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    Default First light, Explore Scientific 2 ", 9mm 100 degree eyepiece



    For those interested:

    Received my eyepiece from Adorama a few weeks ago.
    I did examine the piece and was quite pleased with the appearance and the way it fit in my hand. All that aside, the packaging it came in was astounding. One huge box superbly bubblewrapped and protected. The box containing the eyepiece has styrofoam cutouts to fit the eyepiece perfectly.

    I have been waiting sometime to put it to use and last night provided an excellent opportunity.

    Put my 12inch dob outside on my deck to cool down before dark and
    collimated it around 6:30 pm........around 7:30 pm I started scanning
    the east and south skies just to check things out with my 20mm nagler. The Great Orion Nebula was looking pretty good but I wanted to wait until later in the evening before trying the EP 9mm as I know you still need some good conditions for these types of higher powered eyepieces.

    About 8:30 I did my third and final collimation of the primary and glad I did. Rechecked everything and returned to the 20mm at M42.
    The view in the nagler was excellent and always a treat.

    Now, to digress just abit: One of my favorite things to do is watch friends and/or family come over to my home in Montana and look through my dob for the first time and here that famous comment come out of their mouths, "WOW". Another of my favorite things to do is catch myself periodically doing the same thing.

    While not knowing what to expect, about 9:00 pm I dropped the 9mm into the adapter. Anticipating anything I checked my finder scope and was aligned in about 2 seconds. I slowly adjusted my chair
    for absolute comfort and then slowly crept my viewing eye towards the eyepiece.

    Well, my other favorite thing to do is surprise myself when mentally I
    say, "WOW", to myself. Exactly what happened......with a tiny twist of the focuser there was the Great Orion Nebula in all its glory, gas, clouds, stars, foreground, background, and all of which was very nicely displayed and framed perfectly in the FOV. The view made my feel estatic and like I was on a space vacation headed for another world. I was really shocked and inspired by the bubulous clouds of dust.

    The conditions were pretty good for a night forecast that was not supposed to be great. The wind
    started up after about 5 minutes of viewing and started to shake my tube.......so I took the grace period I was given with appreciation and
    started to pack everything up with a grin and renewed energy. When
    I was done packing everthing in I got undressed in my warm room and put on "The Tonight Show". I quickly fell asleep in a lucid and peaceful night of a memory not soon to fade.

    Can't wait to check out some planets soon with the ES 9.

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    Awesome thanks Billy! I've been waiting to try out my 100's, bad weather
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    Thank you for that review. I've got the 14mm and like it a lot. I already want the other two in the series and you've just enhanced that interest in the 9mm.

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    Default Would like your review

    Quote Originally Posted by OleCuss View Post
    Thank you for that review. I've got the 14mm and like it a lot. I already want the other two in the series and you've just enhanced that interest in the 9mm.
    Ole Cuss,

    Would love when you have a chance your review of the Explore Scientific 14mm 100 degree eyepiece if you would.

    Thanks in advance....


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    I really don't have much to say about the 14mm which would add to what you said about the 9mm. I think it is much like the 9mm - but with a longer focal length.

    I really do think it is an excellent eyepiece but I was more impressed by the 13mm Ethos I was once allowed to briefly use. But I've not been able to do a head-to-head comparison so the difference really may be minimal.

    One thing about the Explore Scientific 100 degree series is that it does not have the barrel undercut which the Ethos has. It is my understanding that the undercut doesn't work too well when used with compression rings - and I am liking the compression rings more and more.

    The Ethos will let you use either 1.25 or 2 inch focusers for most of their focal lengths but I think that the ES's are requiring 2 inch focusers.

    But right now I think that if you like the immersive view the best deal on the market is the Explore Scientific 100 degree series. You get very nearly the performance of the Ethos for much less money.

    My only real complaint about the 14mm ES 100 degree is that in my XT8 I can't get enough out-focus and the extension I have is too long. So I have to pull my eyepiece partway out of the focuser tube and then I can get focus. But once I've got it right I get gorgeous views.

    I'll probably never be totally satisfied. . .

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    Thanks for the review Billy. I have the 14mm but have not seen first light yet, as I am awaiting my new scope. But you have me excited now

    Also for all of you ES 100 lovers, they are coming out with a 5.5mm and a 25mm!
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    Thank you for the info on the additional focal lengths. I'm not sure I understand making the 25mm, but I think the 5.5mm will be especially welcomed.

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    Thanks for that review. I recieved an ES 8.8mm 82* a couple of weeks ago but the weather has not cooperated to let me try it out. I am hoping I get a "wow" moment like you described with it.
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    i to am a es lover i feel like the 100 degree series beats out the televue ethos in price and performance and the es 82 degrees definitly keep up with televue naglers

    i am a big fan of all es eps i do love my televues becassue my opinion is the televue radian and panoptic are the best out of all televue eps

    but in my mind the explore 82s and100s for sure beat out the ethos and nagller and explore scientific keeps the budget astronomer in mind we all dont have 10000000000s of dollars to spend on one ep hahahahaha

 

 

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