Quote Originally Posted by alsetalokin View Post
If you are sure you are going to stay in the hobby, and plan to get another telescope later on, you can consider spending more money right now on a really good eyepiece that you can also use on your next, more powerful telescope.
I would not suggest a really high power. For optimum views in your scope 8mm is short enough especially if you have a quality Barlow. But you will be amazed at the difference in the view that you get with a quality 8 mm wide-angle eyepiece, compared to the 4 and 10 that came with your kit.
Don't be surprised to hear of people spending far more on eyepieces than on the telescope itself. I paid about 700 dollars US for my ETX125, then bought a Meade 8.8 mm UWA, used, for nearly 300 dollars and an illuminated reticle 8 mm astrometric eyepiece for another 100, and a used 12.6 mm Meade series 4000 superplossl for 35 bucks...that was an OK deal, but I rarely use this eyepiece. And a Celestron Ultima 2x Barlow for another hundred or so. And I need Yet Another, High Quality short focal length eyepiece to match the capabilities of the WO90 apochromat. I figure another 2 or three hundred for that piece of fancy glass.
The 8.8 UWA gives a feeling of falling into the field, even in the ETX. That telescope came with the Meade 26 mm Series 4000 SuperPlossl, which is actually a nice low-cost eyepiece for wide field views and is underrated, IMHO.

So what I'm saying is, consider either the Baader zoom mentioned above, or a 6 or 8 mm, wide angle, long eye relief item from one of the major names like TeleVue.

You can always sell your car and move to a cheaper apartment, cut out one meal a day...but an eyepiece should be "perfectly user transparent": when you are looking through it, you should not even have to think about it, just like there's nothing at all between you and the stars...
i have been in the astronomy for a little over a year, thats when i got my saxon 130mm. last night i was looking at the Sombrero galaxy m104 but i was very faint i tryed going to the 10mm ep but it was not much better.

so what would be the best EP to look at or iam i better of getting a bigger scope..