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GSO 8x50 Achromatic Finder Scope
GSO 8x50 Achromatic Finder Scope
4.0
The GSO 8X50 straight - through finder telescope
My early experience in astronomy had to do with looking at the moon and planets. With these bright objects you can easily line up a small 6X30 finder in one eye while looking at the object with the other. But what do you do with Messier or NGC leve...
University Optics Konig II 32mm
University Optics Konig II 32mm
5.0
UO 1.25 in. Barrel, 32mm König
The University Optics 1 1/4" Barrel, 32mm König is a real surprise. This eyepiece is an excellent performer even in relatively fast Newtonians. In an f/4.5 DOB about 20% of the outside edge showed a softening on dense star fields but it's not as bad...
GSO 1.25
GSO 1.25" Plossl Eyepiece - 25mm
5.0
25 mm GSO plossl
The GSO plossls seem to be well known in the astronomy community. They are usually described as, "having the best bang for the buck". However, I was unsure how well they would do in a relatively "fast scope" of F/5. Secondly, it was hard to tell i...
Burgess Optical Burgess/TMB Planetary 4mm
Burgess Optical Burgess/TMB Planetary 4mm
4.0
Burgess Optical/TMB 4mm Planetary
The Burgess Optical/TMB 4mm Planetary eyepiece is solidly built, has good optics, and excellent lens coatings. The eyepiece has a twist-up eyecup as well as the standard rubber fold down eye guard which is really nice. Both work very well. The barre...
University Optics Konig MK-70 25mm
University Optics Konig MK-70 25mm
4.0
University Optics 25mm Konig MK-70
- An attractive alternative to more expensive eyepieces in longer focal length scopes. In a moderate to slow scope, if you are can put up with some edge of field aberration, it's a great eyepiece. - On-axis has good contrast and detail. - Excellent...
University Optics Konig MK-80 32mm
University Optics Konig MK-80 32mm
4.0
University Optics Konig 32mm MK-80
- Great eyepiece in longer focal length scopes. Makes a great wide angle "Finder" eyepiece for Star Hopping with a DOB. - In a slower scope it almost gives a Spacewalk feeling, much better than most 32mm on the market. - Great light transmission for...
University Optics Konig MK-70 40mm
University Optics Konig MK-70 40mm
4.0
University Optics Konig 40mm MK-70
Excellent in longer focal length scopes. Tends to make you feel immersed in a star field. Has excellent eyepoint that makes you forget you're looking through an eyepiece. - Very high light transmission for a 7 element design. - Does an excellent j...
GSO 2
GSO 2" SuperView Eyepiece - 30mm
4.0
The Definition of "Bang for Buck"
I actually got this eyepiece free with a scope purchase and was a bit surprised at its performance. No, it couldn't compete with my premium eyepieces costing 6 times as much, but when you consider that these eyepieces sell for little more than an or...
Discovery Telescopes 15
Discovery Telescopes 15" f/5 PDHQ
5.0
Discovery Telescopes 15
If ever there was a best kept secret in the amateur, observing astronomy world, it is the 15" PDHQ telescope from Discovery Telescopes. The views provided through these instruments are nothing less than outstanding and in their large sonotube (single...
DGM Optics NPB Narrow Pass Band Nebula Filter
DGM Optics NPB Narrow Pass Band Nebula Filter
3.0
No Bright Stars Please...
I bought this filter because I live right outside the Houston city limits under some severe light pollution. Overall, I thought this filter did its job well. In my 8 and 12 inch Dobsonians, it almost doubles the size of the Orion Nebula and really ...
GSO 2
GSO 2" 2x ED Barlow Lens # GS22B
5.0
GSO 2" ED Barlow
I've been interested in astronomy in one way or another for 30+years now and for most of that time a Barlow lens was little more than an empty promise, let down by those long plastic tubes with tacky foil labels attached that promised to double or tr...
Antares Speers-Waler Zoom 5mm-8mm
Antares Speers-Waler Zoom 5mm-8mm
5.0
An Excellent Zoom For A Reasonable Price
This was my first premium eyepiece and still a favorite in my eyepiece case. I bought it because I didn't know at the time if I would stay in astronomy long and this eyepiece takes the place of 2 or 3 expensive eyepieces at the same cost ($240 new)....
Antares Speers-Waler 10mm
Antares Speers-Waler 10mm
5.0
Budget 10mm Ultrawide With Premium Performance
To be quite honest I already had a nice 10mm Pentax XW when I bought this eyepiece. I bought it because I was able to get is used at a cheap price and I was very curious since I had good experiences with other Speers WALER eyepieces. It turns out ...
Antares Speers-Waler 14mm
Antares Speers-Waler 14mm
4.0
Cheap Ultrawide With Decent Performance
This is the poorest performing of the three Speers-WALER eyepieces I've owned (versus 10mm and 5-8 Zoom). That is not to say it's a terrible eyepiece. On the contrary, it gives really immersive 82 degree views at a budget price. However, it does l...
GSO 2
GSO 2" Crayford Focuser for Reflectors - Dual Speed
4.0
Good Budget Focuser With Some Quirks
I remember the first night after I got this focuser, I was so amazed at the improvement over the standard rack and pinion. The movement was so much smoother and the fine control of the dual speed was a delight. I was very happy until the day I got ...
Eclipse Optical MakView 6
Eclipse Optical MakView 6
4.0
The Eclipse Mak6
I obtained a Mak6 in the UK about a year ago through Ebay after reading a review in a popular astronomy magazine that was quite favourable, rating it highly for optical quality in a telescope that was compact and therefore easy to mount and use in a ...
Orion Savannah Porro 8x42 WP
Orion Savannah Porro 8x42 WP
5.0
8X42 Orion Savannah Binoculars
I have enjoyed using binoculars to view the night sky for well over 20 years. The ease of use and wide field of view is a great way to take a break from using the telescope or a fun evening all my itself. I had a pair of Pentax 10X50 binoculars for...
Antares 127mm f/6.4 - Model 1208
Antares 127mm f/6.4 - Model 1208
4.0
Antares 127mm f6.5 @7 months
In may 2006 I purchased an Antares 127mm f/6.5 scope from Agena Astro. Within a week the scope arrived at my front door. This was an OTA only. I quickly set up the OTA on an LXD75 mount, and went through the requisite training for the new scope. Buil...
University Optics Konig II 24mm
University Optics Konig II 24mm
4.0
UO Konig 24mm
I use a 6" f5 Newtonian and the Konig perform admirably for the price when looking a the Orion nebula. Very easy to see the trapezum even with a Celestron Ultima barlow 2x. Easy to focus. Even barlowed, it performed better that an Antares Abbe ortho ...