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    Default Cheaper Alternative to Tele Vue Ethos?



    At a recent star party, a fellow astronomer showed me a view of a globular cluster through his 17mm Tele Vue Ethos and I loved it. I can't afford those at this time, so I'm looking for a cheaper alternative for under $100. Does anybody have a suggestion?

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    Default Re: Cheaper Alternative to Tele Vue Ethos?

    Explorescientific has a 100° series which is less expensive than the Ethos. There's also a zhumell z100 series, but I haven't seen many reviews on those. Although the reviews I did find were quite positive. I don't think it's possible to get either for under $100. Except when you're lucky and can find one second hand.

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    Default Re: Cheaper Alternative to Tele Vue Ethos?

    The best EPs around $100 (when they go on sale) are Explorer Scientific 68 and 82 degrees. You would not be able to get any descent 100 degree EP for this price.
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    Default Re: Cheaper Alternative to Tele Vue Ethos?

    Hi Mike,

    You loved it because it is a $735 EP!!! The closest you are going to get to $100 for a 100° AFOV EP is the Explore Scientific 100° series EPs. Last year I got my ES 20mm 100° AFOV EP on sale for $279 which is an unbelievably low price for an EP of this quality. I was able to compare this EP against the 20mm 100° Ethos in a 24" scope. Both EPs provided stunning views but the Ethos was not $460 more stunning!

    In the ≤ $100 market the widest AFOV you'll find are the 70° and lower AFOV EPs.

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    Default Re: Cheaper Alternative to Tele Vue Ethos?

    This would be akin to taking a test drive in a nice new Ferrari, then asking the dealer if he had something for under $10000 that performed as well.

    Uh no

    You've made a grave mistake... looking through high end eyepieces causes some serious conflicts... do you want to eat or do you want them good views?

    I got a couple 82 degree Explore Scientific eyepieces for between $150-$200 near Christmas time (expect them to be on sale again this year around Thanksgiving for a month) and considered that quite a deal, just keep your eyes open.
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    Default Re: Cheaper Alternative to Tele Vue Ethos?

    Yes, a lot of us have that desire to drive the exotic cars or in this case Ethos and Nagler eyepieces.

    But you can take a small step down and get some Explore Scientific. They are still very nice eyepieces and they will give you views almost as good as the TeleVues, but at a lot lower cost. Now they still are not cheap, but they do go on sale usually from the USA's Thanksgiving till New Years. It's kind of like stepping down from that Ferrari to a Corvette. You can't go 200 MPH, but you will be able to go 186 MPH.

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    Default Re: Cheaper Alternative to Tele Vue Ethos?

    I'll second Paul...

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    Default Re: Cheaper Alternative to Tele Vue Ethos?

    William optics, Lunt engineering, etc. offer xwa 100 eyepieces.
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    Default Re: Cheaper Alternative to Tele Vue Ethos?

    There is a definite trend here...



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    Default Re: Cheaper Alternative to Tele Vue Ethos?

    I hear what you are saying. The EP doesn't necessarily have to have 100o field of view. I see a lot of votes for the Explore scientific. I did get a chance to see through one and the view was great. What about the Celestron Luminos with 82o view? My current favorite is the Meade 18mm Super Wide Angle, but I have only 3 eyepieces.
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