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    How to Explain what I want to say......

    My wife just bought me the Zhumell 12" Deluxe Dobsonian, and I absolutely appreciate where eyepieces have come since the squint seventies, when you had to squint to look through a pinhole eyepiece.

    So here's what I'm trying to convey..

    The 32mm EP 2" barrel that comes with the Zhumell, is unbelievable. I can be 1" away from the EP and still see through the lens. I love the large view and I want MORE !!!.

    What type of 1.25 EP's have this feature as well, as my 9mm / 1.25 is comfortable to look through, but I'd like a large window to the stars, with a large AFOV as well.

    I'd really appreciate a 12mm with a 2" barrel. Where can I get 2" high power, with large apparent field of view, large eye openings and whip cream on top?

    Thanks for the help, all I see out there is 26mm 2" EP's...is there anything in High Power?
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    Welcome to the board Lazy, give this this site a shot:

    Best of the Eyepiece Forum

    There are tons and tons of stuff on this board, you just need to look around for a bit. I bet all the questions have been asked before, but don't hesitate to ask questions, these guys are great here for that, but you should look around a bit also, there are some great info on here. Good luck!
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    Hi Lazyeyepiece .. Orion has several offerings with good exit glass and decent eye relief ..Check the ED-2 series of eyepieces ..They don't really have a real wide field of view only 55 degree's ...But they are made with ED glass ...Extra low dispersion glass is used in high end camera lenses and APO telescopes ..It's the good stuff ...And they are only 75 dollars each ..

    Like you i also hate older style eyepieces ..I think it's like looking through a soda straw..
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    Hi there, welcome to the forum. I am very happy with my 2"/1.25" cheap ($40) GSO superview eyepieces. Really great value for the money especially the 2" ones. If you are looking to spend more, there are some really nice eyepiece that are even greater than 72 degrees view.

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    I also use a 20mm GSO and like it a lot. Easy on the pocketbook as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LazyEyepiece View Post
    What type of 1.25 EP's have this feature as well, as my 9mm / 1.25 is comfortable to look through, but I'd like a large window to the stars, with a large AFOV as well.
    A quick simple answer to this specific question...

    1.25" eyepieces with wide AFOV, and a large eye-lens with good eye-relief....

    The obvious ones are Televue's:-
    Nagler (especially the type 6, for larger eye-lens) 80° AFOV
    Panoptic (shorter F/Ls are 1.25") 68° AFOV
    Radians have a larger eye-lens than the equivalent Plossl, and a 60° AFOV

    If you don't wanna spend 'Televue' money - then I can also recommend the W70 range by Antares.
    And the Baader Hyperion range.

    The W70s have 68° to 70° AFOV across the range, and even the shorter ones have quite a large eye-lens with good eye-relief.
    I have the 5.8mm myself, and it's my joint-fave high power eyepiece (of those I own)
    Scroll down a bit for the W70 range - the 5.8 is the left-most one that is standing upright.
    Antares Sky Instruments : Eyepieces
    The eye-lens on the 5.8mm is almost an inch in diameter, an average 6mm plossl has an eye-lens of around 4mm in diameter.

    The shorter f/l W70s are known to show a bit of coma around the edges when used in a fast scope, but that's only a small criticism for an eyepiece that is so much cheaper than similar spec premium-priced eyepieces.

    Their Speers-Waler eyepieces are even better, with slightly wider AFOV, especially long eye-relief, and can fit either 2" or 1.25" focusers - they are more expensive though.

    THe Baader Hyperion range are a bit more expensive than the W70s, but are HUGELY versatile.
    Essentially they are large 2" eyepieces, but all have a 1.25" nosepiece extension, so can fit either size focuser.
    Fine-tuning rings are available, that can be added between the 2" unit, and the 1.25" nosepiece to alter the focal length by a few mm.
    Or the nosepiece can be completely removed, leaving you with essentially an 'Erfle' eyepiece of around 20 - 24 mm (depending which Hyperion you have)
    68° AFOV across the range - and BIG eye-lenses (as per 2" eyepieces) with very good eye-relief.
    Arguably the best value-for-money 'premium' eyepiece out there.
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    Thank you for the fast answers, I have made up my mind that I will attend tomorrow nights Star Party and do my best to convince some lucky person to please drop their EP into my tube for a quick view of what I want to witness.

    Carlos, those Antares are beautiful to look at. I'm hoping someone tomorrow night will have an EP to demonstrate. I'll also be looking for an Orion ED to see that as well.

    I just bought a 4mm 1.25 GSO from Agena, with a Meade #126 barlow as well. That's it for first time buyer wallet spending, I'm ready to invest in my future with correct decisions after tomorrow nights first meet.

    thanks guys, I have to go now make a padded cover for scope to travel in.
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    Switching to Baader Ep's

 

 

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