Orion Epic ED-2 12.3mm

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Brand and Model:Orion Epic ED-2 12.3mm
Price ($USD):$69.00
Focal Length:12.3 mm
Barrel Size:1.25 in
Apparent FOV:55.0 degrees
Field Stop Dia.:0.0 mm
Eye Relief:20 mm
Weight (lbs):

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Orion Epic ED-2 12.3mm
On a 4 1/2" F4.4 Bushnell Voyager reflector the Epic ED-2 12.3mm eyepiece performed quite well at 41 power. There were blackouts when viewed the first night, but keeping your eye and head straight on made it acceptable. I bought it brand new in box for $49.95 + tax locally in the Detroit area and I am quite pleased. Orion Epic ED-2 12.3MM eyepiece is nice to hold and to look at physically and performs well in a short rich-field reflector.

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:9 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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Orion Epic ED-2 12.3mm
Used this eyepiece in the observatorys six inch f/8 APO refractor on globular cluster M13 on 8/2/02, than on the Moon on 8/17/02. On M13 the view was good but I kept on wishing it would have been brighter. It has very good edge sharpness and no blackout affect at all. Very good ER at 20mm. When checked against a 15mm Vixen LV, the LV blows it away. The ED-2 has a softer view, and like I said not as bright as other eyepieces. On the Moon it gave a very good view but the resolution was not as good as the Vixen LV.
Over all, not bad. If the Chiness could keep their QC better they just might turn out some very good eyepieces at some point in time.

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:9 Value:9
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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Recently, I tried out one version or another of all Orion's new sub-Ultrascopic priced eps - Expanse, DeepView and ED2's.  All had one optical problem or another - on axis coma and off axis astigmatism (DeepView), off axis coma and astigmatism at field edge (Expanse) off axis coma (12.3mm ED2).  The Expanse and Deepview had problems with extra-field stray light either reflecting around through the barrel, or as a result of light strking the field lens and obscuring field contrast.  The ED2 was free of off-axis reflections (more or less) and had optics perhaps a tad sharper than the Expanse but not quite as sharp as the Ultrascopics.  The ED2 (12.3mm) had superior edge correction to the Expanse (no astigmatism, minimal coma) - but I was operating at higher magnifications.

Basically I kept the ED2 and returned the others.  The ED2 came closest to the Ultrascopics in all aspects of performance but seem to be slightly "softer" - although quite acceptable in terms of clarity.

The ED2 shows some "kidneybeaning" so eye position is more critical than through the Ultras (even more than the 25mm version of the Ultra.)

Finally you should keep in mind that the Ultras are 40 dollars more expensive.

Of all the eps tried only the ED2 came close to being an acceptable lunar-planetary eyepiece.  The Expanses however would make satisfactory deepsky eps.  Especially with their 65 degree plus AFOV.


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