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    Hi!

    I am on the point of ordering the Orion xt8i for my birthday next month!

    In other discussions it was suggested that a powerful wide angle eyepiece will help in keeping planets in the viewfinder for longer. So, if I were looking for a 5mm wide angle eyepiece ( or around 5mm), that doesn't cost the earth, what would be a good buy?

    Thankyou for any suggestions!

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    Astronomics has a sale on the Meade ~70* 5000 SWA's... OPT is having a sale on he Meade 5000 SWA's and ~~80* UWA's. They a very decent ep's for the money, compared to much more expensive ep's very favorably unless in very fast scope. I think the Explore Scientific EP's are also on sale or else just their usual low price...

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    Nice choice of scope. Wide angle EPs are great for keeping star fields and other DSOs in your field of view for longer, but may not be the best for viewing bright objects like the moon and planets. I would suggest getting a Barlow to use with the 10mm Plossl your scope will come with (it will be a cheaper purchase as well). Ultimately, I think a wide angle EP would be a nice addition to your collection, but you may want that one to be a little longer in focal length than 5mm.

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    Right now The Meade SWA 5000's are on sale at a price that honestly can not be beat...half price...!!!!!! These are good eyepieces at full price and Fantastic eyepieces at half price....
    That said :

    I do 90 percent of my viewing below 200x no matter what scope I am using...(4 or 5" refractors or 8 or 11" Scts...) so I seriously suggest the a 2x barlow like mentioned above be your first purchase...

    Most beginners think they need the most powerful eyepieces they can buy and honestly I'm willing to bet that you will end up like most of us and find yourself using lower powered eyepieces much more then high powered ones...

    So Bottom line: I'd be looking to add medium powered and lower powered eyepieces to be used WITH A BARLOW at this point...

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    Just tonight, I was able to use my newly arrived 8.8 mm Meade 5000 UWA for my Z10 for the first time. Orion Nebula was quite fantastic is all it's glory.
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    These eyepieces are a fantastic deal - did you get it on sale at OPT?

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    Others to look at are the Televue Radian series. They have lots of eye releif and a 60* FOV. Not to mention the Televue legendary quality.

    That being said, though I don't know what those Meade 5000 series are selling for. I do know that one of them came with my Lx200-R a few years ago. I didn't need it and sold it the next day on AstroMart for $175 I think. It sold quickly and the buyer was very happy with it so I know I gave him a good deal.

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    I'm not the greatest bargain shopper around, but I bought mine at Telescopes.com cheaper than what Astonomics.com has, so I was happy. Plus, anyone that has free shipping will certainly get my attention as well as long as they have a good reputation.

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