This latest premium 1.25” eyepiece from Al Nagler uses seven optical elements for optimized performance across a very wide 82° field of view. Its wide field makes observing feel like you’re looking through a “picture window on space” rather than through an eyepiece. Several different extra low dispersion glass types and specialized coatings are employed for improved contrast and longer eye relief than previous Nagler designs, even those acclaimed as being among the finest wide field eyepieces available. Amazingly enough, despite the optical improvements, this new 13mm Type 6 design is markedly smaller and lighter than the original 25 ounce 13mm Nagler it replaces.
At a usable eye relief of 12mm, the 9mm Nagler would normally vignette the field of view for eyeglass wearers. However, since the 82° 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 optical performance is typical TeleVue – well corrected and sharp from edge to edge. There is a slight loss of contrast when compared to an eyepiece with fewer elements, due to the additional lenses needed to achieve the unique combination of very short focal length and very wide field. The loss is minimal though, on a par with the contrast loss in an eyepiece/Barlow combination with the same effective focal length. In the eyes of many observers, however, the “picture window on space” observing experience of its exceptionally wide field more than makes up for any slight contrast loss.
Supplied plastic caps seal both ends of the eyepiece to keep it dust free. A rubber grip ring gives a secure and comfortable grip in all temperature extremes. A groove machined into the chrome barrel of the eyepiece acts as a safety stop to keep the eyepiece secure should the focuser thumbscrew loosen slightly while using the eyepiece.
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