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    I started out posting in the beginner's forum and figured I should say hello here as well. I'm from Connecticut and in my mid-twenties. I've always loved the night sky and have spent a lot of time attempting to spot constellations with the naked eye and recently decided to take a closer look with a pair of binoculars. Now I think I'm ready to take the plunge into purchasing a real telescope so I can get a closer look at some deep sky objects and expand my astronomy knowledge!

    I'm leaning toward the Orion SkyView Pro 8 at the moment and any suggestions on eyepieces, accessories and general information would be much appreciated.
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    Howdy and Welcome to AF.net ... thanks for signing up and jumping in ...

    ... naked-eye and Binoculars is a great start, and an 8" will give you a bunch to look at ...

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    Hi blueBledThesa , Welcome aboard the forums . The 8in. scope will really bring in the light . As far as accessories goes , a collimation tool for aligning the mirrom for starters and mabey a plansiphere or star atlas or map . A journel to keep track of your observations and mabey some sketches . Just some ideas ...
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    Here's a link to an interesting thread:

    Top Seven "Must Haves" ... Thoughts and Options

    There are several other good ones stickied at the top of the beginners forum

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    Welcome along, Blue. I think you've done everything in the right order. Eight-inches is a good size, and what I consider a step into a different bracket of observing from there up. After growing up with a 6" f8 Newtonian most of my life, I was amazed at the difference I saw when I got the 8" SCT f10. Somehow the view suddenly gets a whole lot better at once from what I've seen in a 6" scope. Maybe just me, or maybe it's something in the numbers.

    Wishing you luck with your purchase and clear skies from the get-go.

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    Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone! The Orion SkyView Pro 8 comes with 40x and 100x Sirius Plossl eyepieces. If I understand correctly, if I add on a 1.25" 2x Orion Shorty Barlow this should give me 40, 80, 100 and 200x views. Good start?

    The max magnification for the scope says 300x which I imagine is produced by a 3x Barlow. Not looking to do that any time soon but do you end up with a significant amount of distortion at that point? Is it even useful? Just curious. Also, is the higher priced 2x 3-element Barlow worth it to a beginner? It costs twice as much but not sure it matters. I've looked for star parties in my local area to check out other scopes in real life but came up empty.

    Also, I'm shocked by the $100 shipping charge for the scope. I hope they take extra special care of it in transport! I ship hazmat packages UPS at a similar weight for far less.
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    Howdy Blue,

    First, welcome to AFN!

    As for the expected maginifications with the 10mm and 25mm EP's, you are correct in calculating the magnifications with and without the barlow. Regarding the use of that high of magnification (200x +) it will likely only be possible in very, very good skies. Generally, the lower power EP's are used for finding DSO's and locating objects, then, you can gradually move up in power until you no longer can achieve fine focus. Except for those rare nights of incredible skies you may be limited on magnification.

    The 2x 3-element barlow is an excellent barlow, and IMO would be a good investment to make as it essentially doubles the capability of your EP collection. That is the same barlow I have, and so far I am very pleased with it and use it each viewing session.

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