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    Default Celestron stock eyepiece/kit eyepiece vs Celestron zoom eyepiece shootout



    I finally got to try the new Celestron zoom eyepiece out. The difference between the stock eyepieces/Celestron eyepiece kit to the zoom is night and day. For me, it took this scope from something I was considering selling, to a scope I will enjoy for sometime to come.

    My epiphany ( I know,dumb newbie, a quality eyepiece improves views,well duh) came as soon as I put my eye to the eyepiece and focused. I had the scope at a random part of the sky where a few stars were visable. My first view was like looking at an open cluster. (I did not check with my sky map, maybe it was an open cluster. I know, I should had looked but I was star struck...) So I moved quickly to a known, The Orion Nebula. The view was crystal clear, through the whole power range. It was stunning.

    I then moved to a nearby star, Procyon. It was a beautiful pin point.

    Sadly it was a short session, but it has refueled my interest 10 fold.

    I can't wait for my first really good viewing session of Jupiter, Saturn, Mars!



    Cheers and clear skies!
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    Default Re: Celestron stock eyepiece/kit eyepiece vs Celestron zoom eyepiece shootout

    I keep thinking about buying a zoom eyepiece. I had my eye on the Baader for a while. I'm glad you've enjoyed using your zoom though. It sounds interesting and fun to use.
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    Default Re: Celestron stock eyepiece/kit eyepiece vs Celestron zoom eyepiece shootout

    Congrats! Sometimes the smallest little step, or improvement can completely transform the experience. I sometimes wonder how many folks give up on the astronomy interest after an initial bad experience with sub-quality parts included with scopes.
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    Default Re: Celestron stock eyepiece/kit eyepiece vs Celestron zoom eyepiece shootout

    Congrats on the zoom But I'm curious, why not slowly start upgrading to good quality single EP's like (e.g.) the Explore Scientific line???? That's the advice I got from the good people here at the time in my verrrrrrry early days in this hobby and I took it

    BTW, my XLT 120 came with a Celestron Zoom at the time as part of a package deal. I haven't used it or my Meade zoom in years.

    Clear skies and have fun with your new zoom!
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    Default Re: Celestron stock eyepiece/kit eyepiece vs Celestron zoom eyepiece shootout

    Premium quality eyepieces are my next purchase. I had a few reasons why I didn't spend 1-300 on a single eyepiece.
    First is I was not sure what was a reasonable expectation of this scope.I wanted to try a mid quality eyepiece in the event I ended up upgrading this scope. I just had my limited experience base to judge by .And I was not sure which single powered eyepiece I wanted to try. But some single eyepieces like ES, Tele Vue or Baader are in my future.
    For right now, I can enjoy some vastly improved viewing with the Celestron zoom.
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    Default Re: Celestron stock eyepiece/kit eyepiece vs Celestron zoom eyepiece shootout

    Excellent little review. Astronomy is only as good as your weakest part be it eyepiece or scope or diagonal or Mount and tripod. in this case I think that the eyepiece was the weak link and you have discovered just how much difference a quality piece can make.
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