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26mm Orion Q70 Wide-Field Telescope Eyepiece

by Orion

Price: 84.99
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  • A high-quality 26mm focal length super-wide angle 2" ocular at an unbeatable price
  • Super-wide 70° apparent field of view gives you that unforgettable lost in space feeling when looking through the Q70 telescope eyepiece
  • Five internal high-index glass lens elements with multiple anti-reflection coatings deliver sharp, high contrast vistas
  • Luxuriously long 20mm eye relief and parfocal design provide comfort and convenience
  • Beautifully made with machined housings, fold-down rubber eyeguards, and barrels which are internally threaded for use with 2" Orion eyepiece filters

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Peering into space with a Q70 2" eyepiece puts your favorite nebulas and galaxies in a wonderful new perspective. Gas clouds glow and stellar clusters glitter amid a seemingly endless ocean of black space, thanks to the Q70s' super-wide 70-deg apparent field of view. Each Q70 has five lens, multi-coated, high-index glass elements for sharp, high-contrast images with excellent color correction. Eye relief is a luxurious 20mm. All eyepieces in the Q70 series are parfocal, so you can change eyepieces without refocusing. Machined housings have fold-down rubber eyeguards and a rubber grip band. Threaded chrome-plated barrels accept 2" filters. Two end caps are included.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value, Great Views 18 Mar 2008
By Fred Rayworth - Published on Amazon.com
I'm not a Nagler fan, to put it bluntly. Besides being a rich man's "toy," they weigh a ton and cost more than my whole telescope. However, my biggest problem is the number of elements in them. I observe faint fuzzies, mostly obscure galaxies (right now the Herschel lists), and they have so many elements (8-9) to get those wide flat fields of view, that they suck the light right out of the image. That is not a problem with the Q-70 series.

I got this 26mm jewel, as part of the whole Q-70 set, for Christmas. When I want a close-up view of a faint fuzzy, this is about as high a magnification as I like to go. I usually find the object with either the 38mm or 32mm in this series, then if I want a close-up, I put this one in. I don't know why exactly, but it seems to have the best overall correction and the least distorted edge of the set. I finally had a chance to put it through the paces in February, on what was close to a Horsehead night. The 2" format really helps but the big thing for me is the wide field of view. This is basically a modified Erfle design with 5 or maybe 6 elements, not too many to take away the faint light I search for. Sure, the edges have a lot of coma, or as I like to call it, the fishbowl effect, but the majority of the field gives excellent images. This eyepiece is great for sweeping, or "mowing the lawn" as I look for faint galaxies. Even at the extreme edge, I could tell the difference between the blur of a star and the blur of a galaxy, and was able to nail over a dozen Herschel 2 galaxies that night.

This eyepiece isn't perfect, with a super wide flat field. But for my money, it doesn't need to be. It did everything I wanted it to and didn't break the bank. For you amateurs out there, don't let the ad copy bamboozle you into taking a second mortgage just to buy one of the high priced oculars. Invest a hundred bucks and get something you can really use. Highly recommended.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Eyepiece 15 Feb 2012
By Matt R. Wingate - Published on Amazon.com
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This eyepiece has been a nice addition to my scope for finding deep space objects. The field of view is much better than my 1.25 peices. The reason I only give it 3 stars is because I don't find the images as sharp as my 1.25 25mm eyepiece. There's probably much better eyepieces out there for a lot more money but for the price this isn't a bad eyepiece. I would probably go with a lower magnification if I were to buy it again.

The build and quality of the piece seem pretty good. It is very large and heavy.
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