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Zhumell 1.25" 8-24mm Zoom Eyepiece

Dec 15 2009 11:37 AM | aa5te in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

I’ll first talk about the mechanics of it. It arrived in a heavy duty bolt case that has "MZT8-24" stamped on it. The finish is nice, the eyecup (always up, you can’t fold it down) is soft rubber, and there is a rubber grip on the

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Zeiss Eyepieces on a Shoestring Budget

Jan 06 2010 11:57 AM | DOTrevino in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

I was struck with aperture fever and I sold that scope in order to purchase a mirror blank and material to make my own telescope. But I kept the good eyepieces. A few months later and my 12 inch reflector saw

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Vixen Lanthanum 50mm Eyepiece

Mar 16 2005 11:44 AM | wilash in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

I purchased the Vixen LV 50mm in a department store in downtown Osaka, Japan for 12,000 Japanese yen, about US$105.00. I was looking for an affordable low-power eyepiece that would give me a large exit pupil for a Maksutov Cassegrain telescope.

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The I3 Piece Image Intensifier Eyepiece

Mar 12 2005 11:02 AM | admin in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

My interest was roused by an ad for the "I3 Piece" image intensifier eyepiece by Collins Electro-Optics. It claims an increase in the light grasp of a telescope by about two magnitudes, or the equivalent of a non-intensified telescope 21/2 times larger. Then there was that positive review of the I3 Piece in the February 1999 Sky & Telescope. I also visited the Collins Electro-Optics web site for more information. The answer to a dilemma appeared to be at hand - more light grasp without more telescope to lug around.

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The "Ax" Files

Nov 12 2008 03:43 AM | admin in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Review of the Celestron 23mm Axiom LX Eyepiece

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Televue Nagler 17mm Eyepiece

Dec 29 2009 08:07 AM | detscorn in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

This lens is from the classic Televue Nagler series. It is in the 2 inch format and has a focal length of 17mm. It has an 82 degree apparent field of view that gives incredibly wide views. The lens has a

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Televue 31mm Nagler and TeleVue 27mm Panoptic Eyepieces

Dec 15 2009 12:08 PM | admin in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

The TMB92SS with the 31mm Nagler; at 16x and with a 5 degree field, provides one of the most remarkable rich field views obtainable in portable telescopes available today.

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TeleVue 22mm Nagler

Mar 16 2005 10:57 AM | admin in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Since Cloudy Nights asks that we give a little background on ourselves, I will say a few words here about it. Aside from sporadic childhood observing, I’ve been a serious observer for the last 8 years, being mainly a hunter of deep-sky denizens from dark sites. However I thoroughly enjoy both lunar & planetary observing too, which I perform mostly in my backyard, since the seeing there tends to be quite a bit better than the dark sites I frequent. I currently own 4 telescopes which are a 14.5” f/4.3 Zambuto equipped Starmaster (reviewed elsewhere on this site), a 10” f/5.4 home-made dob with a mirror from Mike Spooner, an 92mm AP f/6.6 Stowaway, and an older version of the WO 80mm f/6 Megrez, not to mention a plethora of eyepieces. I have no affiliation with any astronomy OEM or retailer, although with the amount of money I’ve been throwing at them as of late (to my wife’s consternation), perhaps I should reconsider that position!

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Tele Vue 24mm Panoptic + 5x Powermate vs. Takahashi 5mm LE-ED

Mar 16 2005 12:15 PM | admin in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

I recently acquired a Tele Vue TV102 refractor, and decided I needed some high power eyepieces. I had a Tele Vue Nagler 3-6mm zoom, but was unhappy with what I felt was too narrow a field of view and lack of eye relief. I was considering the 5mm Nagler or Radian, when I saw an ad for the new version of the 5x Powermate. I already had a 2.5x Powermate that I used with my 24mm and 19mm Panoptics with my 8” SCT, and was very happy with it, so I sold the zoom, bought the Powermate, and pocketed the change – temporarily, it turned out.

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TAL UWA 24mm Eyepiece

Mar 17 2005 08:58 AM | starpal in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

The following field testing was done comparing the new TAL UWA-24mm ultra-wide eyepiece to the Apogee WideScan II 30mm, and a Meade SWA-24.5. Some comparisons were also made to other eyepieces but were not the subject of this test. Weight of the UWA-24 is the same as 30mm Wide Scan or 40mm MK

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TAL 24mm UWA 2” 92 degree AFOV eyepiece

Mar 16 2005 12:29 PM | admin in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

TAL 24mm UWA is a high-quality eyepiece for low-power wide-angle scanning of the sky with emphasis on large open clusters such as Beehive, Pleiades, Hiades, Alpha Perseus.

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Sterling 40mm Plossl and the Astro-Tech 40mm Titan Type II ED

Aug 14 2009 07:19 AM | BillP in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

With my recent expedition to NEAF 2009, and the kind offer from fellow CNer “Gary” (Member # 10111) to borrow his 40mm, I found in my possession two very nice (and affordable) 40mm’s to test.

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Smart Astronomy's EF 27 and EF19 Eyepieces

Aug 02 2007 02:38 AM | admin in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Smart Astronomy's EF27 and EF19 Eyepieces

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Smart Astronomy's 27mm EF Eyepiece

Mar 28 2007 02:26 AM | David E in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Have you been looking for a quality wide field eyepiece for under $100?

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Six Low Cost 2

Mar 16 2005 02:39 PM | admin in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Almost two years ago I got rid of all my 2" telescope eyepieces, and other parts. At the time I had given up on wide field viewing. Although I had started out 40 years ago with refractors, I was now fully converted to reflectors of the Cassegrain type and had settled for the relatively narrow field of view (FOV) they afford. I had recently gone through 3 refractors, one Meade and two Syntas and thought that I would not be able to find one meeting my requirements. Somehow, over the years, I had developed a real dislike of chromatic aberration or false color and both of the Syntas had it. When the last of these refractors left, so did my requirements for 2" eyepieces.

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Siebert Optics 34mm Observatory Series

Mar 24 2006 02:20 PM | admin in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

The Siebert 34mm Observatory Series eyepiece is the target of observations in the following text

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Siebert 26mm Super-Wide Aperture Eyepiece

Dec 22 2009 06:58 AM | djedi in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Now, I understand I might be comparing apples to oranges here, but please be aware that I am interested mostly in astrophotography of basic objects (moon, planets, some easily visible clusters and nebulae) with a point&shoot camera attached via

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Rini 30mm MPL Eyepiece

Dec 21 2009 06:16 AM | admin in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

I was looking for the a widefield lowcost scanning eyepiece for my 80mm FL 11.4 Celestron Firstscope refractor in the 1.25 eyepiece size. The eyepiece is threaded for filters unlike some

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Rini 30mm 1.25" Eyepiece

Dec 10 2009 07:51 AM | arpruss in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Paul Rini made his eyepieces at home, in the 90s, as a labor of love and sold them for extremely low prices

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Pentax XL 60mm

Mar 16 2005 02:01 PM | admin in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

The eyepiece is made from CNC maschined black anadized aluminium body. The lenses are fixed in the upper 1/3 part of the housing surrounded by the movable eyeguard, with which you can search your best eyerelief, changable from 10 mm to 20 mm. The 44.4 mm is the distance from eyelens to focus. With this movable eyeguard you have the possibílity to find the most comfortable eyerelief for yourself. Works similar to the movable eyeguard on the XL 40 mm.

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Pentax XL 40 vs TeleVue Panoptic 35

Mar 16 2005 01:59 PM | CN_Admin in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

For many of us, a Rodenstock or a Nagler 31 is a little outside our ballpark. Faced with the reality of limited funds, we find there are many remaining choices, but two of the undisputed best commonly available eyepieces in this FL are the Pentax XL 40 and the TV 35 Panoptic. Both are wonderful wide field eyepieces, and both are heavy hitters on the pocketbook.

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Owl Astronomy Products 30mm UltraWide Eyepiece

Dec 28 2009 07:36 AM | pogobbler in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

On daytime targets, the eyepiece seemed to work well with my 120mm f/5 achromatic refractor. The eye relief is given as 28mm and that seemed about right to me. The view didn't

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Orion Q70 2" Eyepiece

Dec 10 2009 10:09 AM | admin in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

I purchased the complete set of the Orion Q70 2" eyepieces, 26mm, 32mm & 38mm, about 6-8 months ago

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Orion Explorer II Eyepieces

Dec 18 2009 07:50 AM | Zamboni in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Discontinued only recently, Orion’s "Explorer II' series of eyepieces served for more than a decade as their "bargain" eyepieces for beginners or astronomers on a budget. Listed in the

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Omcon 35mm Erfle

Mar 16 2005 01:58 PM | admin in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Very well made with chrome lower barrel and black upper piece that has rubber grip ring. Threaded for 2" filters. No eyecup. Lense is set in 5mm approx. Lens edges appear to be darkened. A handsome, high quality looking eyepiece.

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