41mm 2" Panoptic

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This is a premium-quality wide field 2” eyepiece for the serious deep space explorer. Because of its long focal length, it is at its best with telescopes having a focal ratio of f/6 or longer. You can use the calculator below to see just how wide the field will be with your particular scope. For example, it will give you a 1.39 degree field at 49x with a big 17.5” f/4.5 Dobsonian. That’s almost three lunar diameters and is ideal for observing large emission and reflection nebulas and nebula remnants.

However, the 41mm Panoptic provides a huge 9.1mm exit pupil on an f/4.5 Dobsonian. This will actually waste some of the scope’s light-gathering capacity, as it is unlikely that your eye can dilate wide enough to take in such a large exit pupil. Focal ratios of f/6 (a 6.8mm exit pupil) and longer will benefit the most from this very big and visually impressive eyepiece. So, while it’s not particularly well suited for Dobsonian use, it can provide “picture window onto space” images with any other telescope type that can use a 2” eyepiece. The field of view is so wide that you actually have to move your head from side to side to take it all in.

We measure the usable eye relief at a long 19mm, allowing the 41mm Panoptic to be used by eyeglass wearers with no vignetting of the field. The eyepiece is provided with a unique adjustable height eyeguard adapter that aids in properly positioning your eye in the exit pupil. This minimizes “pupil shadowing” and reduces stray light to maximize contrast. The soft rubber eyecup can be used fully extended or rolled back, whichever is more comfortable. You can also selectively extend one side of the eyecup to shield your eye from external light (such as a neighbor’s porch light). The 2” TeleVue 41mm Panoptic would be a welcome addition to any serious eyepiece collection.

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.
33.6 oz.
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This is a premium-quality wide field 2” eyepiece for the serious deep space explorer. Because of its long focal length, it is at its best with telescopes having a focal ratio of f/6 or longer . . .

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