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    Default Zoom eyepieces



    I dont wanna spend hundred of dollars on just 2 or 3 different sized eyepiece so i thought i would look at some zoom eyepieces anyway around 8mm-25mm
    but i could not find any that were really good so does anyone here have any experience with zoom eyepiece and which ones do u believe are good???

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    Jazz I don't have any Zoom EPs

    I have tested some however

    Overall the cheap zooms to my way of thinking are intended for use in spotting scopes, not Astro scopes. For Astro use there is always a sweet spot in a cheap zoom but at either end of its range it loses definition. The other factor is that it is preferred for a Zoom to be Parfocal.

    Of the "Less Expensive" Zooms of a wide range of EPFL the only one that I am truly happy to recommend is the Baader 8mm-24mm Clickstop. Vixen's offering of a 8mm-24mm is fine at the high mag end but loses edge definition at low mags and despite claims is not truly parfocal.

    At the very high end of the Zooms you will find superb offerings from TeleVue and Antares (Speers Waler) but these are specialised planetary EPs that only Zoom over a very narrow range.

    My opinion only: Forget the Zooms and save up a bit. Realistically you will get on fine with only two or three good quality EPs and a nice 2x Barlow

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    Realistically you will get on fine with only two or three good quality EPs and a nice 2x Barlow
    I completely agree. I used the two that came with my scope for the first year and was very happy with them. Bought a Barlow which effectively doubled my eyepieces. Then more recently got a 30mm ultrascopic (which is not quite a premium eyepiece, but close to one for those of us on a budget). So now I have three eyepieces and a barlow and I really only plan on buying one more eyepiece (a high power one for planetary viewing). Right now most of the time I use the 30mm and the Barlow.

 

 

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