Orion Epic ED-2 14mm

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Brand and Model:Orion Epic ED-2 14mm
Price ($USD):$69.00
Focal Length:14 mm
Barrel Size:1.25 in
Apparent FOV:55.0 degrees
Field Stop Dia.:0.0 mm
Eye Relief:20 mm
Weight (lbs):0.3

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Orion Epic ED-2 14mm
First off let me state this is a $70 eyepiece. Now for the specifics. Out of the box you get a decent plastic "Bolt" style case and dust caps for both ends of the eyepiece. The rubber eyecup and grip ring are well done. Overall the fit and finish are OK but looking around the barrel end shows some rough spots and so so machining. I compared the eyepiece to a Tele Vue 14mm Radian (not really a fair comparison) and a 13mm Tele Vue Plossl. The Epic worked well in my f/10 refractor with stars sharp to the edges. A drift test showed the true FOV to be a coupld precent wider then the 55 degree AFOV would predict so that rating is accurate. When I tried the eyepiece in my f/5 Newtonian I found that stars in the outer 10% of the FOV lost sharpness a bit. Both the Plossl and the Radian were sharp to the edge in comparison. Another issue I noticed was some blackout problems based on the position of my eye. This was only really annoying in the daytime when my pupil was small. After my eye was dark adapted I didn't have any trouble. Image sharpness and contrast were slightly worse then both the Radian and the Plossl but only noticable during side by side comparison. All in all this is a decent eyepiece with huge eye relief. I can't think of any other eyepiece that will beat it for the price! If you own a fast scope and you expect sharp edges you should consider something else though.

Overall Rating: 8
Optics:8 Value:10
Weight: 10 (Trustworthy Vote)
By: kb0nes
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Orion Epic ED-2 14mm
I voted for the Orion Epic ED-2 9.5mm too. Hopefully I got the same numbers here as in the 9.5mm vote.

I think this is a very nice eyepiece. Of course, nobody would argue that there isn't better and worse out there. For $70, this eyepiece gives a lot of value. It's a great step up from any stock Plossl that came with the Orion XT4.5 and XT10.

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:8 Value:9
Weight: 5 (Veritable Vote)
By: boris
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Orion Epic ED-2 14mm
I have to give this EP a solid 10 on all counts.Iam a astronomer of 14 years .I have looked through many types of EPS. I have bought the 22MM 14MM 9.5MM 5.1MM This eye piece should sale for twice the price. I use it on my Meade 8 inch LX10-SCT The 5.1 on saturn is a sight to behold. Shows all 3 rings with color variations in the ring structure. The temperture zone is easily seen. Cassini division very well seperated and black structure between the rings , The way that it should look.Clearly shows the olive cap and the encke ring as well. And the reflection on the rings This eyepiece is a very strong performer. Its excellent in every way. A real winner in my book. Thanks Rick

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.102.167)
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Orion Epic ED-2 14mm
Very nice, worth every penny and more

Overall Rating: 8
Optics:8 Value:9
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.32.171)
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