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Has anyone bought or used the budget-priced Astro-Tech EPs from Astronomics?

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#1 Brawlingsaz


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Posted 19 September 2020 - 09:50 AM

Astro-Tech appears to be a subsidiary of Cloudy Nights’ host, Astronomics, their 'house brand', so to speak.  And Astronomics gives CN members a discount, as well as owns and hosts this resource that benefits us all.  I don't know how you all feel about patronizing our benefactor, but it seems worthwhile to at least give them a look for any new gear purchases.




These Astro-Tech EPs are quite low-priced, which would ordinarily be a red flag to move on... but sometimes there are pretty decent, adequate or better, budget brands.  And, well, it's Astronomics, our buddy, our pal.  So I thought I'd ask the community to see who might have given the Astro-Tech EPs a look, and what anyone who owns and uses them thinks about these entry-priced products.  


Any feedback on Astro-Tech EPs?

#2 Jim Davis

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Posted 19 September 2020 - 10:02 AM

The Paradigm Dual HD are quite good eyepieces. Agena Astro sells them, too under a different name. I have and use 4 of them.

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Posted 19 September 2020 - 10:09 AM

The Paradigm's are very good budget eyepieces.
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Posted 19 September 2020 - 10:31 AM

I just bought the 32mm Value Line Plössl. It is a good eyepiece and I feel I got my money’s worth and it is nice to support Astronomics, who supports us with Cloudy NIghts. It is clearly superior to the Meade MA 25mm that came with my f/10 scope with sharper views, little to no color, good eye relief,  and good contrast. The same eyepiece is available from several vendors and seems to be made by GSO. I think that is true for the Astro-Tech Plössls. The Plössls are a reasonable choice and good value for a slow, say f/6, or higher scope. The eye relief starts to get short, especially for eyeglass wearers, between 15mm and 20mm fl. 


Unfortunately, most of the Paradigms are not in stock. I have been waiting a couple of months for the 15mm.  They have a good reputation, though. 

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 10:31 AM

I have most of the Paradigms and a Value Line Plossl 32mm. They're all good eyepieces. 

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#6 Obx


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Posted 21 September 2020 - 08:52 AM

The value line plossls are GSO from Taiwan. I have the GSO 32mm and it is a very serviceable eyepiece. I also use a 12mm Starguider/Paradigm and recommend it. 

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Posted 21 September 2020 - 10:11 AM

My 12mm Paradigm is the least expensive eyepiece I own. The thoughts I get when I put it in a focuser aren't

of disappointment but of how good the image it puts out.

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Posted 22 September 2020 - 04:00 AM

I have owned three focal lengths of the Paradigms. I thought the 5 mm was the best of the lot and I am sorry that I have sold it. I have compared all of them to ES and TV and the more expensive brand eyepieces are superior as far as light transmission. The 5 mm was almost the equal of a much more expensive ES 6.7 mm I directly compared it to on Jupiter .



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Posted 22 September 2020 - 05:25 PM

From reviews the 12 and 5 seem to be the best.

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Posted 22 September 2020 - 11:56 PM

From reviews the 12 and 5 seem to be the best.

I have all but the 15 mm. I consider the 5 mm, 8 mm and 12 mm the best in a faster scope. I don't have the 15 mm but suspect that with 6 elements, its comparable to the 12mm. The 18 mm and 25 mm provide enjoyable views with comfortable eye relief but are not as sharp off axis as they could be. I'm still figuring the 3.2 mm out.



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Posted 23 September 2020 - 12:15 AM

I've compared the 12mm and the 15mm. The 12 was better off axis than the 15mm in my 10 " Orion XTi. No coma correction.

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 12:21 AM

I picked up a set of the Paradigm Dual ED's (25, 12, 8mm) to go with an f8 club scope we got via donation and they were very good. Not "good for the $" but just very good. I was surprised at the performance at that focal ratio.

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