Using an alternative eyepiece
I understand that the quality of the eyepiece is at least as important (perhaps even more so?), in determining the optical quality of a scope than is the quality of the objective. Thus, upgrading to a better eyepiece should, at least in theory, improve the performance of a scope.
I have a Vortex Razor HD 85 and am wondering if using a Swarovski 20-60 zoom eyepiece would result in better optical performance. Note that physically, the Swarovski eyepiece can be mounted on the Vortex Razor.
I would appreciate comments.
Thank you for your comments.
And now for a follow up question if I may. A friend of mine has an 80 mm Bushnell Elite which he no longer considers up to par and would like to upgrade. Given your comment about the improvement the Swarovski eyepiece would make for what I assume is that scope, I am wondering whether or not using an alternate eyepiece would provide him with the improvement he is looking for. Do you know of a quality eyepiece he could try, whether Swarovski or another quality eyepiece? Note that I have no idea whether or not this scope would even accept another eyepiece other than the one specifically made for it. Alternatively, is there an adapter available which would allow him to try a different eyepiece on his scope?
Once again, thank you very much.
If I understand you correctly:
1. Using the Swarovski eyepiece on the Razor would result in an improvement, but it would be too minimal to be noticeable in real world conditions and thus would not be cost effective.
2. Using the Swarovski eyepiece on the Elite would make a noticeable difference, however it does not fit on the Elite, and nor does any other high end eyepiece. Thus best to buy a new scope.
I think I have it right.