The "Sale" section of the Bresser.de site can be a good place to get a bargain.
Yesterday I received my order of:
40mm Maxvision 68° (aka "Lenszilla") -
34mm ES68 -
25mm Meade MA -
€44 €6 (at this price I didn't really care what it was like)
(Minutes after receiving shipping notification, the weather forecast changed to show that I could now expect clouds at my location for the forseeable future. As luck would have it, I managed to find a few gaps in the clouds for a couple of hours last night)
None of these eyepieces are new, but I haven't used any of them before, so they're all new to me.
I have a GSO 10" Dobsonian, which I usually use from my flat in the city.
The Maxvision 40mm 68°
Wow this is a big eyepiece, isn't it?! I mean, sure, I read all about it, saw photos of it next to cans of beans, and so on; but you have to hold it in your own hands to really appreciate the sheer size and weight of this thing.
I love it! I'm not going to decloak it. The twist-up eye guard is great and I find the eyepiece really comfortable to use.
The secondary shadow wasn't even that annoying. (In a 10" F/5 the exit pupil is over 8mm)
I'm going to get more use out of this eyepiece when I go to dark sites, because I can never really adapt to the dark properly when I'm at home in the city, but this is a lovely eyepiece and I can see myself using it as a finder or just idly browsing the milky way with my DGM NPB filter.
Back in the day it used to cost two or three times the current sale price, so I think I got a good deal here.
The Explore Scientific 34mm 68°
I might have thought this eyepiece was large and heavy, had I not used the Maxvision just before it!
It's nice. The view is clear and bright. The outer edge shows coma (I don't have a Paracorr) but it's otherwise clean at the edges (my TS-branded 30mm 70° EP shows all sorts at the edges - I discovered new galaxies and double stars on a daily basis with that old thing, now relegated to my "B-team" set).
I don't love it like I do the big ol' Maxvision, though, but I'm sure it'll grow on me over time... And if I don't, then I can probably sell it on for the same price I bought it for.
The Meade MA 25mm ??°
The real star of the show!
This was only €6. Six euros is like six dollars or five pounds. Some places will charge you more than that just for delivery.
And when your expectations are low, anything that doesn't fall to pieces in your hands will seem good :-D
First impressions were good: it came in a plastic case which twists open/closed. The case alone is worth one or two €/$/£, maybe.
This is a perfectly fine eyepiece. Narrow FoV, less than 50° I think. Off-centre the view quickly goes bad, but perfectly servicable views in the centre. For the price it's great!
I can happily give this to my nieces and friends' children, along with the 9mm TS-branded Plössl that came with my telescope, and they can now change eyepieces themselves without me having to do it for them, and use the telescope relatively unattended.
I should have bought a few more of these, just in case. Bresser should give one away for free with every order ;-)
I'm very pleased with my selection of discounted eyepieces. I wouldn't have bought any of them at their full retail prices, but I've been looking for a low power eyepiece to replace my 30mm 70° for a while, and now I have two low power 68° eyepieces for the price of one!
I feel they're good mid-range eyepieces, which I'm happy to have while on my way to the eventual 41 Panoptic + 31 Nagler + 21 Ethos dreamteam :-)
These eyepieces are all, at the time of writing, still available on sale on the Bresser site. Today I notice that an ES68 16mm has joined them.
But I'm good for eyepieces for the moment...
Edited by AaronF, 19 October 2019 - 07:33 AM.