I have now had a chance to test out the relatively newly released Baader Morpheus eyepieces over several nights and wanted to share my experience using them.
I have three sets of the Morpheus Eyepieces (which I will abbreviate just as ME below) in focal lengths of 4.5mm, 9mm, and 14mm.
They come beautifully boxed and initial inspection revealed their overall build quality was excellent. They were not too heavy, easy to hold, and made with comfortable rubber grips. They are designed to be compatible in either 1.25” or 2” focusers, which is very convenient.
My first light with them was in a friend’s 32” f 3.6 dob and we looked at a variety of deep sky objects (in monocular mode) including the spindle galaxy, M82, and the ghost of Jupiter. All three focal lengths of ME put up high quality images with superb contrast and resolution. Eye relief was excellent, even prolonged views did not cause eye strain, and the overall view was immersive. We were able to compare the 4.5 ME to a 4.7 Ethos, and the 9 ME to the 10 Ethos and 10 Delos. We did not find that the ME gave up anything other than some field of view to the Ethos eyepieces. The 4.5 ME showed some mild Edge of Field Brightness (EOFB) which I could detect if I looked for it, but was not bothersome to my eye. That night while using the highly regarded Leica Aspheric Zoom, we found that when zoomed in it had dramatically more EOFB than the 4.5ME.
These ME were also designed to be able to be used in binoviewers (ie narrow barrel diameters throughout the range of focal lengths) . I used the three sets of ME with my Baader Mark V binoviewer in my Takahashi TOA 130 F7.7 apo. I viewed the crescent moon, M5, Jupiter, and many other objects. My normal binoviewing sets are 24 pans, 18 BGOs, 12.5BGOs, 7.5 Tak LEs and 5 Tak LEs. The 24 pans are wonderful to use in the binoviewer. I also have high regard for my other binoviewing eyepiece sets but find that I don’t binoview with them often as I miss the wider field of view provided by monocular viewing with an Ethos. Well, these ME eyepieces have changed things. The extra field of view from using a set of ME made it feel like I was looking out a window, rather than through an eyepiece. The ME put up outstanding images with excellent resolution and contrast, and good control of light scatter.
My future viewing with my refractors will be using the Mark Vs with the ME. I have on order an optical corrector from Siebert Optics which should allow me to use the Mark V’s with the ME in a Newtonian telescope without the need to make any adjustments to the telescope. Yes, these ME may move me predominantly into binoviewing with all my scopes!
I found very little to complain about with these ME eyepieces. It is known that the eyeguards could be of slightly higher quality, and I understand that Baader has already addressed this and will soon be providing upgraded eyeguards to everyone that has ME.
I would have to say given their outstanding sharpness/ contrast coupled with their 76 degree field of view, at $239 each, these ME are one of the best values in eyepieces out there for mono or binoviewing. In particular for binoviewing – I am unable to think of another line of eyepieces I would prefer using over these ME. We are living in the golden age of eyepieces!
Edited by Alan A., 06 June 2016 - 01:34 AM.