At Tele Vue, we never stop striving to bring you the finest in eyepiece performance. If we can make improvements, we will, as evidenced by our eyepiece evolution.
Sometimes improvements are: subtle, sometimes they call for a replacement of an entire eyepiece series, and sometimes it’s a whole new eyepiece series. Ideas come from everywhere, including you, our valued customers. Every day we speak with so many amateur astronomers regarding eyepiece selection and it always boils down to their preferences. While it’s pretty easy to develop a consensus of preferable aspects and features, we thought it would be fun to give our blog readers a chance to weigh in on what’s important to you.
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Meet the Tele Vue Eyepieces!
With Tele Vue’s wide range of focal lengths and designs, you’re sure to find the right eyepieces for your scope and target object.
Note on Eyepiece Inspection
Tele Vue is the only eyepiece manufacturer that puts every eyepiece through cosmetic and performance tests prior to shipment to its dealers. We are also the only manufacturer that services its eyepieces should it become necessary. Eyepiece inspection begins with the cosmetic appearance of the lenses and metalwork. Uniformity of anodizing, chrome plating, and paint applications on the barrels is assessed. The eyepiece is then checked for any naked-eye visible coating or glass defects. The next step is the optical evaluation. Each eyepiece is placed in our patented 5″ f/4 flat-field Multi-Purpose Telescope (MPT) test refractor. The variable iris on the MPT is used to inspect for internal cleanliness at f/16 and for any optical abnormalities at f/4. Only after the inspector is satisfied that the product meets our cosmetic and optical standards is the eyepiece packaged for shipping.
Space Walk Eyepieces
For observing with undriven scopes, particularly at higher magnifications, we highly recommend wide apparent field of view eyepieces such as 82° Nagler and 100° Ethos / 110° Ethos-SX due to the larger true fields they deliver over narrower apparent field eyepieces of the same focal length. Their extreme field sharpness allows you to place a celestial object at one edge of the field and let it drift across to the other before having to reposition your scope! While this is a particular advantage at higher magnifications, at low power the larger apparent field eyepieces provide the advantage of producing a darker sky background, allowing fainter stars to be seen, than narrower apparent field eyepieces that produce the same true field. This is due to the greater magnification and corresponding smaller exit pupil size. (The Majesty Factor) which makes this eyepiece class ideal for galaxy hunting!
Long Eye Relief
If you’re more comfortable with long eye relief while lingering at the eyepiece (especially for eyeglass wearers), the 31mm Nagler and 22mm Nagler have a generous 19mm of eye relief and provide wide true-field views of the heavens. Great eye relief at a more economical price is found in the long focal length members of the 68° Panoptic series (27mm, 35mm, and 41mm Panoptic). Our Tele Vue Plössls have long eye relief in the longer focal lengths (25mm, 32mm, 40mm and 55mm Plössl). Our widest field eyepieces, the Ethos and Ethos SX, have a comfortable 15mm of eye relief in all focal lengths and may be usable for some eyeglass wearers.
Both our 72° Delos or 62° DeLite eyepiece series are the eyeglass champs with a generous 20 mm of eye relief in all focal lengths. In addition to producing razor-sharp images in even the fastest telescopes. For those who don’t wear glasses, both series feature adjustable height, locking eye-guards to keep surrounding light from degrading the naturally high contrast these eyepieces produce.
Widest Possible True Field
The Tele Vue 32mm & 40mm Plössls and 24mm Panoptic eyepieces allow you to experience the largest true field in 1¼” visual backs and the 55mm Plössl and 41mm Panoptic do the same for 2″ focusers. The 31mm Nagler and 21mm Ethos eyepieces can be used to view at higher powers in 2″ visual backs, yielding darker sky backgrounds, but with only slightly smaller true fields of view than the 2″ Plössl or Panoptic eyepieces mentioned above.
No need to keep swapping eyepieces to find the highest usable power and missing those fleeting moments of steady air! Our Tele Vue
- Visit our Eyepiece Calculator (mobile site) to find how Tele Vue eyepieces will perform in your scope.
- Read Why Choose Tele Vue Eyepieces (mobile site) for more on what makes Tele Vue eyepieces special.
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