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    Default Baader Planetarium Hyperion 68* vs Explore Scientific 68*



    I know ES EPs have a great following here.

    What about Baader Planetarium Hyperion 68*, they are in the same price range and they of the same/similar quality?

    If the good deal comes around would you guys go after Baader Planetarium Hyperion?

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    Default Re: Baader Planetarium Hyperion 68* vs Explore Scientific 68*

    I have never used any ES eyepieces but have used the Hyperion lineup. All excellent eyepieces in scopes from f/5-f/12. I would give them a nod if building a collection.
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    Default Re: Baader Planetarium Hyperion 68* vs Explore Scientific 68*

    I have Baader Hyperions (5mm, 13mm, 17mm & 24mm) and the ES 82°/100° line. The ES eyepieces give better contrast for me and are better corrected to the edge. I could get better results with shorter focal length ES eyepieces over the Hyperions. For example, it was easier to see some objects in my 9mm ES than the 17mm Hyperion. The 24mm was probably the weakest of the group. As for a sale, they were just on sale in January ($119). There probably won't be another until next Christmas. I bought my first one (5mm) in January of 2015. It was on sale then too.

    You may get good results with the Hyperions with your C8 though. They're supposed to be best in f/6 and slower scopes. If it were me though, I'd buy the ES line over the Hyperions especially if the cost is the same. I'd actually go for the ES82 line. It's the same price as the ES68 up until you get to 18mm, where it then slowly creeps up.
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    Default Re: Baader Planetarium Hyperion 68* vs Explore Scientific 68*

    I have all the Hyperion line from 5mm through 31mm (aspheric) and the entire ES82 line from 4.7mm through 24mm.

    Overall, the Hyperions are a little "softer" around the edges than the ES82's. As mentioned above, it's not much of an issue, especially for scopes f/6 and up.

    The weak link in the Hyperion series is the 24mm. It's the only one that is not a modular design. The best in the line is the 13mm, in my opinion.

    In the ES82 line, the only "weak link", if there is one, is the 14mm. You'll often hear folks say that it's a bit twitchy around the very edge of the FOV. I won't disagree, but I never even noticed it before it was pointed out. No big deal, IMHO.

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    Default Re: Baader Planetarium Hyperion 68* vs Explore Scientific 68*

    Quote Originally Posted by Lowjiber View Post
    The best in the line is the 13mm, in my opinion.
    Funny that you mentioned that I was eyeing 13 mm, then you post comes and then I found and good deal on CN for it. I guess I was meant to have it... But if I don't like it it's your fault
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    Default Re: Baader Planetarium Hyperion 68* vs Explore Scientific 68*

    I have the Orion 24/68, I love it in all my scopes, I don't know who makes it for them, but its great
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    Default Re: Baader Planetarium Hyperion 68* vs Explore Scientific 68*

    I've had a near complete line of Hyperions (3.5mm, 5mm, 8mm, 13mm, 21mm, 36mm) for quite a few years now. I absolutely love them and have no plans to change anything in my eyepiece lineup at the moment other than completing my set of Orthos. My scope is f/8, and my previous scope was f/6.95 and they worked great in those scopes. I don't wear glasses but I love the 20mm eye relief; very seldom my Hyperions fog or frost over when viewing through them. And the extra eye relief means they need cleaning very seldom.

    I've never tried the ES, as they came along after I built my Hyperion line. I think of the Hyperions as poor man's Pentax XW (or Vixen LVW) eyepieces. No, not quite as good as either Pentax or Vixen but very good in their own right for the price. Too bad you didn't ask about these in December and January as they just went off sale and back to their normal price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stargazer769 View Post
    Too bad you didn't ask about these in December and January as they just went off sale and back to their normal price.
    Thanks for the review! That's OK, I will look for good deals on Cloudy Nights . In fact I got my 1st one - 13mm yesterday from CN, can't wait to try it.
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    Default Re: Baader Planetarium Hyperion 68* vs Explore Scientific 68*

    Bigzmey,

    I have the Hyperion 5mm and the 13mm.
    I am not a huge fan of them, they are somewhat bulky and a little soft - my 9mm celestron x-cel performs better.
    Having said that, they have a nice feature with step up rings (you can have 3 additional focal lenghts besides a 20mm 2" eyepiece) and also a ring to connect a t adapter for cameras - kind of a swiss knife of the eyepieces...
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    Default Re: Baader Planetarium Hyperion 68* vs Explore Scientific 68*

    Quote Originally Posted by jpaulo View Post
    Bigzmey,

    I have the Hyperion 5mm and the 13mm.
    I am not a huge fan of them, they are somewhat bulky and a little soft - my 9mm celestron x-cel performs better.
    Do you have an older x-cel or X-Cel XL? I had a few X-Cel XL and sold most of them because I felt they are soft... Anyway, whatever works for your eye and scope, right?

 

 
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