Last updated: 17 November 2006
Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2006 14:02:51 From: Pollack, Russell (firstname.lastname@example.org) As a follow-on to my purchase of a 14mm unit of this WA eyepiece, I received a 10mm-1.25" version last week. I had the opportunity to test it under no-moon conditions, although we had relatively unstable skies as a warm-front moved through. Therefore I used it mostly against M42 (with an appropriate narrow-band filter, of course) and several other nebulae, as well as Saturn, on my ETX125. I found it to be equal to its 14mm mate. The 82deg AFOV is just as robust, allowing viewing of about 2/3 as much of the Trapezium area, for example, as the 14mm. Saturn was captured as bright and sharp as I've ever been able to do, and seemed even larger if only because the increased FOV produced more of a "black" contrasting background. Even with the poor and humid air I had the Casini division quite clearly, and without any filtration I was able to spot at least five of the bands on the planet itself. The eyepiece's coatings reduced glare to a minimum. In addition, I had more of the moons without moving the scope than I've been able to do, which may be the whole point of a WA after all. With filters, the contrast on Saturn's surface was improved, as one would expect, and there was still no degradation in sharpness throughout the FOV and including the edges, except that caused by the atmospherics of the evening. For the price, it is indeed well worth the little bit extra over the cost of the new Meade QXP series eyepieces, assuming the expanded FOV is considered as a value-add feature and the optical qualities are better; and of course it's still worth about twice the price of the "standard" Super Plossl units. I was lucky enough to have a few friends come to the house after I started observing, and their first views of both Saturn and M42 drew a satisfying number of happy comments, so the sharpness, brightness, and clarity of the images was spread across several folks with certainly different seeing abilities, other than me, I highly recommend this eyepiece as a companion to the 14mm, and as effective replacements for the 15mm and 9.7mm Super Plossl eyepieces if someone is looking to build a set of alternative, but affordable, optics. Hope this helps Russ Pollack
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