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    Default In the box eyepieces



    I just recieved a Celestron Powerseeker 127 for fathers day.
    I came with a 20mm Erecting eyepiece and a shorter one.
    Are these stock eyepieces good enough to see planets or is it a good idea to upgrade?

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    Default Re: In the box eyepieces

    I see that the Powerseeker normally comes with a 20mm and a 4mm eyepiece. The 4mm is the one that will be useful for planets (250x). Try them before buying anything else so that you will get a feel at how you will be using the telescope (e.g. you might be interested more in deep sky).
    I bet you will find out the 4mm is a bit overkill. You will have to glue your eye on the eyepiece and the magnification will be so much that if it is not a very clear night the view will not be great. So if you are into planets more, my estimate is that you will first go for a more comfortable eyepiece for planetary viewing at around 6mm (1000/6=167x). I find this one: Agena Enhanced WA Eyepiece - 6mm to be very good if you are on a budget (found also as SkyWatcher UWA). Or the 9mm (1000/9=111x) from the same series if you want it for more than planets.
    But as I said, try out the ones you have first.
    You also have a 3x barlow that goes with the powerseeker, right? You can use that with the 20mm for planetary viewing (1000/20*3=150x).
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    Default Re: In the box eyepieces

    Welcome to the forum. Here is a thread that would good for you to read. Article: A Framework On How To Choose Telescope Eyepieces

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    Default Re: In the box eyepieces

    In my short experience, yes! My Powerseeker 114EQ (now my kids) came with 2 eyepieces and they worked fine for starters. But once I added better quality eye pieces, the difference in quality really became apparent.

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    My first few eyepieces were used. If I didn't like it, it wasn't a huge money loss.
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    Default Re: In the box eyepieces

    Hello Clallred. Well, the eyepieces that come with telescopes nowadays, are a far sight better than they used to be in the 60' through the 80's. However, they can still leave something to be desired, compared to more expensive third party eyepieces. I would recommend that you work with what you currently have, and then see what focal length eyepiece would fill in the range nicely for you, and order one. You can simply go from there, and these additional eyepieces can be kept for use in a newer, larger scope, possibly later in your future. I hope this helps, and best of regards.
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    Default Re: In the box eyepieces

    use the stock ones - then try to upgrade to say a 24-28 mm wide view and the maybe one from 5-10 mm

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    Default Re: In the box eyepieces

    Thank you all for the replies.

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    Default Re: In the box eyepieces

    If you dont want to spend a lot of money on eyepieces you could go with the Zhummel Eyepiece and filter kit from telescopes.com, they're not real high end, but they're good to start with and learn what sizes you might want upgrades to. The color filters arent much use, but the moon filter and polarizer work nice for viewing bright objects.

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    Default Re: In the box eyepieces

    Why spend $100 for a bunch of low end eyepieces (one of them almost identical to one he has)? His included ones are enough to make an educated guess on his next eyepiece if he uses them for a while. Besides, the eyepieces are not just about the focal length, getting 4 inexpensive plossls will not give you a general idea of what eyepieces you can get (while attending a star party, a club etc will).
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    Default Re: In the box eyepieces

    The eyepieces that come with some telescopes are okay, others aren't all that great but overall they do the job for a beginner.

    Eventually you will want to upgrade to better and more expensive eyepieces but for now they will do the job for you.

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