Antares Speers-Waler Zoom 5mm-8mm


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Subject: Antares 5-8mm zoom eyepiece review
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.222.130)
Date: 07/11/2002 11:38:09 pm PDT
The performance of the Antares 5-8 zoom eyepiece is simply incredible. I usually scan my star quarry with a 22mm panoptic knowing that once I pop the the zoom in I will not be disappointed. Be it plantets or star clusters the views are always spectacular with this eyepiece. I am always in awe of the amount of light transmission with this eyepiece compared with other more expensive eyepieces considered top of the line. The sensation I always experience with this eyepeice is one of being "drawn in" visually as a result of the extensive field of view. It is definitely my favorite eyepiece in my collection and for the price a fantastic optical bargain!


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Subject: Re: Antares 5-8mm zoom eyepiece review
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.198.61)
In Reply to: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.222.130) (Original Message)
Date: 10/21/2003 03:10:34 pm PDT
>The performance of the Antares 5-8 zoom eyepiece is simply incredible. I usually scan my star quarry with a 22mm panoptic knowing that once I pop the the zoom in I will not be disappointed. Be it plantets or star clusters the views are always spectacular with this eyepiece. I am always in awe of the amount of light transmission with this eyepiece compared with other more expensive eyepieces considered top of the line. The sensation I always experience with this eyepeice is one of being "drawn in" visually as a result of the extensive field of view. It is definitely my favorite eyepiece in my collection and for the price a fantastic optical bargain!


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Subject: Re: vote by groth
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.44.245)
Date: 01/12/2004 02:16:26 am PDT
>Great zoom eyepiece with sharp images, but not as good as Radians. Superb quality for such a low priced piece.

is the 10mm wa as good as a radian ?


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Subject: Re: vote by groth
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.44.245)
In Reply to: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.44.245) (Original Message)
Date: 01/12/2004 02:19:03 am PDT
>>Great zoom eyepiece with sharp images, but not as good as Radians. Superb quality for such a low priced piece.


is the speers waler 10mm as good as a 10mm tv radian or a 9.7 mm meade 4000 super plossl or a 9mm nagler?


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Subject: Re: vote by groth
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.43.166)
In Reply to: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.44.245) (Original Message)
Date: 10/21/2005 02:09:37 pm PDT
>>Great zoom eyepiece with sharp images, but not as good as Radians. Superb quality for such a low priced piece.
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>is the 10mm wa as good as a radian ?
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I have a speers waler 5-8mm zoom and I tested it out a couple of days ago.

Contrast= Amazing , considering there are 9 elements!!
Sharpness= Flat right to the edge of the fieldstop
Eye Relief= 12mm , just right if you don't wear glasses, but a tad tight when you need to see the entire FOV.
Zoom factor= works great if you don't want to reach for that barlow, but having to unscrew the thumbscrew can get annoying.

Overall score= 8/10
Very sharp images when you need a bit more power, I would have to say it performs like the 6.7mm Meade series 5000 UWA, which is a nice, sharp eyepiece !!!


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