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    Telescopes.com now has the Explore Scientific 120 degree EP on their site. It is a 9mm and currently out of stock.
    Price is expected to be at around 1000usd
    Explore Scientific Deep Sky 9mm 120 Degree Telescope Eyepiece - Telescope Eyepieces at Telescopes
    120 Degree apparent field of view
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    It was only a matter of time before someone did this. But TBH, what's so hot about an eyepiece that requires you to move your head like you're 'peeking around the corner' in order to see what's at the edge of the field? I thought the Ethos was a bit over the top with their 100 AFOV... this 120 is just plain ludicrous to me.
    As always though, YMMV.

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    Sounds like a great eyepiece I will never own!

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    The first was designed at Zeiss in 1960. It was an eyepiece with 120 degree apparent field, and is call the Koehler eyepiece. It never took off as only very deep pocket astronomers could buy one. If Zeiss was to start making them today, the price would be out of this world.
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    Its fantastic news...all the gear junkies will rush out and buy one and maybe some ES 100' FOVs will come up cheap 2nd hand


    There have been rumours of this on boards for a few weeks. I dont thin anyone expected the price to be so high though.

    I agree with Talitha though...I have a 100' and although optically its marvellous I dont find the 100' all that useful. Dob owners say they need it because it keeps a target sharp to the edge if the field and it saves them having to nudge the dob. Seems to me a tracking motor might be a cheaper option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johann von Hesse View Post
    The first was designed at Zeiss in 1960. It was an eyepiece with 120 degree apparent field, and is call the Koehler eyepiece. It never took off as only very deep pocket astronomers could buy one. If Zeiss was to start making them today, the price would be out of this world.
    Yep, I believe they used them in U-boat periscopes.
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    I always like it when new and great things come on the market. It means more competition on price and quality.

    It means that the Panoptics which I covet become second-rate eyepieces and may become cheaper.

    So I figure I benefit from the introduction of great new eyepieces (and other equipment) which I will never purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OleCuss View Post
    I always like it when new and great things come on the market. It means more competition on price and quality.

    It means that the Panoptics which I covet become second-rate eyepieces and may become cheaper.

    So I figure I benefit from the introduction of great new eyepieces (and other equipment) which I will never purchase.
    Competition is a good thing, especially in the astronomy world
    ES 82 degree EPs, which I love, are at a great price right now.
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    Way to rich for my blood for one eye piece. I am actually very happy with my 5mm, 7mm, 10mm and 14mm Pentax XW's and my 27mm Panoptic with a Paracorr 1. I did look through a friend's ES 14mm 100 degrees and really enjoyed that. I could be tempted by that or the 20mm.

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    something i will never own,or want to tbh.
    my 68* is plenty for my eyes,and,being that
    i am not loaded and even if i was,i find the pricetag
    way above anything i would want to pay for one ep.
    i dare say there will be those who get one to say they
    have it,cudos to them,just not my idea of $1000 well
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