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    From what I can gather, either of the choices I made regarding a first telescope basically comes with a 25mm eyepiece. As I get more experienced and determine what my taste is in eyepieces, I will be able to hopefully make some informed purchases. However, I do want to start off with some choices and it seems to be a choice between the less expensive Celestron Accessory Kit or the Meade 4000 set (about a hundred bucks more expensive).

    Which of those sets would you recommend to me as my first general set of eyepieces? Thanks as always for your very helpful input.

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    I wouldn't recommend a "set." I recommend buying one eyepiece at a time, preferrably the highest quality you can afford at the time. Then waiting awhile to see how you like the eyepiece, then buying a second, etc. I am trying to build my eyepiece collection this way.

    Also, instead of buying a set all offered by the same vendor, I'm buying a variety of eyepieces -- so far, an Orion, a Sterling, and a TV plossl. I figure that I might eventually find one I like best, then future purchases would be of that type.
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    Thanks for the input. My rationale regarding the set was that I would probably want some other eye pieces immediately, and I figured those less expensive ones would hold me over until I got some experience, attended some club meetings and met some local hobbyists.
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    That's a good point. Then later, if you add more eyepieces, you could always sell the "set."
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    That's sort of what I was thinking. It would give me lots of time so that I wouldn't feel the need to make quick decisions and then later wish I would have gotten something else.
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    Agree, and not bad to just 'start at the beginning'. I still have an old Meade 4k eyepiece set from way back - the Plossels. It's the only complete set I own. They are not bad performers at all, and provide a great baseline for comparisons, ballparking useable magnification range and fov on objects of a scope. Their relative narrow fov is also in ways an asset, you dont need the wide and wider for planetary and a lot of other stuff (though it's sure nice on some things).

    The fov though...

    What is the scope and how is it mounted, does it have tracking?

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    The new Celestron kit is so much better than the last one they had. I have the older and only use 2 of the 6 regularly (32 and 15). If you're on to getting a set the celestron isn't so bad, now. I wanted to get my dad some ep's for his Zob and went over to the Agena Astro site and picked up 2 GSO ep's and a barlow for $90 shipped. Yeah for 30$ more I could have had the set but at the time it included the 4 and 6mm which wouldn't have been used at all. and he already has the 9 so it would be redundant. With the barlow/ep combo's i got him now it turns into 5 different sizes so it wasn't to bad. And they even threw in some twist-lock cases for free. (not the super nice ones but free is free).

    If it were me knowing what I know now, get something in the 30ish mm range and something in the 10-20ish mm range. Since you have a club you can go to you'll probably be able to try out some nice ep's and figure out what you really want, I mean need. Those 2 plus the 25 will get you by until then.
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    Pedalmasher....

    I'm a BIG fan of these kits ...mostly because of their educational value you simply learn a lot very quickly what eyepieces can do for you and also what "strength" eyepieces give you the view you like...

    BUT I will also tell you flat out that in maybe a year you will still be using the case, still be using the barlow and the Moon filter and maybe one of the eyepieces....all the other "stuff" will be discarded and stored in a drawer in the house...

    I'd look at the Orion Premium set ...($149) ..I know you are looking at purchasing an 8" Sct and at least 4 or the five included eyepieces should be usable on an average night ...the 6.5 mm eyepiece (at 317x) may only be usable on the moon on very good nights however...

    so 4 good usable eyepieces, a good Shorty 2x barlow and a very usable moon filter plus a nice case for the price and the OEM 25 mm eyepiece you will cover all your bases for a very very cheap price....

    These eyepieces are standard possels which are far from being great eyepieces but they and definitely not junk and are quire usable...

    The other kit I would look at (if you can find a dealer who sells it) is the GSO Kit or Revelation kit I know that kit is perfect for a 8 inch Sct as I believe the highest power eyeeuice is a 9 mm whihc means ALL the eyepieces will work every night no matter how bad the seeing is ...

    BTW...unless you have money to burn think LT or 8se...Not LS

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    I asked a similar question a while ago and on the recommendations made here I ended up getting a Celestron 8-24mm zoom and have never regretted it. This zoom is actually better than the Plossol lenses that came with my former 4.5" newton (25mm, 10mm & 6.5mm - I kept the 6.5mm when I sold the newton ). I use this same zoom on both my scopes now. I'm so pleased with it that I haven't even tried the 2 lenses that came with my 8" Skywatcher Dob.

    It's at least worth a thought. Good luck!

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