First Look: Tele Vue Ethos and New Astro-Physics Refractors

The new 13mm Tele Vue Ethos.
ST: Sean Walker
The Rockland Astronomy Club and Sky & Telescope magazine's Northeast Astronomy Forum & Telescope Show (NEAF) was a big hit with vendors and attendees alike last weekend. Billed as the East Coast's largest annual astronomy trade show, it was hard to turn your head without seeing something new.

With more than 100 vendors this year, virtually every booth offered a first look at astronomy products to help enhance your astronomical experience. During the next week, we'll be highlighting some interesting telescopes, gadgets, and useful accessories that caught our eye. Check back often for more updates.

Tele Vue unveiled the new Ethos eyepiece series, starting with a 13mm that sports an amazing 100° field of view. The name Ethos comes from the fundamental characteristics of every Tele Vue eyepiece: high contrast, comfortable eye relief, and full-field sharpness. The result is a design that draws your eye around the entire field.

Astro-Physics 130 and 140mm triplet refractors.
ST: Sean Walker
Astro-Physics took the opportunity to introduce two new oil-spaced triplet apochromatic refractors: the new 130mm f/6.3 Traveler EDF, featuring removable 2.7-inch focuser and objective lens cell to create an ultra-portable 5-inch telescope that is airline compatible. The 140mm f/7.5 StarFire EDF sports all the premium features of the larger Astro-Physics refractors, including an optional 4-inch focuser.