Russell Optics Wide Angle 19mm


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Brand and Model:Russell Optics Wide Angle 19mm
Price ($USD):$65.00
Type:Misc Wide Angle
Focal Length:19 mm
Barrel Size:2 in
Apparent FOV:67.0 degrees
Field Stop Dia.:0.0 mm
Eye Relief:0 mm
Elements:6
Weight (lbs):0.7
Description:Ultra Lightweight Machined Delrin Barrel. Includes Eyecup. Low Profile Design.

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Russell Optics Wide Angle 19mm
This is a great eyepiece. I have Naglers, Panoptics, and Pentax XLs and while this eyepiece can't really match them
in terms of contrast, it seems to come very, very close
in terms of sharpness. The Delrin housing is well machined
and creates a very light eyepiece. I only wish Russell made
this in a 1.25 inch size.

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:8 Value:10
Weight: 5 (Veritable Vote)
Date:
By: deepsky63
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Russell Optics Wide Angle 19mm
Ordered on ebay. When I got it I was a little sceptical. Wow was I surprised. Don't get me wrong it isn't a TeleVue but it didn't cost me 200 either. I have a fast (f4) newtonian and the center was sharp as a tack but at the edges it isn't so good. That being said neither are most other wide fields. When I put it on a Stellarview refractor things got much better with almost no edge distortion.
Now for the good stuff. It's like looking through a window into the sky .... a joy to use. The field is so wide that you get lost looking into it. The contrast is great (maybe the black delrin helps block light). It is one of my favorite pieces.

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:8 Value:10
Weight: 5 (Veritable Vote)
Date:
By: casch
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Russell Optics Wide Angle 19mm
Nice, enjoyable wide-field ocular, I've had no desire to get Panoptics (for my personal scope) after looking through this $40 steal. Images are as bright as the views I get through my 17mm Plossl & 25mm Kellner. Stars are sharp towards the center, stay that way until the last 10% of the field in my f/8 telescope. A neighbor's f/4 system is not kind to it, though. A very lightweight eyepiece, easy to handle in cold weather thanks to its Delrin construction. Don't plan on using filters on it much, those plastic threads are apt to strip easily.

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:8 Value:10
Weight: 5 (Veritable Vote)
Date:
By: suhail
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Russell Optics Wide Angle 19mm
My most commonly used eyepiece in my 8" SCT. To be frank: this eyepiece is a steal! I compared these at a dark sky party with a 19mm Televue Wide Field; as you might expect, the TV was indeed a hair crisper and a touch brighter, but the difference was quite subtle.

The eyepiece is very light, being made out of Delrin, and is nicely machined. My only minor beef was that the rubber eyecup had a slight pucker along the edge when it arrived, which I easily fixed with a spot of super glue.

It's a real pleasure to have an inexpensive, handcrafted eyepiece that gives views way beyond its price.

Overall Rating: 9
Weight: 4 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.240.23)
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Russell Optics Wide Angle 19mm
Ditto the above comment. I can't believe Gary sells these for $65. Very bright, very sharp. Nice AFOV. Could only improve a little in edge correction and contrast, but probably easily worth two to three times the amount Gary charges for these. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with this eyepiece. A "10" for value.

Overall Rating: 10
Weight: 4 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.214.54)
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Russell Optics Wide Angle 19mm
I tried my new Russell 19mm SWA Konig last evening under steady, clear skies.
Using a SW 150mm f8.3 refractor, M4 was resolved to the core with several dark lanes visable and delicate pin-point points of light at the core. Similsr performance on M8. Very slight coma on the edges at f8.3, perhaps only outer 7-10% of field, which is barely noticable. The eye-relief is excellent and Gary puts a very nive rubber eye-cup on for long comfortable viewing.It's a keeper!!

Overall Rating: 9
Weight: 3 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.158.229)
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Russell Optics Wide Angle 19mm
I really did not know what to expect when I received this Russell 19mm. When I finally had an opportunity to use it I was totally surprised. Sharp and contrasty with only a bit of drop off near the edge. I had the opportunity to compare the Russell with my TV 19mm Wide Field and (to my dismay) must say that the comparison was very favorable. I think the contrast was the biggest shock. It gave very nice images of M97 and M108 even though the seeing was not that great. Also the light weight of this 2 inch eyepiece makes it a pleasure to use. You can go between 1 1/4 and this unit without re-balancing your system. I give this 2 in eyepiece a 10. Not because it is the best you can get, but because I feel it IS the best you can get at this price. At under 70.00 for a 2 inch wide field ocular you can't go wrong.

Overall Rating: 10
Weight: 3 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.59.157)
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Russell Optics Wide Angle 19mm
I´d say, compared to real quality eps, save money and don´t buy. Poor contrast, low value, not resellable.

Overall Rating: 2
Optics:2 Value:3
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.126.50)
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>I´d say, compared to real quality eps, save money and don´t buy. Poor contrast, low value, not resellable.

I have Naglers, Panoptics, Pentax XL's, Vixen Lanthanums, University Optics Konigs, and have bought, sold, and traded more eyepieces than I care to admit over the years, including two Russell Optics, the 15mm and 19mm, and have found them to be every bit as good as many of these premium eyepieces, at one third the price, you can't go wrong. Also, it's simply not true that they are not resellable, in fact they hold their value better than Televue's I bought a 28mm Nagler, and sold it a year later for 70% of what I paid for it, I bought a 15mm Russell and sold it three years later for 100% of what I had paid for it, JDBraddy
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>I´d say, compared to real quality eps, save money and don´t buy. Poor contrast, low value, not resellable.

Most of these I have seen for resell went for about $5-10 less than the original price, which is not that much. This is a great eyepiece compared to many other pricier ones currntly on the market, but don't expect the bling-bling crowd to be impressed by them. I plan on keeping mine and probably getting a few more of his designs. I would rather support American free enterprise than Chinese manufacturing.

Russell Optics Wide Angle 19mm
I just received and tested a 1.25" version of the 19mm widefield eyepiece in my 16" f 4.5 truss dob. Russell had advertised a small quantity of the 1.25 version in the Astromart with multicoatings which has the same optics as the 2" version so I thought I would try it in my scope. Fit, finish and coatings are excellent. The edge was a little soft but I expected far worse with a erfle design. There was no significant ghosting on Jupiter and contrast was good. The pinwheel galaxy was well resolved and the orion nebula was beautiful with a broadband light pollution filter. This eyepiece cost me $50.00 with shipping and is a bargain.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:9 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.37.194)
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Russell Optics Wide Angle 19mm
Great Utility Eyepiece and tough too.
(dropped it on a sidewalk and it did not hurt the optics, try that with a Tel Vue), clear with no distortion in F7 scope.
not as clear as Radian but not bad and just 65 bucks with a wider view, barlows well.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:8 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.39.122)
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