Apogee Super Easy View 9.5mm


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Brand and Model:Apogee Super Easy View 9.5mm
Price ($USD):$119.00
Type:Orthoscopic
Focal Length:9.5mm mm
Barrel Size:1.25
Apparent FOV:50.0 degrees
Field Stop Dia.:0.0 mm
Eye Relief:0 mm
Elements:5
Weight (lbs):
Description:It is a 5 lens design - very similar to an orthoscopic that also includes a negative meniscus transfer lens. It is advertised to be great for planetary & lunar obervation.

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Apogee Super Easy View 9.5mm
I too have had my issues with the Apogee Super Easy View. I do not see the crisp clean image that I get from other eps such as the Takahashi LE or the Pentax XL. The images are better than the the less expensive plossl however and the eye relief is much better than any of the cheap eps. I guess that the $120 is about right for its overall performance.

Lloyd Lashbrook

Overall Rating: 7
Optics:7 Value:8
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.3.42)
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Apogee Super Easy View 9.5mm
I have an 8" SCT (9.5mm = 214X through my scope). I was looking for a medium-high power eyepiece for the Mars opposition in Aug 2003. Terry Alford raved about the 9.5mm Super-Easy View eyepiece at CloudyNights.com. Terry noted in his review that Bill Vorce (Telescope Warehouse) had recommended it to him ... and Apogee's own web site has an endorsement from noted astrophotographer Dr. Parker. So, I jumped on the bandwagon and ordered it.

Maybe I jumped too quickly?

The EP COULD be excellent, but isn't. Why? Foremost, there are way too many internal reflections for it to be a serious planetary eyepiece - as it's adverstised to be (it needs to be baffled and/or have better lens coatings). It's a shame because the image - minus the annoying reflections - can be fairly good. I find the EP better as a deep-sky eyepiece - for those objects that need a magnificatiion in the 200X range.

Second, the price is extremely too high given its shortcomings.

If this eyepiece were priced at $69 versus $120, I'd say "go for it". However, given the quality of other major brands in the Super-Easy View's price range, I cannot recommend it (I'd only recommend a buying a well-kept USED one that might be had for HALF the original list price).

Note: given it's price, you think it would have end & barrel caps? Wrong! It doesn't. I spent another $8 buying caps for it :((

Sorry Terry ... and Mr. Vorce ... and Dr. Parker. I may not be famous, but I think most everyone would share my opinion of this EP. I sure wish I had spent my money more wisely.

Troy

Overall Rating: 5
Optics:6 Value:4
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.207.81)
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have you tried the speers waler EP, cause they are supposed to be very good (only drawback they are 6 " long. I ordered one and am waiting to test it out.

john

>I have an 8" SCT (9.5mm = 214X through my scope).  I was looking for a medium-high power eyepiece for the Mars opposition in Aug 2003.  Terry Alford raved about the 9.5mm Super-Easy View eyepiece at CloudyNights.com.  Terry noted in his review that Bill Vorce (Telescope Warehouse) had recommended it to him ... and Apogee's own web site has an endorsement from noted astrophotographer Dr. Parker.  So, I jumped on the bandwagon and ordered it.  
>
>Maybe I jumped too quickly?
>
>The EP COULD be excellent, but isn't.  Why?  Foremost, there are way too many internal reflections for it to be a serious planetary eyepiece - as it's adverstised to be (it needs to be baffled and/or have better lens coatings).  It's a shame because the image - minus the annoying reflections - can be fairly good.  I find the EP better as a deep-sky eyepiece - for those objects that need a magnificatiion in the 200X range.
>
>Second, the price is extremely too high given its shortcomings.
>
>If this eyepiece were priced at $69 versus $120, I'd say "go for it".  However, given the quality of other major brands in the Super-Easy View's price range, I cannot recommend it (I'd only recommend a buying a well-kept USED one that might be had for HALF the original list price).
>
>Note: given it's price, you think it would have end & barrel caps?  Wrong!  It doesn't.  I spent another $8 buying caps for it :((
>
>Sorry Terry ... and Mr. Vorce ... and Dr. Parker.  I may not be famous, but I think most everyone would share my opinion of this EP.  I sure wish I had spent my money more wisely.
>
>Troy
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