AgenaAstro 8mm-24mm Zoom Eyepiece Review

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AgenaAstro 8mm-24mm Zoom Eyepiece Review

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Felt my Meade LX70 120mm f/8 refractor wanted some attention. So I used it for the test comparisons. Tested it against the GSO 25mm
plossl and Svbony 6mm on Orion. At 41 magnification the AgenaAstro showed the trapezium stars just as sharp as the GSO 25mm. Zoomed in to 125 magnification and each trapezium star showed an airy disk. Using a barlow at 166 magnification the AgenaAstro showed four airy
disk again, and just as sharp as the Svbony 6mm. The GSO 25mm is sharp out to over 90 percent to the edge. The Agenaastro is sharp out to
about 80 percent to the edge. Eighty percent is not bad since I will be using it for high mag on the Moon, planets, and star splitting. Zooming in and out is really cool, but I had to refocus a little once at the magnification desired. The eye relief is good at all magnifications. The lowest field of view is 40 degrees, which is not bad at all. The eyepiece is mechanically very smooth. Using this zoom eyepiece on the Moon with my 150mm f/8 is going to be a real pleasure.

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Telescopes: Celestron 150mm f/8 Refractor, Meade LX70 120mm f/8 Refractor, Vixen 70mm f/12.9 Refractor, Tasco 49N 50mm Red Refractor
Binoculars: Zhumell 20x80 Giant, Oberwerk LW 11x70, Levenhuk Sherman 7x50
Mounts: Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial, Orion Versago II Altazimuth, Farpoint Universal Parrallogram Mount, Orion Tritech II Fluid Head Tripod
Finders: GSO 8x50 Raci, Svbony Red Dot
Diagonals: GSO Dielectric 2", GSO Dielectric 1.25"
Eyepieces: Meade 56mm Plossl, GSO Superview 30mm, Astromania-Olivon 22mm, GSO Plossls 32mm/25mm/20mm, GSO 20mm Superview, Svbony 20mm/15mm/9mm/6mm, Svbony Aspheric 23mm/10mm/4mm, Agena Super Wide Angle 15mm, Few No Name Brand Ebay Plossls
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Re: AgenaAstro 8mm-24mm Zoom Eyepiece Review

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Thanks for the review. Do you think that this EP would work well in an ES ar102?
ES AR 102 102mm, f/6.5, Orion Starblast 4.5 114mm,f/4 , Obie 10x50, GSO SV 30mm, ES 68° 20mm, ES 82° 14mm, 11mm, 8.8 mm, 6.8mm, 4.7mm. Twilight 1 mount.
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Michael131313 wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:59 pm Thanks for the review. Do you think that this EP would work well in an ES ar102?
The scope I used and my Yard Canon have a f/8 focal ratio. The ES ar102 is a f/6.5 ratio. I think it should work with your scope. Buy this Astromania which is shipped by Amazon. I am certain it is the same zoom eyepiece/made at the same factory. If you do not like, no big deal. Amazon pays for return shipping. Amazon also pays for outbound shipping if the order is over $25. I always check with Walmart and Amazon first, but neither had the 56mm plossl that I wanted. So ordered the plossl from AgenaAstro with the zoom eyepiece. Just setup an Amazon acct. If there is a problem, no need to contact Amazon. You can print out a UPS label from your acct.

Telescopes: Celestron 150mm f/8 Refractor, Meade LX70 120mm f/8 Refractor, Vixen 70mm f/12.9 Refractor, Tasco 49N 50mm Red Refractor
Binoculars: Zhumell 20x80 Giant, Oberwerk LW 11x70, Levenhuk Sherman 7x50
Mounts: Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial, Orion Versago II Altazimuth, Farpoint Universal Parrallogram Mount, Orion Tritech II Fluid Head Tripod
Finders: GSO 8x50 Raci, Svbony Red Dot
Diagonals: GSO Dielectric 2", GSO Dielectric 1.25"
Eyepieces: Meade 56mm Plossl, GSO Superview 30mm, Astromania-Olivon 22mm, GSO Plossls 32mm/25mm/20mm, GSO 20mm Superview, Svbony 20mm/15mm/9mm/6mm, Svbony Aspheric 23mm/10mm/4mm, Agena Super Wide Angle 15mm, Few No Name Brand Ebay Plossls
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Make sure it is being shipped by Amazon, not an Amazon vendor.
Telescopes: Celestron 150mm f/8 Refractor, Meade LX70 120mm f/8 Refractor, Vixen 70mm f/12.9 Refractor, Tasco 49N 50mm Red Refractor
Binoculars: Zhumell 20x80 Giant, Oberwerk LW 11x70, Levenhuk Sherman 7x50
Mounts: Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial, Orion Versago II Altazimuth, Farpoint Universal Parrallogram Mount, Orion Tritech II Fluid Head Tripod
Finders: GSO 8x50 Raci, Svbony Red Dot
Diagonals: GSO Dielectric 2", GSO Dielectric 1.25"
Eyepieces: Meade 56mm Plossl, GSO Superview 30mm, Astromania-Olivon 22mm, GSO Plossls 32mm/25mm/20mm, GSO 20mm Superview, Svbony 20mm/15mm/9mm/6mm, Svbony Aspheric 23mm/10mm/4mm, Agena Super Wide Angle 15mm, Few No Name Brand Ebay Plossls
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Thanks much for the info.
ES AR 102 102mm, f/6.5, Orion Starblast 4.5 114mm,f/4 , Obie 10x50, GSO SV 30mm, ES 68° 20mm, ES 82° 14mm, 11mm, 8.8 mm, 6.8mm, 4.7mm. Twilight 1 mount.
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