I read a few positive posts about these Japanese eyepieces on Cloudy Nights and thought I would buy a few. Decided on the 18mm and 25mm. A few U.S. retailers offer them but I decided to buy them directly from Kokusai Kohki in Japan, www.kkohki.com/English/kkohkiparts.html.
First, I must say the transaction went smoothly. I visited the website, e-mailed a few questions that were quickly answered and I placed my order. To my surprise I received a short note saying my order was received and they were running “an unadvertised autumn sale.”
The oculars were marked down from 9,800 yen each to 7,800. In U.S. my cost was $75.00 per eyepiece. With shipping from Japan the total came to about $169.00. They forwarded a PayPal invoice and after making payment I received a note saying the oculars were being shipped. They also sent a tracking number.
Within a week the eyepieces arrived along with an unexpected small carry bag for them. Transaction complete - well done! Now on to the ocular test. Fortunately the day they arrived we had good weather with fair seeing conditions so I was able to test them on a an October Gibbous Moon.
This is my first set of Orthos so I wasn’t sure how they would compare to my favorite Plossls for the Moon and planets. I would test them against my Meade and TeleVue eyepieces of similar aperture.
Right out of the box, I immediately liked the feel and weight of these short eyepieces in my hand. They were simply designed with coated lenses and plastic eyepiece caps. My gut told me they would perform well.
Both eyepieces provided clear sharp images with excellent contrast and natural color. They were comfortable with decent eye relief and showed no false colors or ghosting. I observed many fine details on the Moon’s surface including craters, maria, mountains, rays & rills and spent ½ hour enjoying the view. The Fujiami’s competed nicely with my favorite Moon oculars. This was also the first time I used an eyepiece without rubber eyepiece caps and I must say I enjoyed the experience. Again, the minimalistic approach to the design of the eyepieces appealed to me.
Bottom line, I love these Fujiyama orthoscopic oculars and plan on buying a few more. Doing business with Barry and others in Japan was a pleasure so I will continue to buy directly from them. The eyepieces provide excellent views for a reasonable price. In my opinion they provide much bang for the buck and I highly recommend them.
Edited by MarkGregory, 12 October 2016 - 12:34 PM.