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32mm Orion Q70 Wide-Field Telescope Eyepiece

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Price: 84.99
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  • High quality 32mm super-wide angle 2" telescope eyepiece at an unbeatable price
  • Super-wide 70° apparent field of view gives you that unforgettable lost in space feeling
  • Five multi-coated lens elements made of high index glass deliver sharp, high contrast vistas
  • Luxurious eye relief and parfocal design provide comfort and convenience
  • Beautifully made with machined housings, fold-down rubber eyeguards, and barrels threaded for use with 2" Orion eyepiece filters


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Peering into space with a Q70 2" telescope 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° 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 24mm. 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 eyepiece barrels accept 2" filters. Two end caps are included.

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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 32mm jewel, as part of the whole Q-70 set, for Christmas. This is the magnification I normally use in the field and replaces the old 1 1/4" Erfle I used for 20 years. 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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Compromise That Each Person Must Decide Upon 29 Dec 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
PROS:

This is a good quality, lower cost, wide angle eyepiece. It will allow the user to scan larger portions of the night sky, and, hopefully, find deep sky objects (DSO) that otherwise might be elusive. When I put this in my telescope it reminded me of the way I scan the night sky with my binoculars. Currently, I am focusing mainly on the DSO's known as Messier objects. A few of these can be difficult to find. I can't afford the higher priced 2" wide angle lenses, so I chose this one. While it is not the least expensive, it is one of the lower priced lenses that also have wide angle field of view and good eye relief for those of us who wear glasses. It does all that I purchased it to do.

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This eyepiece has quite a bit of coma at the outer edges. We call these "seagulls". The stars, rather than being crisp points of light, appear a little out of focus. This is mainly because I am trying to couple this lens and my telescope at the edge of their range. If you have a telescope with a focal ratio of f5 or faster, the coma will be more pronounced. I use it mainly in my 10" f4.7 dobsonian, therefore I see the coma. If you use it in an 8" f10 SCT type telescope, the coma shouldn't bother you as much.

As with all astronomy, price and size are not everything. Everything has its function. A low magnification, wide angle lens, is designed for deep sky objects. This lens would not be as attractive when looking at planets and other solar system objects. For planets, there isn't as much need to gather light because they are illuminated by the sun. There is more need for magnification to bring out details. One would want a lens more in the 10mm to 17 mm range. On extremely good nights, a person could even use quality lens with more magnification than these.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the cat's ass 14 Oct 2012
By Big V - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a beginner astronomer:

This eyepiece gives a really large field of view compared to my orion 25mm standard plossle, as it should; i also have a highlight 17mm from orion, both 1.5 inch eyepieces.

this is currently my only 2" eyepiece and it simply rules; I use it for scanning and really enjoy the big view effect, there is really some wisdom behind the notion that larger fields of view are desirable when scanning the sky, I am very impressed with this eyepiece.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Orion Q70 - 32mm Eyepiece 15 Jan 2013
By Pintado10 - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this to increase my low end FOV of the Sky in my C8-SGT (f10). And it did just that. I use it for trying to find Deep Sky objects, as well as get the whole Object within the FOV. Many Open Clusters are spread out bigger than 1.3Deg FOV, example - Pleiades.
This EP helps me see the complete object and not just a section of it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful views of big patches of sky 11 Aug 2014
By DustinS - Published on Amazon.com
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This piece is well made, with crystal clear optics. Viewing the Moon is wonderful, given the large field of view when this is in my Celestron 8SE. The entire Moon fits in the field of view with exquisite detail. I'll add more once I get to take it out to a dark sky site and view some more diffuse objects.

The case is a sturdy cardboard shoebox-style number. It's OK if you pack it securely.

The only complaint is that there is not an enormous amount of eye relief, but that's not promised, and what there is is plenty of room for anyone without glasses. The rubber eye guard is comfortable and lets you get the full field of view without worrying about smudging the lens.
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