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26mm Orion Q70 Wide-Field Telescope Eyepiece

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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
£82.64 FREE UK delivery. Usually dispatched within 2 to 3 days. Dispatched from and sold by Optronic Technologies, Inc.

Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 408 g
  • Item model number: 8827
  • ASIN: B000M88ABQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Nov. 2003

Product Description

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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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
14 of 14 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 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Views 4 Jan. 2016
By John Burrows - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm using this 26mm eyepiece with an Orion XT8 Plus and own all 3 of the Q70 series. Of the 3 in the series...this is my second favorite. I use this one for closer views, especially with a 2x Barlow. Gives me 46x magnification or 92x with a 2x Barlow. Wide field of view is very pleasing. Clarity is quite good. The coma or "fishbowl" affect around the edge is more noticeable with this eyepiece compared to the 32mm and 38mm Q70's. It's there if you really look for it. However, you won't truly notice because your focus is in the center. Works very well with a 2x Barlow. In fact, it lessens the coma and flattens the field further without a major impact on brightness and clarity. If you're looking for one or a set of 2" eyepieces at low power for a 8" dobsonian....the Q70 series will serve you well and won't break the bank. If I can only recommend one of the set, get the 32mm. Best of both worlds. If you can only afford two, go for the 38mm and the 26mm giving you the the greatest range. If you can afford it get the whole set and a 2x Barlow. and at some point a 2" moon filter if you plan on doing a lot of moon viewing....it's about all you'll need for the majority of your viewing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully executed, wonderful to use. 11 Oct. 2014
By PHILIP SCHNEIDER - Published on Amazon.com
A 2 inch diameter eyepiece is easier to use because of the larger exit lens.
The 5 lens wide angle 70* degree design gives excellent visual quality both color correction and flat field.
I use this eyepiece for deep sky objects/moon/ and terrestrial bird watching.
The long eye relief makes this eyepiece useful for finding faint objects then getting them centered for another more X eyepiece.
This eyepiece is heavy duty with quality construction. It fills up the entire palm of your hand. Accurate dimensions allow an easy fit in both my scopes and the focusers.
The views through my 5 inch doublet F 5 refractor with a UHC filter are excellent! The stars standout against a black universe.
Using this eyepiece with my longer F8 reflector there is little aberration or coma visible on any object.
Using the 25mm eyepiece with a scope with 600mm focal length mirror or lens (24") gets you 24 power. 48" FL will get you 48 power.
The Q70 is available in 3 focal lengths 26mm, 32mm, and 38mm. I have the 32mm
This eyepiece requires a 2" focuser. It weighs more than a basic 1.25 Plossl eyepiece and the extra weight has to be balanced out.
It's easily worth it's price.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great upgrade over the midrange that came with my scope. 13 Feb. 2015
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This is a great e.p. I am using it with an 8 inch reflector with a 1200 mm focal length. It is a midrange ep on my scope.

If you are like me, you probably have a similar power eyepiece that came with your scope (mine came with a 1.25" 25mm.
Why would you buy a 26?

I used to be skeptical, but the wider opening and the greater eye relief on the Q70 is worth it (I bought a 38mm before this, and that helped with the decision). You can see more and see it more comfortably.

The difference is not enough, however, that I would recommend getting this one early. I had already added a 38mm, an 8 mm, and a 5mm before I got this eyepiece. If you are just starting out, I would recommend expanding your collection to lower and higher powers before buying a replacement midrange. Also, I got this when it was on sale.
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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