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Old 11-02-2013, 09:57 PM
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Explore Scientific 100 degree eyepieces, where to buy/distributor?

As the title says; where can I get Explore Scientific 100 degree series eyepieces? Preferably in Australia, extra preferably in Perth but will be happy with anywhere on this planet that ships to Perth...
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:29 PM
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:55 AM
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I get my ES stuff from Agena Astro in the US. For whatever reason vti won't open on my computer....I am technologically challenged in that regard. Agena check every they sell so I have never had a dud.
http://agenaastro.com
Just added a 14 and 20mm 100* eyepieces, the 14 is
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Old 15-02-2013, 09:47 AM
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Thanks guys, just an update...
I have spoken to VTI regards these eyepieces via email;

"Our supplier office is closed till the 19th February, due to them celebrating their Lunar New Year.
We are planning to stock them from April onwards, that is, if JOC gives us a good price to start with and we have not agreed on that yet.
The earlier price that JOC gave is unprofitable for us to carry them and we have been nudging them to lower their pricing.
So, my apology for not being able to provide you with the figure at the moment."

Havn't spoken to anyone from Agena Astro however website claims they are in stock.

Got in contact with Explore Scientific, they gave me an email contact for an Australian retailer that appears to be an extravision employee. (email ends in @extravision) This person has not responded to my email as yet I don't think they will. I let Explore scientific know that their go-to Australian Distributer doesn't feel like selling their products at the moment and asked for another suggestion.

The only luck that I have had is that Astroshop has them in stock ready to ship, but at a higher price than anyone else advertises. I am thinking that considering all the other places I have contacted have them advertised for $x but after enquiring discover that they don't actually posses any stock I think that Astroshops prices may actually be realistic though. It's easy to say I would sell it to you for this much if I had it to sell and then when they get it in stock up the price but Astroshop have said I can sell it to you for this much right now.

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Old 15-02-2013, 09:37 PM
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I have ordered ES eyepieces from Agena and also this place:

http://www.eyepiecesetc.com/EXPLORE_...CES_s/1631.htm

Their website shows the 14mm and 20mm in stock just now.

They require Paypal for overseas orders.
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I'm about to put my 9mm and 14mm on the market this weekend if your interested.
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Old 17-02-2013, 01:07 PM
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I'm about to put my 9mm and 14mm on the market this weekend if your interested.
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Old 17-02-2013, 03:28 PM
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They gouge you in postage
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Old 17-02-2013, 05:47 PM
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Who does?
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Old 17-02-2013, 08:14 PM
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They gouge you in postage
If you're referring to Agena or EyepiecesEtc.com I have ordered from both and they charged me $38 for shipping one 82D eyepiece, or $50 when I ordered two. That's cheaper than Adorama or BHPhotovideo.

I didn't feel gouged.
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The ES 100 eyepieces weigh about a kilo. Postage for me from Optcorp was $60 each.
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They gouge you in postage
I have never felt that either. I just bought the 14 and 20 plus a few other things from Agena, postage was $80.
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Another update: Finally got a response from extravision who also has stock.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:19 PM
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Astropete's in Brisbane stocks them (www.astropetes.com.au); I know he has the 14mm in stock right now (I bought one there).
Woodland Hills (telescope.net) also has good prices on these, including bundles, and the postage is also good (less than US$50 for 2 of these).
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:05 AM
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I bought my first ES eyepiece from OPT in the states. Postage wasnt a problem because I was buying some bulk items. Since then I have bought two more ES eyepieces from VTI over here. I can highly recommend them. No problem at all with either purchase, great service and communication.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:44 PM
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Check if the vendor does any QC on them before shipping. I know that VTI checks each one before they ship, and Eyepiecesetc.com does also. Not sure about the others.
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I cant bring myself to sell my ES 100's . I'm considering selling a delos so I can buy a tasty 20mm 100 for $299 US at Opt.
$299 for a ES 20mm 100 degree. A televue Ethos 21mm 100 is $899. Extremelyyyyyyyyy tempting no?
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:48 PM
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Bfuffs, I can vouch for James at VTI Optics in Melbourne. His prices and postage rates are very reasonable IMHO. As I live in Melbourne, I have the advantage that I am able to pick up direct from him, so the cost is listed price plus handling (ie. no postage).
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I cant bring myself to sell my ES 100's . I'm considering selling a delos so I can buy a tasty 20mm 100 for $299 US at Opt.
$299 for a ES 20mm 100 degree. A televue Ethos 21mm 100 is $899. Extremelyyyyyyyyy tempting no?
Yes, very.
Been tempted to offload my 20T5 nag to fund a 20mm ES which could then hang out with my shorter fl Ethos EPs
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:19 PM
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Yeah, agree, they are a very tempting range. The only concern I have is that with my fast f/5 Televue refractors, how will they go? I've recently tried some cheaper (than I usually buy) eyepieces, namely the Orion Stratus 24mm and TMB Planetary 9mm, and both show noticeable (to my eyes) field curvature in my NP127is. By contrast, my Pentax XW 7mm shows no detectable curvature - but then the XW costs A LOT more than the Orion Stratus and TMB put together! So I wonder what sort of picture the ES range would give with a TV f/5 refractor. Fox!
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