Astro-Tech 7mm 100° field waterproof 1.25"/2" eyepiece


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The Astro-Tech 7mm o-ring sealed 1.25"/2" eyepiece combines a high power capability with a 100° apparent field to provide a jaw-dropping observing experience in your telescope at a price that is unreal.

Our Product #: ATXWA07
Astro-Tech Product #: ATXWA07
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Product Description

The 7mm 100° field o-ring sealed Astro-Tech eyepiece is designed to provide a spectacular maximum field/high power image with telescopes having focal ratios as fast as f/4. Its very wide field also makes it convenient for moderate power lunar and planetary observing with Dobsonians, as you have much longer to observe before the planet drifts out of the field and the scope has to be repositioned. 

The 100° apparent field of this 7mm Astro-Tech eyepiece is nearly 50% larger in area than an 82° field eyepiece. You could get a similar true field with a longer focal length (but narrower apparent field) conventional eyepiece, but the 7mm Astro-Tech has the benefits of the higher power and darker sky backgrounds that are inherent in its shorter focal length.  The eyepiece consists of nine elements in six groups.  The lens elements are fully multi-coated and have blackened lens edges to improve contrast and eliminate light scatter.

The new 7mm Astro-Tech 100° field eyepiece is O-ring sealed against water. While waterproofing might seem important only for observing underwater, waterproofing serves five useful purposes for the astronomical observer as well.

One, internally sealing the eyepiece helps prevent internal fogging in the eyepiece when observing at very low temperatures. Two, for observers in dusty climates, it halts the intrusion of wind-blown dust and fine particulates into the eyepiece body. Three, for observers in very humid climates, it prevents the growth of fungus on the internal lens elements. Four, for all observers, it maximizes the life of the internal optical coatings. And finally, five, the waterproof 7mm Astro-Tech eyepiece is easier to clean, as there is no risk of cleaning solution migrating from the top of the lens and seeping around edges to be trapped in between elements. 

There is a soft rolldown eyecup to shield the eye from ambient light (from a neighbor’s security light, for example) and improve the image contrast. At an eye relief of 13mm, the 7mm Astro-Tech might vignette some eyeglass wearers. However, since the 100° field is so wide that you can't see the full field without having to move your head from side to side to take it all in anyway, vignetting in the conventional sense is not a problem.

The 7mm Astro-Tech has high contrast, comfortable eye relief, and full field sharpness – with well-controlled astigmatism, field curvature, and lateral color. The 7mm Astro-Tech fits 1.25" or 2" focusers or diagonals.  A safety groove is machined into the barrels to engage your focuser thumbscrew. This helps prevent the eyepiece from falling should the thumbscrew accidentally loosen while observing.  The eyepiece comes with a 2" collar that is removable exposing a 1.25" barrel.

Tech Details

Barrel Size 1.25" and 2"
Eye Relief 13mm
Field of view 100°
Focal Length 7mm
Number of optical elements 8
Weight 17 oz.
Warranty 1 year


Review by:
I have a long focal length telescope and I bought this to fill a gap between my 8mm and 6mm Ethoi.

Initially I was concerned about the comfort of this eyepiece since I find the 8mm and 6mm Ethoi borderline in terms of comfort, and this 7mm XWA has less eye relief on paper.

In practice, there is something about the ergonomics of this eyepiece that makes it more comfortable to look through than Ethos. It quickly became my favorite eyepiece for hunting galaxies, and the Ethoi see less focuser time now. This is partly due to the 7mm focal length filling the magnification gap in my kit, but also because of how comfortable the eyepiece is.

When I compare it against other premium 7mm eyepieces from Pentax and Nikon, this eyepiece is every bit as sharp and has top notch contrast and transmission.

Highly recommend this eyepiece! (Posted on 5/7/2024)
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Wow! Super sharp, and expansive field of view. I observe without glasses... The view was comfortable with the eyecup, but even better with the eyecup rolled down. A definite "space porthole" view at 102x with my AT102ED. Now I'm interested in the 13mm version as well. (Posted on 2/5/2024)
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