest looks like they just kinda slaped it together talking about the housing

 

Vote they change the name to Medusa.



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Posted 23 August 2015 - 12:19 AM

My only issue with its packaging are the cartoony bubble letters which look a bit embarrasing. The rest is fine but the silly font on the eyepiece doesnt convey a high end product to my eyes. 



#30 Tom_m

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 02:08 AM

 

If most eyepieces perform about the same, have the same viewing characteristics, and cost about the same, then people will opt for the ones that look less revolting. 

 

From BillP"s review it seems that the XW and Delos are the closest in terms of specs and performance (and they have also been criticised for their appearance).  However the prices are substantially different.

 

Delos 14mm = $340.

 

XW 14mm = $299.99

 

Morpheus 14mm = $239.99

 

 

Personally, I'd happily own an eyepiece that looks like a Dalek if its performance is close to a Pentax XW but costs less. 

 

 

And have a look at prices here in Europe (I've ussed middle exchange rate):

 

Delos 14mm = $426.

XW 14mm = $415

Morpheus 14mm = $276

 

I have a feeling it will sell rather well over here.



#31 SteveG

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 02:27 PM

Ugly yes, but how do they smell?



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Posted 23 August 2015 - 02:39 PM

Speaking of ugly, as much as I like my XWs, I don't think they would ever win a beauty pageant.

 

In all honesty, I feel the XWs are quite ugly.  They look like big mushrooms to me.  Hardly what I would call even the littlest bit aesthetically pleasing.  But of course, as with any observer, we know that how they look matters absolutely zero relative to their performance.  The only aspect of "looks" that concerns me in the eyepieces I choose are overall size and weight as these two aspects of looks impact performance ergonomics.



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Posted 23 August 2015 - 05:34 PM

 

If most eyepieces perform about the same, have the same viewing characteristics, and cost about the same, then people will opt for the ones that look less revolting. 

 

From BillP"s review it seems that the XW and Delos are the closest in terms of specs and performance (and they have also been criticised for their appearance).  However the prices are substantially different.

 

Delos 14mm = $340.

 

XW 14mm = $299.99

 

Morpheus 14mm = $239.99

 

 

Personally, I'd happily own an eyepiece that looks like a Dalek if its performance is close to a Pentax XW but costs less. 

 

Everyone on-line I see is selling the Pentax XW for $359.95



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Posted 23 August 2015 - 05:36 PM

Ugly yes, but how do they smell?

Interesting you say that.

I have seen eyepieces whose rubber eyecups reeked as bad as tar on a freshly-paved road.

It is a legitimate question.



#35 Meadeball

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 05:51 PM

I recently bought a trio of Zhumell Z-series planetaries (same thing as Orion's Edge-On Planetaries at a fraction of the price), and while they are great eyepieces, their black, virgin-rubber lens covers (which do work quite well) smell like a tire store!


Edited by Meadeball, 23 August 2015 - 05:53 PM.


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Posted 23 August 2015 - 06:03 PM

 

 

If most eyepieces perform about the same, have the same viewing characteristics, and cost about the same, then people will opt for the ones that look less revolting. 

 

From BillP"s review it seems that the XW and Delos are the closest in terms of specs and performance (and they have also been criticised for their appearance).  However the prices are substantially different.

 

Delos 14mm = $340.

 

XW 14mm = $299.99

 

Morpheus 14mm = $239.99

 

 

Personally, I'd happily own an eyepiece that looks like a Dalek if its performance is close to a Pentax XW but costs less. 

 

Everyone on-line I see is selling the Pentax XW for $359.95

 

 

 

B&H has them at $299.99


Edited by MortonH, 23 August 2015 - 06:04 PM.


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Posted 23 August 2015 - 06:19 PM

That's a great price.  The 20mm though is $319 there.



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Posted 23 August 2015 - 07:52 PM

Are they so ugly ?

 

Here are the 17,5mm and the 4,5mm.

 

 

 

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#39 Peter Besenbruch

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 09:16 PM

I donno, I always thought the XW's kinda resembled Dolly Parton in her good days.....

 

Your optomitrist called. ;)



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Posted 23 August 2015 - 09:23 PM

Are they so ugly ?

 

Yes. Then again, a lot of eyepieces are ugly, especially the wide field, long eye relief types.



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Posted 23 August 2015 - 09:46 PM

I don't understand this fixation on what they look like. Does it really matter?



#42 MortonH

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 10:13 PM

If eyepieces could talk, I wonder what they'd be saying about the looks of their owners? :p



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Posted 23 August 2015 - 10:26 PM

I don't understand this fixation on what they look like. Does it really matter?

Having begun my foray into dobs by owning and using a Coulter for many years, I wholeheartedly agree with that statement.



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Posted 23 August 2015 - 11:04 PM

I don't understand this fixation on what they look like. Does it really matter?

When some child at a star party loosens the setscrew and it smashes on the ground, leaving you to convince the parents that you spent $250 on it... maybe it does matter.

 

Anyway, I'm not ashamed to admit that I like my gear to look nice.  It's not a high priority, but it counts for something.  These things are grotesque.



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Posted 23 August 2015 - 11:50 PM

Kinda reminds me of something you'd find in the plumbing department at Home Depot.


Edited by Meadeball, 24 August 2015 - 12:00 AM.


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Posted 24 August 2015 - 01:41 AM

Well, seeing that the Morpheus being ugly is the harshest criticism levelled at it so far – Baader must be on to a winner there!

 



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Posted 24 August 2015 - 11:52 AM

Ah. See what you mean. Kinda looks like it got caught in a waffle iron with a pair of wide-whale corduroy pants from the '70s. Or like something you'd find under the hood of your car, especially with that gaudy lettering. Come to think of it I think they got their labeling idea from the automotive world too.

 

Functionally, that eyepiece is gonna require a lot of cleaning from eyelash oil ...

 

That's not an eyepiece.  That's a lens cell for colonoscopy tubes.  GN



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Posted 24 August 2015 - 01:31 PM

I don't get the obsession with how these things look, either. It's night. When I'm using an eyepiece, my main concern is how good the view is, not what the eyepiece looks like. Besides, maybe it's just me, but I don't think they look that bad. As to the eyelash oil comment, these are long eyerelief eyepieces so, unless you have some absurdly long eyelashes, they shouldn't be touching the eyelens.

 

Anyway, from first reports, they sound like potentially nice eyepieces to look through. If I needed more eyepieces, I think I'd be interested in giving one a try, goofy appearance or not.

 

John



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Posted 24 August 2015 - 01:44 PM

The more I look at them, more I like them.

That will be lethal eyepieces. Like black mambas of eyepiece world :grin:

 

In fact I am almost decided to get the 9 mm.



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Posted 24 August 2015 - 02:09 PM

I have figured out a way to make the Morpheus look better. Put it up next to this eyepiece: Celestron Ultima Duo

 

ultimaduo5mm.jpg

 

Actually, all this talk about how ugly the Morpheus are has made me become fond of them. I'll wait until I hear a review about the 17.5m. That's the one I'm interested in - and for binoviewing in particular. 




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