I use this zoom eyepiece in my Meade ETX 80 and my Orion XT8i. It has become my default eyepiece. It is not quite as sharp and clear as my Meade or Orion Plossil eyepieces but it is fine for most cases. If I want to spend detailed time on a subject then I might use this to find the best mag then switch to a single mag. But may times this is the only eyepiece I use, sometimes combined with a 2X barlow.
I was torn between a reflector and a refractor, but finally went with the refractor because I didn't want to deal with the temperature issues reflectors have. WOW am I glad I got this scope! I can see for myself how freaky planet Saturn looks. It's tiny, but I can absolutely make out it's weird ring (although I can't see the so-called "Cassini division"). Jupiter is currently too close to the sun to see, but I hope to get a good look at it towards the end of the year. Assembly instructions are pretty terrible (get a magnifying glass) and don't explain how to attach the Barlow, which I haven't yet successfully used.
Hi, I looked high ... I looked at Meade.. I looked at Celestion... They were about 30-60% more. And higher... at Pentax. at Redfield even Nikon about double$$ +++ in price. Alas I went low since these had the best reviews found for both birders, very amateur astronomers, and marksmen alike. They are clear and bright to 22 power ( they slowly deteriorate after 22). They focus well even if the field of view is small and getting smaller with magnification. They are easy to handle, for your hands to grip as the weight is not low but neither are they unbalanced or unwieldy. BUT if you have the money to spend and want the best or almost best these are not your lenses. But for the dollar they do what you need to get the job done. Mine is for stadiums to enable me to see what those in the front seats see. To watch nesting birds of prey. They'll work just fine.
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