Tele Vue 35mm 2" Panoptic


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An excellent and physically-impressive premium-quality low power wide field 2" eyepiece for the serious deep space explorer. It will give you a wide 1.19 degree field at 57x with a big 17.5" f/4.5 Dobsonian. That's well over two lunar diameters and is ideal for observing large emission nebulas . . .
Our Product #: PAN35
TeleVue Product #: EPO-35.0
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Product Description

An excellent and physically-impressive premium-quality low power wide field 2" eyepiece for the serious deep space explorer. You can use the calculator below to see just how wide the field will be with your particular scope. For example, it will give you a 1.19 degree field at 57x with a big 17.5" f/4.5 Dobsonian. That's well over two lunar diameters and is ideal for observing large emission and reflection nebulas and nebula remnants. While it's particularly well-suited for Dobsonian use, it can provide "picture window onto space" images with any telescope type that can use a 2" eyepiece. The 35mm Panoptic provides a huge 7.8mm exit pupil on an f/4.5 scope, which may actually waste some of an f/4.5 scope's light-gathering capacity if your eye can't dilate enough to take in such a large exit pupil. Focal ratios of f/5 (a 7mm exit pupil) and longer may benefit the most from this very big and visually-impressive eyepiece. With a huge 28mm of usable eye relief, the 35mm Panoptic can be used by eyeglass wearers with no vignetting of the field. The 35mm Panoptic would be a welcome addition to any serious eyepiece collection.

It weighs a hefty 28 ounces, so you may have to do some scope rebalancing when you use it with some low friction Dobsonians.

Tech Details

Barrel Size 2"
Eye Relief 28mm
Field of view 68
Focal Length 35mm
Number of optical elements 6
Weight 28 oz
Warranty Limited Lifetime


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The 31N is definitely the top choice for low power in many big dobs but the 35 PAN is cheaper and very good for my 8".
I recently took this to a pretty decent Bortle 4 site near the city and used the TV Bandmate type 2 Oiii filter combined with this and I viewed the Veil for the first time. It blew me away. The coolest object I've ever seen! The 35 Pan framed it perfectly and gave me a ton of detail. What a great choice and a great eyepiece. It's sharp across the entire field, and a field you can easily take in. (Posted on 9/30/2022)
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This was the first eyepiece I ever purchased in 2003 for my Takahashi TOA 130. I kept it through two more telescopes until I sold it with my big reflector. Outstanding brightness and clarity typical of an Al Nagler design. Great for viewing the Double Cluster and other open clusters. (Posted on 10/22/2021)
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This is a beautiful eyepiece. The sharpness from edge to edge is great. I use this mostly to locate objects and the initial view. Then I switch to the 22mm Nagler with or without the 2x Powermate. These are the standards by which I compare all other EPs to. (Posted on 10/31/2019)
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I've owned this eyepiece for more than 20 years and it is consistently the one I have used most often. The sharp, wide field of view is unmatched by any other eyepiece I have. For observations of DSOs to comets it's the one I put in the diagonal. (Posted on 10/17/2019)
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I own a 8" SCT. I wanted a quality low power eyepiece, but could not afford the higher price wide fields. The first thing I noticed when I tried it was how bright it was compare to a 40 mm plossl I was replacing. The detail is amazing and it truly feels like I am space. I thought I was settling when I bought it, but now I know I will never get rid of it. (Posted on 9/19/2019)
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The 35mm Panoptic is a great wide field eyepiece. I bought one to replace the older 32mm Wide Field I had and this one blew it out of the water. The 31mm Nagler may be the gold standard for wide field, but the Panoptic is far less expensive, has more eye relief and a field of view which can be taken in without having to move one’s head around. These traits may make it a more comfortable eyepiece for many people to use - it is virtually effortless to take in the view. It has the sharpness you would expect from Tele Vue’s best. In my 80mm f/6 refractor the 35mm Panoptic gives a very bright 5 degree field of view at about 14x.

Note that while the 35mm Panoptic is smaller than the 31mm Nagler, it weighs 25 ounces so it is still quite heavy. If your telescope can take 2” eyepieces, this is one worth considering. (Posted on 1/8/2019)
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This is a great eyepiece that I bought from Astronomics many years ago and still own. It gives super views through my Orion 80ED, AP130EDFGT and C11 and is always my first eyepiece when starting an observing session. It is very sharp and makes every scope better. It gives fantastic wide field views - scanning the sky with the TV Panoptic 35mm is like traveling through space. This was my first high-end eyepiece and it proved to me the value in quality eyepieces. Highly recommended! (Posted on 1/4/2019)
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I use this as my primary wide-view eyepiece in my 130mm refractor. It is sharp all the way to the edge and give excellent views, especially when framing larger objects. I also like to use it at outreach events for showing people views of the Milky Way. My only complaint is that it is quite heavy, which affects the balance of my scope when switching between it and my 14 mm Delos on an alt/az mount. This is probably not a concern for GEM mounted scopes or fork SCTs. (Posted on 1/4/2019)
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I have the Panoptic 35mm and a TV Plössl 55mm eyepiece. The TV55 stays in the box and for wide field observing this is my eyepiece of choice. Crisp, sharp images edge to edge. Like all TV gear, it is expensive but worth the investment. (Posted on 12/30/2018)
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The Televue 35mm panopticon has been recommended as legendary for a while, now. It is the generation of eyepieces Al Nagler produced before the eye relief was consumed to get more field of view in later models. So for me, it represents the greatest of the Nagler eyepieces I can comfortably use with glasses., since I am usually observing with other people and a threaded eyeglass prescription adapter on an eyepiece just isn’t going to fly. With that said, the 35mm panoptic is a very good choice for a low power survey eyepiece for large objects like double cluster. Just a word of caution, there is only so much magic available- this will get you to the maximum field an SCT can show you, but a C11, with its 2800mm focal length still tops out at a modest .85 degrees and 80x magnification, so the Pleiades still won’t fit in a field of view. So, please keep that in mind- the epic vista territory for this is in lower focal length telescopes- under 2000mm is highly recommended. Keep in mind for small r3fractors, it may mean rebalancing the scope since this can make it suddenly tail heavy when switching from another eyepiece. With that said, for long focal length telescopes, this eyepiece is a defense against over-magnification in very long focal length telescopes. The reason I gave it only 4 stars is it didn’t quite turn out to be quite as useful as I expected, and didn’t really displace eyepieces with similar prescriptions at far lower price as it turned out they were a lot easier to justify taking to a star party, knowing I would end up cleaning mascara out of them. (Posted on 12/7/2018)
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I use this eyepiece to navigate with my push pull 8" dob...It provides clean wide views and is easy to use with glasses. (Posted on 11/15/2018)
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If I could only own one ocular this might be it. The low & wide views are perfectly flat, uniformly illuminated and sharp from edge to edge. The 35 Pan also barlows very well, though weight may then become an issue. Easy to use with glasses, some may find eye placement finicky when not wearing spectacles, but little bit of practice should make perfect. (Posted on 10/26/2018)
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The 35mm Panoptic is the most often used low power eyepiece in my 8" SCT, providing excellent views and maximum true field an instrument of this type without vignetting . The 38.7mm field stop diameter of this eyepiece is just a hair larger than the 36mm inner diameter of the baffle tube (36mm on meade 8" SCT's, similar on 8" Celestrons) and I cannot detect any light drop-off at the field edges. The bright exit pupil (for an f10 instrument that is) makes this a top pick for using narrow band filters. I considered a 31mm Nagler, but it's smaller exit pupil would make it less favorable for nebula filters, and it's field stop diameter being significantly larger than the baffle tube diameter would show vignetting. That combined with higher price and weight would negate any benefit from the wide field advantage that it would provide. 35mm Panoptic is an essential eyepiece for 8" SCT users. (Posted on 10/11/2018)
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This is my favorite eyepiece! Crystal sharp views. Unbeatable Televue quality. Beautiful widefield views in both my 8” and 60mm optical tubes (Posted on 10/6/2018)
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I'm new to the hobby and a friend suggested the 35MM Panoptic for use in my 12" LX200. Truly outstanding eyepiece and as many have said it's like looking thru a picture window. It remains my "go to" eyepiece after I'm in alignment. TelVue optics, pricy but considering they'll be used foe years a well worthwhile investment. (Posted on 10/6/2018)
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One of my favorite eyepieces. At f4 this thing remains sharp almost to the edges. Star colors are more pronounced then in my Meade 34mm SWA and eye placement slightly easier. Contrast is outstanding. (Posted on 8/4/2017)
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