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I'm considering the PanaView EP as a wide field finder for a Skywatcher 120ST f5 achromat. I read somewhere that it is a little soft on the edges but I hope it will be reasonable for what it costs and a significant upgrade to my 25mm Plossl. I'm aware that there are better options out here but currently don't want to spend more. 

Which one is the better option, the 26mm or the 32mm?

Which one has better optics?

Should I choose the 26mm due to its lower weight or smaller exit pupil?

My scope is attached to an eq2 mount and I plan to upgrade to a 2inch diagonal.

Any thoughts?

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The 32mm is the best corrected of the 3 Panaview focal lengths so that is the one that I would go for. As you say, you will need a 2 inch diagonal to use the eyepiece.

 

 

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I have only tried the 32 Panaview and have to say that on-axis the views are amazing and pin-sharp.  Yes, there is a bit of softness at the edges at f/5, but the views on-axis are well worth this minor inconvenience.  It was the first upgrade I ever bought.

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