3mm to 6mm Nagler 1.25" zoom eyepiece

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In conventional zooms, the apparent field of view and the usable eye relief change as the focal length changes. Likewise, objects go markedly out of focus as the magnification is changed, as conventional zooms are not parfocal (they don’t focus at the same point at all focal lengths). These anomalies don’t happen with the Nagler zoom. The Nagler zoom physically lengthens and contracts as the focal length is changed, as can be seen in the feature images you can click on above.

This unique approach (all other zooms move lenses within their body to change their focal length) allows the apparent field, eye relief, and focus to stay the same, no matter what the focal length. You don’t have to constantly adjust the focus as you change powers, as you do with other zooms (minor tweaking may be necessary, however). And you don’t have to adjust your eye position to accommodate a changing eye relief and a changing field stop diameter.

The Nagler zoom has five fully-multicoated elements in three groups, similar to a fine camera lens. By keeping the number of optical elements low, the contrast stays high when compared with other zooms that have an additional two or three light-scattering lenses in their light path. The eyepiece has click stops at 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, and 6mm for quick changes to precise preset magnifications. Naturally, you can use any intermediate focal length between the click-stops, as well. There's a fold-down rubber eyeguard and a rubber grip ring.

The Nagler zoom is designed to provide the best balance of contrast, comfortable eye relief, and resolution for the critical planetary observer, particularly those with ultra-premium short focal length refractors. It allows the observer to dial in the right balance between magnification, exit pupil, and atmospheric turbulence to achieve the best possible image for the observing conditions at any given moment.

If you own an ultra-premium short focal length refractor, or any other top quality scope, there’s no longer a reason to have to accept second best when it comes to high power lunar and planetary observing. There’s finally a zoom eyepiece that matches the quality of your scope optics. This Nagler zoom will put to rest forever the idea that it is impossible to produce a zoom eyepiece that does not degrade the image.

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".
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5 oz
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TeleVue - 3mm to 6mm Nagler 1.25" zoom eyepieceNagler zoom extended for 3mm focal length use. Image at top of copy shows eyepiece retracted for 6mm focal length use.Nagler zoom set for 4.5mm focal length (green index mark shows between 4mm and 5mm focal length click stops).
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Unlike an ordinary zoom eyepiece, this high power Nagler zoom maintains a constant and substantial 50 degree apparent field of view at all focal lengths and the usable eye relief stays a constant 10mm . . .

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