Since I first got into astronomy, I have become aware of the brand Televue being synonymous with excellent quality eyepieces and other optical accessories. In the past I have only ever owned the Televue 1.25″ 5x powermate with its adapter for imaging, but due to the purchase of the Daystar Quark, I had to consider getting some of their excellent Plossl eyepieces for H-alpha solar visual use.Fortunately in the UK, we do have an extensive second hand market for astronomy equipment. Hence it is possible to get hold of high quality equipment at a significantly lower price than when bought new, particularly if the items are imported. I was fortunate to be able to get both the Televue 25mm and 32mm Plossl eyepieces recently.
Both eyepieces are in excellent condition, and have very large clear apertures visible. Well constructed, the coating looks excellent, and not very heavy (much lighter than my Baader 24mm Hyperion 2″ eyepiece).
The reviews of these lenses are excellent, and I expect sharp images with excellent contrast across the field when used for H-alpha visual work with the Daystar Quark. Afterall, these eyepieces are recommended by Daystar for this purpose.
I am praying hard for the weather to improve, so I can enjoy looking at the sun and the chromosphere. And I am thinking that a pair of the TV 25mm Plossls would look great with a good binoviewer such as the Baader Maxbright, when used for solar visualwork. Perhaps that can be something I can consider in the future.
(Update: 10/11/15 – I did get a chance to use these eyepieces on the Saturday when the skies cleared for a short period of time towards the latter part of the day. The sun was low in the sky and seeing was not great. But during brief moments, the sunspots and surface detail was very clear indeed. I can’t wait for better conditions to truly put these eyepieces through their paces.)