The Ethos has long been praised for its excellence in the eyepiece division, but is it really the best there is out there? I've had the opportunity to view through a few of them, and they are in fact excellent. However, *in my humble opinion*, I don't think they are the best eyepieces available in today's market, with an exception of the 21. I compared the 17 & 13 Ethos with the 17 & 12 Explore Sci 92, and the winner for me was the 92's. The 17 Ethos may have had the edge in edge performance [no pun intended], but overall winner for me was the 17mm 92. Hard to compete with an eyepiece that has an eye lens the size of a can of snuff. In a head to head with the 14mm Explore Sci 100 & 13mm Ethos, the performance was almost identical, but personal preference with the ergonomics made me favor the ES 14mm. Field of view aside, in focal lengths under 10mm, the TeleVue Delos series is one of the best 1.25" barrel eyepieces, as so are the Pentax XW's. Eye relief, sharpness, contrast, and viewing comfort put these eyepieces on the top tier. I haven't had a chance to put the 4.7 Ethos SX in a head to head with the 4.5 Delos & 5 XW, but that will happen soon, so stay tuned for that comparison.
All that being said, what eyepieces do you think are the best out there? Do you think it's the Ethos, or do you think others are better? What makes them the best in your opinion?
Side note - I am not bashing TeleVue or the Ethos at all. I think they are amazing eyepieces! Definitely one of the best series out there. But in my personal preference, I like some of the other options out there a little more.
Edited by rkelley8493, 30 May 2019 - 03:57 PM.