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    Default UWA Eyepiece Buying Advice



    Hello!
    I'm looking for wide angle 1.25'' eyepieces, so no Plossls, no orthoscopics.
    I would like to ask you about some eyepieces.
    What do you think of the
    1. LEW GoldLine 9mm 66 degrees ?
    Or the
    2.SkyWatcher UWA 6 mm 1.25" 66 degrees ?
    What's the image like with them and the contrast? I also saw this
    3.Explore Scientific 10mm 70° (1,25") eyepiece that seems even wider 70 degrees
    There's also the
    4.Skywatcher Planetary 8mm 58 degrees visual field
    The price is about the same for all of them. Don't know anything about the image quality, though.
    As a reminder, they are to be used with a Maksutov 127/1500.
    Budget <70 $.
    Thank you in advance.
    P.s. I can only buy them from Romania, unfortunately.
    Edit: I also saw this TS Optics UWAN 7mm, 82°, at about 120 dollars /105 euros. Is it better? They say it's got high quality optics and that it's sealed.
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    Default Re: UWA Eyepiece Buying Advice

    Based on my experience Explorer Scientific 10mm 70deg and Skywatcher Planetary 8mm 58 deg are of somewhat better quality than first two choices.

    Skywatcher Planetary 8mm 58 deg will have sharper focus but smaller FOV and Explorer Scientific 10mm 70deg will have softer focus but wider FOV. Thus, ES EP will be better suitable for DSOs and Skywatcher Planetary well, for moon and planets. But both should perform well in your scope.

    I can't say anything about TS Optics UWAN 7mm, 82°, since i am not familiar with TS EPs
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    Default Re: UWA Eyepiece Buying Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigzmey View Post
    Based on my experience Explorer Scientific 10mm 70deg and Skywatcher Planetary 8mm 58 deg are of somewhat better quality than first two choices.

    Skywatcher Planetary 8mm 58 deg will have sharper focus but smaller FOV and Explorer Scientific 10mm 70deg will have softer focus but wider FOV. Thus, ES EP will be better suitable for DSOs and Skywatcher Planetary well, for moon and planets. But both should perform well in your scope.

    I can't say anything about TS Optics UWAN 7mm, 82°, since i am not familiar with TS EPs
    Hello all,

    the TS Optics UWAN 7mm 82° should be the same as the Wiliam Optics UWAN, a budget alternative to the Tele Vue Nagler eyepieces.
    There is a test by Sven Wienstein: UWAN Okulare
    but you must run a translator on it.
    I have the UWAN 16mm 82°, and it is a fairly good EP with good transmission of light and contrast views, suited for the large deep sky objects. I would not take it for the Moon or planets.

    Hoping this helps,

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    Default Re: UWA Eyepiece Buying Advice

    I agree with JG, the 7mm TS Optics UWAN 82*AFOV would be the best if you can afford it. Also you may want to consider a 60*AFOV Celestron X-Cel LX or 8mm TS NED/BST Explorer. For planetary these 55*AFOV Long Perng LERs branded as "Super Planetary" and also known like Orion Edge-On, WO SPL, Astro-Professional etc. would be a better choice than your 1-4 options. In fact, most of them if not all have ~58*AFOV, that is wider than claimed by the manufacturer/vendors.
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    Default Re: UWA Eyepiece Buying Advice

    I ended up buying the TS Optics 7mm and I do not regret it. It is quite good. Thanks for all of your replies!
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