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If you have a moderately fast Newtonian reflector and feel in need of something in the way of an eyepiece upgrade, but don’t want to wear out the credit card too quickly, consider Orion’s Stratus eyepieces.
After using these as my primary eyepieces for well over two years now, I feel that I can actually say something useful about this eyepiece accessory kit
he included case has a very sturdy feel to it, but I have one somewhat serious quibble. While the pre-cut foam interior includes (some) space to add additional accessories (three more eyepieces and one more filter), the foam interior is not
I've been into astronomy for 30+ years now and have seen and used a good many different eyepieces. Being primarily a planetary observer in my early years, I used only orthos. I remember the eyepiece that I would use all the time on the 12 ½" f/10 scope, would be the Meade 12.5mm ortho. Saturn would look great through this eyepiece. A few years later, University Optics orthos caught my attention, so I bought a set and have used them since. These UO orthos were the best going eyepieces and were hard to beat. Even when using Zeiss orthos, I would always revert back to the
The first thing you notice about them is how big they are. They are also very heavy. Hold one up to your eye and its huge eye lens looks like a small telescope objective. "Hand grenade size chunks of optical glass" would be a fitting description. It seems impossible they could be 1¼-inch eyepieces. I have also discovered they offer top-notch performance.