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 purchased this item to do some digiscoping with my Newtonian telescope. The adapter is well designed with adjustments for setting up both camera and eyepiece. The only limiting factor is that the camera must have a lens length under 1.75 inches. Other wise there is not enough clearance to the eyepiece. Also due to the fact that the adapter clamps around the eyepiece only larger oculars( 25-32mm) can be used for afocal photography. The adapter is well made of mostly metal construction.
This is a high quality barlow lense. When used with your telescope and normal eyepiece you get a trippling of magnification. Most useful for EP's 24mm and larger. A 30mm EP becomes a 10mm with use of the barlow. The look and feel of the barlow are both high quality. Make sure you have a sturdy mount for the scope, owing to the increased weight.
This tripod is sturdy enough to hold a small to medium refractor reasonably steady, and is easy to use. It compares favorably with similar but higher priced models of other brands that I have used.
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