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    Question Eye pieces for the LB



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    I've done so much research on eyepieces for the LB 16 that I have ended up being more confused than when I started.
    I would like to use two eye pieces.
    I have the 2" televue barlow 2x now and the eye pieces that came with the scope. What do you guys think?
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    You looking for the best? Something like Televue Naglers, but they are expensive!!!

    If your looking for something debatably as good but for half the price? Meade 5000 series.


    If your budget doesn't fit that, and your willing to settle for a bit less quality, Hyperion’s are pretty good. Or Antares. But you won't get the crisp contrast you would from a Nagler or Meade 5000.

    Personally I'm tossing up between the Naglers and Meade 5000's right now myself. But I'll probably be satasfied with either.

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    I want to get something good. I'm saving the cash for it and had thought about the naglers.
    I do not know much about the meade 5000.
    Are there any article comparing the two?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dale002 View Post
    I'm saving the cash for it and had thought about the naglers.
    I do not know much about the meade 5000.
    Are there any article comparing the two?
    The reviews on Telescopes.com are as good as It gets as far as I've found.

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    I always recommend a zoom first. I have a Celestron, but I wish I had spent a bit more on this.
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    Take a look at the Baader Hyperions
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    You won't find a bad review anywhere.

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    I have both Naglers and Meade 5000 eyepieces in my set. I bought Naglers in the focal lengths I use the most, and have the Meades to fill in the gaps which I use occasionally. I can say both are good quality, although the Nagler wins hands down with the wider, flatter field and superior edge correction. If you know exactly what focal lengths you want, and you are sure you only need 1 or 2 eyepieces (who stops at only 1 or 2???), I'd suggest the Naglers for pure performance. But be warned: you might have a hard time going back.
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    I have only four oculars in my EP case, and rarely use more than two!
    In fact, at Star Parties, many times I'll use only my 20mm Nagler all night long!

    Borrowing a Zoom EP is a good idea for determining what focal lengths you'll need in fixed FL eyepieces. Then buy those FLs, or the closest to them, in 2" oculars with the widest AFOV you can get for the money.

    Here are my Oculars:

    Televue 35mm Panoptic
    Televue 20mm Nagler (most often used)
    Meade 4000 (Japanese) 14mm Ultrawide
    Meade 4000 8.8mm Ultrawide (never use it!)

    For the Moon, Planets, Galaxies, and Globular Clusters, you'll want magnification.
    For Nebulae and Open Clusters, you'll want a wider field. (In most cases)

    Buy the best oculars, even if you can afford only one a year! Three top-quality, well-chosen eyepieces are all you should ever need.

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    Thank you Harold.
    I do not know much but,I know enough to agree with you.
    I have target the nagler but now I'm thinking about the Meade 5000 uwa.
    The nagler 20 or the Meade 5000 uwa 18 is what I'm thinking of getting for the first one.
    Why don't you use the 8.8mm uwa?
    I'm asking because that's the direction I was going for the second one but they are 1.25.
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    HEY DALE:

    I don't use the 8.8mm UWA because it magnifies too much, and I don't like magnifications over about 180X...200X tops!
    I'm happy all night long with my 20mm Nagler, giving me 152X. (With your LB, that would give you only 91X)

    With my Meade 12" f/10 LX200, with a FL of 3048mm, an 8.8mm ocular would give me 346X, and even though its an accurate tracking scope, that's just WAY too much power for me!

    Cheers...
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