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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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Orion Q70 2" Eyepiece

Dec 10 2009 10:09 AM | Guest 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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Baader Hyperion and Vixen LV 8-24mm Zoom Eyepieces

Dec 15 2009 09:05 AM | Scott Holland in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

With a zoom eyepiece, you get the convenience of many different focal lengths in one eyepiece. This allows you to dial in the best magnification for any object without

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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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Celestron 23mm Axiom LX versus Meade 24mm UWA

Dec 11 2009 11:55 AM | Guest in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

First a comment about the size of these eyepieces. They are BOTH huge. The Meade weights in at 29.5 oz (no surprise since this is close to Meade's stated weight). The surprise was the

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41mm Tele Vue Panoptic(Or, the search for the widest true field of view possible with my NS11)

Mar 16 2005 11:56 AM | Guest in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Ever since I bought my NexStar 11 GPS two years ago, I've been searching for ways to get the widest non-vignetted field of view possible from my scope. (Note: When I bought my NS11 I purchased an EyeOpener 2" visual back in anticipation of someday buying large 2" eyepieces. More about that later on).

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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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14mm Pentax SMC XL

Mar 16 2005 11:59 AM | Guest in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

This is a review of the 14mm Pentax SMC XL eyepiece I won for a review contest on Cloudynights. I remember how happy I was (and still am! thanks Cloudynights!) when I won the contest, so it would only be fair to write a short review on this great eyepiece. Keep in mind that while I have seen a lot of views through different eyepieces (and telescopes), none were in the price range of the Pentax XL. I live in Zagreb, Croatia, and have met many croatian amateur astronomers and astronomy society members, but $200+ eyepieces seem just too expensive for us. There may be some similar eyepieces out there but I've not met their owners (yet). I've only had a brief chance to compare it to my friend's 13.8mm Meade SWA. Not long after the Pentax arrived, I got a new telescope. An Intes MN-71, 7" mak-newt on HEQ-5 mount replaced

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

Mar 16 2005 12:15 PM | Guest 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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Comparison of Seven Moderate Priced 16-20mm Eyepieces

Mar 16 2005 12:22 PM | EdZ in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

People are always looking to improve their equipment choices. Sometimes it turns out that improving choices doesn’t necessarily mean costing more. I often watch to see what second hand eyepieces are for sale. I’ve bought many second hand eyepieces, including two used in this comparison. The Televue 20mm plossl comes up for sale a lot. That’s because it comes standard with Tv scopes and most people have already filled that 20mm niche by the time they get around to buying a Tv scope. So they keep the scope and sell the eyepiece. I bought one second hand and after using it in several of my scopes, including my f8 6" refractor and my f11 5" SCT, I started comparing the view to several of my other eyepieces in the same magnification range. I set out to compare eyepieces from 16mm to 20mm, all mid-priced or low priced inexpensive eyepieces. By inexpensive, I mean not in the cost range of the Naglers, Radians, Ultrawides or even the less costly Superwides.

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TAL 24mm UWA 2” 92 degree AFOV eyepiece

Mar 16 2005 12:29 PM | Guest 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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14mm 100 degree Explore Scientific Eyepiece

Dec 15 2009 06:43 AM | MarkDeprest in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Now let’s get to my initial impressions; the ES 14mm is a large 2 inch eyepiece that weighs 2 lbs; it has a clean ergonomic overall design that fits nicely in your hand with a wide nubbed rubber grip band that provides for confident handling. Since the ES 14mm is advertised as

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30mm Wide Scan Type III Eyepiece

Mar 16 2005 12:37 PM | David Knisely in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

The popularity of wide-field eyepieces has surged in recent years, and, to a certain extent, so has their cost and complexity. Systems containing more than the usual handful of elements are required to achieve good correction of aberrations over wider fields especially in the shorter f/ratio telescopes we see today. It was with some trepidation that I heard of the new Wide Scan Type III eyepiece. I tried one and decided that, for its cost, it might have a place in my eyepiece box.

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7 Low Power Eyepieces and 2x Barlows for Beginners

Mar 16 2005 12:48 PM | Guest in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

In the How-To section of Cloudy Nights, there is an article by Allister St. Claire in which he points out that the low power eyepieces routinely supplied with entry level telescopes can be upgraded for no more than $25.00 ($50.00 with a 2x Barlow). The case Allister makes for such an upgrade is quite compelling and the article is an unusually good source of both information and practical advice.

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Eyepiece Spotlights

Mar 16 2005 12:57 PM | Guest in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

I spent Saturday making a homemade eyecup for my original-styled 14mm Meade UWA. I wanted to test it out to try and get the right positioning height for it while used in my 8 inch f/6 Dob Newtonian when viewing the Orion Nebula and the moon through clouds. The clouds and wind were problematic this Saturday night (19th). As best as I could tell, this newly fashioned eyecup made lunar and deep sky viewing acceptable (unlike my earlier no eyecup results) with the 8 incher. The eyecup material is a camera film case with end cut out and inserted upside down into a cardboard frame.

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The "Ax" Files

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

Review of the Celestron 23mm Axiom LX Eyepiece

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Further Eyepiece Spotlights

Mar 16 2005 12:58 PM | Guest in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

I do not own a Paracorr. I wish I did. My 16 inch f/4.6 would benefit from a Paracorr more than any scope I have ever owned. The following report is some of what I have experienced so far with no Paracorr to help the scope do better.

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Televue 31mm Nagler and TeleVue 27mm Panoptic Eyepieces

Dec 15 2009 12:08 PM | Guest 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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Eyepiece Baseball !

Mar 16 2005 01:04 PM | starpal in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

The legendary batting instrument, the Brandon 94mm f-6.9 APO, was brought out under transparent (but stable) skies on November 13, 2000 at 9pm CT for the game. Ambient temperature was about 43 deg F. There was an on again, off again breeze enough to cause eye tearing in most any players eyes. It was the first real opportunity to run the bases with the above eyepieces, albeit briefly, but with sufficient levels of scrutiny to judge them fairly. The chosen methods of comparison were hardly the only or best possible ones available for refining results over eyepiece distinctions. Then again, the setting was such to accomplish something with several of them at once, a team! ...without going into overtime (approx. game time was 45

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GTO Plossl/Barlow Review

Mar 16 2005 01:07 PM | Guest in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

The fit and finish of the 25mm plossl seem good to very good. The eyepiece has an unusual smell to it. It smells like rubber (I guess from the rubber surround). Overall I would rank in about par with other generic plossl eyepieces that are available on the market. I would have to rank this at about 80% of the fit and finish of Plossl's costing much more. The eyepiece looks to be coated with at least 1 layer of MgFl coatings

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A Review of the 15mm & 6mm Vixen Lanthanum Eyepieces

Mar 16 2005 01:33 PM | Doug Matulis in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

When I purchased my NexStar 5 a while back, I needed some eyepieces to fill some gaps in my collection. Specifically, I wanted something that would be medium and high power on my new N5. Knowing this would require eyepieces of the shorter focal-length variety, I knew I was in for a challenge. I always hated the short focal-length Plossl and Orthoscopics, their eye-relief was just to small and therefore uncomfortable to use. I knew right away that I wanted eyepieces that had at least 15mm of eye-relief. I always hated having my eye practically touching the eye lens. On a tight budget, I was led to the venerable Vixen Lanthanum series of eyepieces

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Leica 14 and 22mm eyepieces

Mar 16 2005 01:40 PM | Richard Whalen in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Just returned from the Chiefland Star Party where I was able to evaluate two Leica eyepieces over a 1 week period. These Eyepieces were on loan from APM. First off I would like to thank Markus Ludes for the chance to evaluate them. It was most kind of him

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40mm MK-70 vs 35mm Panoptic

Mar 16 2005 01:51 PM | Guest in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

I use my 40mm MK-70 more than my 35mm Pan because it gives a wider field and doesn't hurt the Dob's balance as much. I find it easier to navigate with that 0.3* extra sky visible, even if the stars aren't exactly pin points at the edge of the field. Heck, the eye relief on both of these is so marginal that I can only use my new eyeglasses with them, which puts their unscratched status at risk. I have enough astigmatism that neither focuses cleanly, naked eye, given the

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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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Omcon 35mm Erfle

Mar 16 2005 01:58 PM | Richard Whalen 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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