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    Default Celestron Luminos 15mm, first light



    I finally pulled the trigger and got an 82 AFOV eyepiece. I really dreamed that will be an ES but... this is China baby
    It came in the mail on Tuesday and last night I have some hope to use it for the first time.

    First impression: wow this thing is pretty and heavy. It weighted 370 gr and to balance the scope I had to place the dovetail rail all the way to the front. The lens looks really greenish and I like the way you can adjust the eyecup, using a rubber grip band at the "equator" of the eyepiece.

    The weather app said mostly clear but when I arrived to my obseving place it was mostly cloudy. I decided to set the scope and wait, wait and wait. -M81 site is clear, let's go there...the clouds rolled in 1 minute. -Oh, Antares is visible...clouds rolled in too.
    -M13...I got it for half a second in the eyepiece and then....the clouds rolled in

    I was ready to quit but for some reason decided to stay. I usually avoid these kind of nights but come on....my new eyepiece was calling to get some photons in it.

    Well, at about 12:30 the moon was starting to rise (I could see the horrible glance at the east) and miraculously the sky cleared up (I guess the moon scared the clouds...loved that moon ). Just few clouds decided to stay but I will say 80% of the sky was clear. Transparency was not so good though but I finally had a chance to try the new eyepiece.

    Oh my....amazing views with such a wide FOV. M81 and M82 are almost at the edges of the eyepiece (almost) and both show more structure than even with my 9mm eyepiece. M13 fits nicely in the eyepiece with the two 7th magnitude neighborn stars. I checked M22 and is nice to see all those pinpoints stars inside the cluster. M4? Now I can see how loose it really looks.
    I saw some open clusters too: C76 is a nice collection of gems and Butterfly Cluster fits nicely showing all those bright stars.

    I have a cheap 2X Barlow and decide to give the eyepiece a hard time with that The seeing must be so good because it let me push the scope to 200X (eyepiece plus barlow). I saw Saturn and honestly is the best view I had had of it. I saw the Cassini division all along the rings and the planet showed one brown darker band inside. On Jupiter I could see Io's transit with the 9mm so I tried the 15mm alone and it showed it too. I saw some detail inside Mars (like shadows or something).

    I even tried the eyepiece on the moon and of course I fired up my eyes but it is nice to know that the whole waning moon fits in the eyepiece showing such a good detail in it. I finally tried the Ring Nebula and wow...it blow off any lack of confidence in this eyepiece. The ring was pretty and showed some kind of color.

    Stars at the edge of the eyepiece are still pinpoints and the eye relief is just perfect. Very confortable to use specially with the eye cup that you can adjust to lean your face.

    Finally....one picture to share and thanks all for your advice and patience

    ocular-celestron-luminos-15mm-149221-MCO20736668096_052016-F.jpg

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    Default Re: Celestron Luminos 15mm, first light

    Luis! My friend! Congratulations on a great new eyepiece! It sounds like you and the EP are going to be good friends! Thanks for the great first light report.
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    Default Re: Celestron Luminos 15mm, first light

    Thanks for the great review, Luis! I also have that eyepiece, as well as a couple of the ES 82's. The ES is better in terms of coma near the edge, but both offer great views. I'm sure you'll be enjoying that eyepiece for a long time.
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    Congratulations on the new eyepiece! It sounds like it is going to work well for you. A great viewing report
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    First light for my dim brain also! I use the Luminos 15 mm also, had it 6 months, BUT DID NOT KNOW ABOUT THE TWIST UP RUBBER EYE CUP!!!!!. Was there info on this in any manual that came with it? How did you find out? Brilliant Musiclucho !! Thank you, thank you ,thank you. I feel like I have just got a new eyepiece..

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    Default Re: Celestron Luminos 15mm, first light

    Congrats LG! And congrats on a great first light experience. Those Luminos EP's are pretty darn good performers. I also really liked the twist up eye guard.
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    Congrats on the new EP and thanks for the great first light report!
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    Default Re: Celestron Luminos 15mm, first light

    When it came I was looking and it and trying to unscrew the bottom (is a weird protocol I like to do ) I holded the equatorial rubber and twisted it almost by accident. That was a nicely surprise

    It really came with no manual, but in the box talks about the twisted eye cup. But honestly I read manuals and stuff like that AFTER I had tried by myself
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    Default Re: Celestron Luminos 15mm, first light

    Quote Originally Posted by musiclucho View Post
    I finally pulled the trigger and got an 82 AFOV eyepiece. I really dreamed that will be an ES but... this is China baby
    It came in the mail on Tuesday and last night I have some hope to use it for the first time.

    First impression: wow this thing is pretty and heavy. It weighted 370 gr and to balance the scope I had to place the dovetail rail all the way to the front. The lens looks really greenish and I like the way you can adjust the eyecup, using a rubber grip band at the "equator" of the eyepiece.

    The weather app said mostly clear but when I arrived to my obseving place it was mostly cloudy. I decided to set the scope and wait, wait and wait. -M81 site is clear, let's go there...the clouds rolled in 1 minute. -Oh, Antares is visible...clouds rolled in too.
    -M13...I got it for half a second in the eyepiece and then....the clouds rolled in

    I was ready to quit but for some reason decided to stay. I usually avoid these kind of nights but come on....my new eyepiece was calling to get some photons in it.

    Well, at about 12:30 the moon was starting to rise (I could see the horrible glance at the east) and miraculously the sky cleared up (I guess the moon scared the clouds...loved that moon ). Just few clouds decided to stay but I will say 80% of the sky was clear. Transparency was not so good though but I finally had a chance to try the new eyepiece.

    Oh my....amazing views with such a wide FOV. M81 and M82 are almost at the edges of the eyepiece (almost) and both show more structure than even with my 9mm eyepiece. M13 fits nicely in the eyepiece with the two 7th magnitude neighborn stars. I checked M22 and is nice to see all those pinpoints stars inside the cluster. M4? Now I can see how loose it really looks.
    I saw some open clusters too: C76 is a nice collection of gems and Butterfly Cluster fits nicely showing all those bright stars.

    I have a cheap 2X Barlow and decide to give the eyepiece a hard time with that The seeing must be so good because it let me push the scope to 200X (eyepiece plus barlow). I saw Saturn and honestly is the best view I had had of it. I saw the Cassini division all along the rings and the planet showed one brown darker band inside. On Jupiter I could see Io's transit with the 9mm so I tried the 15mm alone and it showed it too. I saw some detail inside Mars (like shadows or something).

    I even tried the eyepiece on the moon and of course I fired up my eyes but it is nice to know that the whole waning moon fits in the eyepiece showing such a good detail in it. I finally tried the Ring Nebula and wow...it blow off any lack of confidence in this eyepiece. The ring was pretty and showed some kind of color.

    Stars at the edge of the eyepiece are still pinpoints and the eye relief is just perfect. Very confortable to use specially with the eye cup that you can adjust to lean your face.

    Finally....one picture to share and thanks all for your advice and patience

    ocular-celestron-luminos-15mm-149221-MCO20736668096_052016-F.jpg

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    Gratz! This is one of my favorite EPs ever! I compared it side by side with ES 82 14mm in 8" SCT and can't tell a difference, they perform equally well. Except I like ergonomics better on Luminos and easier to see whole FOV as well.

    So don't have second thoughts. Enjoy this great EP!
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    Default Re: Celestron Luminos 15mm, first light

    Quote Originally Posted by musiclucho View Post
    But honestly I read manuals and stuff like that AFTER I had tried by myself
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