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" 9 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...
Eyepieces (EP) are like home entertainment speakers. Until you've listened to them and compared them against other speakers you really have no idea how good they are. That being said, these are very good, nearly "spectacular view" EPs. I own the 25mm, 18mm, 9mm and I use them in my 11" (f10/6.3) Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (SCT). I use the 25mm EP as my wide field nebulae EP. The Orion nebulae (M42) looks 3-dimensional through this EP and I actually said "WOW" the first time I used it and I've been looking at Orion for 42 years! I use the 18mm for globular clusters, the Hercules Cluster (M13) can be resolved to the center with ease. I use the 9mm for the planets and planetary nebulae.
I own 12 EPs: Plossls, Erfles, Orthoscopics and Kellners, these X-Cel EPs are the 3 I use most often.
Some other reviewers have said that the "Cons" are "heavy" and "bulky". To me this is not a "Con". These are well constucted,...
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.
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