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    Default Appropriate eyepieces for new scope.



    I just purchased a used xx12i Orion scope. The scope is in good condition and came with a few eyepieces as well. They are all Meade QX wide angle eyepieces. 26mm and 30mm two inch and a 15mm and 20mm inch and a quarter. First question is are these decent eyepieces? Second question is are they ok for this scope being that it is a f4.9. If not, what in everyone's opinion should I purchase. Would the Orion stratus line work? Thanks in advance for the advice. Oh yeah thunderstorms and rain forecast for the next tens days

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    Default Re: Appropriate eyepieces for new scope.

    I haven't used them, but the best advice I can offer anyone regarding eyepieces is to use what you have until you learn what you need. One person's favorite EP may be awful for someone else. It also depends a bit on what you want to do with the scope. A great EP for planetary observation may not be so well suited for observing faint nebulae.
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    Default Re: Appropriate eyepieces for new scope.

    Welcome to the forum, Chris.

    I can't offer any personal experience with the eyepieces you mentioned. Since you bought the scope used, one could make the assumption that the previous owner was pleased with them, as they were obviously bought aftermarket.

    I did see one negative review (Astromart) on the Meade wide-angle eyepieces, but it seemed to be mostly just a rant... vice an objective evaluation.

    I suggest getting used to the scope/eyepieces and going from there.

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    Default Re: Appropriate eyepieces for new scope.

    30mm is about as low power as you would want (longest focal length). The highest power would be a 5mm (shortest focal length). Explore Scientific gets good reviews if you find the need to go to different eyepieces. My scope is 4.9 as well. I have 5mm, 13mm, 17mm, and 24mm Baader Hyperions (68* field of view). I like them but Explore Scientific eyepieces seem to be favored for our F-ratio.
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    Default Re: Appropriate eyepieces for new scope.

    I had the full range of Meade QX's and liked them.
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    Default Re: Appropriate eyepieces for new scope.

    I had the Meade 26mm QX and it worked well in my 8"LX200 at f/10 but showed edge distortion on my AD12 at f/4.9. I bought a Baader Hyperion 17mm which was decent but really didn't wow me. That's when ES came out with the 82s and I now have almost the complete set including a couple of duplicate focal lengths for my binoviewer. IMO the ESs are superior and worth the extra cost.
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    Default Re: Appropriate eyepieces for new scope.

    Thanks for all of the input everyone. I have been using them for terrestrial targets because of the weather. Hoping for clear skys soon. I am looking forward to seeing what they will do on deep sky objects.

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    Default Re: Appropriate eyepieces for new scope.

    Like Ozman... My experience with these QX eyepieces worked fine in my slower scopes BUT NOT in my much faster scopes...(especially on the edges of the FOV)

    To be honest I wouldn't buy any other eyepieces UNTIL you use what you have for a few MONTHS.... then determine IF you really need to reach for your checkbook or not

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    Default Re: Appropriate eyepieces for new scope.

    Great advice Bob I think I will try them out for a while. Might be a few months before I get to use them according to the current weather forecast

 

 

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