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I bought these in person about 15 years ago from Scope City in San Francisco and they hardly ever got used - I got into planetary imaging with webcams at about the same time, so these just stayed in their boxes. (they must have changed the box colour in between my visits :-) )
They have been used less than a handful of times just to check on some new scope purchases, but I've now got a set of Opticstar 82's so these are no longer required.
Supplied in excellent almost mint condition with endcaps, eyecup and original box.
Parks Gold Series 7.5mm through 42mm versions are a 2-1-2 five element configuration sometimes known as a modified Type 2 Erfle. This is virtually the same as the original highly regarded Masuyama eyepiece design.
See the review by Wing Eng on Cloudy Nights Eyepiece review section:-
Parks Gold 25 MM Eyepiece 5 elements, AFOV 52deg, Eye Relief: 16mm
Parks Gold 15 MM Eyepiece 5 elements, AFOV : 52deg, Eye Relief: 12mm
Parks Gold 10 MM Eyepiece 5 elements, AFOV : 52deg, Eye Relief: 8mm
Parks Gold 7.5 MM Eyepiece 5 elements, AFOV : 52deg, Eye Relief: 6mm
£55 each which includes P&P 1st Class with tracking
£200 for the set
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Hello everyone! Newbie here, Just registered after looking around the net, trying to find answers!
I've always been interested in stargazing, never got a scope, though, Until now, Me and my 6year old decided to get one, I got an Astromaster 130eq, for free, as it has a broken leg brace, and the eyepiece was toast, (I bought a new eyepiece, and got a leg brace on the way)
The eyepiece I got, Was a generic brand, and it's a 40mm one, (I got a 40mm one as the broken one was also 40mm)
Today me and my son got our first look at the Moon, which we both loved! Now however, I've been looking at getting some better eyepieces, From what I've seen, I believe a 10mm would be better for looking at the Moon? I've seen them from 4mm up to 40mm, And I'm unsure as to what I'm looking at:S
Obviously we'd like to view all sorts of things, But as with a lot of people, being on a budget means I gotta be smart with what I get, so any suggestions would be well received!
I think I've read something about certain eyepieces work better for certain scopes, And I don't really know much about the one we have, if it's any good for a starter etc, so any advice there would also be wonderful!
Thank you for reading my longer than expected wall of text:D
By Richard Hather
Finally I got my hands on one of these eypieces pretty much by accident but a happy one 😊
The quality of the eyepiece is top draw as I'm sure you would expect it's very solid and doesn't feel like you would drop it because of the grip round the middle.
The lense is huge which you would expect because of the FOV this eyepiece provides.
The bottom of the EP has both fitting for 1.25 and 2 diagonal sizes if needed.
So the session began for me as it always does I setup my Celestron Nexstar 6se then align the scope using my ES 68.
My first target had to be the moon I excitedly put the EP in the diagonal and peered through... I could say peered but that wouldn't be right I literally fell into the EP my feet left the ground and I was gliding above the moon.
It was simply jaw dropping for me how detailed the moon looked I've never seen such colours and shadows on the terminator the detail of the mountains and craters far exceeded my very high expectations.
The ethos gives of a slightly different colour for the moon then my ES 68 does maybe slightly cooler almost which I really liked.
I also tried the ethos with my Vixen 2x Barlow on the moon and it was just as good at 13mm.
Onto Jupiter which was just above the horizon by this time I eagerly punched in the coordinates then pressed my eyeball against the huge lense... straight away 4 moons were visible and the equatorial belts and for the first time for me the north/south polar regions.
At this point the wife joined me and I showed her Jupiter and she quickly commented on the moons and the belts she usually struggles finding.
Then she commented on how clear and big the view looked.
The detail again was incredible it was like I was observing in 3D.
Finally I decided to have a quick look at a few DSOs.
Orion Nebula was a treat a day always even with the moon almost directly overhead I could make out the cloud of dust surrounding the closely compacted 4 stars and a trail of dust trailing almost as good as last week with my Pentax Zoom and no moon.
I then decided as a final observation to try for an open cluster and of course get my sketch book out to have a memento of the night.
I decided on M48 which had a beatiful array of stars over most of the massive FOV.
I spent a good hour sketching and still marvelled at the crispness of the FOV all the way to the edge.
I'm very pleased with how the EP performed in all areas of my observations.
But I'm not fussed about specifications the moment I was sold was when I looked at the bottom of the EP and got that feeling of falling in complete immersion whatever you want to call it that was priceless and I will never forget that first time.
So no regrets buying the EP and I can't wait for many more falling/immersive moments.
Here are some photos and the sketch of M48 enjoy and if you can buy this eyepiece 😊
Clear skies 🌙💫✨🔭🎨
I have the basic Celestron EP and filter set that seems to be the same across all makes with the only difference of the name branding on the metal carrycase. I have made enquiries for a decent eyepiece for planets and moon and also the larger DSO's and have been pointed in the direction of the Baader Hyperion Zoom MK 4 which falls within my £200 budget. Any user opinions on this ep and experience? Other suggestions welcome!