Telescope eyepieces determine both magnification and field of view for visual observing. In most cases an eyepiece contains more optical elements than the telescope itself. A carefully chosen eyepiece set will help to maximize the enjoyment of your telescope. Quality eyepieces will maximize telescope performance by allowing it to reach its full potetial. While most eyepieces will perform well in the slower f/10 focal ratio of a Schmidt-Cassegrains, many will not perform well with f/6 faster optics common to Newtonian reflectors and today's apochromatic refractors.
The table below displays popular brand eyepieces from TeleVue, Explore Scientific, Orion and several others. This is a long page, so please be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom.
Celestron Omni Plossl eyepieces represent an economical way to add to your beginning eyepiece set.
Celestron X-Cel LX eyepieces represent a significant upgrade to the standard eyepieces supplied with most telescopes, offering a wider 60 degree apparent field.
Explore Scientific was the second company to extremely wide field eyepiece market with the introduction of their 100 degree series.
Explore Scientific 82 Degree eyepieces represent a value priced option in the ultra wide field eyepiece market.
Orion Edge-On Planetary Eyepieces provide medium to high power views of lunar and planetary details.
Orion Stratus eyepieces deliver a wide 68 degree field of view which allows you to see much more than a typical Plossl eyepiece at the same magnification.
TeleVue Delos eyepieces offer a 72 degree apparent field combined with a comfortable 20mm eye relief and excellent contrast.
TeleVue Ethos eyepieces with 100 to 110 degree apparent fields have set the new gold standard in wide field eyepiece design.
TeleVue Nagler eyepieces with their 82 degree apparent field were considered the pinnacle of eyepiece design for nearly three decades.
TeleVue Panoptic eyepieces offer a wide 68 degree apparent field and have been a long time favorite for low to medium power observing.
TeleVue Plossl eyepieces bring the benefits of TeleVue's quality control and superior performance to this time tested eyepiece design.
Zoom eyepieces allow you to dial in just the right amount of magnification for the situation at hand.
Barlow lenses and image amplifiers are used to increase the effective focal length of a telescope.
Specialty eyepieces include those used for manual guiding or precise go to alignment, as well as Cheshire eyepieces for checking telescope collimation.