We had an observing session at Veasey on Friday evening the 17th. Present were myself, Kevin Hocker, Ed Burke, Jim Bastable and Patrick Amorosa. Objects observed were, Mars, Jupiter, and the following M objects: 1, 35, 44, 45, 41, 42, 43, 81, 82, 65, 66, 36, 37, 38 and a bunch of double stars. We used a 6 inch refractor and GoldenEye, my 8 inch Dobsonian. Mars is nearing opposition and showed some surface detail and the polar cap.
Kevin Hocker brought his brand new ES 35mm 70 degree 2 inch eyepiece which was purchased on special for only $50 from OPT. He bought it because of favorable reviews on cloudynights.com. In GoldenEye, it provided a field of view of a whopping 2 degrees, with some impressive views of the double cluster, the beehive cluster, the pleiades, and Orion’s sword. It isn’t up to the level of the 35mm Panoptic as far as edge correction is concerned, but we all agreed that for only 50 bucks it is a nice finder type eyepiece that is sharp on-axis. Also, dark skies are needed to take full advantage as it provides a 6mm exit pupil in an f/6 scope and a 7mm exit pupil in an f/5 scope. ES also makes a 30mm version for those with f/5 and below scopes.