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Baader Hyperion and Vixen LV 8-24mm Zoom Eyepieces

Dec 15 2009 09:05 AM | admin 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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"Big Plossls" - Televue 55mm, Meade 4000 56mm (4-Element Design), Meade 4000 56mm (5-Elem...

Dec 22 2009 11:35 AM | BillP in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Certainly a "novelty" eyepiece in many respects by today’s standards with so many fast scopes on the market as a 55mm eyepiece produces a rather large exit pupil, these eyepieces are still very

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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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GSO 30mm & 20mm Super-Views

Dec 15 2005 03:49 AM | admin in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Since I recently bought a 14" Dob, it had become obvious that I started a quest to search for a good wide-field eyepiece around 30mm

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Hyperion 24mm Wide Field

Nov 06 2007 05:25 AM | BillP in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Over a period of several days in early October I put the new 24mm Hyperion through its paces on a wide variety of celestial targets.

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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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Eyepiece Comparisons with the 14mm Denkmeier (D14)

Dec 09 2009 06:51 AM | admin in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

I was interested to explore the possibility of replacing my 13mm Nagler Type 6 with the D14 as I had received good feedback about this eyepiece, despite limited publicly available information. I bought a single D14 unit four months ago for cyclops mode viewing, and have since obtained other premium wide-fields on a temporary basis to enable this 13-14mm eyepiece comparison, as follows

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Comparison of Seven Moderate Priced 16-20mm Eyepieces

Mar 16 2005 12:22 PM | admin 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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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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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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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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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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GSO 50mm SuperView Eyepiece

Jan 05 2010 07:57 AM | DWJ in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

While this eyepiece is great for wide angle viewing through a 10" SCT, this is not a great eyepiece for use with

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35mm 2" Eyepiece Roundup

May 16 2006 03:17 AM | square_peg in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Tele Vue Panoptic 68-deg, Siebert Optics 34mm Observatory 70-deg, Meade Series 5000 34mm SWA 68-deg, Meade Series 4000 36mm QX 70-deg

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15mm Celestron Axiom LX

Oct 19 2009 07:24 AM | admin in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

My purpose in writing this review is, of course, to share my (rather limited) knowledge and experience with the community and, hopefully, make some future amateur astronomer’s life a little easier

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Meade 5000 34mm, GO 32mm, Scopos 30mm, Hyperion Aspheric 36mm

Dec 18 2009 08:14 AM | Midnight Dan in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

I’ve seen this question come up again and again on Cloudy Nights: "What’s a good low power, wide view, eyepiece for a reasonable price?" As an owner of a long focal length SCT I’ve asked this question myself because I’d like to be able to get to lower magnifications to view some of the larger objects in

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Aegna Astroproducts vs WO Swan Eyepieces

Jun 16 2007 02:04 AM | nathan360 in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

I MUST use glasses for viewing in order to get the most detail possible, so eye relief is hugely important for me

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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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24mm 68-deg Eyepiece Shootout

Jul 11 2008 02:16 AM | CollinofAlabama in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Three nights under the stars with the Bill Paolini's 24mm Hyperion, my Meade 5000 24mm SWA, and Don Fritz 24mm Panoptic

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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 | admin 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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24mm EP Eyepiece Comparison

Dec 29 2009 09:15 AM | Mike B in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Once upon a time there was a fellow with a newly acquired 10" F10 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (SCT). Being the largest aperture scope he'd had the pleasure of using, and having been

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

Mar 16 2005 01:33 PM | admin 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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Baader Planetarium Hyperion 24mm Eyepiece

Dec 17 2009 11:50 AM | twh in Eyepieces (14mm - 55mm)

Driving home the day I purchased the 24mm I started kicking myself. I realized I could have purchased the 21mm which would have given me a 32mm when the

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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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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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