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Celestron X-Cel’LX 7mm saves the day! (1 Viewer)

BryanP

Little known member
Canada
Hi all,
Thought the folks here in the spotting scope forum might be interested in this.

I recently purchased the Celestron X-Cel’LX 7mm eyepiece to replace the stock zoom eyepiece on my neglected 50mm Celestron Hummingbird scope. I chose it based on a positive post in a Cloudy Nights thread and figured I’d comment on its qualities here.
In a word, startling. It turned the dull little Hummingbird from a barely adequate tool to a bright little thing that I will happily use more regularly.

The X-Cel’LX really is brighter and by a wide margin. Its sharper further towards the edges, and the FOV is wider with less ca than the stock zoom. It was a revelation and when I looked through it the first time I actually said “Wow!”

Probably none of this will come as a surprise to the more knowledgable folks here but in my inexperience I was and am excited. Its given a new lease on life to the little Hummingbird.
Now thanks to this eyepiece the noble quest for a sturdier travel tripod and head begins.
Cheers,
Bryan


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wllmspd

Well-known member
Great to hear it’s been reborn. Zooms have advantages, but field of view and general optical performance aren’t usually amongst them.
Peter
 

BryanP

Little known member
Canada
Thanks Wllmspd,
That makes sense. As I recall the Baader website shows a photo of the Hyperion Mk IV zoom on a Hummingbird amoungst others so that might be all the evidence I need to splash out for one.
I can justify the expense if I can use the Baader on any future mythical scopes I may acquire.
For now the added utility of the X-Cel’LX on the hummingbird is giving me plenty to be going on with.
Cheers,
Bryan
 

GeorgeL

Well-known member
You picked up a good eyepiece. Nice to see it’s working well with your scope with good AFOV.
Celestron also has their Luminos line of eyepieces with wide, 82* AFOV but don’t seem to be very popular amongst the CN crowd.
I have a few Explore Scientific 68* & 82* eyepieces which I use on my Pentax scopes. I got them a few years back when they were reasonably priced, and on sale.
 

wllmspd

Well-known member
I can’t really see all of the 82degree field of the Nagler in my spotter, might change to using a Baader morpheus sometime. The Baader zoom models have different focal position requirements.

peter
 

BryanP

Little known member
Canada
You picked up a good eyepiece. Nice to see it’s working well with your scope with good AFOV.
Celestron also has their Luminos line of eyepieces with wide, 82* AFOV but don’t seem to be very popular amongst the CN crowd.
I have a few Explore Scientific 68* & 82* eyepieces which I use on my Pentax scopes. I got them a few years back when they were reasonably priced, and on sale.
Thanks GeorgeL,
it seems a whole world of eyepieces are opening up before me which I‘m looking forward to exploring. I also like the low entry fee for a lot of them, relatively speaking Of course 😉
Cheers,
Bryan
 

BryanP

Little known member
Canada
I can’t really see all of the 82degree field of the Nagler in my spotter, might change to using a Baader morpheus sometime. The Baader zoom models have different focal position requirements.

peter
Hi Wllmspd,
Thanks, I’m going to communicate with Baader to ensure compatibility before I place any orders.
Cheers,
Bryan
 

Gypa

Member
Hello Bryan. I wonder how the celestron x-cel lx 5mm eyepiece would work on the Hummingbird, at 34x magnification.
Is it possible to buy only the body of the Hummingbird and dispense with the zoom eyepiece?
Thanks
Peter
 

GeorgeL

Well-known member
I can’t really see all of the 82degree field of the Nagler in my spotter, might change to using a Baader morpheus sometime. The Baader zoom models have different focal position requirements.

peter
Well, with my ES 82 eyepieces, I can see the field stops, even with the ones with short eye relief. I don’t wear glasses, btw. But for pure viewing comfort I prefer my Pentax XW’s a lot better with their large eye lens and eye relief.
 

BryanP

Little known member
Canada
Hello Bryan. I wonder how the celestron x-cel lx 5mm eyepiece would work on the Hummingbird, at 34x magnification.
Is it possible to buy only the body of the Hummingbird and dispense with the zoom eyepiece?
Thanks
Peter
Hi Gypa,
I can’t find anything anywhere that suggests we can buy the scope without eyepiece unfortunately.

Here is the Cloudy nights thread that started all this for me with my ears pricking up with post #18.
The poster had tried the 9 and 7mm X-Cel’LX and liked them both. He was planning on getting the 5mm which he suspected would work almost as well on the Hummingbird. The thread discusses a number of other eyepieces for this scope as well.
Cheers,
Bryan
 

GeorgeL

Well-known member
Thanks GeorgeL,
it seems a whole world of eyepieces are opening up before me which I‘m looking forward to exploring. I also like the low entry fee for a lot of them, relatively speaking Of course 😉
Cheers,
Bryan
Speaking of cheap, I have a couple of SvBony eyepieces that work well with my spotters. Not bad at $35, this one is a clone of the Orion Expanse eyepiece. Good eye relief too.
 

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GeorgeL

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Scratch my previous suggestion on the ES 82 ep’s…
 

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BryanP

Little known member
Canada
Speaking of cheap, I have a couple of SvBony eyepieces that work well with my spotters. Not bad at $35, this one is a clone of the Orion Expanse eyepiece. Good eye relief too.
Thanks GeorgeL,
That’s looking pretty nifty and a sweet price too. You’ll have to bear with my lack of knowledge here but I’m guessing these SvBony eyepieces will work without adaptors or modifications with the little Hummer scope?
When next I’m back in Vancouver I’m planning on visiting the local Astronomy/optics shop where I hope to spend a happy afternoon trying out their collection of eyepieces.
Cheers,
Bryan
 

GeorgeL

Well-known member
Thanks GeorgeL,
That’s looking pretty nifty and a sweet price too. You’ll have to bear with my lack of knowledge here but I’m guessing these SvBony eyepieces will work without adaptors or modifications with the little Hummer scope?
When next I’m back in Vancouver I’m planning on visiting the local Astronomy/optics shop where I hope to spend a happy afternoon trying out their collection of eyepieces.
Cheers,
Bryan
I’m assuming your HB scope accepts standard 1.25” astro eyepieces….. ?…. in other words, they simply slide in and secured in place.
 

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