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Entry: Astronomy:Equipment Reviews:Eyepiece Reviews:TeleVue Nagler 4.8mm

I use this ep mainly for planetary viewing. The views are very sharp, as you would expect, but the eye relief is miserable, and although it has an 80º FOV, you have to move your head around to see much of it. It is an uncomfortable eyepiece to use. I told Al Nagler this in conversation, and he agreed with me, because of the way the Series I eps were developed.

Still, it is a very useful planetary ep, and I'm not going to sell it any time soon.

Overall Rating: 8
Optics:10 Value:6
Weight: 5
Date: 08/22/2009 11:26:38 am PST

Replies: 0


Entry: Astronomy:Equipment Reviews:Eyepiece Reviews:Antares W70 4.3mm

I use this eyepiece almost exclusively for lunar observing, and find it delivers high contrast views that are sharp to the edge. It has excellent eye relief, and is a very comfortable eyepiece to use.

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:8 Value:10
Weight: 5
Date: 08/22/2009 11:19:38 am PST

Replies: 0


Entry: Astronomy:Equipment Reviews:Eyepiece Reviews:Antares Speers-Waler 24mm

Sadly, Antares has discontinued this eyepiece. It is my search eyepiece, and gives good contrast and sharpness. I think the FOV is more like 64º, but that's close enough for me. I find the views sharp to almost the edge. Mine didn't come with a rubber eyeshield, and I do wish it had one. Works well in both my f/5 Newt and my f/9.5 refractor.

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:8 Value:10
Weight: 5
Date: 08/22/2009 11:15:36 am PST

Replies: 0


Entry: Astronomy:Equipment Reviews:Eyepiece Reviews:Antares Speers-Waler WA 7.5mm

This is my favorite eyepiece. I use a 24mm Speers-WALER as a search ep, and usually switch right to this one. It delivers sharp, contrasty views that are sharp almost to the edge of its 82º field. I have done some crude FOV testing, enough to satisfy me that the manufacturer's claims are justified. I often use it with the Antares apo 2x Barlow when observing the Moon, for a very nicely detailed view. I am pleased with the entire Antares line for quality and value for money.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:9 Value:10
Weight: 5
Date: 08/22/2009 11:09:25 am PST

Replies: 0


Entry: Astronomy:Equipment Reviews:Eyepiece Reviews:Celestron SMA 25mm

I used this eyepiece with a 4.5" f/8 Meade reflector. It was far superior to the .965" eps that came with the scope, and in fact was as good as any less expensive Plossl that I tried. It gave me excellent views of the moon and wider clusters with this scope. It is a good choice for anyone on a tight budget who needs to improve over the cheap eps that come with less expensive scopes.

Overall Rating: 8
Optics:8 Value:8
Weight: 5
Date: 07/24/2007 08:41:30 pm PST

Replies: 0


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