TeleVue Radian 8mm


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Brand and Model:TeleVue Radian 8mm
Price ($USD):$240.00
Type:Misc Wide Angle
Focal Length:8 mm
Barrel Size:1.25 in
Apparent FOV:60.0 degrees
Field Stop Dia.:8.3 mm
Eye Relief:20 mm
Elements:6
Weight (lbs):0.5
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TeleVue Radian 8mm
I had a chance to use an 8mm Radian on a 20" f/5 Obsession the other night. In isolation, it's a very nice eyepiece--sharp across the field, excellent contrast, and a nice wide field of view. Where it falls down, unfortunately, is when it's compared against the Pentax XL.

Relative to the Pentax XL, the Radian has more lateral color, perhaps slightly less contrast, a narrower field, and much more critical eye positioning. The Radian blacks out unless your eye is dead center, whereas the Pentax makes it much easier to get and hold the exit pupil. On that basis, giving the Pentax XL a 10 optically, the Radian deserves an 8. Other than for use in a binoviewer, I can't see any reason to choose a Radian rather than a Pentax XL.

As far as value, the $218 Pentax XL beats the $240 Radian in every respect except for size and weight, which makes it difficult to assign a very high number for value to the Radian. I gave the Radian a 4 for value, but that's kind of arbitrary. For many people, it would deserve a 0 relative to the Pentax XL. Why pay more for an eyepiece that's at best a step behind the Pentax? For others, like those who want to use a binoviewer or have balance problems, the Pentax XL might not be an option and the Radian would therefore deserve a much higher value rating.

Overall, I'll give the Radian a 6. If the Pentax XL didn't exist, the Radian would definitely deserve a 9 or a 10, but the Pentax XL does exist, which puts the Radian in second place.

Overall Rating: 6
Optics:8 Value:4
Weight: 10 (Trustworthy Vote)
Date:
By: Thompson
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That's right this is about Radians not Naglers which are indeed revolutionary. It is a valid point that the XL beats the Radian. Now both have a challenger in the TMB/BO Planetary. LP kills digital!
Reply...  (again)... This review is about the Radian, not about Pentax eyepieces....  There are a select group of TeleVue haters out there.... Stick to your Pentax.... Anyone with a brain in their head knows that TeleVue is revolutionary in its approach to optics...  People are turned off by the expense, but once you look through an Al Nagler product you're hooked.  The Nagler 9 was my first and it is NOT matched by ANY other design I've ever tried in that focal length..bar none.
Including ORTHOS... This reminds me of audio freaks sticking to LP....Face it.... Digital beat the Analog Star !!

TeleVue Radian 8mm
Altho' the Radian EP's have excellent eye relief and true FOV , they do not seem to be as sharp and contrasty as the TMB Monocentrics. I have used this EP to view Saturn at 125X in my 'scope with reasonable satisfaction , and it works fairly well on globular clusters (M15 and M79 , for example). Even tho' it is not one of my favorites , I still consider it as a "keeper".
Update 4/18/2005: In comparison to my SMC Pentax 7 XW, this e.p. comes in a distant second place. My biggest knock on this 8 mm eyepiece is a lack of sharpness and some lateral color at the edges.
I am now planning on selling this one to expand my Pentax collection!

Overall Rating: 6
Optics:7 Value:7
Weight: 5 (Veritable Vote)
Date:
By: rodgerraubach
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TeleVue Radian 8mm
I own the 8mm and 4mm Radians and find both EP's Outstanding in color rendition and sharpness. The instajust can be a pain sometimes due to constant readjusting for "many eyes" when at a starparty. Plenty of eye relief of course, and the images are razor sharp through my teleVue 76mm APO. Personally love this EP for views of Jupiter and it's moons at x60, and the Lunar lanscape is quite breathtaking with this EP, even more with the 4mm Radian. Not as bright and contrasty as my UO Ortho 6mm at x80, but sharper and and finer detail noted. All in all a very good EP, I think the price is a little high when there are so many other EP's that give views almost as good for a fraction of the price...but then again, it's a TeleVue :

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:9 Value:7
Weight: 5 (Veritable Vote)
Date:
By: televuetraveller
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TeleVue Radian 8mm
What an incredible EP. Perfect F/L to still barlow if needed with a fine barlow, due to the amount of elements you will be looking thru. I use this EP the most for planetary and lunar views, but it works great for globulars and nebulousity just as well. A little washout when barlowed, but no great complaint, due to the razor sharpness of this planetary "wonder!"

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Value:9
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.180.194)
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TeleVue Radian 8mm
This is one fantastic eyepiece! It is at that particular focal length that really allows good sharpness and contrast before it gets too low and starts washing out from magnification and light passing through those many elements of glass. Saturn and Jupiter are very, very sharp and contrasty. Not quite as bright as my 9mm UO Ortho, but then again, only 4 elements of glass makes brightness as different issue. Really is quite a large EP and find the click stop and pupil guide very good additions to this EP. Jupiter shows very nice cloud banding and the lunar landscape literally comes alive with razor sharp craters and mountain ranges. It is pricy, but when you look through a Radian, you will see the difference why. Excellent EP

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.180.194)
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TeleVue Radian 8mm
Excellent performance; sharp right out to the edges. Slight amount of lateral color. Contrast as good as my UO 12.5mm but with a significantly wider field and 20 mm of eye relief. Eye positioning is critical or blackout occurs. Personally don't find that to be a major issue.The supplied pupil guide helps.
Most nights the 8 mm Radian on my 8 inch Meade LX50 is my personal favorite for viewing Saturn or Jupiter. Highly reccomended.

Overall Rating: 9
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.173.109)
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TeleVue Radian 8mm
a fantastic ep,, find it is one of my most used for general observing,,

Overall Rating: 10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.58.64)
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TeleVue Radian 8mm
I have my 8mm TV Radian for 6 months now (I also own the 6mm, 4mm and 3mm).
There's not much to be added. It's a superb eyepiece period, sharp to the
edge, contrasty and bright. It's got great eye-relief and nice 60d AFOV.
This is my most-often used eyepiece for viewing globular clusters (110x)
with my TV-102 APO. Of course, the view is great for other DSOs as well.

Highest rating!
Ron B[ee]

Overall Rating: 10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.172.108)
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TeleVue Radian 8mm
Compared this Televue line of Radians to the Pentax Xl's. Sorry Al, the Pentax win hands down. The Radian is a very well corrected eyepiece as is the Pentax. Contrast is the same for both eyepieces. Placing your eye up against the eyecup and trying to keep it perfectly centered spells defeat for the Radians. They are just to hard to use... If I have to use a cardboard centering device - this eyepiece is not for me. The problem became very evident when one night we had a public observing session. I pulled out my new radians, stuck them into my AP refractor - everyone complained they could not " see anything ". I realized what these novices were talking about. I switched to the 13 Nagler - problem solved. Sold all 4 of my Radians.

Overall Rating: 5
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.227.79)
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TeleVue Radian 8mm
I can't think of anything else to say that hasn't already been said previously!
Great little eyepiece for eyeglass wearers!

BRAVO AL!

Overall Rating: 10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.13.147)
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