The new 9mm Explore Scientific has a hyperwide apparent field of view that’s an immense 120° across! It’s the widest field of view available in any commercial eyepiece. An astronomy first from Explore Scientific, the 120° apparent field of this new 9mm Explore Scientific shows more than twice the sky area of an 82° eyepiece and even a whopping 44% larger area than a 100° eyepiece.
The prototype 9mm was field-tested for the first time at Starfest in Canada, August 2011. Experienced astronomers who waited in line to get a chance to view through the hyperwide 120° Explore Scientific 9mm were stunned by the full-immersion observing experience. Even when compared with a 9mm 100° field eyepiece, the difference was “quite palpable,” to quote one experienced observer. The telescope seemed to truly disappear in the 120° field, bringing them face to face with the Universe in an intimate and personal way never before possible. It’s an awe-inspiring observing experience you can repeat for yourself every night you go out with your scope.
This deep sky eyepiece, the first of its kind for astronomy, produces a highly corrected field across its entire 120° apparent field. The views of compact globular clusters, nebulas, and galaxies are breathtaking. You can use the field of view calculator under the formula tab above to see just how much sky the Explore Scientific can reveal with your telescope.
The Explore Scientific 9mm is designed specifically for nighttime deep sky observing. It is not an eyepiece for daytime use and will show some lateral color at the edges of the very wide field in daytime use. This lateral color is not visible during the nighttime observing at which this unique eyepiece is designed to excel.
This 2” Explore Scientific 120° eyepiece is O-ring sealed and argon-purged to be 100% waterproof. Internally sealing the eyepiece and purging it with inert, dry argon gas (which has lower permeability through the eyepiece's polymer seals than nitrogen) prevents internal fogging in the eyepiece when observing at sub-freezing temperatures. For observers in dusty climates, sealing keeps wind-blown dust and fine particulates from getting into the eyepiece body. For observers in very humid climates, sealing prevents the growth of fungus on the internal lens elements. For all observers, complete sealing maximizes the life of the internal optical coatings and makes the eyepiece 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.
The 9mm Explore Scientific eyepiece, has high contrast and full field sharpness – with well-controlled astigmatism, field curvature, and lateral color. Its twelve element/eight group optical system (using lenses of dense crown, light crown, dense flint, and lanthanum rare earth optical glasses with 15-layer multicoatings on all air/glass surfaces) is designed for maximum field/high power deep space use with telescopes having focal ratios down to f/4 and below.
Its very wide field makes this 9mm eyepiece convenient for observing with Dobsonians, as you have much longer to observe before an object drifts out of the field and the scope has to be repositioned than you do with a 70° or 82° (or even 100°) field eyepiece.You can use the calculator in the "formula" tab above to see just how wide a field of view this unique eyepiece will show you with your particular telescope.
There is a soft rolldown eyecup to shield your eye from ambient light (from a neighbor’s security light, for example) and improve the image contrast. The eye relief is a comfortable 13mm.
The 9mm Explore Scientific fits 2" focusers only. A shallow tapered groove is machined into the 2" chrome barrel to engage your focuser thumbscrew or compression ring. This helps prevent the eyepiece from falling should the thumbscrew accidentally loosen while observing. The sides of the groove are slanted to avoid catching on your focuser's compression ring when removing the eyepiece from your scope.
This individually serial numbered Explore Scientific eyepiece is backedby a limited one year warranty, which will be extended to an ExploreScientific transferable product lifetime limited warranty when its warranty card is registered with Explore Scientific within 60 days of purchase.With the extended product lifetime warranty, this Explore Scientificeyepiece will be protected for as long as it continues to bemanufactured, plus an additional five years. Full details on this unique transferable lifetime warranty.