Someone mentioned to me this may be stray light from the eyepiece so before returning to the store I will repeat the test with eyepiece cover in place. Will let you know how it turns out. Wish I had this advice on the weekend. I'll have to wait a couple of days until I have my camera and there is daylight.
"Cameras and lenses are simply tools to place our unique vision on film. Concentrate on equipment and you'll take technically good photographs. Concentrate on seeing the light's magic colors and your images will stir the soul." Jack Dykinga