I'm looking for some recommendations on replacing my current binoviewing set. I've been using 24mm ES 68s in my Earthwin Binoviewers, somewhat successfully, but not successfully enough that I am set on them. The view is great, but the comfort factor is killing me. I also hate the tapered barrel which creates problems in getting them set right and they are too fat for my ID of 66mm which causes me to have to press my entire face into them and pinches the bridge of my nose when viewing.
Initially I'd like to find a direct replacement pair for them in the widefield range (18-24mm) then something primarily for planetary viewing later on after I've settled on the wide set, ideally of the same brand/series. The Powerslide gives me 1.2x, 1.9x, and 2.4x. The primary scope is a 14" f/4.6 Dob, but also occasionally an ED127. I prefer to have comfortable eye relief 15-20mm and a good wide AFOV >65. I like having the periphery context and am not interested in 50 degree AFOVs.
So far I've been considering:
TV Panoptic 24mm - They appear to solve my tapered barrel problem with ES, and seem to have more space at the top for my nose. I used to have a 27mm Pan I used in mono mode and I didn't really like it much though.
Pentax XW 20mm - I am concerned of these having the same issue as the ES with being too fat, the barrel looks quite large but seems to taper more so I don't know. Anyone with a similar ID tried these?
TV Delos 17.3mm - I owned this a while ago and only used in mono mode, but I really loved it so it's pretty high up there, but seems like a fairly big hit in AFOV due to the shorter FL compared to my current 24mm ES.
Baader Morpheus 17.5mm - Just here as a competitor to Delos 17.3 - having tried the Delos I probably wouldn't pick this over those unless someone has some really great reason.
Baader Hypersion 24mm - I had Hyperion 8-24 zooms previously and liked them, except the super narrow FOV at the upper end of it. Price is right but once I again I just can't tell how the comfort would be, they appear quite bulky.
Vixen LVW 22mm - I've never used Vixen or know much about them and they appear hard to find, but the specs are nice and the form factor looks good.
Any thoughts or recommendations, among these or others I should be considering?
Edited by jtrezzo, 19 March 2019 - 06:09 PM.