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Kimball Corson Reviews

TeleVue 9mm Nagler Type 6

on October, 17th 2009

Great Little Lens

This 9mm is better than its predeceor in regard to contrast especially, and also sharpness, but to a lesser degree. It is a little and light lens that is great for smaller lightly balanced dobs and compact refractors.

TeleVue 32mm Plossl

on October, 17th 2009

A Work Horse

A great staple. Narrow field of view bothers me. Great light thru put with so few elements. A poor mans substitute for the 31 Nagler or 35 panoptic, unless you have a binoviewer.

TeleVue 31mm Nagler Type 5

on October, 17th 2009

Ring Around the Collar

This lens is a work in progress. Used in daylight, one can see a large and thick orange band at the periphery of view which is preclusive of terrestial use because of its annoyance. Al only gets away with it at night and even then the field of view to too large for the brain and eye to accomadate. I sent mine back within 24 hours. If Al solves the ring around the collar problem, the current version might become a boat anchor.

TeleVue 16mm Nagler Type 5

on October, 17th 2009

Dynamite in a Small Package

A terrific, compact and light weight lens that has it all and is remarkable in all material regards. One of Als best.

TeleVue 22mm Nagler Type 4

on October, 17th 2009

Hold Your Head Still

This lens is a ten, but only for those who can hold their head still to avoid what for me is a truly minor black out problem that a few others find isimpossible. Must try it first. Great contrast, resolution, and apparent sharpness.

TeleVue 12mm Nagler Type 4

on October, 17th 2009

A Black Out Problem

See my review of the 22mm Nagler. Further, this lens has less contrast and apparent sharpness that the 22 nagler. Nevertheless, I like the eyepiece.

TeleVue 35mm Panoptic

on October, 17th 2009

Really a 9.5

A great wide-field lens. 68 degrees is about all us mortals can see and mentally process after a fashion at this focal length in most scopes. Does not have the orange ring problem of the 31mm nagler and is a much better buy. The middle position between the 31mm nagler and the 32mm TV plossl. The sensible course.

TeleVue 7mm Nagler Type 6

on October, 17th 2009

Peas in a Pod: really 9.5 for all Three

The new 9mm, 7,, and 5mm naglers are peas in a pod. Light, compact, contrasty, sharp, but with minimal eye relief you can think is just right (if you dont wear eyeglasses or have long greasy eyelashes) or too little (if you do).

TeleVue 27mm Panoptic

on October, 17th 2009

A Fabulous Lens

One of Als best, optically. Relaxed, contrasty and sharp, it is better than the 35mm or 22mm panoptics. Easy to use. Good eye relief. Just a fabulous lens. Non optimal focal length for most scopes, but is still a real gem. Sorry I sold mine.

TeleVue 17mm Nagler Type 4

on October, 17th 2009

Very Contrasty Views

Fabuluous contrast and apparent sharpness, but does not provide a relaxed comfortable view. Black out will be a problem for some.

TeleVue 2x Barlow 1.25

on October, 17th 2009

To Barlow or Not to Barlow

This is a great barlow . . . if you like barlows.