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    Hello Hernando,

    any info on the performance of Explore Sci 82deg wide versus mine Astro Professional 16mm 82deg wide, will be welcome.

    I am still on the search for ultimate but still affordable EPs. They say, the EP is that what makes the difference.

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    JG, I'm not familiar with the Astro Professional eyepieces, and googling them came up with this pic:



    Is the above 16mm the one that you have? If so, they look very much like the 82° William Optics UWAN's which have very good reviews, and the ES will probably be not much improvement, if any at all, over the UWAN's. I agree that the eyepiece really makes a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibase View Post
    JG, I'm not familiar with the Astro Professional eyepieces, and googling them came up with this pic:



    Is the above 16mm the one that you have? If so, they look very much like the 82° William Optics UWAN's which have very good reviews, and the ES will probably be not much improvement, if any at all, over the UWAN's. I agree that the eyepiece really makes a difference.

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    Hello Hernando,

    here is the link to my dealer in Germany,

    Weitwinkelokulare 1,25' ab 60° - Teleskop-Express: Astro-Shop + Fotografie + Naturbeobachtung

    but he has still some problem with his English page.

    What I have from Astro Professional is:
    1.25" 16mm Astro Professional Premium Line Ultra Wide Angle Eyepiece 82deg
    1.25" 5mm, LE relief 20mm

    The 5mm piece is actually a planetary EP with some 55deg FOV, but should be according to the German sources one of the best on the market. It has actually a better contrast than any other 5mm EP I have had in my hands (sorry, I have not had many).

    The reason for the 16mm UWA has been to watch the Virgo galaxies passing through the ultra wide FOV, ha, ha, ha.

    I would say, Astro Professional may be a retailer on some pieces of their equipment. Other will offer the same under another brand name.

    I am wondering, if there is still anything coming not from China. But why not, actually, if they are also manufacturing some of the German cars?
    What does the quality mean is: high-end technical design plus quality control and quality inspection.

    Best

    JG

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    Quote Originally Posted by j.gardavsky View Post
    Hello Hernando,

    here is the link to my dealer in Germany,

    Weitwinkelokulare 1,25' ab 60° - Teleskop-Express: Astro-Shop + Fotografie + Naturbeobachtung

    but he has still some problem with his English page.

    What I have from Astro Professional is:
    1.25" 16mm Astro Professional Premium Line Ultra Wide Angle Eyepiece 82deg
    1.25" 5mm, LE relief 20mm

    The 5mm piece is actually a planetary EP with some 55deg FOV, but should be according to the German sources one of the best on the market. It has actually a better contrast than any other 5mm EP I have had in my hands (sorry, I have not had many).

    The reason for the 16mm UWA has been to watch the Virgo galaxies passing through the ultra wide FOV, ha, ha, ha.

    I would say, Astro Professional may be a retailer on some pieces of their equipment. Other will offer the same under another brand name.
    JG, visiting the German website that you pointed to confirms that your 16mm 82° is the William Optics UWAN type which is a very good EP per reviews and which has been likened to the Naglers and said to perform almost as good so you've made a very good decision getting one.

    With regards to the 1.25" 5mm, long eye relief 20mm, 55° AFOV, it is probably the Zhumell Z type like this one?



    If so, then the German sources are right, they perform quite well and have been likened to the Tele Vue Radian, not exactly just as good, but quite close. There's a review about these eyepieces here in AF:

    Zhumell Planetary Z's

    An equivalent, the Smart Astronomy LER Solar System's are on sale at this time for only $39.95:

    SA's SOLAR SYSTEM LONG EYE RELIEF EYEPIECES

    I am wondering, if there is still anything coming not from China. But why not, actually, if they are also manufacturing some of the German cars?
    What does the quality mean is: high-end technical design plus quality control and quality inspection.
    It is an inescapable fact that most goods/eyepieces are now manufactured in China and so long as the QC/QA is implemented well, it works out well, with prices lowered and more affordable to the vast majority of astro enthusiasts which is a good thing really.

    With myriad ocular offerings today, it can be said.. so many eyepieces, so little time!

    Best,

    Hernando

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