The 24mm Panoptic provides larger field of view than my comparable Plossl eyepieces. Overall better stargazing experience with this eyepiece and a new 7mm Pentax XW I also purchased from OPT. Had minor issue with threading a new Lumicon #56 filter into the Panoptic eyepiece. It would only thread 1/2 turn before binding. I'm exchanging my filter.
The 1 1/4 " size makes for so much easier balance, and handling in general. The optional Dioptrx adapter does accept my TeleVue Dioptrx correctors, and the combined image quality is superb. I own a number of TeleVue eyepeices, but after a few observing sessions, this is the one that defines a session. My 2" 35mm Televue Panoptic is a mighty instrument, providing stunning views, but it's a boat anchor. As always, it's a pleasure to do business with OPT Corp.
Wonderful eyepiece that I definitely would purchase again. It is always a pleasure doing business with OPT as well.
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I have a lot of EP's in my kit...Everything from Orion, Baader, TeleVue, etc, and many others... The Hyperion line truly offers a great view, and they're worth every penny. I love them, and I use them constantly! And I have to say, they're the best line of EP's for the money. NOW...Having said that.... if you're ready to upgrade your EP's to the "Big Daddy Of All Eyepiece Brands", and you want to see the heavens in the best quality possible, well, you ain't seen nothin', until you've popped in a TeleVue Panoptic. I still remember the first night I used my Panoptic EP's....We were speechless, that night. My observing buddies were floored! The only thing coming out of our mouths were tons of dirty expletives, and a bunch of "OMG's"! Was quite funny! It's kinda like watching an old crummy 14 inch B&W TV your whole life, and then suddenly watching a Blu Ray movie for the first time, in full 1080p quality, with a full-on 7.1 surround sound system! Yes! They're that good! I have 2 TeleVue Panoptic EP's, and, they're probably the ONLY TeleVue EP's I'll ever own.... unless I hit the Lottery! Believe me, "if" I could afford it, I'd buy EVERY TeleVue EP on the market.
I am not a fan of 2 eyepieces,ever try holding them in freezing temperatures? So when this 1 1/4 came along I bought it and have never regretted it. Great for galactic nebulae and whenever wide field is required. Excellent color rendition and flat sharp fields to the edge of my 15 f 4.5 Dob.