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    Default ES 18mm 82 vs ES 14mm 100



    Hey guys, I'm not exactly sure what Ep to get, so I'm just going to take a leap of faith. Ive got the F/4.98 12in scope also. Anyways, I've been digging around on eBay and found some pretty decent deals on both Eps. As far as I can tell everyone loves the 18mm 82, and the 14mm 100 rivals the 13mm ethos, so I'm told, the 18 is still $200 cheaper than 14mm. Also I'd like to use both for DSO and planetary viewing. And I know as far as FOV, both will blow me away. My question is will the 14mm give better contrast, and sharpness. Or...do people only buy the 14mm for the wider AFOV. I would like to squeeze out any amount of detail in DSO's especially galaxies that I can. (if I can even see detail in galaxies with this equipment? not sure) if I can though, will the 14mm be superior for galaxies. If so, then I'm willing to spend the extra $$. If there is not much difference, should I just get 2 different Eps from the 82 series.

    Or......(should I just spring for the Nagler 17mm which is still cheaper than the 14mm)

    I think that just about covers it.
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    Default Re: ES 18mm 82 vs ES 14mm 100

    The ES 82º 14mm, much cheaper than the 100°, will offer excellent galaxy views, especially on the brighter ones. The 100° will offer nice views, but in addition to your target, you'll have a bit more surrounding space. The 82° 14mm serves as an excellent companion to the 18mm.

    If you have to get one, my vote is for the ES 82º 18mm. It's affordable, wide field, and a DSO hunting beast. But, that's the one I use the most, and thus I'm a bit biased.
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    Default Re: ES 18mm 82 vs ES 14mm 100

    Oh also the deals on Amazon are out of Germany???not sure if that is a no-no. Even if I cant get the deal I'm still going to get one.
    Thanks Bladekeeper, you know your the one who first put this whole ES bug in my ear, hahaha, just haven't got around to pulling the trigger.
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    Default Re: ES 18mm 82 vs ES 14mm 100

    Being from Vegas, I'll double-down on Bryan's suggestion(s) above. The 14mm and 18m ES 82's have got to be seen to be believed.
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    Default Re: ES 18mm 82 vs ES 14mm 100

    I'll vouch for the ES 18mm 82° EP - great lens! For me, 82° is ample enough but we all have our own preferences but many members here do have ES 100° EP's and just love them

    Good luck with whatever you go with!
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    Default Re: ES 18mm 82 vs ES 14mm 100

    My 14mm 82* ES will be here Saturday!! I cannot find an 18mm anywhere.
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    Speaking of the Nagler 17mm - I have the 17mm and 12mm type 4 Naglers, which are designed for longer eye relief than the other (type 6?) versions. I find the longer eye relief makes them more comfortable to use. If you're happy with the eye relief of the standard Nagler/ES eyepieces, then they're a cheaper option - but if you'd like more eye relief then the type 4 Naglers are worth a look .
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    Default Re: ES 18mm 82 vs ES 14mm 100

    As far as Planetary and Lunar viewing I honestly do not see the purpose for ultra wide angle views....all you get is a lot of extra "space" surrounding the target especially worthless to me when viewing a planet since it makes the planet actually appear smaller then it would with a plossl or Ortho Eyepiece... Now when Viewing DSO's....I want as wide a FOV as I can comfortably use so I can see as much as I can ...Unfortunately however my old eyes do not like even an 82 degree FOV any longer because I have to shift my eyeballs all over the FOV to "take in" the entire sight..so I restrict myself to 70 degree FOV eyepieces even for DSO's...

    In your situation (and if you eyes are a lot younger then mine) I'd hop on an 82 degree eyepiece and forget about a 100 degree eyepiece...

    Just my opinion ...

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    Default Re: ES 18mm 82 vs ES 14mm 100

    What's also nice about the ES18 is that you can go from DSO viewing to Planet viewing just by stuffing that puppy into a 2in 2x Barlow--And the wide field of view means you don't have to keep moving the scope,you can just watch a planet traverse the eyepiece while waiting for the atmosphere to give up some more detail--In a manual scope you don't want to chase your target all the time--

    I have the ES6.7 and in my neck of humid woods,it's rare that it gives up a clear view--So at least for me the 14 with a planet viewing barlow just wouldn't cut it--The barlowed 18 while the planets are indeed quite small the clarity and contrast is a sight to behold---ZX
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    Default Re: ES 18mm 82 vs ES 14mm 100

    Alright!!! looks like I'm getting a 18mm, Resq, If these are legit then highpointscientific.com opticsplanet.com shoptics.com handonoptics ebay (if in the camera/telescope subcategory) appear to still have them in stock, sorry I don't know how to create links,
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