Flat Field 19mm 1.25" eyepiece

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The 19mm Astro-Tech Flat Field is a very good medium power eyepiece for lunar observing, resolving globular clusters (and open clusters with short focal length refractors), scanning the star clouds of the Milky Way, etc. It has a very flat field that keeps your image sharply in focus from one edge of its wide 65° field to the other. This flat field makes it a great match to the new breed of flat field/coma-free catadioptric telescopes.

The flat field of the 19mm Astro-Tech lets you scan the lunar surface with a long focal length catadioptric scope or refractor, for example, and see sharply defined craters and rilles filling the entire field, rather than having the image soften and blur disconcertingly towards the edges as you often find is the case with the curved field of conventional eyepiece designs.

When used with short focal length refractors, the Astro-Tech’s flat field shows you views of open clusters in which all the stars in the cluster are in focus, not just those in the center of the field. The moons of the gas giant planets show as sharply focused dots when they are at their maximum extension on either side of their sharply focused parent planet, not as the out-of-focus smudges often seen in lesser eyepieces.

Its 19mm focal length gives an f/4.5 Dobsonian owner a wide and bright 4.22mm exit pupil for rich field scanning of the Milky Way star clouds in Sagittarius, with sharply defined stars all across its wide 65° apparent field (a 1.08° actual field with a 10” f/4.5 Dob, more than two lunar diameters across). And the 19mm Astro-Tech is an excellent choice to complement the 40mm eyepiece provided with some go-to Schmidt-Cassegrains.

This 19mm Astro-Tech Flat Field has a reasonable 12mm eye relief that may mildly vignette the field for eyeglass wearers. Those who must wear eyeglasses while observing due to severe astigmatism might want to forgo the pleasure of using this flat field gem, but those willing to put up with minor vignetting will enjoy the view, as will all non-eyeglass wearers.

Best of all the 19mm Astro-Tech Flat field eyepiece is priced well below similar design eyepieces from other suppliers, and with double the warranty.

Field of view:
The field of view (FOV) is the amount of observable world one can see at any given moment.
Eye Relief:
Eye relief is the distance from the last surface of the eye lens of an eyepiece to the plane behind the eyepiece where all the light rays of the exit pupil come to a focus and the circular image is formed, sometimes called the “Ramsden Disk.” This is where your eye should be positioned to see the full field of view of the eyepiece. If you must wear glasses because of astigmatism, you’ll usually need at least 15mm of eye relief or longer if you want to see the full field of view with your glasses on.

A note on our eye relief figures: Quite often, our eye relief figures will differ from those of the manufacturer. This is because we measure the “usable” eye relief, while the manufacturers specify their usually-longer (but technically correct) “designed” eye relief.

The eye lens of the eyepiece is normally recessed below the rubber eyeguard or rubber rim of the eyepiece to keep the lens from being scratched during use. An eyepiece might have a “designed” eye relief of 15mm (and the eye relief will truly measure 15mm from the eye lens to where the image forms). However, if the eye lens is recessed 3mm below the eye guard, the Ramsden Disk forms only 12mm above the eyepiece body (the 15mm “designed” eye relief, less the 3mm of eye relief made unusable by having the eye lens recessed into the body of the eyepiece). This “usable” eye relief of 12mm (measured from the rolled-down eyeguard – the closest point you can get your eye to the eye lens – to where the image forms) is the eye relief figure we would measure and list in this website.

Why is it important to list the “usable” eye relief? For those people who don’t wear eyeglasses while observing, a few mm difference between the eye relief they expect from the manufacturer’s literature and the shorter eye relief they actually get in real life doesn’t mean a lot. They can simply move a little closer to the eyepiece to see the full field, and never realize that the eye relief is a little shorter than they expected. However, some people must wear eyeglasses while observing, because of severe astigmatism. These observers can’t move closer to the eyepiece if the eye relief is shorter than expected because their glasses get in the way. For these people, the real life “usable” eye relief is more important than the technically correct but sometimes not fully usable “designed” eye relief. We measure and list the actual usable eye relief so that people in the real world can pick the eyepieces that will work best for them.

Focal Length:
This is the length of the effective optical path of a telescopeor eyepiece (the distance from the main mirror or lens where the lightis gathered to the point where the prime focus image is formed). Focallength is typically expressed in millimeters.

The longer the focallength, the higher the magnification and the narrower the field of viewwith any given eyepiece. The shorter the focal length, the lower themagnification and the wider the field of view with the same eyepiece.

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Barrel Size:
The industry standard diameter, as of 2011, is 1.25" and is the most common.  Other sizes available are .965" and 2".
The weight of this product.
4 oz.
2 years
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1. Doug on 8/27/2013, said: AstronomicsAstronomicsAstronomicsAstronomicsAstronomics
A very nice eye piece for the price. I have several more expensive eye pieces. But, this remains one of my favorites and gets used all the time. It's small, light and has a nice field of view. I have all 3 as well as the no longer available 27mm (which I love).
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2. David on 3/23/2013, said: AstronomicsAstronomicsAstronomicsAstronomicsAstronomics
The 19mm Flat Field eyepiece is one of those eyepieces that deserves more attention than it gets. With a 65 deg AFOV it qualifies as a wide field eyepiece. It has excellent construction and very good optical performance for deep sky and lunar observations. Eye relief is perfect for use with eyeglasses and there are no issues with blackouts. The twist up eyecup is very smooth and the eyepiece is lightweight. It also works well with a barlow. The 19mm AT Flat Field is not sharp to the edge in a fast system, but with a barlow the edge cleans up nicely. This eyepiece is a great value and a very good option for those that would like a widefield eyepiece but cannot afford the premium lines.
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This Astro-Tech 19mm Flat Field medium power eyepiece has a wide 65° field of view, with images that are sharp edge to edge, for scanning the star clouds of the Milky Way, enjoying completely in-focus open clusters, and much more . . .

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