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Eyepieces

Terms to know when buying an eyepiece

Exit pupil:

This is the size of the image that comes out of the eyepiece. Ideally it should be close to the size of your dark-adapted pupil – around 5mm to 7mm.

Eye relief:

This tells you how far your eye must be from the eyepiece in order to see the entire field of view. A bigger distance (called longer eye relief) is useful if you wear glasses.

Field of view:

This is sometimes abbreviated to FOV, and is the figure that lets you know how much of the sky you can see through your eyepiece. This measurement is given in degrees.

Power:

This is just another name for magnification. A telescope just captures the light – it is the eyepiece that magnifies the image.