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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:16 pm 
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We’ve had some amazing skies as of late and I took advantage the other night. SQM read 22.14, though it was chilly 54 degrees. I must’ve spent a half hour on M42 with various magnifications and filters. A few other favorites like the Double Cluster and M31 were of course mandatory. My collimation was off a bit since I hadn’t put an adhesive for on the primary mirror since I had it recoated; back in JULY!!! Geez, where does the time go. Anyway, fun night and Justine snapped a couple of pics which promptly ruined my night vision. Thankfully, I was finished observing anyway.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:39 pm 
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Fantastic! Glad to see you got out with the big gun. Nights like that always revive my passion. What eyepieces you using these days?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:42 am 
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By the way, as I was responding to that message it was -2°F here.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:45 pm 
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Holy crap! Yeah when I feel cold I just think about the entire rest of the country!

I’m mainly using Ethos. I really love the whole line. For our work tours. We bought the ES 92 degree eyepieces and the excellent eye relief is great for the general public. But I personally prefer the more intimate feel of the Ethos. Sometimes I still break out Naglers or Pans or even the oddball Orion Expanse or Baader planetary eyepieces bit I always find myself reaching for the Ethos.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:26 pm 
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Totally OT, but what makes the Ethos more intimate for you? I’m often tempted to pull the trigger on the ES 17 92. Is there any noticeable difference in image quality?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:44 pm 
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No difference I can see in terms of edge correction. I prefer the Ethos due to the smaller eyelens. The ES feels more like the 26mm WO UWAN where it’s this huge piece of glass you look into. Amazing eyepiece so just personal preference. ES is also heavier, I believe.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:40 pm 
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Nice concise answer. Thanks, Erik.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:47 pm 
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No problem, Jason. That being said, when I was showing different eyepieces to my boss (who’s not an astronomer) so we could choose the best ones for our tours, he was totally blown away by the 17mm ES. He thought it was more impressive than the 17 Ethos. The ES does have incredible eye relief, maybe better than I’ve seen on ANY eyepiece. Even during the day, it doesn’t kidney bean like many other eyepieces. And the edge correction is truly Ethos-like. So it’s certaibly no slouch in terms of performance.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:47 pm 
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Wow, that’s interesting to hear. I wasn’t aware that it resisted kidney-beaning so well.

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