Celestron 8-24mm zoom eyepiece accolades!
Posted 04 October 2009 - 03:25 PM
Well, I picked up a Celestron 8-24mm zoom the other day... and I'm impressed. I got it for use in my small, light weight, knock about scopes--and for my PST. I figured I could even leave it permanently in the PST, that is, *IF* it provided decent images.
Turns out, it matches or exceeds the Vixen on the PST. Nice dark fov, crisp images, little solar ghosting.
The focal length changing is a bit stiff (as has been reported elsewhere) whereas the Vixen is smooth. (Neither has click stops for the different focal lengths.) But the Celestron has a wider fov-- 64 vs. 54 degrees at 8mm and 51 vs. 46 at 12mm. Plus, a nifty feature of the Celestron is that underneath the eyeguard, it is threaded for digicams! That means one can zoom to the right mag and attach a digicam (I use a digi-t) and snap away. It also costs much less than the Vixen or Televue zoom.
So, if you don't have a zoom yet, and want to start in inexpensively, I'd recommend this one.
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Posted 18 October 2009 - 10:55 PM
I ordered the Celestron zoom the same time I ordered the PST. So glad I did so. These two seem to be a great match! I have yet to try the Celestron zoom for night time viewing. However, as a match for the PST, it rocks.
Thanks for the suggestion.
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Posted 28 February 2013 - 07:00 PM
I have been thinking about a pair of zooms for the BV. just was not sure if they would give a good view or not. may still try it.