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#1 sgraffwriter

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 06:36 PM

I wanted to give a shout out to Gary Russell of Russell Optics. I ordered an eyepiece from him, and he was so nice and personable.
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#2 M57Guy

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 08:11 PM

I wanted to give a shout out to Gary Russell of Russell Optics. I ordered an eyepiece from him, and he was so nice and personable.

Yes he is.

 

Hope you enjoy your Russell Optics EP - they are a decent value.

 

Clear skies!

 

 

*edited to correct a silly typo*


Edited by M57Guy, 06 December 2018 - 07:45 PM.

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 09:15 AM

I couldn't agree more, sgraffwriter! I had the pleasure of dealing with Gary last year while shopping for pairs of EPs to go with my binoviewer, a true gentleman there! smile.gif And now I have a pair of both the Russell 15mm and 19mm SWA XL's in my arsenal! laugh.gif


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:06 AM

I’ve purchased a couple of his handmade 2“ eyepieces (7mm RG and 17mm RG) directly from him. They are nice EPs and I enjoy using them. And yes, Gary is very personable on the phone.
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Posted 06 December 2018 - 02:49 PM

He's a nice man that has helped many of us get traction in the hobby. I don't think I've ever heard a bad word about him. He's done some custom work for me a couple of times too. He knows his business.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 09:08 PM

Super nice guy, really went out of his way to answer all of my questions.


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Posted 31 December 2018 - 12:38 AM

My wife bought me a crosshair eyepiece from him (it was on my potential gifts list). I hadn't expected her to get it. After I opened it, I asked how it was ordering from the site because I had never done so myself. She mentioned how nice of a guy he was to deal with. Jokingly, I asked "well, just how nice was he?" lol.gif

 

All kidding aside, based on my wife's dealings, and the quality of the product he sent, I'm glad to send more business his way. I came to this thread looking to see what folks thought about his other eyepiece offerings. 

 

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 10:12 AM

On the technical front:

   Seems to specialize more in 2" these days,

   but the older and current Russels I have in 1.25"

   have remarkably smooth sharp detail when I blow up the image.

  For me, the outstanding technical feature is the really fine glass.

Contrast is very good but not tip-top, but I have iris inserts for that...fixed.

If your eyes are up to it, most are the top of the Konig-2 art.


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Posted 31 December 2018 - 10:40 AM

On the technical front:

   Seems to specialize more in 2" these days,

   but the older and current Russels I have in 1.25"

   have remarkably smooth sharp detail when I blow up the image.

  For me, the outstanding technical feature is the really fine glass.

Contrast is very good but not tip-top, but I have iris inserts for that...fixed.

If your eyes are up to it, most are the top of the Konig-2 art.

Thank you! I'm mostly interested in a 2" right now. Just one. I have a 1.25" Delos that I love, but I don't have anything really low power. I have one Baader Hyperion 36mm which does not come to focus in my refractor. I want to take the plunge on a truly low power eyepiece for my SCTs and my refractor; however, I don't want to sink real money into because I just don't do much visual observing in my white-zone skies. His prices are incredible, so I figured I would give them the a shot. I don't have anything faster than f/7.5, so even the Delos is overkill. Also, field curvature has not been a problem for me for any eyepiece, though I suspect that might change in the future. I'm also not too picky about the edges, believe it or not. 

 

Now that I think about it, I wonder why I even have a Delos. hmm.gif

 

Okay, I'm kidding. The view through that 17.3mm Delos is absolutely fantastic. I also have a 13mm LVW that I wouldn't trade either. I just don't see the purpose in spending $450 for a low power eyepiece for a relatively slow ED telescope. That is how I came across Russell Optics in the first place. 

 

George


Edited by gfstallin, 31 December 2018 - 10:41 AM.


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Posted 31 December 2018 - 11:01 AM

There are many eyepieces at a lower price with 

incredible performance in 1.25" now.

60-70degrees can be a real eyeful if it's sharp and clean.

Russel was sort of ahead of that curve...

 

Since 2" is usually more expensive,

it makes sense to bring the Russell charm to 2"...

...it's a under-served niche.

Another great thing about Russel at 2":

  the machined Delrin type bodies!

A major weight break from the 

  aluminum-engine-casting style so common

  in the super-premiums. What are these, motorcycle pistons?

 

I wish more bodies were composite or machined

 plastics, but....that is a Russel exclusive, almost.

 Beautiful fit and weight.


Edited by MartinPond, 31 December 2018 - 11:02 AM.



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