Are the Hyperions cheaper than ES 82’s?
Look hard at the Meade HD-60 series. Getting hard to find as they seem to be discontinued now but you can get some deals on remaining stock. I just got the 25mm for $70. These didn’t sell well because the dual EDs have similar specs for $60 instead of $90. Those in the know on CN knew the HD-60s were higher quality but in the grand scheme of things, most people buying sub-$100 eyepieces aren’t checking CN reviews (or even know what CN is). The 25mm is known as the poor mans 24 Pan, and reviews seemed to consistently rate it better than the ES 24/68 (for edge distortion, but the ES of course wins in AFOV). People consistently say they can use them with glasses. Personally my wife is making me wait until my bday next week so I wasn’t able to test it out last night, but when someone says quality (and price) between Dual ED and ES 82, this is what comes to mind. Basically a high quality dual ED. A quick check shows the 9mm and 6.5mm available for $71. Of course you may find that they are not a drastically different experience than your Dual ED’s.
The Meade 8.8 is an excellent suggestion as well, especially if you want wider AFOV than 60. But it is nearly twice as expensive, pretty close to your 11mm, and has less advertised ER than the ES. Granted ES tends to slightly overstate ER, so the Meade probably has 1-2mm more eye relief I would guess. But it would be more similar to your ES 11 than different. If you can afford it, and are comfortable getting in pretty close to take advantage of that 82 AFOV, the Meade 8.8 is your best bet. But if you don’t like getting eyelash oil on your ultrawide lenses, the HD-60 gives better eye relief (in large part because of the narrower AFOV), and is very well corrected, for an excellent price.
Edited by SeattleScott, 19 September 2019 - 05:24 PM.