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    Hello,

    In my last post I asked about what I could see from my home built 6" f4 newtonian (1.25" focuser) reflector and I got some very pleasing answers. Then I asked about eyepieces and was told to keep them between 4mm and 28mm, this seems fair enough. I was also recommended Baader Hyperion and Skywatcher. Both respected and reputed makes. Since then I have purchased a x2 barlow lens so that would make it between 8mm and 28mm (I was told that if you go smaller than 28mm it won't make the images any brighter). The only problem with the ones that were recommended is that they are well out of my price range. And that brings me to the subject of my post. I was wondering if there are any reputable brands that are within a price range. Say ... tops £40. I was also wondering if there are better types of eyepieces for viewing different things. Planets or DSOs for example.

    All help is much appreciated.

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    Default Re: Eyepieces?

    Hi L'homme, for less than £40 there's quite a wide choice. Vixen NPL series, GSO, Revelation Astro, Celestron Omni, Skywatcher SP etc all between £20-£50. Planets are usually best viewed with Orthoscopics or plossl's, Galaxies Nebulae etc are best served with a wide angle EP. All the manufacturers/models listed above are useable ep's when starting out, personally i have Revelation Astro plossl's which are a step up from OEM modified achro's. Most forum members will tell you that it's better to find your local club/star party and ask other amateurs if you can take a look through their ep's, which i would consider to be sound advice as everyones eyes are different and each amateur has their own favourites.

    Very few people i know use ep's costing £100 so i really couldn't give a fair account of whether it's worth buying say a couple of Hyperions over a fistfull of cheaper plossl's. The only downside i can see for you with hyperions, is that they are designed for use with 2" focusers and have an extra lens (more glass) in the 1.25" adapter. It must be said though... everyone who owns Hyperions would recommend them as a very good low-mid price ep.

    good luck with the search for ep's
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    Default Re: Eyepieces?

    Thanks for this. I think the Skywatchers are the most friendly for me at the moment! I don't to spend too much on eyepieces because I have no idea if the telescope is going to be any good. At the moment we're having secondary mirror problems!
    I have looked up the local club and I might try to go to one of their meeting type things if I get a chance.
    I can't see how you could call Hyperions a low-mid price eyepiece. They cost over £100. As far as I can tell they're the best on the market.
    Anyway, thanks again.

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    Thanks, I will look into these brands!

 

 

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