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    Default Agena Eyepieces any good?



    I am looking to upgrade a high power eyepiece in the 8-10mm range. I was going to get the explore scientific 82degree series, but also saw the agena superwide(70 degree) 10mm for $45. At that low price almost worth it just to try and all the reviews look to be great. Anyone have experience with this product?

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    Default Re: Agena Eyepieces any good?

    Eyepiece quality is dependent upon a number of factors. One is the telescope. Fast telescopes are more demanding than slow telescopes. You will get better answers to your question if you give the make, model, etc. of the telescope you are using.

    Here is a link to a thread where the Agena eyepieces were discussed: Budget 15mm GSO supeview or agena super wide
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    Default Re: Agena Eyepieces any good?

    I do own an Agena Eclipse 26 mm 68-70 degree FOV ..I wanted an inexpensive 2 inch eyepiece to try out my new at teh time 2 inch diagonal... This was years ago and I still use that eyepiece...

    I do not buy a heck of a lot of Astro stuff anymore (Already have a ton lol) BUT I can tell you that Manish at Agena is one of the best guys I have EVER dealt with ..seriously he is very up front honest and dependable...

    I would not hesitate at all...

    Now my major question....why do you want an ultra wide angel HIGH powered eyepiece.. ??
    I see no advantage for ultra wide angle high powered views... except if you are a Dob owned who can not keep his target somewhere within the FOV . 70 degree is way more then needed even if you are a Dob user...

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    Default Re: Agena Eyepieces any good?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob327 View Post
    70 degree is way more then needed even if you are a Dob user...

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    Sorry Bob, gotta call you out on this one. Even for my 70 year old eyes, the 82's are awesome. I have to get my old eyeball almost on the glass to get the full FOV, but the experience is a Hoot! Younger eyes can only enjoy and appreciate the view all the more.

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    Default Re: Agena Eyepieces any good?

    I'm with BobDob on this one. I'm a wide FOV nut anyway and so being in my early 30's opted for the ES 100 degree EPs. I did own the ES 82 11mm for a while before selling it to put that towards my ES 100 degree EP's and it was an outstanding EP. Like sxinias said, a lot depends on whether your scope is fast or slow.
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    Default Re: Agena Eyepieces any good?

    thanks for the thoughts guys. I have a 10inch dob f/5. my high power eyepieces are currently just plossls and i would like to keep in the field of view longer and not have to stick my eye on top of the lens. the watchout i have for the agena is that the eye relief is 10mm, and the expore scientific is 14mm. is that really that different?

    I guess another question i have is how much should be made of the weight of the eyepiece? the explore scientific is 8.9oz and the agena is just 2.9oz. Is more weight a sign of better quality or just heavy metal materials?

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    Default Re: Agena Eyepieces any good?

    Quote Originally Posted by gatorfishin View Post
    thanks for the thoughts guys. I have a 10inch dob f/5. my high power eyepieces are currently just plossls and i would like to keep in the field of view longer and not have to stick my eye on top of the lens. the watchout i have for the agena is that the eye relief is 10mm, and the expore scientific is 14mm. is that really that different?

    I guess another question i have is how much should be made of the weight of the eyepiece? the explore scientific is 8.9oz and the agena is just 2.9oz. Is more weight a sign of better quality or just heavy metal materials?
    I just purchased an ES 30mm 82 degree EP and it's a beast. It's around 3.2lbs and the size of a hand grenade.

    The ES probably weights more due to the materials it's made of and it very well could have more glass in it. One thing to consider with a dob is the weight of the EP. My new EP (at 3.2lbs) could definitely throw off the balance of a dob. You can use counter weights or just tighten the azimuth knobs to compensate.

    I too side on the wide angle EPs.
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    Default Re: Agena Eyepieces any good?

    Not a problem with me at all...

    BUT I'm still a young man who will not turn 70 for a few more months...lol

    I sold my 4 Naglers and dropped down to 68-70 degree eyepieces (mostly Pentax XW for Medium and Panoptics for lower power years ago ...just found my "old" eyes could not "handle the ultra wide angle views comfortably any more..

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    Sorry Bob, gotta call you out on this one. Even for my 70 year old eyes, the 82's are awesome. I have to get my old eyeball almost on the glass to get the full FOV, but the experience is a Hoot! Younger eyes can only enjoy and appreciate the view all the more.

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    Default Re: Agena Eyepieces any good?

    I too have a 10" Dob and even though the ES EPs are heavier, I do not have a problem with the extra weight. I do have the ES 82 30mm and do barlow it occasionally and have no issue with the balance of the scope unless I am looking low on the horizon. I usually do not view that low due to less than stellar views that low. With your faster scope, it would be a good idea to get a better quality EP. I do not have any experience with the Agena brand but I canb say the ES brand are superb. I have read where a lot of people say they are comparable to the Televue's which are the gold standard in EP's. There again, I have never looked through a Televue but have read they are top notch and are very expensive.
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    Default Re: Agena Eyepieces any good?

    thanks for the advice guys. im still researching, but will make a choice soon.

 

 
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