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Celestron Zoom Telescope Eyepiece 8-24mm - 1.25 Inch Format

Item # HN-CELE205

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Celestron
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Celestron Specialty Telescope Eyepieces

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  • Like owning many eyepieces in one
  • Focal length variable between 8mm and 24mm
  • Field of view, 40 to 60 degrees
  • Eye relief: 15-18mm
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Celestron Zoom Telescope Eyepiece 8-24mm - 1.25 Inch Format
 
4.4

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (33)
  • Strong construction (30)
  • Great optics (24)
  • Good padding (12)
  • Widely compatible adapter (11)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (7)
  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (43)
  • Terrestrial viewing (15)
  • Astrophotography (3)
  • Bright conditions (3)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (36), Avid adventurer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Better Than Expected

I was pleasantly surprised when I opened up the pkg. This eyepiece had a couple of features that are not shown in the photo. It has a rubber eye guard and the zoom ranges...Read complete review

I was pleasantly surprised when I opened up the pkg. This eyepiece had a couple of features that are not shown in the photo. It has a rubber eye guard and the zoom ranges are marked at 8,12,18,&24mm. It also comes in a very nice hard plastic case with a screw on top. The optics are very nice for this price range. The zooming feature allows you to determine how much magnification is usable with your seeing conditions. This really allows you to maximize your viewing time. I found the zooming to be extremely smooth (with no clickstops) and almost parfocal throughout the entire range. Only slight focus adjustments were needed in the higher mag range. I found the eye relief to be extremely comfortable(very pleased with this). I was really surprised at how well it barlowed. Using my 2x and my 1200mm fl scope I was able to get up in the 300x range without much degradation of the image. (first time I've been able to actually see festoons and swirls in Jupiter's cloud bands). Overall, I'm very pleased with this eyepiece. It exceeded my expectations and I can see that some nights this may be the only eyepiece that will be used. It is an excellent EP for the beginning or intermediate level astronomer. And the price is right!

In order to appear objective here, I'll try to list some cons with this EP. Keep in mind that I really had to think long and hard to come up with these, as I didn't find that they were that big of a deal to me. So here goes. The eye guard is a stiff rubber and didn't completely block out stray light from a nearby street light. No biggee there. I'll just use a different viewing spot. At the highest mags, I did noticed some very slight distortion at the very outer edge of the FoV (but not as bad as I expected). At the highest mags the 40° FoV is narrow but again not as bad as expected. While the views aren't as clear as a fixed fl EP the benefit of using just one far outweighs the difference in my opinion. For ease of use and pricing, you can't go wrong with this EP.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Celestron Zoom Eyepiece

I have been using this eyepiece for about 8 months, mostly in my suburban backyard. Our sky is not the best and we have some light pollution. I have also tested this piece...Read complete review

I have been using this eyepiece for about 8 months, mostly in my suburban backyard. Our sky is not the best and we have some light pollution. I have also tested this piece in clear rocky mountain skies well away from light sources.

This is a very attractive eyepiece. It is nice to look at and through, and viewing is comfortable for elderly people, young children, and those wearing heavy glasses. It is quite heavy and you may need to balance your scope to compensate. The zoom is a little stiff to twist, but works smoothly. The image is clean to the edges.

The celestron zoom eyepiece is a nice piece for looking at the moon. It is threaded for 1.25" filters, and pairs well with an adjustable moon filter. It is not parfocal, so you will need to refocus when you change the magnification.

This eyepiece "dims" considerably as you increase magnification, making it a poor choice for planetary or deep-space observation. Jupiter is okay, so are binary stars and other bright objects. Anything else is difficult to see as everything becomes so faint. That said, it is great for lunar viewing.

The optics coatings are easily damaged, and easily touchable as well. Not the best mix with small children, although we did get to discover "the fingerprint nebula" because of this.

I recommend purchasing fixed eyepieces instead, but this piece is a nice addition to a collection. It is very easy for novices to enjoy, and works very well when I break out the 'scope with friends for some casual moon observation - it is quite amateur friendly. Its biggest drawback is its limited use. It is helpful when you're starting out and do not have more than a couple low quality eyepieces, as is the case of when I bought mine. However, I highly recommend purchasing a fixed eyepiece in the same price range, or two that total a little more money. You will be happier and get more usefulness from fixed eyepieces when starting out, as this piece may dissapoint you if you plan to use it for all-around use.

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4.0

Handy Eyepiece

By Kathleen

from LAS VEGAS,NV

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Great Optics
  • Strong Construction
  • Widely Compatible Adapter

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • Astrophotography
    • Terrestrial Viewing

    Comments about Celestron Zoom Telescope Eyepiece 8-24mm - 1.25 Inch Format:

    The Celestron variable Zoom Lens is a handy addition to anyone's tote box of treasures. The Eyepiece is finely crafted, weighty; and the Optics are good enough to shoot some of those badly needed extreme zoom shots. The eyepiece protector "pops off" exposing T-treads for a DLSR. Any standard T-ring will adapt; merely screwing on with near to perfect projection for the camera. Handy. It's also shipped within a very nice full coverage case, holding the eyepiece firmly with field protection. Try one, you'll be glad you did.

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    5.0

    first eyepiece to buy

    By ivan

    from costa mesa ca

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great Optics
    • Strong Construction
    • Widely Compatible Adapter

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Terrestrial Viewing
      • Travel

      Comments about Celestron Zoom Telescope Eyepiece 8-24mm - 1.25 Inch Format:

      I purchased my zoom eyepiece from oc telescopes in santa ana. I didnt want to wait and i wanted to actually holded and test it before i buy. Anyway, i was really and truly amazed by celestrons zoom eyepiece. My 70mmx400mm refrator telescope/spotting scope originally came with the cheap plastic eyepices. 12.5 and 4mm. As soon as i put my newly purchased eyepiece the apparent field of view (afov) is just amazing. I dont have to strian my eyes nor do have to have my eyeball literally planted on the eyepiece. The best part if i see some thing i want to look at closer i just zoom right in!!!! Lol dont have to change to another eyepiece. Although the more you zoom in the dimmer the object gets but thats just normal.
      I mostly use it for terrestial viewing by the back bay and the clearity and detial i can see is just phenomenal. Everything looks like in HD. lm really happy with it and would buy again if i had to. Maybe a se ond one with a bino viewer. Lol!
      Its solid all the eay thru and thru. Threaded. And comes with its pn plastic case with end caps.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Hard to use

      By Robert P

      from Simi,CA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Terrestrial Viewing

          Comments about Celestron Zoom Telescope Eyepiece 8-24mm - 1.25 Inch Format:

          Perhaps it's because I'm using it with a 90mm spotting scope but it doesn't seem to let in enough light for celestial viewing.

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          4.0

          Zoom in to improve tracking accuracy

          By Matthew

          from Craigmore,ZZ

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Celestron Zoom Telescope Eyepiece 8-24mm - 1.25 Inch Format:

            Find object in wide mode and zoom in to improve accuracy

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            5.0

            Good Eyepiece

            By traveler31

            from Placerville

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Great Optics
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Celestron Zoom Telescope Eyepiece 8-24mm - 1.25 Inch Format:

              I use it to view the planets and moon. Good not having to replace eyepieces.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Delivery was ahead of schedule

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              Customer Q & A

              2 Questions About This Product
              Q: "How wide is the field of view?"
              A: 40 degrees at the 24mm setting, increasing continuously to a 55 degrees at 8mm.
              Q: "Is the Celestron's 1.25-inch 8-24mm zoom eyepiece threaded to accept filters?"
              A: Yes. This eyepiece is threaded to accept all 1.25" filters.
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