Baader Morpheus 76 Wide-field Eyepieces

Baader Morpheus 76 Wide-field Eyepieces
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Model:  morpheus_ep_9mm
Part Number:  2954209
Brand:  Baader

INCLUDED IN THE BOX

  • 76° Morpheus© Eyepiece
  • Standard foldable eyecup
  • Winged / foldable eyecup for binoviewing
  • Storage Box
  • Three Dustcaps
  • Cordura eyepiece holster

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Limited availability (price reverts to £169 when sold out).  

Baader Morpheus eyepieces offer a wide 76° field of view with pin-sharp stars edge to edge, even with fast telescopes. 

Rare-earth glass elements and ‘Phantom’ optical coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces provide maximum light transmission. 

Blackened lens edges and interior enhance contrast and minimise ghosting. 

Long eye-relief and soft silicon-rubber eyecups make them comfortable to use, even when wearing spectacles. 

Sealed watertight housing protects the interior from dust and moisture. 

Glow in the dark photo-luminescent markings make it easier to identify the correct focal length. Also, a short lightstroke with a flashlight will have the letters shine for up to three minutes so - even in total darkness - Morpheus-eyepieces can be easily found when lost on the ground. 

 

 

Designed to be as compact and lightweight as possible so an excellent choice for use with binoviewers. Also incorporates an M43 thread so suitable for photo/video. 

A new ‘Safety Kerfs’ finish (ridged surface) has been applied to both 1.25” and 2” barrels to prevent the eyepiece slipping in the focuser draw tube. 

Supplied with winged eyecup and a ‘quick-draw holster’ storage pouch that can be worn on a belt. 

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Optical Features

  • Full field Sharpness: Sharp flat 76° field is unsurpassed by any other modern Super-Wide-Angle eyepiece. On-axis sharpness and contrast rivals Baader's best planetary eyepieces, while delivering nearly equivalent performance over the full field. Stars remain pinpoints as you move away from centre and the field remains flat and in focus, even in short focus telescopes.
  • Long Eye Relief: Delivers close to 20 mm of eye relief which, together with soft silicon-rubber eyecups, provides a comfortable viewing experience. Even when wearing eyeglasses.
  • Low Distortion: The Morpheus 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 are close to theoretical. 
  • Immersive Views: The subjective 'spacewalk' feeling is not only a function of field of view. Interestingly, some wide-field eyepieces with fields of 82 degrees fail to deliver the same viewing experience as others with similar fields, or even some with smaller fields. Eye Relief (and the related large eye lens size) and ease of viewing (a combination of long eye relief and control of aberrations) also play a part. With this in mind Baader designed their Morpheus eyepieces to deliver a truly "immersive" viewing experience.
  • Phantom Coatings:  First developed for the Hyperion series, Baader's Phantom Group optical coatings have been Further optimised for use in the Morpheus range and index-matched to each of the different glasses.
  • Internal Baffling: As with all Baader Planetarium eyepieces, the internal design has been ray-traced and baffled to eliminate the effects of stray-light.

Mechanical Features

  • Optimised for Binoviewing: Every last bit of space has been squeezed out of the main body to reduce it's diameter making it an excellent choice for use with binoviewers (more space between the eyepieces for your nose!).
  • Weight reduction: Unnecessary weight has also been reduced. Most of the weight of a Morpheus eyepiece is the glass lens elements! The body has also been sealed to prevent dust and moisture reaching the inner lenses.
  • Foldable Eyecups: Soft silicon-rubber foldable eye guards (see images below) provide comfort and assist in eye spacing. A special winged eyecup is also supplied which shields against stray light.
  • Safety Features: Baader have applied their new 'Safety Kerfs' surface to the 1.25" and 2" barrels to prevent the eyepiece inadvertently slipping out of the focuser. The numerous shallow Kerfs provide additional grip and security when compared to regular smooth-sided barrels, without 'catching' on the focuser's brass compression-ring (a problem sometimes associated with wide milled safety undercuts). Morpheus eyepieces also feature a waffle-patterned rubber handgrip for secure handling.
  • Photo-Video: Like their Hyperion siblings, all Morpheus eyepieces make excellent image projection optics. A hidden M43 photo-video eye lens thread permits use of Baader's extensive range of Hyperion Digital T-Rings for direct-thread attachment of practically any imaging device.

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Product Specifications

Focal Length 4.5mm 6.5mm 9mm 12.5mm 14mm 17.5mm
Model Number 2954204 2954206 2954209 2954212 2954214 2954217
Barrel 1.25” / 2” 1.25” / 2” 1.25” / 2” 1.25” / 2” 1.25” / 2” 1.25” / 2”
Lens Elements 8 8 8 8 8 8
Lens Groups 5 5 5 5 5 5
Apparent Field of View 76º 76º 76º 76º 76º 76º
Parfocal Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
(ER) Eye Relief 17.5mm 18.5mm 21mm 20mm 18.5mm 19mm
(FS) Field Stop 6.1mm 8.75mm 12.1mm 16.8mm 18.85mm 23.55mm
Field Stop Displacement (Compared to reference plane) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Back Focus Gain (when using 2” Barrel) 21mm 21mm 21mm 21mm 21mm 21mm
Anti-Slip Protection Safety Kerfs Safety Kerfs Safety Kerfs Safety Kerfs Safety Kerfs Safety Kerfs
Photo-Video Adapter (under eyecup) M43 M43 M43 M43 M43 M43
(A) Height of Eyepiece Body (above reference plane) 102mm 97mm 95mm 84mm 85mm 79mm
(B) Length of 1.25” Barrel 24mm 24mm 24mm 24mm 24mm 24mm
(C) Length of 2” Barrel 21mm 21mm 21mm 21mm 21mm 21mm
(D) Outer Diameter 55mm 55mm 55mm 55mm 55mm 55mm
Weight 370g / 13oz 350g / 12.3oz 360g / 12.7oz 345g / 12.2oz 360g / 12.7oz 395g / 13.9oz

 

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Cracking eyepiece, great value!
Tuesday, 24 July 2018  | 

I've wanted to try this new Morpheus since I bought a 14mm a couple of years back. That one was MUCH better optically than my Pentax XW14 - and I sold the Pentax having compared both closely. The new 17.5mm has been much anticipated with a long lead in time...but they have got it just right and crucially, they have vastly improved the poor, thin rubber eyecup which was the one significant fault with an otherwise superb optic.

The new 17.5mm came with two eyecups, which now thread on to the top of the eyepiece body - so much better than the previous system. I believe that this new eyecup design is being phased in to all newly manufactured stocks and may be available as a retro-fit accessory for older versions.

The view is wonderful through this eyepiece - very immersive and with superb contrast, colour and sharpness. It's sharp across over 95% of the field in my Takahashi F8 - or putting it another way, it is sharper across a wider field than the whole field of a Pentax XW - I estimate that around 73 degrees of the 76 are very very sharp, but the whole 76 degree field is pleasing and very immersive.

I believe FLO still have some sizes on offer at 149 - by any measure that is great value. Highly recommended!


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Baader Morpheus 17.5mm First Light - the eyepiece I've been waiting years for!
Monday, 23 July 2018  | 

The following review is actually an email I sent to some fellow astronomers having had first light with the Morpheus 17.5mm eyepiece. I have been a visual observer for over 45 years, and having astigmatism have to observe with my glasses on.

I had first light at night time with this in the early hours, didnt get back from work until late yesterday evening (Moon was already too low) and I was tired and hungry so had a snack and a rest before venturing out.

In summary, absolutely delighted, met my hopes and expectations and then some more. Could easily see the field edge to edge with specs, and this was a little back from the eyepiece. Massive eye lens of 37mm, its like looking through a huge window. First time in my observing career Ive been able to make use of any eyepiece with more than 70 degree field, quite a moment for me. Far far better than any 82 degree and up eyepiece I have ever used or tried to use. The 76 degree field is very immersive, and seems a big difference from anything in the 70 degree class. Reminiscent of looking through the 28mm RKE only with a vastly wider field. Star images sharp across the field ( x47, 1.8 degrees ) in the David Levy telescope (Mak-Newt f4.8 ). Contrast excellent, great views of the double cluster, the Coat Hanger, M31 and companions and the Pleiades. All of these objects with the exception of M31 of course fitted completely into the field of view. I last looked at the double cluster at around 2.15am and the amount of stars visible in a very average and brightening sky was far better than I expected.
I've never been so excited about an eyepiece. I've waited a long time for an eyepiece with more than a 70 degree field where I can easily see all the field in one go and not have to turn my head to see the whole field. Its easy to see why William Paolin* rates it so highly. So do I, best eyepiece Ive owned. It's a revelation.

* Author of Choosing and Using Astronomical Eyepieces. Published before the range of Morpheus eyepieces became available.


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Baader Morpheus 17.5mm
Monday, 18 June 2018  | 

Bought this eyepiece because people were raving on about them,when clouds wen't away,looked at the Moon WOW how bright and clear the view even the small craters highly recommend these good price as well


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Baader morpheus 17.5mm
Monday, 14 May 2018  | 

This is the 4th addition to my Morpheus collection and used with my 200p last night I can say that it performed wonderfully with stars pinpoint almost to the field stop. The build quality is excellent and it now comes with screw in rubber eyeguard and extension.I am just waiting now for Baader to make the screw in eye guard an accessory so that I can fit them to my other Morpheus eyepieces.
First class service from FLO as always.


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Excellent!
Thursday, 22 February 2018  | 

It was time to replace my old "favourite' eyepiece with a modern, widefield model. I now have a new favourite!

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