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Hey I have a Minox 62 ED with the 20-45X eye piece.  What are your thoughts on using straight power eyepieces?   When i get much past 30X it gets dark really fast if you know what I mean.  I understand the exit pupil and all that.  I am wondering if the straight power eye pieces would make much difference in light.  What are all your opinions....would it be worth the money?    

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Fixed power eyepieces are typically slightly sharper and have a wider field of view when compared to a zoom at similar power.  Brightness doesn't usually change much.

It would be worth it if you find yourself using the zoom at or around the fixed power anyway.  I find the versatility of zooms to be more useful.
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I have owned an 80mm Bushnell Elite for a few years now.  The 20-60x eyepiece is great.  I have logged a lot of hours behind this scope and I have been very, very happy with its performance.
 
Then, a couple months ago, I acquired a 30x fixed eyepiece from Coyote95.  The difference is quite astounding.  I agree with BB that the view through the fixed mag eyepiece is both sharper and wider than the view through the zoom eyepiece at the same magnification, though I would not choose to qualify those qualities with the adjective "slightly."   I have found the difference to be quite significant - enough so that I have almost completely stopped using the zoom eyepiece altogether.
 
 
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