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Thread: Tele Vue 14mm Delos - First impression

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    Default Tele Vue 14mm Delos - First impression



    So this was my first dive into the world of highend EPs. Prior to picking this up I had the 24mm 'stock' EP my scope came with. After that I picked up Celestrons EP kit including 32, 17, 13, 8 and 6mm EPs and a set of color filters along with a 2x Barlow. I really enjoyed playing with the different combos and magnifications with different sky qualities. So far Ive done most of my viewing with the 24mm attached to the Barlow. Its my best EP, delivering a nice FOV and clarity. The Barlow added some extra ooomp for a nice balance of better magnification and image quality.

    But I wanted more.

    My focus was on:
    Greater FOV
    No image or color distortion as objects move to the edges of the view
    lots of eye relief
    clarity in spite of higher magnification
    reputation for quality over the best possible value (Im ok spending if it shows)

    So I picked this badboy up Wed at B&H photo in the city (they have EVERYTHING in stock. Very dangerous place).

    I didnt expect to get to play until Friday night, but last night turned out to be great.

    The viewing:
    Jupiter- I caught late. It wasnt a good night. Pretty weather, but misty cirius clouds, some haze, tons of humidity and low on the horizon. However right away the expanded FOV paid dividends. I spend about 1/5 the usual time tracking and that time saved viewing. A lot of shimmer as conditions were not ideal, but I would get breaks of lovely viewing. 4 moons and clear cloud lines.

    Saturn- Much better. I got a couple pretty clear spots of good viewing and this was great. Really lovely. The higer FOV was such a game changer. So much less tracking. Great clarity in the image. Clear division of rings. Always 2 moons, 1-2 others would flicker in and out telling me how much schmutz was in my viewing path.

    Moon- Wow. One of the reviews I read described using this EP as taking a space walk. I figured that buyer was probably in one of the states where recreational maryjane is legal. Well I take back those thoughts. The image was so large, so clear and the view so wide it was the perfect description. The poor sky quality actually added to it, as the shimmer reminded me I wasnt looking at a slide or something on an Imax movie. The moon is cool, but its the moon.... well if I have an inner lunatic he was awakened last night. Mostly I was just blown away by the equipment. Riviting. Inspiring. I keep taking "one more look" before packing it in. It was just so impressive. I had a buddy over and he was blown away. He had been over last week so he had a nice reference and we switched out various EP combos and simply couldnt get anything remotely close to the majestic clarity the Delos produced.

    For $340 I expected something that would be a game changer and I was not let down. My first try had very poor conditions, so I didnt even bother trying to find something in the sky aside from the planets, but that show was fantastic. Even with a poor sky I could see huge improvements.

    Most impressive was the FOV and the pure clarity for the entire viewable area. The huge 22mm eye relief made for very comfortable viewing. The amount of time I spent tracking and adjusting was sliced to a fraction of what it was prior. So much so that it introduced a whole new thing to think about: ergonomics. I now have to adjust my set and EP angles for nice long views to avoid neck kinks or crouching. In no time I found myself just enjoying the night breeze and staring for extended periods just watching Saturn drift on by. Based on my incredible first view under conditions that were well below marginal I am impressed. So far its what I would expect from a piece of equip with that price and from a company with their rep.

    I will update again this weekend, but flying colors to start!

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    Default Re: Tele Vue 14mm Delos - First impression

    Welcome to the wallet killing world of premium eyepieces. Many say a modest scope can not benifit from premium eyepieces but they are so wrong.
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    Default Re: Tele Vue 14mm Delos - First impression

    Quote Originally Posted by fishmike View Post
    So I picked this badboy up Wed at B&H photo in the city (they have EVERYTHING in stock. Very dangerous place).

    Cheers,
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    Man, I'd be in so much trouble with the wife if I had this option available near me!
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    Default Re: Tele Vue 14mm Delos - First impression

    The Delos' are indeed top performers. My favorites. The clarity and sharpness from edge to edge is amazing.

    You should get a membership at AstroMart. Some great deals lately on used TV products. Well, just great deals on anything in general if you're patient. I've acquired all my TV pieces used.
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    Default Re: Tele Vue 14mm Delos - First impression

    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderwerX View Post
    The Delos' are indeed top performers. My favorites. The clarity and sharpness from edge to edge is amazing.

    You should get a membership at AstroMart. Some great deals lately on used TV products. Well, just great deals on anything in general if you're patient. I've acquired all my TV pieces used.
    thanks! That's a great heads up... being opportunistic is clutch. Ive bought a ton of used guitar gear and its saved me a ton.

    I generally buy from amazon, simply because the wife is a prime member and if you dedicate much of your shopping there the kickbacks are impressive... but your suggestion is great. Also Im a faithful hubby, but certainly not above sneaking in a piece of gear under the wife's radar hehe
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    Default Re: Tele Vue 14mm Delos - First impression

    Quote Originally Posted by Lola Bruce View Post
    Welcome to the wallet killing world of premium eyepieces. Many say a modest scope can not benifit from premium eyepieces but they are so wrong.
    Bruce
    it was one of the things that made me plunge. I read a lot of reviews and stuff on forums. The forums are the best because geeks fight over brands and ideas like Sunnis vs Shiites but you really get an idea of whats good and bad, or whats "perceived" as good and bad.

    One of the points that came up and was repeatedly agreed on is yours. In fact one guy talked about how he had a $250 low end beginner scope he used for travels and vaca, but he would use his premium EPs and it translated to an instant upgrade. He was talking about the Ethos, and said most wouldn't even consider a $600 EP for a $250 scope but the impact was huge. If you have a scope with just borderline decent optics and you give it that level of clarity and material in the EP along with a 100deg FOV... well... you have something nice to view the sky with, bottom line.

    BTW... last night was pretty bad. I enjoyed Jupiter for about 40 mins before it set behind my tree line. I went in for a bite, and when I came back there was just tons of fog and clouds. Tonight's forecast looks promising. Fingers crossed
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    Default Re: Tele Vue 14mm Delos - First impression

    If you're at some point looking into higher magnification EPs, I highly suggest the Radian line of EPs. They were discontinued by TeleVue a while back, but still around on the used market for around half the price of a new Delos. The optical quality is everything the Delos is, and they offer the adjustable eye guard height. They are a 60* AFOV instead of the 72* offered by the Delos, but for higher mag work the FOV becomes not so important.
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    Default Re: Tele Vue 14mm Delos - First impression

    A few updates...

    I had a nice long try the other night and compared the TeleVue to my other EPs here:
    A stargazing binge. Man I needed this…

    Also Ive been able to get some good pics with my iPhone just hovering over the EP. Ive tried this with my others with no success. Maybe because the TeleVue has a much bigger FOV? Its a big piece of glass... In any case here are some photos Ive taken just hovering my IPhone over the EP, wiggling around as much as I can as slowly as I can trying to get the camera to resolve the image. Once it does the results are not half bad! I probably took photos for a few minutes to get these but it was fun exercise.

    IMG_0621_small.jpgIMG_0616_small.jpgIMG_0606.JPGFullSizeRender.jpg
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