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    Default Eye Piece for Celestron 130SLT



    Hi,

    Currently I have a Celestron NEXSTAR 130SLT:

    Aperture (mm) 130 mm (5.12 in)
    Focal Length 650 mm (26 in)
    Focal Ratio 5
    Focal Length of Eyepiece 1: 25mm
    Magnification of Eyepiece 1: 26 x
    Focal Length of Eyepiece 2: 9 mm
    Magnification of Eyepiece 2: 72 x

    I am in search of additional eyepieces but as a beginner I am becoming overwhelmed with researching. Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated. Eventually I wan't a collection to view planets. getting a chance to see Saturn would be great.
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    Default Re: Eye Piece for Celestron 130SLT

    Welcome to the forum.
    I achieved some epic views of Saturn with that scope using a 26mm Meade Super Plossl and a 2X Barlow. (50X mag). You could also go the route of a 13mm eyepiece for the same result, but you want the best eye relief possible, so I still prefer my method. A good 10mm eyepiece added to that and you will be able to get even higher magnification and cover all the bases to your telescopes 130X limit. (Summary: 25 or 26mm Super Plossl - 10mm Super Plossl - 2X Barlow). Hope that helps.
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    Default Re: Eye Piece for Celestron 130SLT

    If you don't already have one, I'd recommend a 2x barlow instead of an eyepiece. That will give you 12.5mm and 4.5mm with your existing eyepieces. The 4.5mm will be close to 5mm, which is the maximum magnification you can effectively use on that scope (Being 0.5mm the max over won't make a big difference).

    Generally, it is best to wait with eyepiece purchases until you know what you need and why. The deficiencies in your eyepiece collection will identify themselves when you find yourself wishing for this or that capability. Then it's time to buy. Otherwise, you run the risk of parting with a ton of cash and still only using one or two favourite eyepieces.

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    Default Re: Eye Piece for Celestron 130SLT

    Quote Originally Posted by savior85s View Post
    Hi,

    Currently I have a Celestron NEXSTAR 130SLT:

    Aperture (mm) 130 mm (5.12 in)
    Focal Length 650 mm (26 in)
    Focal Ratio 5
    Focal Length of Eyepiece 1: 25mm
    Magnification of Eyepiece 1: 26 x
    Focal Length of Eyepiece 2: 9 mm
    Magnification of Eyepiece 2: 72 x

    I am in search of additional eyepieces but as a beginner I am becoming overwhelmed with researching. Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated. Eventually I wan't a collection to view planets. getting a chance to see Saturn would be great.
    I am fairly new myself. the two eyepiece you have are typical of what comes with a new telescope. So adding eyepieces is a matter of what you want from them. But I would agree that your first step would be to add a 2X barlow. Then you would have 26X, 52X 72X and 144X. That is a very nice spread of magnifications. Then every eyepiece you add after that will automatically give you two magnifications.

    Of course your budget will be a big influence. If you have $500 to spend on optic accessories then go wild. But if you are trying to ease in, that 2X barlow would be a good choice.

    Celestron has two. I could not tell you the difference.
    http://www.amazon.com/Celestron-Omni...ords=2X+barlow
    http://www.amazon.com/Celestron-9352...ords=2X+barlow

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    Amazon.com : Orion 08711 Shorty 1.25-Inch 2x Barlow Lens (Black) : Barlow Lenses : Camera & Photo

    Cheap Datyson - If you are on a budget, I bought a 2X and 3X at $10 each. They seem to work well. I don't have one of the more expensive ones to compare it to.
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    A barlow is simple to use. You slip it into the eyepiece hole and then slipe the eyepiece into the barlow. You can leave the barlow in and switch eyepieces just as you do when it is not in the telescope. Very simple. You will have to refocus when you use the barlow which his not a big deal.

    Barlow Basics
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENCbtFpdKJ0

    eyepiece basics
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DODk3cJam68


    I had my ETX 80 out last night to view the moon and the Andromeda Galaxy. I was using my 26 mm and my 9.7mm eyepieces along with my 3X barlow. Works great!

    Note that whether you are using a barlow or a shorter FL eyepiece the image will get dimmer and you will lose detail the higher the magnification. That is usually what limits the amount of magnification you can practically use. You can typically go to higher mag on brighter objects. I have used up to 186X with my 80 mm telescope when viewing the moon and Saturn but with the Andromeda galaxy, it is so dim in my light polluted skies that I can only get it up to about 40X before the view gets too dim to be useful.

    Hope this was helpful.
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    Default Re: Eye Piece for Celestron 130SLT

    First, congrats on your new scope.

    This detailed and positive review of your scope has a couple of eyepiece suggestions, which are a 25mm Plossl to replace the supplied low mag eyepiece and a 30-40mm 2" eyepiece for rich field scanning. A 2x Barlow would round out the package nicely.

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    Default Re: Eye Piece for Celestron 130SLT

    Howdy Savior85s--Because of the tracking abilities of the 130SLT,I like using my Meade 8 to 24 zoom eyepiece in mine--Allot of times I'll just grab that combo for a quick session of stargazing...

    Here's a comparison review Comparison: 8-24mm Zoom Eyepieces from Celestron, Meade, Tele Vue and Vixen

    I've used the zoom along with a 2x barlow for some crater diving on the moon,but my humid location only allows those kind of shenanigans on other objects during very rare occasions--If you live in a dryer local,that high powered pair may quench your planetary thirst--Good Hunting---ZX
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    Default Re: Eye Piece for Celestron 130SLT

    The Celestron 2x Omni barlow is pretty good for the money, I have no complaints about mine. If you're set on just getting another EP, a 6mm would be good for higher power views of planets, and you could still add a barlow to use with your other EPs if you wanted to. An Olivon HD 6mm would probably be a good choice for a higher power EP, it has a 58* FOV and pretty good eye relief.
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    Default Re: Eye Piece for Celestron 130SLT

    I second the suggestion for a 2 inch for wide field...and to purchase eye pieces with current and future scopes in mind. Years ago I got a Panoptic 35 for my 130 SLT used..EPs like this are awesome for your current scope and you will love forever with future scopes.
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