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    Default Is is worth it to upgrade my EP collection with ES eyepieces?



    Hi all,

    I am looking at buying one of the ES 82 EPs, maybe as a replacement for my Orion 6mm, however I could be tempted by an 8mm or higher to just add to my collection.

    Does anyone consider the ES 6mm to be superior to the Orion planetary, or is it too close of a comparison.

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    Default Re: Is is worth it to upgrade my EP collection with ES eyepieces?

    The 6.7mm and 8.8mm ES 82s are both great eyepieces. looking at your current equipment, I'd lean towards the 8.8mm and a 2X GSO barlow......
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    Default Re: Is is worth it to upgrade my EP collection with ES eyepieces?

    I have almost the complete set of ES 82º. I went from plossls to these. I love them. They are like looking through a window vs looking through a straw. I can't compare them to the Orion Planetary, as I have never used that eyepiece. I'm guessing the only difference from the Orion would be the FOV and the eye relief. The ES eyepieces are kind of tight on eye relief. Maybe not the best choice if you view with glasses.
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    Default Re: Is is worth it to upgrade my EP collection with ES eyepieces?

    Quote Originally Posted by Newt Reno View Post
    Hi all,

    I am looking at buying one of the ES 82 EPs, maybe as a replacement for my Orion 6mm, however I could be tempted by an 8mm or higher to just add to my collection.

    Does anyone consider the ES 6mm to be superior to the Orion planetary, or is it too close of a comparison.

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    Default Re: Is is worth it to upgrade my EP collection with ES eyepieces?

    Telescope Reviews: ES 82 8.8mm Need your observation reports please!
    The above thread was an interesting read about the 8.8 82 degree, it kinda steered me into thinking that I might give the 11mm a try first.....

    With all the good reviews about the ES EPs and the low price for the series, I can see an addiction coming on.
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    Default Re: Is is worth it to upgrade my EP collection with ES eyepieces?

    Well, it seems that a lot of places are "out of stock" with certain ES eyepieces; I went ahead and bought an 11mm demo from Highpoint for 80 smackers to start seeing what the heck everyone is raving about.

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    Default Re: Is is worth it to upgrade my EP collection with ES eyepieces?

    The 8.8 or 11 are both great eyepieces. I use mine alot for globulars and planetaries. I locate with the 24 and then move to the 8.8 or 11.
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    Default Re: Is is worth it to upgrade my EP collection with ES eyepieces?

    Are you looking only for high mag eyepieces ?

    I have liked a lot the 68 series, but only low and med mag eyepieces on these.
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    Default Re: Is is worth it to upgrade my EP collection with ES eyepieces?

    Quote Originally Posted by gmazza View Post
    Are you looking only for high mag eyepieces ?

    I have liked a lot the 68 series, but only low and med mag eyepieces on these.
    I wanted to start with a higher mag range for exploring the ES line, if only because my current passion is star clusters and the larger planets; although I use my 6mm when conditions allow on the planets, typically my nights are spent with the 13mm hyperion in my dob...........figured that starting between the 8.8 through 18mm would ensure that the new EP would be used heavily. I don't have a 2" diagonal for my 150mm Mak yet, and use it primarily for binoviewing, so I might wait to purchase any additional 2" EPs until the budget allows.

    But then we will see what I feel like next week.
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    Default Re: Is is worth it to upgrade my EP collection with ES eyepieces?

    That 11mm is a great eyepiece. It's my favorite of the 1.25" ones. It also barlows well. I LOVE the 24mm in the 2" lineup.
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