Ricoh also announced two Pentax eyepieces for astronomical telescopes


In addition to the new Pentax KF DSLR camera, yesterday Ricoh also announced two new high-performance Pentax eyepieces for astronomical telescopes (see all Pentax eyepieces). The new smc PENTAX XW16.5 and smc PENTAX XW23 have a field of view of 85° – the widest viewing angle in the XW series, suitable for observing nebulae and star clusters. Next is the full press release:

Ricoh Adds Two High-Performance PENTAX Eyepieces for Astronomical Telescopes

New smc PENTAX XW16.5 and smc PENTAX XW23 eyepieces deliver the widest field of view in XW series

PARSIPPANY, NJ, November 9, 2022 -Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced two high-performance eyepieces for astronomical telescopes. The new smc PENTAX XW16.5 and smc PENTAX XW23 deliver an apparent field of view of 85° — the widest viewing angle in the XW series, suitable for observing nebulae and star clusters.

The new eyepieces feature a new optical system with 7 elements in 5 groups that surpasses the performance of the conventional XW series to obtain sharp star images all the way to the edge of the field of view. Like all XW eyepieces, the new additions incorporate multi-layer coating for outstanding light transmission efficiency, advanced light-shielding technology for improved image contrast and weather-resistant construction. (Note: while the XW series features a weather- resistant structure of JIS class 4, they cannot be used underwater.)

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The smc PENTAX XW16.5 and smc PENTAX XW23 will be available in December 2022 at www.us.ricoh-imaging.com as well as at Ricoh Imaging-authorized retail outlets for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $479.95 for the smc PENTAX XW16.5 and $499.95 for the smc PENTAX XW23.

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