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    Default Newbie needing advice on eyepieces



    Hello everyone. I have a Celestron C8-N reflector that I recently purchased. I have a Meade 25mm eyepiece and that's it. I have been reading the forums and have heard a lot of good remarks about the GSO Plossl's and their Superview companions. I have also seen mentioned that the Celestron X-CEL-LX are good eyepieces. I am on a limited budget and Even the price of the Explore Scientific eyepieces are a bit too far from reach for now. My scope is an F/5, and in the near future when I purchase the eyepieces I would like to make my money go as far as I can. I'm sure you know what I mean. . I live in Mesa, AZ and I am fortunate enough to be about an hour away from some dark sky areas so I'd like to see Messier objects and clusters. I have seen Saturn and I am thoroughly impressed. Any advice you guys can give me would be greatly appreciated.
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    Here is a vote for the Meade series 5000 HD-60. At $79 each they are a steal, and have superb optics. I'm pretty sure the XCel-LX is the same optics.

    With your f/5, I'd add a 10mm and a 5mm to your 25mm.

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    Default Re: Newbie needing advice on eyepieces

    Thank you for your quick reply. There is a shop near me called Photon and I'll go there to see if they have these eyepieces in stock. Should I look into getting a barlow lens also?

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    Default Re: Newbie needing advice on eyepieces

    I think skaven is right, the Meade hd-60 and X-Cel LX are the same eyepieces. I have a 9mm X-Cel and I really like it for the price...you can get them right now for $65 at adorama.com which is about $15 cheaper then most selling the Meade HD-60. If you have a 25mm then maybe get a 9mm and a 12mm or 18mm.

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    Default Re: Newbie needing advice on eyepieces

    be aware the meade obtain their optics from gso.
    which is no bad thing btw
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    Get the Explore Scientific at $99 and forget about them lifetime.
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    Default Re: Newbie needing advice on eyepieces

    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick199 View Post
    Get the Explore Scientific at $99 and forget about them lifetime.
    Have to agree with Maverick. Get the ES eypieces. For the price, nobody can touch them. You will also benefit from the wider field. A barlow is a personal issue. Some use them religiously, others refuse to even touch them. I use my 2X barlow occasionally, my 3X I can use as a club to keep those refractor folks away (not really, I'm considering a refractor as a grabngo). Especially considerig the sales going on now. Once you buy a premium eyepiece, you won't need to replace it down the road as it will perform well in any scope. A cheaper eypeice may perform well at f9 or highter, but at f5 or below might be a nightmare.

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    I have been researching for some time now and learning about what FOV I would like to use and what manufacturers etc. I have come across these eyepieces from Owl Astronomy Products, they are right in the price range for now, and generally speaking they have good reviews. The confusing part for me as of now is the GSO / multi manufacturer mess. If I am understanding this correctly a manufacturer is making eyepieces that are optically identical but labeling them differently for companies like Meade, or Celestron or even Agena? I know these are plossl's or possibly super plossl's but besides price is there a quality difference from one supplier to another?

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    I use my barlow only rarely. I don't have anything against barlows, and a high quality one won't degrade the image or anything...I just find that it doesn't take too many eyepieces to cover the useful ranges of magnifications in my scope, and so it's more convenient to just use the appropriate focal lengths directly. The only time I break out the barlow is when the seeing is particularly excellent, to push beyond my shortest eyepiece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C8-N View Post
    I have been researching for some time now and learning about what FOV I would like to use and what manufacturers etc. I have come across these eyepieces from Owl Astronomy Products, they are right in the price range for now, and generally speaking they have good reviews. The confusing part for me as of now is the GSO / multi manufacturer mess. If I am understanding this correctly a manufacturer is making eyepieces that are optically identical but labeling them differently for companies like Meade, or Celestron or even Agena? I know these are plossl's or possibly super plossl's but besides price is there a quality difference from one supplier to another?
    Most of the Owl products are just cloned GSO products. They'll work at f5, but will probably be fuzzy in the outer 15-30% of the field of view. With an f5, I'd probably go with the ES. If you're looking at the Enhanced View 66*, these are Orion Expanse clones. At f5, The 20mm and 15mm you can keep as varment throwers. The 9mm and 6mm are the best of the series as they have a smyth lens (acts as a barlow), and will perform ok. Not anywhere as good as the ES, but ok.

 

 
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