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#1 Howard Gao

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Posted 18 September 2016 - 08:57 PM

3.5 mm and 5 mm are not produced any more. Dealers still have stock now. 



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Posted 18 September 2016 - 09:11 PM

Ricoh is only listing 7, 10, 14, and 20 on their web site. Maybe they really are on the outs. . . 

 

http://www.ricoh-ima...e/xw/index.html



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Posted 18 September 2016 - 10:50 PM

Ricoh is only listing 7, 10, 14, and 20 on their web site. Maybe they really are on the outs. . . 

 

http://www.ricoh-ima...e/xw/index.html

 

 

Too bad, the 3.5 and 5 XWs are wonderful eyepieces. Maybe a bit more breathing room for TeleVue (Delos) though. 


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Posted 18 September 2016 - 10:56 PM

In Japan sale of Nikon SW is stronger than Pentax XW now.

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Posted 18 September 2016 - 11:05 PM

Another set of great eyepieces retired like the Pentax 30 and 40 .

This is now a trend for Pentax and Nikon is not being sold in the states .

Wow ..Maybe Pentax is getting out of the eyepiece business .

Get them while you can .

 

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Posted 19 September 2016 - 06:38 AM

the XWs are awesome EPs

cant go wrong with 

they have been around for a while long run of success



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Posted 19 September 2016 - 07:18 AM

Here are the replacements:   3.7 Ethos-SX, 4.7 Ethos-SX.

 

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Posted 19 September 2016 - 07:31 AM

The good news is there will be plenty of the eye massage eyepieces on the used market for many years. 



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Posted 19 September 2016 - 10:01 AM

The good news is there will be plenty of the eye massage eyepieces on the used market for many years. 

At eye gouging prices! :(


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Posted 19 September 2016 - 10:59 AM

 

The good news is there will be plenty of the eye massage eyepieces on the used market for many years. 

At eye gouging prices! :(

 

You mean like $650 for a used 2" XW?  :)



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Posted 19 September 2016 - 11:23 AM

:bow: :grin: :bow:

 

30-40XW.jpg


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Posted 19 September 2016 - 11:31 AM

I have just "rediscovered" my Pentax XW 30mm and 40mm.  I wasn't using them very much in my Tec 180 F7.  I preferred a Leitz 30mm instead.  But in my TV-140 F5 the Pentax looked beautiful with large FOV.  I know the 40mm was creating an 8mm exit pupil but I was still enjoying it.  It was easy to find objects and discover new objects and then I would use a higher power Morpheus to zero in on something for more detail.



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Posted 19 September 2016 - 11:33 AM

The loss of each focal length is tragic, how long is this going to go on?   This is terrible!  It's like a plague taking out your friends one by one!   :bawling:  :bawling:



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Posted 19 September 2016 - 01:15 PM

Ricoh is only listing 7, 10, 14, and 20 on their web site. Maybe they really are on the outs. . . 

 

http://www.ricoh-ima...e/xw/index.html

Spotting scope page never listed XW3.5 and 5, so this isn't confirming Redondo info. In the same site you also don't find the "new" PR spotting scope that is replacing the old PF...

Maybe that Redondo can add his source... :question:


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Posted 19 September 2016 - 02:42 PM

Wow, glad I have mine!


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Posted 19 September 2016 - 03:30 PM

Wow, glad I have mine!

+1 :waytogo:

 

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Posted 19 September 2016 - 05:15 PM

 

Ricoh is only listing 7, 10, 14, and 20 on their web site. Maybe they really are on the outs. . . 

 

http://www.ricoh-ima...e/xw/index.html

Spotting scope page never listed XW3.5 and 5, so this isn't confirming Redondo info. In the same site you also don't find the "new" PR spotting scope that is replacing the old PF...

Maybe that Redondo can add his source... :question:

 

I got it confirmed by Pentax dealers in Japan.



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Posted 19 September 2016 - 05:43 PM

BTW the dealer also mentioned that current inventory of all XW eyepieces is low. Pentax may make a new run of available sizes later but maybe not that soon.



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Posted 19 September 2016 - 07:59 PM

I emailed Ricoh this evening to see what they say.  I'll post when I hear from them which I usually do. They have always been good in returning emails with questions. 

 

Edit: I have these eyepieces 3.5mm through the 20mm 



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Posted 19 September 2016 - 08:07 PM

I can say conclusively that the Ricoh site has only reflected the 7, 10, 14 & 20mm for months now so that's not really new but the omission of the other focal lengths does tend to support them not being made anymore. Very interested in what Ricoh has to say though I have mine already.  



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Posted 19 September 2016 - 09:21 PM

 

Too bad, the 3.5 and 5 XWs are wonderful eyepieces. Maybe a bit more breathing room for TeleVue (Delos) though. 

 

 

There is a downside to brand loyalty. For many years I drank the Green kool-aide and would not look at the XW's.

 

When I finally did look at the 5XW I realized that Pentax was about 10 years ahead of Delos. And still better.


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Posted 20 September 2016 - 04:40 AM

I emailed Ricoh this evening to see what they say.  I'll post when I hear from them which I usually do. They have always been good in returning emails with questions. 

 

Edit: I have these eyepieces 3.5mm through the 20mm 

Looking forward to the official confirmation! Thanks.



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Posted 20 September 2016 - 05:39 AM

A couple years ago I had one of each of the XW's except the 14, 30 and 40.  Excellent eyepieces.  I also had several Delos.  Also very good ... though I liked the XW's more!

 

But I realized I was spending too much time switching among eyepieces.  I was already starting to use my Baader Zoom more often than the single focal length eyepieces.   I like to look at many objects of different types during my limited time at dark sites.  The fixed focal lengths just weren't cutting it.  

 

When I acquired a Leica Zoom, that was the end of the old Switcheroo.  I sold all my XW's and Delos and never looked back. 

 

Since then I've picked up some eyepieces at the fringes of the Leica range.  High power and low power Ethos.  Vixen HR's.  41 Pan and 55 TV Plossl.  I already had XO's and a 31 T5.  Trick ponies all.  But then, that's how I look at all eyepieces, except for zooms.  The zooms are my work horses.

 

For the most part, I've kept to the Leica or Baader Zoom for middle range viewing.  Sometimes I'll put a Barlow on the Leica to observe planets.

 

So am I bothered or concerned by the creeping demise of the XW's?  Eh ...  Especially since the prices of them have increased during the last year or so ... :shrug:

 

Mike


Edited by Sarkikos, 20 September 2016 - 05:59 AM.


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Posted 20 September 2016 - 01:48 PM

That's great news.  I purchased a 3.5 XW years ago and have kept it in the box.  In a couple years I can put it on Astromart as "Rare" and make a killing.



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Posted 20 September 2016 - 02:13 PM

I would like to see a 3 mm which would have a larger apparent field of view. 

My Radian only gives me 60 degrees. 

 

Aubrey.




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