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Pentax SMC XW 14mm Wide Angle Eyepiece (1.25")- 27x w/ 65mm, 35x with 80, 45x with 100mm Pentax Scopes

B&H # PEEP14X MFR # 70515
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You Pay: $279.95
Product Highlights
  • 70° Apparent Field of View
  • 20mm Eye Relief
  • Waterproof & Fogproof
  • Fits Pentax Spotting Scopes

Pentax premium spotting scopes adhere to the American standard of 1.25" eyepiece thread diameter, facilitating the use of eyepieces from independent manufacturers. That also means, of course, that the wonderful Pentax eyepieces can be used in other telescopes and spotting scopes which accept 1.25" eyepieces.

Pentax eyepieces are a near consensus choice amongst serious amateur and professional astronomers as the best that's out there, quite an accomplishment indeed given the fervent passion of the collective.

The XW line represents an even further improvement upon the venerable XL series. The apparent field of view has been expanded to a whopping 70°, but remarkably this was achieved without reducing their impressive eye relief of 20mm. There are eyepieces available with wider apparent viewing fields, but to take advantage of that wider field you'll have to be much closer to the eyepiece. This isn't exactly conducive to extended observing sessions. Additionally, there are lesser eyepieces with similar claims of 70° apparent viewing fields, but the performance upon the edge of these eyepieces isn't on par with the Pentaxes. If you're using a telescope with a fast aperture, this is of particular importance.

These are large and expensive eyepieces, but that's the price to pay for such an enviable combination of viewing field and eye relief. Buy the best once, and you'll still be enjoying the quality long after you've forgotten the price. Should you ever need to painfully part with your purchase, the best always has the most liquidity on the used market because they're rarely ever offered.

Continuous helicoid eyecup design gives perfect eye relief for all
Accepts conventional 1.25" diameter filters for astronomical and terrestrial applications
Perfect for digiscoping when combined with PF-DS1 adapter(and appropriate Pentax Optio digital camera)
Magnification 36x with the PF-80ED
37x with the PF-80ED-A
45x with the PF-100ED
Angle of View 1.9° with the PF-80ED & PF-80ED-A
1.6° with the PF-100ED
Field-of-View (@ 1000 Yds) 102' (34 m at 1000 m) with the PF-80ED & PF-80ED-A
82' (27 m at 1000 m) with the PF-100ED
Exit Pupil Diameter 2.2mm
Eye Relief 20mm
Relative Brightness 4.9
Twilight Factor 53.7 with the PF-80ED & PF-80ED-A
67.1 with the PF-100ED
Weatherproofing Waterproof & fogproof
Dimensions 2.4 x 3.8" (61 x 97mm) WxH
Weight 0.80 lb (365 g)
Pentax SMC XW 14mm Wide Angle Eyepiece (1.25")- 27x w/ 65mm, 35x with 80, 45x with 100mm Pentax Scopes
  • Push-On Front & Rear Caps
  • Plastic Helicoid Case
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    SMC XW 14mm Wide Angle Eyepiece (1.25")- 27x w/ 65mm, 35x with 80, 45x with 100mm Pentax Scopes
     
    4.2

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great optics (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

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          • Casual/ recreational (3)
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        5.0

        all I wanted and more

        By Rich

        from peterborough, NH

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Optics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Birding

          Comments about SMC XW 14mm Wide Angle Eyepiece (1.25")- 27x w/ 65mm, 35x with 80, 45x with 100mm Pentax Scopes:

          image quality is great. works well for digiscoping, too

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          1.0

          Returned it.

          By tribaltat

          from Maine

          About Me Professional Guide

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Dull Image
            • Hard To See Through
            • Not Sharp

            Best Uses

              Comments about SMC XW 14mm Wide Angle Eyepiece (1.25")- 27x w/ 65mm, 35x with 80, 45x with 100mm Pentax Scopes:

              Reviews for this eyepiece were great. But, image was dull, lacked contrast, and extremely difficult to keep centered in my eye, even with the 20mm eye relief. Purchased expensive Pentax 80mmED scope to go along with this eyepiece. Don't know if problem was with scope, eyepiece, or both. But, returned everything to B&H and purchased another brand,

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              5.0

              Can't get better than this!

              By Cristi

              from NY

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Great Optics
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy
                • Terrestrial Viewing
                • Travel

                Comments about SMC XW 14mm Wide Angle Eyepiece (1.25")- 27x w/ 65mm, 35x with 80, 45x with 100mm Pentax Scopes:

                I bought this eyepiece for my Pentax 65ED II spotting scope. I chose this particular eyepiece after doing a great deal of research and reading numerous reviews. It certainly doesn't disappoint. The images are bright, sharp, color neutral and full of contrast. I am an avid nature watcher and Pentax has gone over and beyond, in my opinion, with this XW eyepiece.

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                5.0

                Disappointing by comparison

                By Riverview

                from Kingston Beach, Tasmania, Australia

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Optics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about SMC XW 14mm Wide Angle Eyepiece (1.25")- 27x w/ 65mm, 35x with 80, 45x with 100mm Pentax Scopes:

                    I couldn't find fault with this eyepiece, however I bought it for terrestial "river" viewing. I already had the Pentax XW20 eyepiece and was hoping to be able to see greater detail with the XW14 but that was not the case. To me it seems about the same as the XW20 in resolving fine detail. It will probably get very little use because of the wider field of view of the XW20.

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                    5.0

                    clear, wide

                    By DoubleD

                    from Jeffersonville,IN

                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Great Optics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Shooting

                      Comments about SMC XW 14mm Wide Angle Eyepiece (1.25")- 27x w/ 65mm, 35x with 80, 45x with 100mm Pentax Scopes:

                      Great eyepiece

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                      4.0

                      Fantastic Eyepiece

                      By zeldaboy101

                      from Baltimore, MD

                      About Me Avid Adventurer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Eye relief
                      • Quality Lenses
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Some field curvature

                      Best Uses

                      • Astronomy

                      Comments about SMC XW 14mm Wide Angle Eyepiece (1.25")- 27x w/ 65mm, 35x with 80, 45x with 100mm Pentax Scopes:

                      Some coma in a faster telescope, but a paracorr fixes it up really nicely. In slower scopes these are extremely nice eyepieces. The coatings are second to none and the faintest details pop right out. Eye relief is a generous 20mm and so comfortable to observe through.

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