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    I am looking to purchase a Celestron C6 sgt, the scope will be used for casual viewing,( I have 2 boys9 and12 to introduce to astronomy) as well as a starting point for astrophotography(mainly just some piggyback).

    My question: I wish to spend around $300 for eyepieces that will give the widest views with best detail.(for the price)

    My thoughts are:

    Option 1: 32mm Omni plossl, Baader 8-24mm zoom.

    Option 2: 32mm omni plossl, Celestron x cel lx 18,12 and 9mm.
    (scope is supplied with 25mm plossl)

    Option 3: 32mm omni plossl, Celestron x cel lx 25 and 18mm with
    2x barlow.

    Any thoughts or comments on these combinations would be appreciated, if anyone has experience with any of these eyepieces with an sct your experiences would be greatly appreciated.

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    I am NOT a zoom guy but the Baader is a good one.. so sure buy one ...

    SO>.. I'd say buy an external power supply as your first purchase a flexible dew shield as your second then go with Option number one with the 32 and Baader Zoom.. followed ASAP with a good solid adjustable observation chair...

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    My choice would have to be option #3: a 32mm Omni, Celestron X-Cel LX 25 & 18mm and a 2x barlow. That's a nice rounded collection to view planetary as well as deep sky objects. 32, 25, 18, 16, 12.5 & 8mm.

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    Hi Glen
    I just purchased the Baader 8-24mm zoom and with the limited time I have used it I think it was well worth the cash.
    One of these along with the 32mm I think will serve your purposes for now.
    Since I have also the Baader 21mm I suspect I will find I wont use the 24mm mag much because of the limited FOV (50 degrees).
    The wife says she doesn't see much difference between my
    8 & 21mm and my new zoom.
    I had a bit of explaining that there shouldn't be and why I felt compelled to buy the zoom.
    Why....?
    Because I couldn't help myself. L
    You and the kids enjoy that new scope!
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    I would go for option 1, with the Baader zoom, mainly for the convenience of not having to swap eyepieces with kids around, but it also has good quality optics and decent FOVs (from 50º at 24mm to 68° at 8mm).


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    Glenn,

    you seem to have arrived somewhat quicker to the same conclusion that I have.
    To explain, I've got an 8" dob which came with a 25mm and 10mm plossl. After six or seven months of using them (with a x2 barlow) I decided that I needed to have a better spread.
    I've just got a 2 inch 32mm, which is great for such things as the Pleiades and M42 etc.
    I've also just today ordered the Baader Hyperion 8-24 zoom and I'm greatly encouraged by the remarks that existing owners (especially Bobble's above) have made about its quality.
    I too had looked at buying a two or three of the Celestron X-Cel LX's or the individual Hyperions thinking that a zoom couldn't possibly be as good.

    My vote goes for your option no.1. I hope that I won't be proved wrong.

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    Thanks everyone for you feedback, I'm leaning towards the zoom, primarily for the convenience,

    Thanks again.

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