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TeleVue 13mm Ethos™ Eyepiece
3.35" 85mm f/7, 600mm FL
yes it will look like the tail wagging the Dog, but you will like the view
4" 101mm f/5.4, 540mm FL
4.1" 105mm f/4.2, 445mm FL
not really manageable on this scope, but would be fun to see!
5" 127mm f/5.2, 660mm FL
6.3" 160mm f/7.5, 1,200 mm FL
10" 250mm f/4.9, 1,250mm FL
Meade 12" LX-200
12" 298mm f/10, 3,048mm FL
14" 355mm f/11, 3,900mm FL
AstroSystems 14½" TeleKit
14.5" 368mm f/5, 1,840mm FL
AstroSystems 18" TeleKit
18" 457mm f/5, 2,286mm FL
OGS 24" Ritchey-Chrétien
24" - 610mm f/8, 4,880mm FL
or at f/6, 3,658mm FL
AstroSystems 25" TeleKit
25" 635mm f/5, 3,150mm FL
At first glance the 13mm Ethos eyepiece resembles a scaled up and more streamlined version of the original TeleVue 13mm Nagler 82 degree apparent field of view eyepiece that was introduced in 1979. This 653 gr / 23.1 oz behemoth was the first of the high performance ultra wide angle eyepieces in regular production, and Company Seven maintains the last version of the 13mm Nagler alongside the TeleVue 13mm Plossl (50 degree apparent field of view) in our Museum Collection on display. Similarly the 13mm Ethos incorporates a rubber grip ring around its Barrel, with a fold down rubber eyecup as do many of the recent production TeleVue eypieces. But what is amazing to us is how TeleVue has been able to take advantage of new glass and manufacturing technologies to not only make a superior eyepiece, but also to scale the weight of the 13mm Ethos down; even with its dramatic improvements the 13mm Ethos weighs notably less than the 1.44 lb. 13mm Nagler. So while Americans and their eyepieces were getting heavier and heavier, the 13mm Ethos weighing about 1.3 lbs is a pleasant departure from the trend.
Left: 13mm Ethos 2 and 1.25 inch nosepieces with 1.25 Safety Set Screw. Notice the filter and extension threads and the Negative Lens Group (53,366 bytes)
Conceptually similar in arrangement to its Nagler cousins, the Ethos has two components: an ultra wide angle low magnification "eyepiece" mated to a negative group housed in the 1.25 inch diameter Nosepiece. This arrangement provides not only the superb wide field of view, but this also corrects for spherical aberration and other problems that would otherwise appear obvious.
As we do with other similarly configured eyepieces, Company Seven advises its customers to use thread-on 48mm diameter filters for Deep Sky applications and 1.25 filters when observing smaller objects (Planets, Moon). But since a filter added to this nosepiece acts as an extension too, so care must be taken not to "Bottom Out" the nosepiece with a filter attached onto devices such as the TeleVye Paracor, some prism and mirror diagonals.
The 13mm Ethos features the 1.25 and 2 inch barrel arrangement that TeleVue first popularized with the original 13mm Nagler eyepiece, and offers to this day with the 12 mm Nagler Type 4 for example. The 13mm Ethos will accept standard thread in 1.25 inch diameter x 42 tpi (28.5 x 0.6 mm) filters. And as we do for our 12mm Nagler customers, Company Seven will offer an optional thread-on 2 inch diameter Barrel Extension so that the 13mm Ethos may be drawn out on a Focuser as needed to attain focus with telescopes that lack focus travel and this offers the benefit of accepting thread-on 48mm filters. Note most good 2 inch diagonals are also threaded to accept 48mm filters.
Right: 13mm Ethos on a Questar 3-½ Duplex telescope, note how this is secured by both the eyepiece and telescope focuser set screws (14,529 bytes)
Click on image to see enlarged view (29,027 bytes).
The overall perfection of the rendered images are superior in the Ethos than in its predecessors. In terms of contrast, and definition to the edges of the field of view, and reduction of distortion too the Ethos beats the original 13mm Nagler and the old 12mm Nagler Type 2 for sure. As Al Nagler noted:
"For reference, the maximum angular magnification distortion of the new 13mm Ethos is no more than 1% at any point in the 100° field"
A criticism of the original 13mm Nagler eyepiece that we felt was valid involved the occasional appearance of subtle ghost image that could be produced when light from an off axis intense star reflected back and forth between the surfaces within the Nagler eyepiece. The dramatic improvements in antireflection coatings over the past decade have eliminated the ghost images that could at times be seen in some older designs, so in the Ethos this is not a concern. These new coatings also increase the contrast so subtle details become more obvious.
Right: 13mm Ethos with discontinued TeleVue 13mm Nagler and 13mm Plossl eyepieces in Company Seven's collection (49,035 bytes)
Click on image to see enlarged view (141,208 bytes)
The design is scaled to provide eye relief (designed distance between the Eye Lens and the Eye of the user) of 1.15x the focal length so the eye relief of the Ethos is 15mm. And for those observers with astigmatism, Ethos accepts the optional DIOPTRX™ Eyesight Astigmatism Correction Lens; another unrivaled innovation from Al Nagler.
On paper one alternative to the Ethos is TeleVue's 13mm Nagler Type 6, this is one of the a compact series of 82 degree eyepieces and with a 1.25 inch barrel. While an impressive achievement particularly when placed alongside the original 13mm Nagler, the Type 6 are not as well corrected for distortion as the Nagler Type 4 or the Ethos. The Type 6 can make sense for those on a constrained budget, for use with binocular viewers, or for use with telescope that may not manage the mass of the larger eyepieces. But starting with those 13mm Ethos made in March 2008 and later, the barrel diameter is milled to be narrower by 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) so that customers using this eyepiece on the TeleVue Bino View can achieve an interpupilary spacing as minimal as 62 mm.
In terms of comparing it against production eyepieces the closest to the Ethos is the TeleVue 12mm Nagler Type 4, a third generation 82 degree ultra wide angle Nagler design weighing 16.3 oz / 462 g. There really are no other ultra wide angle eyepieces in this class even though some alternatives are sold for notably higher costs. The 12mm Nagler Type 4 is a striking eyepiece well known in the community as the shortest member of the Nagler Type 4 series with the others being the similarly successful 17mm and 22mm Nagler eyepieces both with 2 inch diameter barrels. Of course both the 12mm Nagler Type 4 and the 13mm Ethos ultra wide angle eyepieces dwarf the more common three or four element 1.25 inch diameter eyepieces since even the best of these such as our Astro-Physics 12mm Super Planetary weigh only 3.2 oz / 92 gr.
It is possible that TeleVue will offer 2 inch diameter versions of Ethos eyepieces in longer focal lengths. Making some basic assumptions and without yet having tested the new Ethos to determine its degree of distortion (all production wide angle eyepieces exhibit this effect this to some degree or another), we can guess the 13mm Ethos design will show 1.49X the area of a similar focal length Nagler series eyepiece, or a bit wider true field of view than the 16mm Nagler Type 5. It will show 2.16 times the area of a similar focal length Panoptic (if there were one of course), and four times the area of a Plössl. With a typical good quality 26mm Plössl having a Field Stop on the order of 22mm diameter, the 13mm Ethos has an effective Field Stop so large that one will see about the same actual field of view as one would see with a 26mm Plössl but at TWICE THE MAGNIFICATION! Just imagine seeing the full Moon at 156x in an 20 inch f/4.8 Dobsonian - with a true field of view of 0.52 Degrees. The possibilities for what we might see with longer focal length versions of Ethos stir the imagination!
Initially announced on 28 April in 13mm focal length other focal lengths will almost certainly follow. Of course, Company Seven was among the first in the world to show the eyepiece and have them in stock and you can count on us to have the next if and when TeleVue decides to give us all another "fix". Feel free to contact Company Seven for additional details or to place an order.
Company Seven began making deliveries of the first Ethos in September 2007 - and of course Martin now has his. Soon we intend to post articles regarding viewing experiences with the Ethos, so stay tuned to our latest news page for these announcements.
|Apparent Field of View:||100 Degrees|
|Eye Relief:||15mm (0.59")|
|Eye Lens Diameter:||29.18mm (1.15")|
|Field Stop Diameter:||48.93mm (1.93")|
|Effective Field Stop Diameter:||22.3mm (0.88")|
|Anti-Reflection Coatings:||Air-spaced elements are fully Multicoated|
|Height:||144.8mm (5.78") with Eyecup folded down|
|Barrel Max. Diameter:||62.06mm (2.44")|
|Outer Nosepiece Diameter:||50.79mm (2.0")|
|Inner Nosepiece Diameter:||31.63mm (1.25")|
|Inner Nosepiece Filter Thread:||1.25 inch diameter x 42 tpi (28.5 x 0.6 mm)|
|Weight:||20.8 Oz / 591 gr. (1.3 lbs)|
* Specifications are subject to change without notice.