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    hi every iam only new to astronomy and even newer to this forum, but i have question. I have a 130mm saxon Newtonian Reflector and it came with 1.25" eyepieces (4mm, 10mm & 25mm) and iam about ready to upgrade them but i dont know what i should be looking for.

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    depends on what your looking for and what your preferences are.

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    anything and everything but more so looking at nebula's and other DSO. but i do have a soft spot when it comes to looking at saturn
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    saxon 1309 EQMS Reflector
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    130mm aperture, 900mm
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    One of these, and a 2x barlow will give you a good range of magnifications. I have both and while they are not Nagler quality, they both give very good performance.
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    i was thinking something with a little bite more quility. maybe something that would get the best out of my scope.
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    Hard to say plus eyepieces are very very personal items ...what is perfect for me and my scope may be just acceptable to you...

    Anyhow EXACTLY what do you want to improve on in comparasons to your current eyepieces....? I would imagine that you would like to have greater eye relief, maybe a wider FOV, maybe an eyepiece that has a warmer tone to your eye...

    But only you can say for sure... 1st thing to do is sit down and use each eyepiece THEN list what you do not like about it or what you would want it to do better THEN go shopping...

    WWPierre suggestion of a Barlow is definitely something you should consider but again that is personal also I do have a 2x Barlow ...but hardly use it as my eyepiece case over the years has gotten heavier and heavier ...

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    My suggestion is don't buy an eyepiece right now. Use your current ep's until you know why you need to upgrade. Otherwise you risk winding up with something that does not help your viewing at all. Eventually you will realize that you really need a wide field ep, or a nebula filter. Then you can make a decision that will benefit you the most. Don't be in a hurry, get the right thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertb View Post
    i was thinking something with a little bite more quility. maybe something that would get the best out of my scope.
    Get thee to a star party. Investigate the lower magnification limit of your scope. One of my first purchases was a good quality EP that would give me the Pleiades in full. (Can you see it from there?) Dense starfields are pretty spectacular.

    Think of a Baader Hyperion zoom, perhaps.
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    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...
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    Quote Originally Posted by alsetalokin View Post

    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...
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