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    Default Low magnification extra wide field EP



    So, I'm sure this has been asked a million times before, but here it is again.

    I'm looking for a 2" EP that is between 36-40mm with at least a 70 degree field of view (the larger the better).

    I would say price is no object, but that isn't true. Lets say top shelf budget of $400

    What would you guys suggest?
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    Default Re: Low magnification extra wide field EP

    How about checking THIS page at Agena Astro: 2" Telescope Eyepieces - Wide Angle Eyepieces | AgenaAstro.com You can check out the different manufacturers and the differences in quality and prices. I have the Orion version of the Agena SWA 2 inch 38mm.

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    Default Re: Low magnification extra wide field EP

    The Orion Q70 line has 32mm and 38mm 2" EPs, with 70 degree AFOV. The Orion DeepView 2" line is more reasonably priced, and has 35mm and 42mm EPs, but the AFOV is about 56 degrees. Good luck!

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    Default Re: Low magnification extra wide field EP

    For your scope a C8 a Nagler 31 @ 82 degree, Panoptic 35 @ 72, or a ES 30 @? will max out the baffle tube. I like the Panoptic 35 a lot in mine.
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    Default Re: Low magnification extra wide field EP

    The 35 Panoptic is an excellent eyepiece, it is the only one of the set that I have kept over the years.
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    At 82° AFOV, you max out what'll fit in a 2" barrel at 30-31mm. And at 40mm, your max AFOV is around 68°.

    I like my old 40mm 2" Meade SWA for finding things - at 68° you can take in the whole view in one go.

    For 82° the 31mm Nagler would be great - but expensive. For more bang for the buck, I have a Chinese made 80° 30mm - it suffers in fast scopes, but in an SCT there's just a little bit of edge softness - not as nice as the Nagler, but at around 100€ /£80 it's a fraction of the cost...

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    Default Re: Low magnification extra wide field EP

    My vote is for the 35mm Panoptic! Great eyepiece!
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    Default Re: Low magnification extra wide field EP

    Check Cloudynights (free) and Astromart ($15 joining fee) for second hand Pans and Naglers. The 31mm Nagler is normally around $450 and the Pan 35 is roughly around $275.
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    Default Re: Low magnification extra wide field EP

    Quote Originally Posted by Lola Bruce View Post
    For your scope a C8 a Nagler 31 @ 82 degree, Panoptic 35 @ 72, or a ES 30 @? will max out the baffle tube. I like the Panoptic 35 a lot in mine.
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    Gotta agree... any of the above ..... I do not like ultra wide angle eyepieces anymore (age) so I use a 35 panoptic a heck of a lot...

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    Default Re: Low magnification extra wide field EP

    Thanks guys for the advise. I guess in a perfect world I would want a nagler type 5 31mm... however it's pretty steep in price.

    As for the limitations of my scope... I obviously know an sct isn't an idea tube for large field low mag views... However I'm not going to have a C8 forever. Who knows I could see a used 12" dob for sale on kijiji (Canadian classified site) and add that to my collection. I want to make sure I invest in EP's that are quality and could be used effectively on multiple OTAs.

    So that being said, if the nagler is a little too expensive maybe the 35mm panoptic will be more in my price range.
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