Even before the disappearance of the famed Baader Genuine Orthoscopics in mid-2012, Baader Planetarium sought to develop a set of true Planetary eyepieces that was accessible for any amateur - without breaking their bank. Foregoing fancy (and costly) cosmetics, the new Classic Eyepieces deliver where it counts - performance. Their sharpness and contrast rival other 'planetary' eyepieces costing much more. To achieve this performance and value, Baader drew upon their extensive in-house knowledge and experience, combined with optical designs and processes leveraged from Zeiss.
Features of the new Classic Eyepieces:
- Optical design and manufacturing specs based on the highly regarded Zeiss Jena 0.965" orthoscopics (not any Japanese or Chinese makes).
- Fully multi-coated: All air-to-glass surfaces are coated with Baader's HT MultiCoatings, specifically matched to each substrate.
- Excellent ergonomics: The innovative recessed volcano top provides clearance for eyelashes and enables a comfortably located eyepoint without the stray light problems of a full volcano top.
- Integrated winged folding rubber eyecup: Eliminates distracting stray side-light, enabling full concentration on the object, as well as providing a thermally insulating and soft non-scratching top surface (ie, for eyeglass wearers). Also outstanding for BinoViewing. Rubber eyecup may be folded down or removed, if needed .
- 50-deg apparent field of view: Makes finding and centering objects at high powers easier than typical 40-45deg eyepieces.
- The 32mm Classic Plossl also includes a slip-on eyeguard extension tube to permit positioning the eyeguard farther back, for use with the barlow lens, or if the user prefers a shorter eye relief.
- Blackened lens edges; Parfocal.
- Threaded to accept standard 1.25" astronomy filters.
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- Review by dbscopes of Medford, OR.
Nice eyepiece, especially on sale!Pros:
Easy to Use,Quality Lenses,Strong ConstructionCons: Comments:
I got this to fill a gap in my 1 1/4" Eyepieces. It works great with my old Vixen 80mm refractor. Just what I needed.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comJan 30, 2015
High Quality - great coatingsPros:
Lightweight,Quality Lenses,Easy to Use,Good valueCons:
Some edge distortionComments:
Nice for the price. Coatings are very good, close to,but not the same as the Baader Phantom group on their high end products. Unfortunately, it looks like they no longer make this line of eyepieces, so you better get these while they're there. I may be wrong - I just can't find this line of eyepieces anymore.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comAug 15, 2014
A True Planetary EyepiecePros:
Easy to Use,Accurate,Strong Construction,Quality Lenses,Superb Optical QualityCons: Comments:
This eyepiece performance is well above others I have tried before... especially considering their current market price... I understand that Baader optical designs are based on the legendary German Zeiss-Jena orthoscopic lenses... May be that is why I find their sharpness and contrast so outstanding when used with my 80mm refractor telescope during my planetary observations.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comOct 24, 2013
Great for Binoviewer!Pros:
Easy to Use,Lightweight,Quality Lenses,Strong ConstructionCons: Comments:
These worked great with my Celestron binoviewer. They are different from eyepieces I'm used to as they have volcano tops without a plastic rim to rest my eyes on. I've only used them so far to view sunspots. I hope to use them for night viewing in the future!
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comMar 22, 2013
Fantastic, low cost eyepiecePros:
Lightweight,Quality Lenses,Compact,Strong Construction,Easy to UseCons: Comments:
I purchased this the first day that Agena started selling it in order to fill the gap in my eyepieces between 25mm and 40mm. The 32mm BCP has quickly become one of my favorites. I've used it in an F/5 refractor, and f/5.9 and f/8 reflectors, and it holds up well in all of them. In the f/5 refractor, perhaps the outer 15% or so of the field becomes distorted, while the remainder is tack sharp. In both reflectors the BCP is tack sharp throughout the field.
The apparent field of view of this eyepiece appears to be a bit smaller than comparable plossls, perhaps 45 degrees instead of 50, and appears to have only a slightly larger true field than the 25mm Orion Sirius plossl. Unlke some of my other eyepieces, the Baader does not appear to impart a color cast on objects, unlike my Tele Vues, which warm up the view significantly.
The Baader is easily the lightest of my eyepieces, making it a good match for smaller scopes. Build quality appears to be fairly good, although not up to the level of Tele Vue plossls. All in all, for the price this is a very good eyepiece. If you're loking for a decent low-powered plossl, it's hard to beat this one for under $100.
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Apparent Field of View 50° Barrel Size 1.25" (31.7mm) Bolt Case Included Yes - Free Agena Eyepiece Container Bolt Case Size Agena 42x80mm Coatings HT Multi-Coated Design Plossl Height (with Eye Guard) 3.10" (78.8mm) Max Width 1.37" (34.8mm) End Caps 2 Eye Lens Diameter 1.03" (26.1mm) Eye Relief by Design 21mm Field Stop Diameter 26mm Filter Threads Standard 1.25" Filter Thread (M28.5 x 0.6) Focal Length 32mm Lens Elements 4 Lens Groups 2 Parfocal Yes Rubber Eye Guard Yes (Winged) Blackened Lens Edges Yes Manufacturer Baader Planetarium Eyepiece Focal Length 30.1mm - 40mm Eyepiece Field of View Up to 50 degrees Eyepiece Series Baader Classic Ortho/Plossl Barrel Type Smooth sided Eyepiece Weight 3.30oz (93.55g)