- Boxed-product Weight: 408 g
- Item model number: 8827
- ASIN: B000M88ABQ
- Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Nov. 2003
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 70Â° 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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.
The build and quality of the piece seem pretty good. It is very large and heavy.