5 Stars By JC on 2017-09-14
Great performance and quality for the money
I've wanted a wide-field 30mm or 32mm 2" eyepiece for my Explore Scientific AR127 achromatic telescope (826mm focal length) for some time, and have been researching for the past two months to find the best fit between quality, price, and field of view. I looked at reviews for the Explore Scientific 30mm 82-degree eyepiece (because I enjoy my 14mm 82-degree eyepiece from Explore Scientific), and thought to shell out the $300 for it. The more I researched, the more I thought the Orion Q70 would be a better value for me as a beginner backyard astronomer (6 months as of this review). [My binoculars (10x50 UltraView) and first two telescopes (Starblast 114mm with AutoTracker and ShortTube 80) and eyepieces (7.5mm, 10mm, 20mm, and 25mm super Plossls) are Orion products, and I have been very, very pleased with the quality and views.] I am very happy with my decision to purchase the 32mm Q70.
The calculated true field of view (TFOV) through the 32mm Q70 in my 127mm refractor is 2.71 degrees (and 26x magnification), which is 0.27 degrees less than the Explore Scientific 30mm 82-degree eyepiece (2.98 degrees TFOV; 28x magnification). In the 32mm Q70, about 2 degrees of the TFOV is focused. This is enough to see the moon's craters clearly, and with a view that is definitely a big step up from 1.25" eyepieces. The Pleiades look magnificent in this lower power, wider field of view eyepiece. The Andromeda galaxy is still a cloudy fuzz, but it is much more pleasant to see in this wide-view eyepiece.
I observe mostly from a very light-polluted driveway with street lights, security lights, and my neighbor's backyard lights (they never turn them off at night for some reason), so I don't have dark skies to look at to get that 'looking from a spaceship window' feel. On a clear night when the Milky Way was overhead, I saw a great deal of stars as I scanned across the night skies, and that was a lovely experience. I couldn't get that with the 1.25" eyepieces I had, even the 25mm (33x magnification; 1.57 TFOV).
I used it with a 2" 2x Barlow, and the moon looked great. I see why some say the views through a 2" eyepiece are more spectacular than the views through a 1.25" eyepiece. My night with this eyepiece was one of my most enjoyable nights of observing so far.
It is much a much bigger eyepiece than my other 1.25" eyepieces and weighs 15 oz. (1/2 a lb.), so make sure your mount can take the added weight. This is a good eyepiece that is well worth the $100 I paid for it. Made me even consider changing the focuser on my ST80 to a 2" focuser just so i could use this eyepiece on it. This eyepiece is worth getting if you want a less expensive way to fill a gap in your 2" eyepiece inventory.
5 Stars By John Burrows on 2016-01-03
Good Views. Best Compromise of the Q70 Series.
I'm using this 32mm eyepiece with an Orion XT8 Plus and own all 3 of the Q70 series. Of the 3 in the series...this is my least favorite of the three...not to say it's bad...it's probably just the least useful for my needs. It is however the one I would recommend if you can only afford one of the Q70's...it splits the difference pretty nicely between the 38mm and the 26mm. The 32mm gives me 37x magnification or 75x with a 2x Barlow. Wide field of view is very pleasing. Clarity is quite good. The coma or "fishbowl" affect around the edge is more noticeable than the 38mm, but less noticeable than the 26mm. It's there if you really look for it. Even then...it's not a big deal...you just won't notice because your focus is in the center. The 32mm and all of the Q70's work quite well with a 2x Barlow. In fact, it lessens the coma and flattens the field further without a major impact on brightness and clarity. If you're looking for one or a set of 2" eyepieces at low power for a 8" dobsonian....the Q70 series will serve you well and won't break the bank. If I can only recommend one of the set, get the 32mm. Best of both worlds. If you can only afford two, go for the 38mm and the 26mm giving you the the greatest range. If you can afford it get the whole set and a 2x Barlow. and at some point a 2" moon filter if you plan on doing a lot of moon viewing....it's about all you'll need for the majority of your viewing.
5 Stars By DustinS on 2014-08-10
Beautiful views of big patches of sky
This piece is well made, with crystal clear optics. Viewing the Moon is wonderful, given the large field of view when this is in my Celestron 8SE. The entire Moon fits in the field of view with exquisite detail.
After taking it out to a dark sky location and giving it a try, I can say with certainty that this is my favorite eyepiece. The views are crisp and bright, and I can detect no flaws in the images. The wide field of view gives a perfect setting for dim objects with low surface brightness, and I don't see any glare or glow from bright objects. I wish all of my eyepieces were this good. This eyepiece is perfect for hunting distant galaxies, planetary nebulae, and diffuse nebulae.
The case is a sturdy cardboard shoebox-style number. It's OK if you pack it securely.
My only possible complaint is that there is not an enormous amount of eye relief, but that's not promised, and what there is is plenty of room for anyone without glasses. The rubber eye guard is comfortable and lets you get the full field of view without worrying about smudging the lens.
5 Stars By Will Cunningham on 2016-12-17
One of my favorite eyepieces. I can't tell the difference between this ...
One of my favorite eyepieces. I can't tell the difference between this and a $300 Explore Scientific honestly.
5 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2017-01-06
Enjoyable and doesn't break the bank
This EP is a great value and has great quality. It worked very well in my 120mm f/8.3. I got to spend a few hours looking at Pleadies cluster and also Orion, and was able to faintly see M42 without an O-lll or UHC filter on a brighter than usual evening. The stars are pin point and crisp throughout the FOV. The eye relief is excellent is comfortable to view for long periods of time. For the price this is an excellent eyepiece and is a keeper for sure.
5 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2017-12-27
5 Stars By Diamond Dave on 2016-10-21
Great Value Wide Field
Great low power wide field eyepiece. Crisp images across the field, premium performance at a low price, Great value for < $100. If you have a slow scope F> 7.0 this is all the wide field eyepiece you will need. This eyepiece is basically a Pan-optic clone.
5 Stars By Alan on 2018-03-27
Great value for an eyepiece of this caliper. Nice wide FOV.
5 Stars By Big V on 2012-10-13
the cat's ass
I am a beginner astronomer:
This eyepiece gives a really large field of view compared to my orion 25mm standard plossle, as it should; i also have a highlight 17mm from orion, both 1.5 inch eyepieces.
this is currently my only 2" eyepiece and it simply rules; I use it for scanning and really enjoy the big view effect, there is really some wisdom behind the notion that larger fields of view are desirable when scanning the sky, I am very impressed with this eyepiece.
4 Stars By Scott on 2014-12-02
I like this eyepiece but the eye relief is very limited
I like this eyepiece but the eye relief is very limited. It does give a great wide view. I like to look at Andromeda through it, and I hope I get a lunar filter soon so I can use it on the moon.