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Agena 1.25" Super Wide Angle (SWA) Eyepiece - 10mm

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Brand Agena AstroProducts
Part Number E-AG-SWA10
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Manufacturer Description

Looking for $400 performance in an under-$100 eyepiece? Then you can look no further.

With features like a wide 70 degree apparent FOV, five elements of fully multi-coated high-index glass, beautiful black anodized body and barrel, the Agena Super Wide Angle (SWA) eyepieces are as close as you can get. These eyepieces will give you crisp and wide views of the Moon, planets, galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters, rivaling the performance of much higher priced eyepieces.

Features:

  • 70 degree apparent field of view, for that immersed in space feeling
  • Available in 1.25" (10, 15 and 20mm focal lengths) and 2" (26, 32 and 38mm) formats to cover a wide range of magnifications and true fields of view
  • Super sharp, with excellent aberration correction and extremely high resolution rivaling higher-priced eyepieces
  • Blackened lens edges, anti-reflection threads for maximum image contrast
  • Fold-down rubber eyecups, rubber grip rings for comfort and safety
  • Sleek black barrel with safety undercut to reduce the possibility of the eyepiece slipping out of the focuser or diagonal
  • Light in weight for their size, thus minimizing or eliminating the need to rebalance your telescope

See why Erik Wilcox, reviewing the Agena SWA 2-inch eyepieces for Astronomy Technology Today magazine [Oct. 2007, pp. 36-38], said:
All these three eyepieces offer a great value, with a lot of "bang for the buck." Agena AstroProducts has really raised the bar with this line, and in the under $100 category, I feel that it would be difficult to find another line of 2-inch eyepieces that offer better performance for the price.

Reviewing our 20mm 1.25-inch SWA eyepiece on Cloudy Nights [Jun. 2007], Nathan Melendez concluded:
"Excellent performance in an inexpensive package. Highly recommended whether you wear glasses or not. These are great all purpose eyepieces...an incredible buy!!"

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4.6 (Based on 17 Reviews) 94% of reviewers recommended this product.
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      Review by Greg S.
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      Nov 13, 2018

      5.0 Agena 1.25" Super Wide Angle (SWA) Eyepiece - 10mm

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      I'm a beginner but there is definitely a bid difference between the stock eyepiece and this one. Yes, this is a super wide angle and the stock was not. The clarity is much better and eye relief is much better. You can also tell by the weight of the eyepiece. Very happy with this purchase.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Marco P.
      1531881096
      Jul 17, 2018

      4.0 Great for what I wanted

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      Was looking for a eyepiece with similar magnification and saw that this was one of the only ones in stock and at a decent price for someone who just started. Used it and enjoyed the view.

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      Review by Gerald B.
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      Apr 13, 2018

      5.0 Great eyepiece

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      My 10 mm Agena eyepiece is an excellent eyepiece and very reasonably priced.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Gerald B.
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      Apr 8, 2018

      5.0 An excellent eyepiece!

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      Unbelievably good magnification with and without
      2x Barlow in my 8 in. Celestron Go-To scope.
      Gerald A. Belfer

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      Review by Michael N.
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      Mar 16, 2017

      5.0 Beat my expectations.

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      I was surprised by the build quality of this piece based on a similar purchase in the price range for a GSO plossl. This piece was far heavier, but only in the sense it feels sturdy. The optics had a better coating than my GSO blocking more reflections and displaying a nice purple tint.
      The field of view is excellent for this magnification through a 60/700mm refractor. Keep in mind that this high magnification brings 'poor seeing' into higher effect. Luckily my first light through it was crystal.

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      Review by Dane S.
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      Dec 29, 2016

      5.0 Fantastic value

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      Great ocular at a great price, comfortable eye relief and decent FOV, very sharp views

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by SlideRule of Madison WI.
      1459382400
      Mar 30, 2016

      5.0 Very Good Optics, Excellent Value

      Pros:

      Contrast,Very Sharp In Center 23s,Accurate,Quality Lenses,Strong Construction

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      The Agena SWA line is a superb bargain. These eyepieces work well in F6 telescopes, and very well in F6.5 and above. Very good engineering and manufacture. I have and use TV and UO with similar AFOV. But for Star Parties, Astronomy Merit Badge, Grab and Go, other "many hands, eager hands" uses these just can't be beat. Peace of mind combines with the Agena SWA very good optics to create comparable views in the central 2/3s of the field, with the surround enhancing the experience. A set of three in 10x, 15x, 20x costs less than one of "the best". The 2 inch series also recommended (but obviously much heavier). Include Agena's case, excellent customer service, prompt free shipping and you are at 5 stars.

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      Review by franklymls of Baltimore, MD.
      1410566400
      Sep 12, 2014

      2.0 Great value, not so great user experience

      Pros:

      Compact,Lightweight

      Cons:

      Difficult To Focus,Difficult to Use

      Comments:

      No eye relief, difficult to get focused even in my F/10 6" scope, difficult to scan field. I've seen through the other pieces in this line and didn't have the same challenges.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? No
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      Review by SYZYGY of CT.
      1386460800
      Dec 7, 2013

      4.0 Nice EP

      Pros:

      Quality Lenses,Compact,Lightweight

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      Nice optics at a great price. Several companies sell these same EP's under different names, with slight price variations. The FOV is nice and I have had worse for the same price. These EP's are money well spent for the budget concious, recreational astronomical observer.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Ozman of Hopkinsville, KY.
      1354320000
      Nov 30, 2012

      5.0 Super performer

      Pros:

      Compact,Good contrast,Strong Construction,Quality Lenses,Lightweight,Good eye relief

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      This is actually my 2nd purchase of this wonderful eyepiece. My first 10mm SWA was for high power wide angle viewing with my 8" SCT, primarily planetary viewing. I was blown away by the performance of Agena's 10mm SWA. I had several high end high power eyepieces that I ended up selling, prefering the Agena 10mm SWA. I then bought a WO binoviewer and a match for my 10mm SWA. I thought it was good before but now all I can say is WOW!!! This pair of 10mm SWA eyepieces give incredibly stunning planetary views with my binoviewer in my 8" SCT. I also have a very fast short tube refractor piggybacked on top of my SCT and the 10mm SWA works very well in this scope as well. It gives medium power wide angle views with pinpoint stars to the edge on the little refractor. Having invested much time and many dollars in this hobby, I find the Agena SWA eyepieces to be one of the best values, best performers at anywhere near the price. You just can't beat it.

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    11. Steve

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      Review by Steve of Pennsburg, PA.
      1323993600
      Dec 15, 2011

      4.0 Good eyepiece for the price

      Pros:

      Quality Lenses,Accurate,Strong Construction

      Cons:

      None

      Comments:

      I wanted to try this out on all my scopes before I wrote a review.
      ETX60: Great view of the moon no false color added.
      SLT130: Worked well on Jupiter; the outer moon was close to the edge and slightly soft.
      C8: sharp to almost the edge but at f/10 this scope is very forgiving. Excellent view of M42
      12XXi: With this fast scope, the outer 5-10% is soft. Still gave a nice view of Jupiter and M42.
      I prefer this eyepiece over a 10mm plossl for the better eye relief and almost as sharp views. Excellent on-axis sharpness. Great for high power applications with a small price. Better to save money and get this for higher power and spend the big bucks on a low power Panoptic where sharper edges are more in demand.

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      Review by Oz of Hopkinsville, KY.
      1320451200
      Nov 4, 2011

      5.0 Superb eyepiece

      Pros:

      Great Eye Relief,Easy to Use,Crisp to the edge,Truely wide field,Compact,Strong Construction,Accurate,Quality Lenses,Lightweight

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      My primary scope is an 8"SCT at f/10. I own a Baader 9mm ortho, a TMB 9mm planetary, and a Televue 8mm plossl, but the Agena SWA 10mm is now my preferred eyepiece for planetary and DSO viewing. Great for splitting binary stars. Better control for light scatter. It does it all. I'm selling the Baader, TMB, and Televue and buying the 15mm and 20mm Agena SWA. This performance is up there with the big boys.

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    13. theskyisdalimit

      theskyisdalimit New Member

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      Apr 29, 2011

      5.0 Great eyepiece!

      Pros:

      Everything

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      None

      Comments:

      This eyepiece rocks! With the 70 degree field it makes looking at pretty much anything, except open clusters, a breeze! I love it and the views. Looking at Saturn and Jupiter really give you the feel of looking at them through outer space. I would refer it to anyone looking for a good set of eyepieces!

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      Review by rmscott59 of San Francisco, CA.
      1273881600
      May 14, 2010

      5.0 GREAT EYEPIECE!

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      Strong Construction,Accurate,Quality Lenses

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      A super eyepiece that gives you a little power and a great, widefield view! Excellent for detail of Saturn and Jupiter while allowing enough FOV for observing their moons as well! Superior coatings, sharp contrast, crisp images edge to edge. Highly recommended!

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by StarCrewser of Granite City, Illinois.
      1272758400
      May 1, 2010

      5.0 Item does what it is advertised to do.

      Pros:

      Accurate

      Cons:

      NO CONS

      Comments:

      Field of view of this eyepiece is astounding. This is a must have eyepiece.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by mhuston6 of Florida.
      1227398400
      Nov 22, 2008

      5.0 Agena SWA 70* 10mm

      Pros:

      Nice bolt case,Very little false color,Parfocal,Purple multicoatings,Clear sharp views

      Cons:

      Eyepiece cap big for case

      Comments:

      First I bought the 10mm SWA 70* and for the price I really didn't expect too much!! But from what I can see through this Agena 70* EP, I can't see myself buying a standard 55* plossl anytime soon!! Since I bought the 10mm and seen the views of nebulas and planets, I went ahead and bought the other two to complete this set, the 20mm and the 15mm!! I am very pleased with the price; the glass has a purple multi-coating which looks cool!! The clear bolt case makes it easy to read the EP so you don't have to label the top or open each bolt case to find the EP of choice!!.. nice.. I would recommend this Agena 3 pc set of SWA 70* to anyone who is on a budget and wants a quality eyepiece and great views!! I'm 100% happy with mine!!

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    17. mhuston6

      mhuston6 New Member

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      Jun 30, 2007

      5.0 Agena SWA 70* 10mm

      Pros:

      Very little false color, nice bolt case, purple multicoatings, parfocal, clear/sharp views

      Cons:

      The cap on the eyepiece is a little bit to big using the bolt case

      Comments:

      First I bought the 10mm SWA 70* and for the price I really didn't expect too much!! But from what I can see through this Agena 70* ep, I can't see myself buying a standard 55* plossl anytime soon!! Since I bought the 10mm and seen the views of nebulas and planets, i went ahead and bought the other two to complete this set, the 20mm and the 15mm !! I am very pleased with the price; the glass has a purple multi-coating which looks cool!! The clear bolt case makes it easy to read the ep so you don't have to label the top or open each bolt case to find the ep of choice!!.. nice.. I would recommend this Agena 3 pc set of SWA 70* to anyone who is on a budget and wants a quality eyepiece and great views!! I'm 100% happy with mine!!

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Specifications

      Apparent Field of View 70°
      Barrel Size 1.25" (31.7mm)
      Bolt Case Included Yes - Free Agena Eyepiece Container
      Bolt Case Size Agena 42x60mm
      Coatings Fully Broadband Multi-Coated
      Height (with Eye Guard) 2.02" (51.4mm)
      Height (without Eye Guard) 1.71" (43.4mm)
      Max Width 1.38" (34.9mm)
      End Caps 2
      Eye Relief by Design 10mm
      Filter Threads Standard 1.25" Filter Thread (M28.5 x 0.6)
      Focal Length 10mm
      Lens Elements 5
      Lens Groups 4
      Rubber Eye Guard Yes
      Blackened Lens Edges Yes
      Manufacturer Agena AstroProducts
      Eyepiece Focal Length 5.1mm - 10mm
      Eyepiece Field of View 61 - 70 degrees
      Eyepiece Series Agena SWA
      Barrel Type With safety undercut
      Parfocal No
      Eyepiece Weight 2.90oz (82.21g)