Apogee Super Easy View 9.5mm


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Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.207.81
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.45.107)
Date: 01/19/2004 08:35:48 am PDT
have you tried the speers waler EP, cause they are supposed to be very good (only drawback they are 6 " long. I ordered one and am waiting to test it out.

john

>I have an 8" SCT (9.5mm = 214X through my scope). I was looking for a medium-high power eyepiece for the Mars opposition in Aug 2003. Terry Alford raved about the 9.5mm Super-Easy View eyepiece at CloudyNights.com. Terry noted in his review that Bill Vorce (Telescope Warehouse) had recommended it to him ... and Apogee's own web site has an endorsement from noted astrophotographer Dr. Parker. So, I jumped on the bandwagon and ordered it.
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>Maybe I jumped too quickly?
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>The EP COULD be excellent, but isn't. Why? Foremost, there are way too many internal reflections for it to be a serious planetary eyepiece - as it's adverstised to be (it needs to be baffled and/or have better lens coatings). It's a shame because the image - minus the annoying reflections - can be fairly good. I find the EP better as a deep-sky eyepiece - for those objects that need a magnificatiion in the 200X range.
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>Second, the price is extremely too high given its shortcomings.
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>If this eyepiece were priced at $69 versus $120, I'd say "go for it". However, given the quality of other major brands in the Super-Easy View's price range, I cannot recommend it (I'd only recommend a buying a well-kept USED one that might be had for HALF the original list price).
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>Note: given it's price, you think it would have end & barrel caps? Wrong! It doesn't. I spent another $8 buying caps for it :((
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>Sorry Terry ... and Mr. Vorce ... and Dr. Parker. I may not be famous, but I think most everyone would share my opinion of this EP. I sure wish I had spent my money more wisely.
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>Troy


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Subject: Super Easy View 9.5mm eyepiece
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.255.228)
Date: 03/28/2004 04:43:29 pm PDT
I came across this review today and since my name was mentioned I felt compelled to respond. The 9.5mm Super Easy View is one of the best eyepieces I have ever used with regards to sharpness, contrast, flat field and eye relief. I use it primarily in my 8-in f/6 Celestron Newtonian and my C102f apo refractor, an f/8.9 instrument. I have also used it with our club’s 8-in f/12 triplet apo refractor and get amazing views of the planets or double stars when the seeing conditions allow 270X. My understanding is the SEVs are individually assembled. It may be that Troy’s sample has a misplaced element, wedged, reversed or?? Since I bought my ep in 2000 it may be possible that something in the design has changed. At any rate, if I had experienced the problems Troy mentioned I would have returned the ep immediately. BTW, there is another article in Cloudy Nights by Bill Brady (whom I don’t know) entitled: “Eyepiece Review Pitfalls”. Bill says the “… Super Easy View eyepieces provide premium performance at a sub premium price“

Terry Alford
3/28/04


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