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Entry: Astronomy:Equipment Reviews:Eyepiece Reviews:Pentax SMC-XW 10mm

A truly superb eyepiece. Great ergonomics, excellent FOV, barlows well... but it's the optics that really make this a 'must have'!

Tack sharp, *excellent* contrast. I use it in both my 11" Schmidt-Cassegrain and 120mm refractor.

'Nuff said... if you don't have it, you need it.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Value:10
Weight: 5
Date: 05/21/2005 07:13:52 pm PST

Replies: 0

Entry: Astronomy:Equipment Reviews:Eyepiece Reviews:TeleVue Nagler Type 4 12mm

When I ordered it, I thought "Wow! My first Nagler". First night out I was very disappointed: a lot of internal glare and not very sharp. Yes a wide view, but what good was that to me? I got an RMA and sent it back to Televue for an evaluation. They charged me $10 for return shipping and said it performed to specs. :(

I quickly sold it and bought a Pentax 10mm XW. A *world* of difference! The Pentax is very sharp, and has great contrast. I also bought 15mm, 23mm and 50mm Axioms... all of which give a much more pleasing experience than the 12mm T4.

I believe many others have Naglers they really like, but I would NOT recommend the 12mm T4.

- Roger

Overall Rating: 4
Optics:4 Value:2
Weight: 5
Date: 05/21/2005 06:41:53 pm PST

Replies: 0

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