Astro-Tech 32mm 1.25" Value Line Plössl


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With a long 20mm eye relief that's great for eyeglass wearers, this low power 32mm Astro-Tech Value Line Plössl has surprisingly good 50° field performance that will please your eye, at a really low price that will also please your budget . . .
Our Product #: ATPL32

Product Description

This Astro-Tech 32mm Value Line Plössl is a good quality low power long eye relief eyepiece at a price that's substantially lower than competitive Plössls. Its 50° apparent field is designed for expansive views of emission and reflection nebulas, for observing open clusters like the Pleiades, and for sweeping nebular remnants like the Veil. It works well with any telescope type at focal ratios above f/5. It would also work with faster focal ratios, but wouldn't be particularly recommended, as it would have a very large exit pupil that could potentially waste some of your scope's light gathering capacity. A knurled rubber ring on the body provides a secure grip when changing eyepieces in cold or damp weather.

Tech Details

Barrel Size 1.25"
Eye Relief 20mm
Field of view 50
Focal Length 32mm
Number of optical elements 4
Weight 4.2 oz.
Warranty 1 year


Review by:
I highly recommend this eyepiece as your first upgrade from the included eyepieces in your telescope kit. I have the Celestron Astromaster 70EQ, and this eyepiece provides a nice wide crisp 28X on this scope. I also purchased the Astro-Tech 1.25" 99% Dielectric mirror diagonal with it, and the diagonal upgrade is unfortunately required, albeit a cheaper variant may suffice. The original prism diagonal that is included in the telescope kit works with this eyepiece, but makes eye placement critical; if not perfectly centered the edges vignette badly, not so with the upgraded diagonal. Overall, the views are spectacular, eye relief is great, and field of view is slightly better than the supplied Kelner 20mm; especially considering this is sharp to the edges unlike the Kelner. The Orion Nebulae is positively stunning through this eyepiece. For the price it can't be beat, and certainly my recommendation as the first eyepiece upgrade for any scope. (Posted on 1/20/2020)
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Purchased this eyepiece for use with my Grab & Go setup and it does a very good job. It's solid but lightweight, pleasingly sharp and an excellent value. Recommended.

One star taken off due to some internal reflections and a small amount of scatter. (Posted on 9/13/2019)
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After getting that first beginner telescope bundle, this is an eyepiece you should consider getting. Better optics than those pack-ins as well as wider angle of view and less magnification/better eye relief to help track objects. (Posted on 9/9/2019)
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Purchased a $40 70mm scope. Wanted a wide view. The view is very sharp throughout the field of view. Can use while I wear my glasses. (Posted on 8/22/2019)
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I use these at our outreach events as they are inexpensive, but far better than anything in a department store telescope. I've sent first time buyers to the Value Line Plossl so they can get a good eyepiece for not a lot of money.
I have used these in refactors up to f/7 and f/4.5 reflectors. (Posted on 7/22/2019)
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Plössl eyepieces are the main step up from the inexpensive Kellner eyepieces many telescopes ship with. 32mm is the largest size focal length where the eyepiece will still show the ~50 degree apparent field of view typical of this design. When starting out, once you have a decent telescope, it is much more important to have a range of magnifications available so it is possible to experiment on different objects. Since many things in the sky, like the Orion Nebula or the Andromeda’ galaxy aren’t small objects, with sizes much larger than the full moon, it’s important to have an eyepiece which can form an image without dimming it. That’s what this eyepiece does well. So, for example, a C5 with a 1250mm focal length will produce an image at 39x with a 1.28 degree field of view, so it will immediately make the Pleiades or double cluster fit in one image, and give the diamonds on velvet appearance which makes them famous. (Posted on 12/7/2018)
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I love astronomy, but can't afford the big dollar stuff. I have a grab and go setup and needed a low power wide field eyepiece. I recently purchased this eyepiece and must say I am surprised at how well it performed. The views are sharp very close to the edge of fov and eye relief is great. The contrast is not bad, but then again I didn't pay an exotic price either. That's why the 5 stars. Its a great value for what you pay. (Posted on 12/2/2018)
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I needed an eyepiece that would that would give me some wide angle views in my 4.7" f/5 rich field telescope. I have a little over 2.6 degrees fov if all the math is correct. Not quite finder scope status, but a good wide field view. I was surprised at how good the focus was at the edge of the field in the eyepiece. Has great eye relief also. I cant afford the high dollar stuff, but this eyepiece is actually a gem. (Posted on 12/1/2018)
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