Unboxing the Edmund 28mm RKEFebruary 17, 2017
Look what came in the mail today.
Something small, in a gold box.
An eyepiece wrapped in paper, and a rubber eyeguard.
And here they are.
That is a big honkin’ eye lens. And that’s why I got this eyepiece. The 28mm RKE from Edmund is legendary for its “floating stars” effect where the big eye lens, the sharply raked barrel, and the long eye relief combine to create the impression that the eyepiece has disappeared and the image is simply floating in space. I’ve never experienced this, because I’ve never gotten to look through one of these before. But the reputation of this eyepiece, illustrated by several glowing threads on Cloudy Nights (like the ones that follow), was enough to convince me to take the plunge:
- Legendary Eyepiece Profiles: 28mm Edmund RKE
- A really F-U-N eyepiece! My new 28mm RKE!
- Edmund RKEs rock!
It didn’t come with a case, so I made my own out of an old prescription pill bottle. A little bubble wrap stuffed in the bottom and taped inside the lid, and I’ve got a nice padded case for free.
And I need that case, because the new gear curse is in full effect. How does this eyepiece work in practice? No idea yet – with any luck, I might find out next Wednesday, when the clouds are finally supposed to part. I’ll keep you posted.