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    Default Hey there, back after 3 years.



    Hey guys, bought a telescope after being away from the hobby for years.

    budget was low so i got a explore scientific first light 102mm refractor, without even looking into them much.

    Came with a 25mm plossel eyepiece but that is it... can anyone recommend any eyepieces or accessories so help this cheaper scope do the best it can do?? i like looking at planets and because the aperture is larger then my last scope maybe some clusters or galaxies or good binaries.

    wont compare to my old scmhitt 8" but i've forgotten lots of thing i used to know >.<
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    Default Re: Hey there, back after 3 years.

    Welcome back!

    It looks like you already have a good selection of plossl eyepieces but you may want to consider a 32mm plossl for low magnification wide FOV observing if you are going to go searching for DSOs. If budget permits, have a look at some better quality eyepieces like the Meade 5000s, Celestron X-Cel LXs, or the ES 68s or 82s. Since eye relief is horrible on the 4mm and 6mm plossls you might want to get something in the 5-6mm range first for lunar/planetary observing or you could just barlow your 10mm plossl.

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    Default Re: Hey there, back after 3 years.

    Welcome back, Veroin!

    Which FL AR102 did you get? They have two models, and they are very different beasts. The 600mm focal length model has a 1.25" focuser and is on the faster side of the fence. Lots of plastic on this scope. The shorter scope should offer a wider field of view and will be a fun DSO, open cluster, etc. scope, especially with a good dark sky. It will do a fair job on double stars too. CA will be present on brighter planets and the moon.

    The much longer 1000mm focal length model has a 2.5" hex focuser, no plastic, and is a planetary, lunar, and double star beast. It is a re-badged Bresser AR102L. CA will be present, but much more minimized over the shorter scope.

    If you've got the longer scope, it will be happy and quite tolerant of most any eyepiece you throw at it. Plossls are great, orthos, wide-fields.

    Plossls are a good option with the shorter scope or the longer.

    I enjoy the heck out of my 1000mm FL 102. It's just a pleasure to observe with. Scanning along the terminator on the Moon with this scope is stunning.

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    Default Re: Hey there, back after 3 years.

    The eyepieces i have in my signature are from years ago and long sold >.<

    this is my first refactor bigger then 70mm, it's also the 1000 fl model.But this model has 1.25" focuse not 2"

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    Default Re: Hey there, back after 3 years.

    If you want to increase your options with a minimal investment get a 2x Barlow which will give you 12.5mm and 18.75 (screw barlow lens assembly into the 25mm EP). Otherwise I would go for a 10mm Omni Plossl to go with your 25mm Plossl.
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    Default Re: Hey there, back after 3 years.

    The GSO barlow is a good one and has the removable lens to get 1.5x mag when attached to the eyepiece.
    The GSO Plossl are also very good for the cost if you can get them in Canada.
    Fujiyama Orthoscopic are excellent planetary, lunar and double star eyepieces with these scopes also.
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