Antares Plossl 32mm

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Brand and Model:Antares Plossl 32mm
Price ($USD):$29-$35
Focal Length:32 mm
Barrel Size:1.25
Apparent FOV:52.0 degrees
Field Stop Dia.:0.0 mm
Eye Relief:0 mm
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Description:With its 4-element symmetrical doublet design, it has low aberrations with almost every type of instrument. With a wide 52 degrees of apparent field, the Antares Plossls provide clear, crisp images with outstanding contrast. There are many focal Lengths available and each features precision optics with all four faces multicoated and edge blackening for the maximum possible contrast. Fold-down rubber eyeshields and barrels threaded for standard filters are included.

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Antares Plossl 32mm
It is hard to go wrong with a $37CDN 32mm plossl. With its generous eye relief and fine edge to edge sharpness, this ep offers up decent performance at a very good value. The thing that amazes me is that at this crazy low price, I also received a bolt container for the ep.

I didn't plan on using this ep for extended viewing, but rather as a 'finder-helper' to locate faint fuzzies. My expectations were quite low, but the performance I'm getting from this ep is more than a little surprising.

I've observed (82mm F8.5 refractor) the moon and some deep sky - open clusters, globulars & brighter galaxies. The coatings are adequate and I couldn't find any obvious faults with the optical performance.

If you're broke (like me) or looking for a 32mm ep to lose at public star parties, I think the 32mm Antares Plossl may be a good choice. Try it out.

Overall Rating: 7
Optics:7 Value:10
Weight: 10 (Trustworthy Vote)
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Antares Plossl 32mm
This one offers a lot for your money. I couldn't find much abberations, maybe a bit of field curvature and color fringing at the very edge, as long as you have a "slow" scope (f/7 or more). In a f/6, abberations are more pronounced, but acceptable at that price...!
Eye relief is long, almost too long for the eye cup (your eye is away from it). I experienced some 'kidney bean' effect, maybe a bit too much, worsten when combined with my Barlow (Celestron Ultima). Contrast is not the best, so DSOs are a bit too dark.
For the rest I say it's a good EP for the price. I intended to use it as a 'star finder' or to hop around from star to star, but it's not making it justice.

Evaluation was done using a 114mm f7.9 Newton, a 200mm f6.0 Dob and a Celestron C80 ED on occasion.

Overall Rating: 7
Optics:7 Value:9
Weight: 5 (Veritable Vote)
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