A Beginners Must Have LensReview by HertogMokum60 on 03.06.2020 02:18:08
( 5 / 5 )
Most quality beginners telescopes come with two eyepieces, 10mm and 25mm. A x2 Barlow may also be provided. In general, these eyepieces are not of the best quality. They're just adequate to get the budding astronomer started.
I have a Sky-Watcher 102/1300 f13 Maksutov. This is a marvelous telescope for Lunar and planetary observation. The lowest magnification lens I had, was the 25mm Kelner that came with the scope. While being usable, it wasn't the greatest.
I quickly upgraded to the 32mm Omegon Super Plössl. It sports 5 multi-coated lens elements, with blackend edges for higher contrast and definition. Its 52°apparent field of view is very nice. This lens is bright. When using it for Lunar observation, you'll definitely need a Moon neutral density filter in your box of tricks. With my MAK, I get a x41 magnification with this lens. I can see a huge amount of lunar detail. However, when I use a x2 Barlow,(I use a Celestron Omni x2 Barlow) my MAK has a colossal focal length of 2600mm. The 32mm Omegon Super Plössl now really shines. It works like a 16mm eyepiece, providing a x81.25 magnification. I'm suddenly in the capsule of Apollo 8, with Frank Borman, JIm Lovell and William Anders. The Moon's surface, looks as fresh and as close as it did for the Apollo 8 crew. It's truly spectacular.
The 32mm Omegon Super Plössl will very quickly become a beginners favourite eyepiece. For the low price you'll pay for this quality lens, you really get your bang for your buck. It's a must have item for anyone new to astronomy.
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