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    Default 12 mm lens... Choices choices?



    Does anyone have an opinion on celestrons omni range in particular the 12 mm.or what about Magellan wideview 12 mm. Don't really want to spend lots.thanks

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    I'd scratch the Magellan simply because this old boy has never even heard of it PLUS I assume that you own a SCT (since this is the Catadioptric forum) so what do you need a wide field relatively high powered eyepiece ... If you want a wider FOV then I'd look at a Baader Hyperion or an Orion Stratus 13 mm maybe a little more money BUT "most" likely better then the Omni ..who knows with the Magellan

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    Looking for a budget-priced eyepiece? There's a sale going on at Smart Astronomy, get their 12.5mm long eye relief Solar System for only $39.95 here:

    1.25'' 12.5MM SOLAR SYSTEM LONG EYE RELIEF TELESCOPE EYEPIECE

    These are equivalent to the Zhumell Z's planetaries (and other re-branded ones) which have good reviews, and they're definitely better than the Omni's.

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    If you are looking for an inexpensive 2in low power eye piece, I bought a GSO Superview 42mm the other day. It has a 65deg fov and is a pretty nice eyepiece for the money. I paid 42 bucks for mine from an Ebay Store.

    If it were me, I would listen to Bob and Hernando, they have massive experience with oculars. I would personally take their advice without question when it comes to eyepieces.

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    Thanks for the speedy replies.think I'm goin to pay the extra cash and go for the Baader but as usual we pay well over the odds in the UK!?

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    If you're springing for the Baader (they are good EP's), then at around the same price, the Explore Scientific 82-degree Series II are on sale for $99 for both the 11 and 14mm's. The apparent-field-of-view (AFOV) is wider than the Baader Hyperion's 68-deg at 82-deg for the ES units and the latter have very good reviews as well. Just another option to consider.

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    I picked up my Hyperions used for a good price. The 13mm works good in all my scopes but I don't have an SCT. I recently ordered an 11mm Explore Scientific but haven't received it yet. From everything I've read it's a good deal for an 82 degree eyepiece. Jim is right. These guys give good eyepiece advice.
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    Just to add one more spanner to the works,just spotted Baader zoom lens 8-24 mm,expensive but saves on buying many lenses; any thoughts???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stantastic View Post
    Just to add one more spanner to the works,just spotted Baader zoom lens 8-24 mm,expensive but saves on buying many lenses; any thoughts???
    What you said pretty much sums up the Baader Hyperion zoom (Mark III latest version), for more info, look here:

    Hello, from a Hyperion zoom lover!

    I consider the Hyperion zoom as one of the best value for anything that I've ever paid for in this hobby, and it is my favorite to use among 60+ eyepieces currently owned.

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