Out of all the great eyepiece series currently in the market [Ethos, Pentax XW, Delos, ES 100°, etc], which eyepiece ranks #1 out of each series?
For Explore Sci 100° - I rank the 14mm as the best
Explore Sci 92° - 12mm
Delos - 8mm
Pentax XW - Tied between the 7mm & 10mm
Ethos - I don't know, haven't tried them all, but I really like the 4.7- SX
What are some of the other great series' standouts? Which do you rank #1 out of those mentioned?
Ethos: 17mm, 10mm, 6mm, 3.7mm. Tied between 6mm and 10mm in my scope. In superb seeing, the 6mm may have the edge.
Delite: 18.2mm, with a nod to the 7mm. Reports show some lateral CAEP on the 18.2, but I haven't used it on the Moon, so I haven't seen it.
Delos: 10mm, with a nod to the 6mm
Nagler: Tie: 16mm T5, 13mm T6
Panoptic: 24mm and 19mm tie.
TV Plössl: 20mm
These are not necessarily my favorite-to-use eyepiece in each range, not is it a list of which eyepiece is easiest to use in each series.
I'm merely ranking for sharpness, good contrast, and lack of aberrations to the edge of the field, based on what I've seen.
So you have to take my opinions with a grain of salt. I use a coma-corrected f/5 dob and a 4" f/7 triplet apo as telescopes.
My comments would be different if judging chromatic aberration in the outer field, immersiveness, exit pupil ease of acquisition and lack of sensitivity in placement,
and just plain "impressive-as-heck" field appearance.
To that last one, if all the Naglers disappeared, I'd keep the 22mm and let the rest go, but it's not on the list.
To quote Darth Vader: "Impressive. Most impressive!"