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Baader Hyperion Zoom Mark IV Review - Discussion

Discussion in 'Eyepieces, Barlows, and Filters' started by AstronomyConnect, Jan 22, 2018.

Baader Hyperion Zoom Mark IV Review - Discussion

Started by AstronomyConnect on Jan 22, 2018 at 5:05 PM

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  1. AstronomyConnect

    AstronomyConnect Staff

    Mar 20, 2015
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    Los Angeles, California
    In 2017, Baader Planetarium released the fourth generation of their Hyperion Universal 8-24mm Zoom eyepiece. This 'Mark IV' incarnation touts the following improvements over the previous Mark III:

    • Focal lengths 8, 12, 16, 20 and 24mm have clearly defined and "smoothed-out" Clickstop Action (a must-have for effortless binoviewing)
    • Long eye relief, perfectly matched to the human eye
    • Flat field design — sharp right to the edge of field
    • High Quality Phantom Coating™ Group multicoatings for maximum contrast and minimal reflection, and for improving the views of faint objects
    • A large adjustable rubber eyecup, smaller straight rubber eyecup, and a winged, foldable eyecup to fit over M43 photo/video-thread
    • M43-video-photo thread for afocal and classical projection photography, permitting optional adaptation of practically any camera with optional accessories
    • Includes 2" and 1¼" barrel, usable for all 1¼" binoculars with detachable eye-rest and spotting scopes with 1-⅜" thread (Celestron/Sky-Watcher and others)

    The eyepiece comes in an attractive box with a multitude of accessories including a choice of 2" or 1.25" barrels, three different eye guards, multiple top caps, as well as a carry pouch with belt loop. It is quite a versatile eyepiece with various threading options allowing it to be directly connected to cameras and scopes.

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  2. aeajr

    aeajr Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2016
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    I have been sharing this report with many people. I am a HUGE advocate of the BHZ. Thanks for an excellent review.

    This is my favorite eyepiece.
    • I never expected the zoom eyepiece to become my primary eyepiece, but it has.
    • With the BHZ zoom, the eyepiece seems to disappear as you just move in and out at will, no swapping, no thinking about eyepiece changes
    • The Baader Hyperion is great and comparable to my Explore Scientific eyepieces
    • Watching doubles split as I rotate the barrel is wonderful
    • One filter serves over a wide range of magnifications, no screwing and unscrewing to try other eyepieces
    • Moving smoothly from and between small changes in magnification helps when seeing is not the best
    • I am always working at the optimum magnification for this target.
    • Sharing the view with others is easier, especially in my manual tracking Dob - I hand it over at low mag so it stays in the view longer. They zoom back in to whatever magnification works best for them.
    • My eyepiece case has been greatly simplified
    • Kids love the zoom
    Nebula, george and Dave In Vermont like this.

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