The instrument absolutely amazed us during testing. The optics gave an image virtually free of chromatic aberration. Even the finest details in a pine cone could be seen.
At 20X magnification, the 66 ED apo showed good sharpness across the entire field of view (used in conjunction with an Omegon LE 18mm eyepiece). The telescope can be mounted onto any camera tripod (1/4" thread) and used for nature-watching.
We also found the mechanics to be excellent: the telescope comes with a high-quality 1:10 Crayford focuser. The focuser allows precise focusing even at high magnifications. With 6cm of focus travel, the near point is quite close. This means that the Omegon 66 ED can be described as universal telescope that is also useful for nature watching.
Our tip for sky watchers:
2 inch eyepieces can be used in combination with a SC star diagonal.
Our tip for nature watchers:
The instrument also makes a very good spotting scope! We recommend this eyepiece with a erecting prism for seeing an upright image.
Our tip for photographers:
The telescope can be turned into a telephoto lens with high edge-definition. To do this you will need the following products: SC adapter for 2" star diagonal, field flattener for refractors and a camera-specific T-2 ring.
Tip: The telescope has a SC thread under the eyepiece holder. You get better aperture illumination using this SC thread than at 1.25 inches. We therefore recommend this camera adapter.