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Thank you all, I just ordered the Seben 2x Barlow BA1 that WWPierre recommended. I will try to observe Jupiter using it, hope this time I will be able to see details such as colors and the "bands". Using just the original parts that came with the XT8, I just can see a relatively small bright circle; let me know if it is normal. I think I collimated it correctly.
Sirius Plossl that comes with your xt8 you obtain just 48x (1200 mm divided 25 mm) at that magnification is normal to see Jupiter just as a bright little circle. At 96x, that is 48x provided by your eye piece multiplied the 2x provided by your barlow you just begin to see the bands of Jupiter. I recomend you to use some 12 mm focal length or less eyepiece with the 2x barlow applied. Happy New Year!!
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Depending on the money you want to spend there are a lot of possibilities, just search for the one you like. Some options are Orion, Celestron, Televue, William Optics.
These are good options and not so expensive:
ORION 12 mm 12mm Orion Epic II ED Telescope Eyepiece | Orion Telescopes: Eyepieces
CELESTRON 12 mm Celestron 12mm X-Cel LX Eyepiece - Free Shipping - OPT Telescopes
WILLIAM OPTICS 15 mm William Optics Swan 15mm 1.25" Eyepiece - OPT Telescopes
Vixen 12 mm Vixen 12mm NLV Lanthanum Eyepiece - 1.25" - Free Shipping - 37108 - OPT Telescopes
And the expensive ones:
TELEVUE NAGLER Televue 12mm Nagler Type 4 Eyepiece - EN4-12.0 - OPT Telescopes