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    Default 2" eyepiece recommendation.



    Hi all. I already own a 9mm, 12mm and 18mm eyepieces in 1.25 barrel size for my 8 inch Edgehd.
    Now I would like to purchase a 2 inch eyepiece for a wider field of view for some DSO'S. Anybody with a simular scope have any good recommendations? Preferably something that won't break the bank lol.

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    Default Re: 2" eyepiece recommendation.

    Look at Russel optics. They sell online and On Ebay.
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    Default Re: 2" eyepiece recommendation.

    Thanks Leveye. I'll check them out.
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    Default Re: 2" eyepiece recommendation.

    I Have 8" SCT and GSO SV 42mm works nicely in it

    GSO 2" SuperView Eyepiece - 42mm
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    Default Re: 2" eyepiece recommendation.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2Barrel View Post
    Hi all. I already own a 9mm, 12mm and 18mm eyepieces in 1.25 barrel size for my 8 inch Edgehd.
    Now I would like to purchase a 2 inch eyepiece for a wider field of view for some DSO'S. Anybody with a simular scope have any good recommendations? Preferably something that won't break the bank lol.
    If you are hell-bent on getting the maximum FOV and the lowest magnification piece that can be used on your 8"SCT, look for the 56mm offering from Meade (Series 4000 super plossl) or Russell Optics (already mentioned), the 55mm plossl from Televue (oops this one might break your bank...).
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    Default Re: 2" eyepiece recommendation.

    If you want a dark background, higher magnification with a wider angle will give about the same total field, but they are more expensive. The 30mm 80degree field Chinese eyepieces on eBay are soft at the edges, but only $80 to $90. ES, Meade, Celestron, and TeleVue all improve the performance at 30mm and 31mm for progressively deeper bites out of your wallet. There are several choices at 40-41mm with 68 to 70 degree fields, which is what most people opt for as a reasonable compromise between magnification, distortion, clean edges, and contrast. The lower cost Agena and William Optic SWAN models are softer at the edges than the more expensive Meade 5000 series and the even more expensive TeleVue Panoptic, so read the reviews and decide how much you want to pay for a cleaner view. If you have a lot of light pollution, you will find that the longer (over 50mm) Plossls, Kellners, and other classic designs may show too much background light to see any deeper than the 40mm choices. You also have to watch with longer eyepiece focal lengths, that you are not getting into trouble with exceeding the limit at which you begin to see your secondary mirror shadow. This is explained on the above recommended Russell Optics website.
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    Default Re: 2" eyepiece recommendation.

    Thanks for all the input. Much appreciated. Ive been doing allot of research and it really seems allot of folks really like the 82* E.S. eyepieces. Looks like I better dig a little deeper in the wallet. If I were to get one of these, do you think the 30mm would be a good place to start for viewing DSO's ? Or do you think I should go with less magnification?

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    Default Re: 2" eyepiece recommendation.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2Barrel View Post
    Thanks for all the input. Much appreciated. Ive been doing allot of research and it really seems allot of folks really like the 82* E.S. eyepieces. Looks like I better dig a little deeper in the wallet. If I were to get one of these, do you think the 30mm would be a good place to start for viewing DSO's ? Or do you think I should go with less magnification?
    Indeed ES 68 and 82 deg are good quality EPs, but you did ask for 'easy on the wallet recommendations', right?

    Anyway, ES82 30mm will serve your purpose nicely since it will have the same actual field of view (AFV) as 65 degree 42mm SV or 50 degree 55mm Plossl. Be prepared however to handle ES82 30mm because it is large (about the size of soda cane) and heavy (2lb+).

    Such glass pineapples just don't work for me, so I opt for lighter, smaller and more manageable 65-70 degree EPs. My favorite is Baader Aspheric 36mm.

    Baader Hyperion-Aspheric Eyepiece - 36mm # HYP-36 2454636
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    Default Re: 2" eyepiece recommendation.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2Barrel View Post
    Thanks for all the input. Much appreciated. Ive been doing allot of research and it really seems allot of folks really like the 82* E.S. eyepieces. Looks like I better dig a little deeper in the wallet. If I were to get one of these, do you think the 30mm would be a good place to start for viewing DSO's ? Or do you think I should go with less magnification?
    The 30mm is a pig (large)...



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    With your Edge HD, you can get a quality view without spending that much. These ES eyepieces are great, don't get me wrong, I've got the full set of 82º eyepieces, and I find them to be excellent in my fast dobsonian (and my fast fracs), but you've got other options to consider too.

    I'm on a mobile platform presently so am a bit limited. Hopefully other SCT users can chime in. Bigzmey's recommendation above is good too.
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    Default Re: 2" eyepiece recommendation.

    Indeed ES 68 and 82 deg are good quality EPs, but you did ask for 'easy on the wallet recommendations', right?

    Anyway, ES82 30mm will serve your purpose nicely since it will have the same actual field of view (AFV) as 65 degree 42mm SV or 50 degree 55mm Plossl. Be prepared however to handle ES82 30mm because it is large (about the size of soda cane) and heavy (2lb+).

    Such glass pineapples just don't work for me, so I opt for lighter, smaller and more manageable 65-70 degree EPs. My favorite is Baader Aspheric 36mm.

    Baader Hyperion-Aspheric Eyepiece - 36mm # HYP-36 2454636
    That looks real nice. Thanks Bigzmey.

    The 30mm is a pig (large)...
    Wow that is huge Thanks for the pic. I had no idea.
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