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#1 17thCentury

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 12:04 AM

I saw a reference to these eyepieces a few months ago on CloudyNights.

Well I see they're now shown on their web site.

 

http://www.ricoh-ima...e/xw/index.html


Edited by 17thCentury, 07 December 2019 - 12:04 AM.

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 12:07 AM

Holy ****.

 

Figured I would get the first holy **** is that true in there.



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Posted 07 December 2019 - 01:10 AM

I see that the weight of a XW30 is about 570 gram as the newer XW30-R is about 730 gram...So it looks the R is a different design then the XW? 

 

I did a little searching and it seems the shops here in Europa aren't be able to sell these new XW-R's ...yet. Anybody have info about that? Will they come to the EU market (soon)?



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Posted 07 December 2019 - 01:26 AM

I see that the weight of a XW30 is about 570 gram as the newer XW30-R is about 730 gram...So it looks the R is a different design then the XW?

I did a little searching and it seems the shops here in Europa aren't be able to sell these new XW-R's ...yet. Anybody have info about that? Will they come to the EU market (soon)?

This is not correct. If you look at the spec sheet that comes with all XWs it lists the weights as 740g and 700g for the original XW 30 and XW 40, respectively, which is the same as posted about the R versions listed above.
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Posted 07 December 2019 - 02:01 AM

Thanks Starman, then the 570 gram is a typo on a webshopsite...



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Posted 07 December 2019 - 05:04 AM

So long as the "R" does not mean Reconditioned! scared.gif  


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Posted 07 December 2019 - 11:43 AM

Hoping they haven't changed things like glass type...update the coatings I understand.


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Posted 07 December 2019 - 12:10 PM

 Excellent news! David



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Posted 07 December 2019 - 06:21 PM

It’s interesting to see some people are selling their xw 30 and 40 at higher price then the new one to people who didn’t know the news yet...
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Posted 07 December 2019 - 06:44 PM

It’s interesting to see some people are selling their xw 30 and 40 at higher price then the new one to people who didn’t know the news yet...

I almost got the 40 XW this past spring on Astromart. A seller had one in mint condition for $500, which I thought was reasonable at the time. Not long after, I started seeing them go for $650 to $750, and they were selling really quickly. I thought that was kind of outrageous.. thanks, but no thanks lol.gif I didn't mind waiting a few months for the re-release to one brand new for half the price coolnod.gif


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Posted 07 December 2019 - 06:58 PM

I saw a reference to these eyepieces a few months ago on CloudyNights.

Well I see they're now shown on their web site.

 

http://www.ricoh-ima...e/xw/index.html

Looking at that page, all about astronomy, nothing about spotting scopes.

 

30 is heavier & taller than its 40 casemate, without the little field lens near its snout.    



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Posted 08 December 2019 - 05:41 AM

I have an old Leitz Wetzlar 40mm triplet EP, and now, Pentax is coming with the forty,

what shall I do?

 

JG



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Posted 08 December 2019 - 07:04 AM

If you are happy with your Leitz keep it. 


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Posted 08 December 2019 - 10:48 AM

If you are happy with your Leitz keep it. 

It is a short buildt cemented symmetrically looking triplet, crystal clear,

unlike the "mud in the observing eye", we sometimes get today as an eyepiece with "eco" glass.

The Leitz glass might be one of those mineral glasses abandoned, and since 1990 missing on the Abbe diagram.

 

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 12:54 PM

The prices are even lower than I was expecting.  I'll probably get a 40mm just to max out the FOV with my refractors.



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Posted 08 December 2019 - 12:58 PM

Anyone know the field stop diameters? 

 

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 01:26 PM

Great news!  When are they expected to hit the stores here in the states?  I saw OPT has the 30mm listed but on back order, didn't see anywhere else (Astronomics, Highpoint) but was not looking very hard.  Thought the OPT was a web site problem... thought I was done, guess I am not done buying eyepieces yet.



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Posted 08 December 2019 - 01:34 PM

It is a short built cemented symmetrically looking triplet, crystal clear,

unlike the "mud in the observing eye", we sometimes get today as an eyepiece with "eco" glass.

The Leitz glass might be one of those mineral glasses abandoned, and since 1990 missing on the Abbe diagram.

 

Clear skies,

JG

Leitz is a collectible, like the Rodenstock 40 & Vernonscope 40.  


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Posted 08 December 2019 - 01:39 PM

I'd consider the 40, as I already have the 31N and the 32 Brandon.  The 30XW is great though for someone who wants wide field but not the extreme weight of the 31N. 

 

Heck I may even pick one up one day as well as an intermediate wide field lol. 



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Posted 08 December 2019 - 04:26 PM

What are the prices?

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 05:10 PM

You guys are really late to the party.

Here is a long thread on them that answers all your questions about price, availability, etc. etc.:

https://www.cloudyni...-would-you-buy/

Especially posts #137 on.

 

But if you don't want to read 250 posts on the subject:

Available late December from dealers.

40mm--$399.95  6 elements, 20mm eye relief, 2"

30mm--$369.95  7 elements, 20mm eye relief, 2"

Fully multi-coated, JIS waterproof seals

Weights likely to be the same as before, but unknown until I get actual gram-scale weights.

 

On line with most dealers already.


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Posted 08 December 2019 - 08:03 PM

After over four months and more than 200 posts I'm surprised anyone was paying attention to that thread. ;) 

 

It's now a different topic too.

 

Clear skies, Alan


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Posted 08 December 2019 - 08:35 PM

The optical designs seem to be the same as the original versions of the 30mm and 40mm XW. The chart below shows the originals. In fact the eyepieces look pretty much identical to the originals. Perhaps the "R" stands for re-launched ?

 

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Edited by John Huntley, 08 December 2019 - 08:37 PM.


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Posted 08 December 2019 - 08:51 PM

You're probably right about the "R." I suppose they decided to differentiate these at some level from the pre-Ricoh ones. It doesn't look like that will show on the eyepieces themselves, though.

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 08:54 PM

After over four months and more than 200 posts I'm surprised anyone was paying attention to that thread. ;)

It's now a different topic too.

Clear skies, Alan


As you'd expect, it was all going well until someone mentioned Tele Vue, lol

(not that I have anything against Tele Vue...)


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