Morpheus is the God of Dreams - and after more than four years of development Baader Planetarirum presents the eyepiece of their dreams: The MORPHEUS 76° WIDE-FIELD OCULARS.
Even if a certain movie classic hints otherwise, Baader's Morpheus' are absolutely real. Featuring a true 76° field of view, they immerse you in the Universe without having to roll your eyes. The big eye relief is perfect for observing with glasses and the comfortable viewing behavior leads to a "Spacewalk-feeling" that normally is provided only by eyepieces with a much larger and inaccessible apparent field of view. Meanwhile the image in no way appears distorted like viewing through a fishbowl. Center contrast and brilliance match those of the finest planetary eyepieces; even with the fastest telescope optics you will enjoy tack sharp stars close to the outer edge of the field.
Baader has put as much effort into the workmanship as into the optical design. Phantom Coating Group, rare-earth glasses, sealed watertight housings and blackened lens edges are a given. Practical design is the prime goal: i.e. minimum metal to keep weight at bay, optimized for bino-viewing, photo- video thread, and the all-new 1.25" and 2" 'safety-kerfs' to guard against slipping (no undercut). In the night you will love the quick draw eyepiece holster and the photo-luminescent engraving.
- Full Field Sharpness: The sharp flat 76° field is unsurpassed by any other modern wide field eyepiece. On-axis sharpness and contrast rivals the best planetary eyepieces, while delivering nearly equivalent performance over the full field. Stars remain diamond pinpoints as you move away from center, and the field remains flat and in focus, even in short focus telescopes.
- Long Eye Relief: Morpheus pushes the envelope of comfortable wide field viewing further than ever before, delivering close to 20mm of eye relief along with best-in-class optical performance. Eyeglass wearers can comfortably take in the full field, and users of binoviewers will find that Morpheus make the ultimate eyepieces for viewing with two eyes.
- Low Distortion: The Morpheus optical design delivers exceedingly low distortion (angular magnification distortion). Planets and lunar features retain their shapes as they transit the field and the true field sizes are close to theoretical. Many companies exaggerate at this point and deliberately use off axis distortion magnification as a means to advertize blown "apparent" field sizes . You will be able to compare this given field size of 76° and find it to be the true value, calculated from the apparent field size and focal length.
- Immersive Views: As avid observers themselves, Baader has studied the behaviors of most commonly available wide field eyepieces and listened to other observers comments on what eyepieces give the most palpable and engaging wide field viewing experience. What they found is that the subjective 'spacewalk' feeling is not just a function of field of view. Interestingly, some wide-field eyepieces with fields of 82 degrees failed to deliver the same viewing experience as others with similar fields, or even some with smaller fields. They found two additional primary factors played into the equation - Eye Relief (and the related large eye lens size) and Ease of Viewing (a combination of long eye relief and control of pupil aberrations). Baader also found that fields much below 74 degrees tended to have a reduced effect. So, with this information in hand, they set out to design a new eyepiece with a field of view greater than 74° that met all of the other optical parameters necessary to deliver a truly "immersive" viewing experience where the eyepiece essentially disappears. The result is Morpheus.
- Phantom Coating Group: Pioneered in the Hyperion lineup, the Phantom Group Multi-coatings have been further optimized for use in the Morpheus and index-matched to each of the different glasses.
- Optimized Internal Baffling: As with all Baader Planetarium eyepieces, the internal mechanicals have been fully ray-traced and baffled to eliminate the effects of stray light.
- Optimized for Binoviewing: Every last bit of space has been squeezed out of the main body to minimize its size, giving maximum nose clearance for binoviewing.
- Weight Reduction: Every effort has been made to eliminate unnecessary weight, especially in view of effective binoviewing. The weight of all Morpheus eyepieces essentially are the lenses inside plus the best protection and water resistance Baader can supply.
- Foldable Eyecups: The Morpheus includes two soft rubber dual-position foldable eyeguards. These innovative new eyeguards have been developed to provide the optimal comfort and eye spacing for most users and eye glass wearers. The included special winged version provides the ultimate comfort and exclusion of stray light necessary for binoviewing with eyeglasses.
- Safety Features: The 1.25" and 2" barrels of each Morpheus incorporate Baader's new Slip-Protect Safety Kerfs - the ideal safety compromise between smooth barrels and wide undercuts. The numerous shallow kerfs give additional grip and security from inadvertent drops from smooth sided barrels, without the annoying problems sometimes caused by traditional wide undercuts. Wide waffle-patterned rubber grip ring gives an extra measure of handling security.
- Photo-Video Adaptation: Like their Hyperion siblings, all Morpheus eyepieces make superb imaging projection optics. Each Morpheus includes a hidden M43 photo-video eye lens thread that permits use of Baader's extensive range of Hyperion Digital T-Rings. These rings permit direct-thread attachment of practically any imaging device for the ultimate in rigidity and close-coupling for minimal vignetting.
Scope of supply (included): 76° Morpheus eyepiece with standard foldable eyecup, winged/foldable eyecup for binoviewing, storage-box, three dustcaps, cordura eyepiece holster.
Manufacturer part number: 2954217
Feb 21, 2019
Morpheus 17.6mmPros: Cons: Comments:
Initial use: Combined with my Orion ED80, and Astrotech 1 11/16 diagonal. Tack sharp pinpoint images to the edge of field with an immersive AFOV while still keeping total weight low enough for my Celestron Nexstar SLT mount. Makes for a great grab-n-go package.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comJan 30, 2019
OutstandingPros: Cons: Comments:
This eye piece serves up the ABSOLUTE best view of Orion in my 8" SCT I've ever seen!!! Clearly as bright and sharp to the edge as my 14mm TV Delos... HIGHLY recommended!!! The contrast is fantastic, the packaging is top notch and Agena was FAST as usual...
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comSep 11, 2018
It is a very well made eyepiece.Pros: Cons: Comments:
It is a very well made eyepiece.
With APM 100/800, Saturn and Mars were shown with a pair of mark V. The sharpness and detail of the surface are the best
I have a doctors 12.5mm in pairs. It was almost like a doctor 12.5mm
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comJul 2, 2018
My new go-to eyepiecePros: Cons: Comments:
I have assembled quite a collection of eyepieces over the years; but this is my new favorite among the lot. One reviewer said it is "like looking through a picture window" and I agree. This is a solid piece of equipment, from the presentation in the packaging, to the solid feel in your hand to the flawless optics. I love everything about it. I saw detail on Jupiter that I have no seen in years (and had only seen on a bigger scope with those green-striped eyepieces) For the price, you cannot beat this one. I could find nothing I didn't like about it other than having to purchase an adapter ring to fit to t t-ring (but Baader is nuts about 37 different adapters for their eyepieces). I'd love to get the entire morpheus set, but my wife would kill me. I might splurge next time there is a sale and pick up a shorter focal length!
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comMay 27, 2018
Baader Morpheus eyepieces!Pros: Cons: Comments:
This series of eyepieces are outstanding! With crisp clear wide views and little to no color shift.
I have also used them for EP projection imaging of Jupiter with good success.
They come with a great set of accessories and Agena throwing in the bolt case for free was a selling point for me.
Agena shipped the EP to me quickly and without incident.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comMay 24, 2018
Baader Morpheus 17.5 eyepiecePros: Cons: Comments:
I love this eyepiece. This has become my main eyepiece. Works great with glasses or without. Nice wide view. Stars seem sharp. FYI: I can find my way around the sky, but this is my first good telescope and eyepieces. That means that in comparison to what I have had this is amazing. However, I can't offer comparisons against other quality equipment.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comMay 1, 2018
UnbeatablePros: Cons: Comments:
I have been looking for quality eyepieces that have not just a larger field of view, but great eye relief, and this fit the bill perfectly on both counts. Above and beyond that is the quality of the crafstmanship, the classy box the eyepiece came in, along with the accessories provided, but of course, how does it work is the main question. I do not think I've ever seen such detail on the Moon in any eyepiece, and I've used plenty of others, good and bad, for comparison. Star images were tack sharp in the entire field, and Jupiter is beautiful. I had heard a lot of rave reviews of these Baader eyepieces, so jumped on the wagon, and I'm glad I did, and Agena's sale price and free bolt case made the deal all the sweeter. i immediately went ahead and purchased a 9mm.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comApr 27, 2018
I'm glad I waited for this onePros: Cons: Comments:
AgenaAstro service was top-notch. My 17.5 mm Morpheus eyepiece was robustly packaged and shipped immediately -- received it in perfect condition in much less time than I had anticipated. The specimen I received was absolutely pristine.
In my 10-inch f/5 dobson, I examine large open clusters that fill the eyepiece view and see a nice, flat field where all stars are simultaneously in focus. A small degree of further tightening of peripheral star images can be achieved with the GSO coma corrector. The 17.5 mm is not exactly parfocal with the others in the Morpheus set. The focuser must be racked inward some 2 to 3 millimeters closer to the primary in order to achieve focus. The overall form factor of the eyepiece is surprisingly compact given the expansive view that it delivers. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well it is able to display the quarter Moon. Bright Moonlight can induce such glare in the view that it obscures the Moon’s surroundings. With my Morpheus, I can see some detail on the shaded half of the Moon and sometimes even surrounding stars. This advanced ability to control stray light should carry over and provide a blacker background less affected by glare from nearby very bright stars.
The 17.5 Morpheus with its large eye lens and generous field of view almost seems to disappear. I can fully concentrate on the sky – I call it immersive. It has plenty of eye relief – I don’t wear glasses. Important to maintain proper eye distance from the top lens, it comes with rubber eye guards and extension ring to combine as needed for maintaining correct eye relief and blocking stray light. Eyepiece barrel is full size; fits my 1.25” parallizer adapter snugly and precisely registered. The barrel safety-kerfs are more convenient than traditional barrel undercut.
One of my most well-behaved, capable eyepieces. I’m so glad that I waited for this one.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comApr 13, 2018
Morpheus 17.5Pros: Cons: Comments:
This is the first Baader eyepiece and first in this series I have ever used or owned. Like others, I read the extensive review linked to the Agena site and found enough there to raise my interest in trying one. I don't wear glasses when viewing. I did not have quite the same experience as the reviewer in terms of eye relief and seeing the field stop without moving the eye. That said, it is a fine viewing experience and terrific eyepiece in its focal length. I found that color, contrast, and sharpness to be the equal of some of the best I own or have used by Tele Vue, Brandon, Clave and Explore Scientific. I very much like the physical size and light weight of the eyepiece. I'm not crazy about the way it looks and the glow in the dark lettering (which I found to not work very well for very long in the dark), but those are very minor issues. I look forward to better weather and more time with this. I got it on sale and find it to be a good value upon comparison to other similar eyepieces.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comApr 11, 2018
Highly RecommendedPros: Cons: Comments:
Excellent eyepiece. After reading Bill Paolini's review, I just had to try it. My first night with it, I had spectacularly crisp and wide views of M42 with my 102mm refractor. Quality stuff. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up - from Agena of course!
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comApr 9, 2018
B.M. 17.5mm - wow!Pros: Cons: Comments:
The Baader Morpheus 17.5mm is truly amazing and works so well in all my scopes — MCTs, SCTs and refractors. So nice I also got the 12.5. Only thing I find is that they are not par focal - otherwise outstanding.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comApr 5, 2018
Great Eyepieces!Pros: Cons: Comments:
I put the Baader Morpheus 17.5 to the test against my 18mm. I used them on my Bino Telescope. The Morpheus won out in the FOV, contrast, and clarity of the selected targets observed.
These eyepieces should be in any eyepiece arsenal.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.com
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17.5mm Baader MorpheusPros: Cons: Comments:
Simply put, an amazing eyepiece. I already own pairs of both the 9mm and 12.5mm Morpheus eyepieces that I use for binoviewing with a 6" f5 refractor and with 100/45 binoculars. I have a narrow IPD at 60mm, and fairly prominent facial features, making it impossible to binoview with many eyepieces - especially widefield eyepieces. With the 17.5 mm Morpheus binoviewing is perfect, and the Morpheus line is unlike anything I've used before. I have no difficulty seeing the field stops. Eye relief is more than adequate – most of my winter time viewing is below freezing, often below 20 degrees F. With these eyepieces I have no problem with fogging, without having to use dew heaters. Both my binoculars and refractor are f5 instruments - with the 9s, 12.5s and 17.5s stars are pinpoint to the very edge of the field, with no blackout or kidney bean issues. The 17.5s require you to move your focus in very slightly from the others in the Morpheus line. At f5 in my binos, the in-travel required compared to my 12.5s and 9s is right at 3mm. Up until now, my widefield eyepieces of choice were 19mm Panoptics. The 76 degree field of the Morpheus line seems dramatically wider than the 68 degree field of the Panoptics though – I never though I’d do it, but the 19mm Panoptics are going up for sale.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comMar 7, 2018
Wonderful widePros: Cons: Comments:
1). solid build and easy to grasp/handle
2). No EOFB
3). Excellent contrasting.
4). No apparent chromatic abberration and flares for Luna and bright stars view
5). No blockout/kidney beaning effect. Very wide but comfortable view without extra eyeball movement.
6). Sharp from center to corner with no notable curvature around edge ( on my 8" F6 dob).
Strongly recommend this product to anyone who is looking for this focal range (17mm)!
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Apparent Field of View 76° Barrel Size 1.25" (31.7mm) and 2" (50.8mm) Bolt Case Included Yes - Free Agena Eyepiece Container Coatings Fully Broadband Multi-Coated (Phantom Group) Height (with Eye Guard) 103mm Max Width 55mm End Caps 3 Eye Relief by Design 19mm Field Stop Diameter 23.55mm Filter Threads Standard 1.25" Filter Thread (M28.5 x 0.6) Focal Length 17.50mm Lens Elements 8 Lens Groups 5 Parfocal Yes Rubber Eye Guard Yes Eyepiece Weight 13.90oz (394.06g) Blackened Lens Edges Yes Manufacturer Baader Planetarium Eyepiece Focal Length 15.1mm - 20mm Eyepiece Field of View 71 - 80 degrees Eyepiece Series Baader Morpheus