12,5 mm Morpheus 76° widefield eyepiece

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12,5 mm Morpheus 76° widefield eyepiece

# 2954212

€ 245.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 205.88
  • Full field sharpness: The sharp flat 76° field is unsurpassed by any other modern wide field eyepiece. On-axis sharpness and contrast rivals our best planetary eyepieces, while delivering nearly equivalent performance over the full field.
  • Long Eye Relief and optimized for bino-viewing: Morpheus pushes the envelope of comfortable wide field viewing further than ever before, delivering close to 20mm of eye relief
  • Low Distortion: The Morpheus optical design delivers exceedingly low distortion (angular magnification distortion)
  • Photo-Video Adaption: Like their Hyperion siblings, all Morpheus eyepieces make superb imaging projection optics with the M43 thread
  • and many other features...

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Morpheus with luminescent lettering on Baader APO
Morpheus with luminescent lettering lying in the Grass
Morpheus-eyepieces with intense luminescent lettering A short lightstroke with a flashlight will have the main letters shine for up to three minutes in bright luminescence. Hence - even in total darkness - Morpheus-eyepieces can be easily identified when lost on the ground.

BAADER Morpheus 76° widefield eyepieces

» You have to see it for yourself ...«

Morpheus is the God of Dreams – and after more than four years of development we present the eyepiece of our dreams:

Even if a certain movie-classic hints otherwise – our Morpheus® are absolutely real. Featuring a true 76° field of view, they immerse you in the Universe without having to roll your eyes. The big eye relief is perfect for observing with glasses and the comfortable viewing- behavior leads to a “Spacewalk-feeling” that normally is provided only by eyepieces with a much larger and inaccessible apparent field of view. Meanwhile the image in no way appears distorted or like viewing through a fishbowl. Center contrast and brilliance match those of the finest planetary eyepieces – while even with the fastest telescope optics you will enjoy tack sharp stars close to the outer edge of the field.

We have put as much effort into the workmanship as into the optical design. Phantom Coating® Group, rare-earth glasses, sealed watertight housings and blackened lens edges are a given. Practical design is the prime goal: i.e. minimum metal to keep weight at bay, optimized for bino-viewing, photo- video thread – and the all-new 1¼" and 2" “safety-kerfs” to guard against slipping (no undercut). In the night you will love the quick draw eyepiece holster and the photo-luminescent engraving.

The Morpheus eyepiece series consists of six fixed focal lenghts: f = 4,5 mm, 6,5 mm, 9 mm, 12,5 mm, 14 mm, 17,5 mm

All Morpheus® Highlights in an Overview

The Morpheus 76° eyepiece family
Die Morpheus® 76° Okularfamilie
Morpheus Scope of Supply
Scope of supply (included):76° Morpheus® eyepiece w. standard foldable eyecup, winged/foldable eyecup for binoviewing, storage-box, three dustcaps, cordura eyepiece holster

Optical Features

  • Full Field Sharpness: The sharp flat 76° field is unsurpassed by any other modern wide field eyepiece.  On-axis sharpness and contrast rivals our best planetary eyepieces, while delivering nearly equivalent performance over the full field. Stars remain diamond pinpoints as you move away from center, and the field remains flat and in focus, even in short focus telescopes.
  • Long Eye Relief: Morpheus pushes the envelope of comfortable wide field viewing further than ever before, delivering close to 20mm of eye relief along with best-in-class optical performance. Eyeglass wearers can comfortably take in the full field, and users of Binoviewers will find that Morpheus make the ultimate eyepieces for viewing with two eyes.
  • Low Distortion: The Morpheus optical design delivers exceedingly low distortion (angular magnification distortion). Planets and lunar features retain their shapes as they transit the field and the true field sizes are close to theoretical. Many companies exaggerate at this point and deliberately use off axis distortion magnification as a means to advertize blown "apparent" field sizes . You will be able to compare this given field size of 76° and find it to be the true value, calculated from the apparent field size and focal length.
  • Immersive Views: As avid observers ourselves, we have studied the behaviors of most commonly available wide field eyepieces and listened to other observers comments on what eyepieces give the most palpable and engaging wide field viewing experience. What we found is that the subjective ‘spacewalk’ feeling is not just a function of field of view. Interestingly, some wide-field eyepieces with fields of 82 degrees failed to deliver the same viewing experience as others with similar fields, or even some with smaller fields. We found two additional primary factors played into the equation – Eye Relief (and the related large eye lens size) and Ease of Viewing (a combination of long eye relief and control of pupil aberrations). We also found that fields much below 74 degrees tended to have a reduced effect. So, with this information in hand, we set out to design a new eyepiece with a field of view greater than 74° that met all of the other optical parameters necessary to deliver a truly "immersive" viewing experience where the eyepiece essentially disappears. The result is Morpheus®.
  • Phantom Coating® Group:  Pioneered in the Hyperion lineup, the Phantom Group Multi-coatings have been further optimized for use in the Morpheus and index-matched to each of the different glasses.
  • Blackened Lens Edges  A given for any premium eyepiece, Morpheus lens groups are fully edge blackened
  • Optimized Internal Baffling: As with all Baader Planetarium eyepieces, the internal mechanicals have been fully ray-traced and baffled to eliminate the effects of stray-light.
Imaging with Morpheus eyepieces
Imaging / eyepiece-projection: showing Morpheus® eyepiece on 2" Diamond-Steeltrack focuser w. optional adapters – for instance for mounting a DSLR-camera on the M43 photo-video adapter thread.

Mechanical Features

  • Optimized for Binoviewing: Every last bit of space has been squeezed out of the main body to minimize its size, giving maximum nose clearance for binoviewing.
  • Weight reduction: Every effort has been made to eliminate unnecessary weight - especially in view of effective binoviewing. The weight of all Morpheus-eyepieces essentially are the lenses inside plus the best protection and water resistance we can supply.
  • Foldable Eyecups: The Morpheus include two soft rubber dual-position foldable eyeguards (see images below). These innovative new eyeguards have been developed to provide the optimal comfort and eye spacing for most users and eye glass wearers. The included special winged version provides the ultimate comfort and exclusion of stray light necessary for binoviewing with eyeglasses.
  • Safety Features: The 1¼" and 2" Barrels of each Morpheus incorporate our new Slip-Protect Safety Kerfs. The ideal safety compromise between smooth barrels and wide undercuts. The numerous shallow kerfs give additional grip and security from inadvertent drops from smooth sided barrels, without the annoying problems sometimes caused by traditional wide undercuts. Wide waffle-patterned rubber grip ring gives an extra measure of handling security.
  • Photo-Video Adaptation: Like their Hyperion siblings, all Morpheus eyepieces make superb imaging projection optics. Each Morpheus includes a hidden M43 photo-video eye lens thread that permits use of our extensive range of Hyperion Digital T-Rings. These rings permit direct-thread attachment of practically any imaging device for the ultimate in rigidity and close-coupling for minimal vignetting.
Morpheus folding rubber eyecups
The folding rubber eyecups of Morpheus eyepieces

Additional Information

Manufacturer Baader Planetarium
SKU (#) 2954212
Weight (kg) 0.456
Focal Length 12,5 mm
Apparent Field of View 76°
Eye Relief (mm) 20 mm
Field Stop Diameter 16,8 mm
Field Stop Displacement to reference plane +/- 0 mm
Number of Lens Elements 8
Number of Groups 5
AR-Coating Phantom Coating® Group
Threaded for filters Yes
Camera Thread M43
Parfocal Eyepieces Yes
Dustcaps 1¼" dustcap (31,8mm), 2" dustcap (45mm), 2" dustcap (46.5mm - fits over eyecup)
Eyecups folding eyecup (M43), winged eyecup (M43)
Backfocus gain w. 2“ Barrel (mm) 21 mm
Slip Protect Safety Safety Kerfs
Eyepiece Body above Reference Plane (mm) 84 mm
Length of 1¼" barrel (mm) 24 mm
Length of 2" barrel (mm) 21 mm
Outer Diameter 55 mm
Optional Accessories Dustcap Storage Holster
Special Features Photo-luminescent engraving: lets you find the correct eyepiece at all times
Included Accessories Cordura eyepiece holster for fast access
Outer Connection (eyepiece/-camera-sided) Thread, M43
Inner Connection (lens sided) Thread, M28,5
Outer Connection (lens sided) Barrel, 1¼", 2"
Eyepiece Series Morpheus
Barrel Size (in) 1¼", 2"
Optical Design Wide Angle
Speciality Eyepiece projection: classical
Single or Set? Single Eyepiece

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russell23 304/11/2018 01/11/201808:17
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12.5mm Morpheus vs. 12.5mm Docter
Saturday I loaned my 12.5mm Docter to a friend so he could compare it with his 12.5mm Morpheus. Sunday afternoon he brought the Docter back to me along with the 12.5mm Morpheus so I could compare the two for myself last night. I spent almost two hours exclusively going back and forth between these two eyepieces on deep sky objects in my SW120ED. These eyepieces give 72x in the 120ED. Overall, the 12.5mm Morpheus was extremely close to the Docter and in fact to see any differences in faintest stars detected or nebular details was a challenge.

Edge performance: Docter is sharp to the edge and Morpheus has some falloff in last 10% of the field but not significant.

Comfort: The Docter was a little easier to look through at first, but as time progressed this difference mostly disappeared.

Handling: The Morpheus actually is a more balanced eyepiece than the Docter. There is a significant bulk of the weight in the bottom of the Docter. If you grab near the top of the eyepiece there is a risk of it slipping. The Docter really needs to be grabbed at the lower knurled ring.

Presentation: Just as a general feel, the field of the 12.5mm Docter is very similar to the Morpheus eyepieces - different from the XW and Delos eyepieces. In both eyepieces the field is very natural and engaging and easy to take in

Snap to focus: Not that the 12.5 Morpheus was hard to focus, but the Docter was easier to snap to sharpest focus.

Sky background: Seemed the same level of blackness in both eyepieces - maybe a couple times a slight edge to the Docter, but maybe not. It was close.

Sharpness of stars: In general I think the Docter gives a very slightly tighter star image - possibly due to the easier snap to focus.

Observing targets:

M27 - No difference in detectable details - maybe the light was a little richer in the Morpheus.
M71 - At times seemed slightly grainier with barely resolved stars in the Docter.
M17 - No detectable difference in details
M11 - No detectable difference in details and resolved stars
NGC 6712 - Maybe the light was a little richer in the Morpheus.
M8 - Maybe the light was a little richer in the Morpheus.
M27 again - Maybe the light was a little richer in the Morpheus.
M13 - No clear difference in resolved stars.
NGC 6819 - A times a slightly grainier texture from resolved stars in the Docter.

Field stars in general - I spent quite a bit of time in the fields of the different objects above identifying barely detectable stars with averted vision. Generally these stars were slightly easier to detect in the Docter - but very slightly and it took work to be confident that was what I was seeing. In no case was a star detectable in one eyepiece undetectable in the other.

Summary: Wow - these two eyepieces are close. I really love the 9mm and 6.5mm Morpheus for deep sky. So it was really nice to be able to see how closely the 12.5mm Morpheus is able to match the 12.5mm Docter. My observations seem to indicate that where faint stars are concerned the Docter may have a little easier pull whereas with nebular or unresolved light the Morpheus may actually give a little richer light. The presentation and comfort of these two eyepieces is very close. The Morpheus is basically like a slightly narrower Docter in that respect.

Now - I do think for lunar observations the Docter is better than the Morpheus eyepieces. I have done comparisons with the 9mm and 6.5mm Morpheus and the Docter with a Barlow and I think in general it is easier to look through the Docter when observing the Moon and I think there is an extra level of crispness to the lunar image in those circumstances. Hopefully this week I can do a direct comparison between the 12.5mm Morpheus and the Docter on the Moon to see if that holds up.

At any rate - for those of you that have been considering trying a Docter, the Morpheus makes a very acceptable lower cost substitute - at least for deep sky with my scope and the atmospheric conditions in my area.
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Gerd R. 302/10/2017 30/10/201709:20
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12,5 mm Morpheus Okular
Bin mit der Leistung und Handhabung dieses Okulars vollauf zufrieden, auch im Vergleich mit anderen Okularen vergleichbaren Typs.
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