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    Default Best affordable 2" wide field eyepiece for AR102 frac



    Having just bought an AR102 and awaiting delivery, because it has a 2" diagonal I am contemplating getting at least one 2" wide angle eyepiece for it. Never having used a 2" eyepiece, nor experiencing a truly expansive FOV, I really want just one eyepiece that will give me that rich wide open view my new refractor is capable of.

    Currently I have a Celestron 8-24mm Zoom eyepiece and a Televue 32mm Plossl (both in 1.25").

    If I could get only one 2" eyepiece for wide field views of DSO's, just to go off and explore wide expanses of the night sky which would be your choice? I really don't want to spend more than $150 tops so of course that eliminates the "top of the line" EP's. I'm looking for the "best bang for the buck" 2" EP.

    Any suggestions?

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    Default Re: Best affordable 2" wide field eyepiece for AR102 frac

    I have the Orion Q70 set (26,32, and 38) which I use in my XT8 and have been very happy with them. I have read the Q70 is the same as the Agena SWA. I purchased the set at a sale price so am happy with the money spent (all three for what a single high roller eyepiece will run).
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    Default Re: Best affordable 2" wide field eyepiece for AR102 frac

    I also have the Orion Q70 38mm, I am impressed and like it.
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    Default Re: Best affordable 2" wide field eyepiece for AR102 frac

    Yes, I've looked into those and they seem to get good reviews and the price certainly is nice.

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    Default Re: Best affordable 2" wide field eyepiece for AR102 frac

    I love my ES 82* 18mm eyepiece in that scope. It's slightly over your price point.
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    Default Re: Best affordable 2" wide field eyepiece for AR102 frac

    The Q70 series is good, more so in a slow scope like my f/10 SCT, but shows more field curvature in faster scopes. I wasn't impressed in my AR102.

    The ES 82s are GREAT in every scope I own all the way down to f/4.9 If I had only one EP it would be the ES 18mm 82 without a doubt. You will absolutely love that EP in that scope.
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    Default Re: Best affordable 2" wide field eyepiece for AR102 frac

    The Orion Q70s and the Agena / Zhumell SWAs are the same optically. They are good performers for the cost.

    But... someday.... the ES100s and TV Ethos will sing their siren songs..... give in.
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    Default Re: Best affordable 2" wide field eyepiece for AR102 frac

    The ES 82 18mm is $199, which is a tad over my budget, but I'm really looking for something lasting and will hold a permanent place in my EP collection with this AR102 (or other in the future) wide field refractor. I might go for it. Still considering.

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    Default Re: Best affordable 2" wide field eyepiece for AR102 frac

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkMittlesteadt View Post
    The ES 82 18mm is $199, which is a tad over my budget, but I'm really looking for something lasting and will hold a permanent place in my EP collection with this AR102 (or other in the future) wide field refractor. I might go for it. Still considering.
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    Default Re: Best affordable 2" wide field eyepiece for AR102 frac

    Wait and save your $$ and get an ES EP - you won't regret it with that scope. As suggested by Ozman13 and others, the 18mm 82° EP is a great EP if you want a 2" to start out with. I didn't get a 2" until almost a year after getting my AR102 and it was the 18mm one

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