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    Default ES 52 series eyepieces



    Being new to the hobby I wanted to get into some good quality EPs without investing too much as I tend to do with all my hobbies. I'm getting bored with the 24mm plossl that was included with my Orion XT6 and was looking for more magnification to get better views of Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. Would the ES 10mm 52 be a good stepping stone to keep me satisfied for a while until I can convince the wife that I need some 68s and 82s to round out the collection? My other concern is how tricky it may be to locate and or track an object using such a narrow FOV with a dob.

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    Default Re: ES 52 series eyepieces

    I would hold off for right now on the ES 52's, at least until more of the series is released and we get more user reports. I've been following the news on them and awaiting some actual in-hand reports, and the first few user comments I've seen say that they are OK, but not great. One individual (who is pretty much an EP expert) says quality wise they are about equal with the average Plossl. They do offer better eye relief, but optically they don't seem to bring anything game changing to the table. I personally think ES brought them into the lineup to simply offer a better eye relief 50ish degree offering as a market place competitor to the plossl.

    For manual observation and tracking, the Narrower the FOV, the more difficulty in tracking. But that can also be a skill that one adapts to with time. More of a personal preference really, as some hate it, and for some it has become second nature.
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    Default Re: ES 52 series eyepieces

    ok thanks for the input. I may just get a Agenda SWA 15mm or a Baader Q barlow so I have more option for viewing right now. The barlow will probably get more use since it won't be getting replaced later on.
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    Default Re: ES 52 series eyepieces

    Hello Tod, I am with Frankie, as above.

    My scope, even if a refractor, has also just the 6" aperture, and the F/5 speed (750mm focus length).
    I have no problems with tracking the scope, even with the 40° AFOV eyepieces, and mostly using those around 50°.
    For the navigation and star hopping, it's nice to have one ultrawide EP, like the sweet f=16mm 82°, or a f=25mm 70°, but one such EP is enough.

    If you are not in a hurry, then look around for the premium EPs on the 2nd hand markets.

    The Baader Barlow from the Q-Turret set is pretty good, I have it as well.

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    Default Re: ES 52 series eyepieces

    Quote Originally Posted by Todd B View Post
    Being new to the hobby I wanted to get into some good quality EPs without investing too much as I tend to do with all my hobbies. I'm getting bored with the 24mm plossl that was included with my Orion XT6 and was looking for more magnification to get better views of Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. Would the ES 10mm 52 be a good stepping stone to keep me satisfied for a while until I can convince the wife that I need some 68s and 82s to round out the collection? My other concern is how tricky it may be to locate and or track an object using such a narrow FOV with a dob.
    Long term I recommend to skip ES 52 and aim for ES 68 and 82 series or Meade 5000 UWA 82. These are good quality EPs and serve you well. The best way to stretch your $ is to buy used or wait for sales.

    In the mean time I like your Baader Q barlow idea. One way or another you want to have at least one good quality barlow, and Baader Q barlow is definitely a keeper. The nose portion may even fit your Plossl, so you will have 2.25x and 1.3x options.
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    Default Re: ES 52 series eyepieces

    Hi Todd,

    In the meantime, while waiting, for just a few dollars more you can get an EP with 8° more AFOV and it is a very good EP for planetary observing. I know because I own one. Here's the link: https://www.adorama.com/cn9xclx.html...BoCnywQAvD_BwE

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    Default Re: ES 52 series eyepieces

    Quote Originally Posted by jaetea View Post
    Hi Todd,

    In the meantime, while waiting, for just a few dollars more you can get an EP with 8° more AFOV and it is a very good EP for planetary observing. I know because I own one. Here's the link: https://www.adorama.com/cn9xclx.html...BoCnywQAvD_BwE

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    Default Re: ES 52 series eyepieces

    I am using an 8 inch DOB here in the pacific NW with light pollution and high elevation haze.

    I would not recommend a 9 or 10mm eyepiece as your next purchase. "Seeing" conditions may frequently prevent good views out of a 9 or 10mm. You would be much better off with a 2X Barlow or a 14-16mm eyepiece. Any of the Plossls on the market will do. I bought the Meade 2X shorty barlow.

    What I have really enjoyed with my scopes is wide field views. Perhaps you should consider a 32mm Plossl?

    Good luck.

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    Default Re: ES 52 series eyepieces

    ES released a little YouTube vid on the 52 series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FufDZ0aDAQ
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    Default Re: ES 52 series eyepieces

    Quote Originally Posted by jaetea View Post
    Hi Todd,

    In the meantime, while waiting, for just a few dollars more you can get an EP with 8° more AFOV and it is a very good EP for planetary observing. I know because I own one. Here's the link: https://www.adorama.com/cn9xclx.html...BoCnywQAvD_BwE

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