Extendable twist-up eyepieces are easier and more comfortable, especially for eyeglass wearers
No slip, rubber grip ring for secure handling, even in moist conditions
Parfocal eyepiece require little to no focusing when changing from low to high power
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The newly enhanced X-Cel LX eyepiece series is what you've been waiting for in a high quality eyepiece for planetary viewing. With a brand new sleek, robust design and a twist-up eye guard, these eyepieces are especially designed for comfort and ease of use. They also have a wide 60° field of view and 6-element fully multi-coated optics for magnificent wide field performance. X-Cel LX eyepieces are parfocal and require little to no focusing when changing from low to high power.
1.25" 5 mm
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I wanted the widest eyepiece I could afford that I could use with my Celestron Omni XLT 120 refractor. I purchased the 40mm version first before buying this thinking I will get the widest view because of the longer focal length. The 32mm eyepiece has an apparent field of view of 50 degrees whereas the 40mm has a 43 degree view. I had overlooked this but waited for both the eyepieces to arrive so that I can test it myself and compare them both in my scope which has a 1000mm focal length.
Both of them are pretty sharp but start getting slightly blurry towards the edges which is expected for eyepieces in this price range. The 32 mm has a slightly wider view than the 40mm. This might be because of the 1.25 inch format of the eyepieces which restricts wider views beyond a point. That's why it makes sense to go for 2 inch format eyepieces which have larger openings for wider field of views provided your focuser supports it. What I noticed was that the 32mm's slightly wider view...
I guess you would consider the X-cel eye piece the 3rd tier offering from Celestron (2 up from the eye piece that comes with scope) and let me tell you what a diiference!!
To start off with the build quality is vastly superior than that of the standard eye piece and there is a significant weight difference (X-cel the heavier). There is also a noticable size difference that Im sure has to do with whats held inside. The adjustablity is also a huge plus and it comes in its own sturdy container for storage.
But what really matters is the perfromance and all I can say here is Wow! The field of view is significantly better. The images are crisper any clearer. Color seems more vibrant and light artifact at the edges of the eye piece seemed markedly reduced. All this for what I feel is a fairly reasonable price ($59.95 sale-%79.95 normal); especially when compairing them to Televue ($200+).
Give this brand a shot you wont be disappointed.
Great 12mm eyepiece, it's a vast improvement over the basic 20mm and 6mm eyepieces that came with my Galileo brand 80mm reflector telescope. The image of Saturn seems nearly if not just as bright as my 20mm, but 50-75% larger and more detailed. The field of view is also fairly wide, almost as wide as my 20mm. The whole moon fits nicely. This is a great buy for someone like myself who is just starting out. However, I gave 4 stars (up from 3 for no-questions-asked free replacement) because after 3-4 uses where I removed and replaced the cap on the top of the eyepiece, the rubber/silicone tore halfway along the circumference. I don't think it will last much longer before it comes off completely. I'm very careful with my things, so I may have just gotten a bad apple, but it's a little disappointing that something like this happened so soon. The picture I provided of tonight's moon was taken with my cellphone held up to this eyepiece. Not bad at all.
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