- Full Field Sharpness: The sharp, flat 76° field is
unsurpassed by any other modern wide field eyepiece. On-axis sharpness
and contrast rivals the Zeiss Abbe II eyepieces, while delivering nearly
equivalent performance over the full field. Stars remain diamond
pinpoints as you move away from center, and the field remains flat and
in focus, even in short focus telescopes.
- Long Eye Relief: Morpheus® pushes the
envelope of comfortable wide field viewing further than ever before,
delivering close to 20mm of eye relief along with best-in-class optical
performance. Eyeglass wearers can comfortably take in the full field,
and users of Binoviewers will find that Morpheus® are the ultimate eyepieces for viewing with two eyes.
- Low Distortion: The highly sophisticated optical
design delivers exceedingly low distortion (angular magnification
distortion). Planets and lunar features retain their shapes as they
transit the field and the true field sizes match the theoretical value.
Many companies exaggerate at this point and deliberately use off axis
distortion magnification as a means to advertize blown "apparent" field
sizes . You will be able to compare this given field size of 76° and
find it to be the true value, calculated from the apparent field size
and focal length.
- Immersive Views: As avid observers ourselves, we
have studied the behaviors of most commonly available wide field
eyepieces and listened to other observers comments on what eyepieces
give the most palpable and engaging wide field viewing experience. What
we found is that the subjective ‘spacewalk’ feeling is not just a
function of field of view. Interestingly, some wide-field eyepieces with
fields of 82 degrees failed to deliver the same viewing experience as
others with similar fields, or even some with smaller fields. We found
two additional primary factors played into the equation – Eye Relief
(and the related large eye lens size) and Ease of Viewing (a combination
of long eye relief and control of pupil aberrations). We also found
that fields much below 74 degrees tended to have a reduced effect. So,
with this information in hand, we set out to design the Morpheus® series
with a field of view of 76° that met all of the other optical
parameters necessary to deliver a truly "immersive" viewing experience
where the eyepiece essentially disappears.
- Phantom Coating® Group: Pioneered in the Hyperion® lineup, the Phantom Group Multi-coatings have been further optimized for use in the Morpheus® and index-matched to each of the different glasses.
- Optimized Internal Baffling: As with all Baader
Planetarium eyepieces, the internal mechanicals have been fully
ray-traced and baffled to eliminate the effects of stray-light and
Imaging / eyepiece-projection:
Morpheus® eyepiece on 2" Diamond-Steeltrack focuser w. optional
adapters – for instance for mounting a DSLR-camera on the M43
photo-video adapter thread.
- Optimized for Binoviewing: Every last bit of space
has been squeezed out of the main body to minimize its size, giving
maximum nose clearance for binoviewing.
- Weight reduction: Every effort has been made to
eliminate unnecessary weight - especially in view of effective
binoviewing. The weight of all Morpheus® eyepieces essentially are the lenses inside plus the best protection and water resistance we can supply.
Foldable eyecup threaded onto M43-thread of the included M43 extension
Foldable Eyecups: The round folding rubber eyecup
incorporates an integral M43 threaded metal attachment ring. This
threaded attachment enables the eyecup to be soft and compliant, while
keeping the eyecup securely attached to the eyepiece when folded or
extended. The second included special winged version provides the
ultimate comfort and exclusion of stray light necessary for binoviewing
with eyeglasses. These eyeguards have been developed to provide the
optimal comfort and eye spacing for most users and eye glass wearers.
The eyeguards also protect the M43-thread which is used for adapting a
camera, as described on the back of this brochure. The M43-extension can
be used for setting the eye relief as well as for adapting a camera.
- Safety Features: The 1¼" and 2" Barrels of each
Morpheus incorporate our Slip-Protect Safety-Kerfs. The ideal safety
compromise between smooth barrels and wide undercuts. The numerous
shallow kerfs give additional grip and security from inadvertent drops
from smooth sided barrels, without the annoying problems sometimes
caused by traditional wide undercuts. Wide waffle-patterned rubber grip
ring gives an extra measure of handling security.
- Luminescent Labeling: The labeling glows in a soft
green, if the eyepiece has been in the light for some time, or if it has
been illuminated directly with a flashlight. This allows you to
recognize immediately which focal length you have in your hand – even in
the darkest night.
- Belt pouch: Not enough space at the telescope? The
pouch does not only protect the eyepiece – you can even use it as a belt
pouch or attach it to your tripod.
- Photo-Video Adaptation: Like their Hyperion
siblings, all Morpheus eyepieces make superb imaging projection optics.
Each Morpheus includes a hidden M43 photo-video eye lens thread that
permits use of our extensive range of Hyperion Digital T-Rings. These
rings permit direct-thread attachment of practically any imaging device
for the ultimate in rigidity and close-coupling for minimal vignetting.
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The product comes with 2 years warranty (excluding electric parts)