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    Default Meade 12mm Illuminated Astrometric Eyepiece



    I have been lucky enough to have been given some money for my birthday and am looking for a useful item for my telescope. I have a Celestron Nextstar 6SE and 3 eyepieces of varying quality - a 7mm Celestron, 12mm Anteres Plosi and the 25mm one taht came with the scope.

    My wife has suggested that instead of 'just looking at things' why don't I do something more involved. Taking this onboard I saw the Meade 12mm astrometric eyepiece and thought that may be useful for aligning my scope - something I am hopeless at, and doing some simple measurements with - double stars, planets etc. At the moment I don't seem to have any real focus (no pun intended) - I just take the scope out to the back garden and look at Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus and some simple Deep Sky objects. I need to learn to use my mount better and alignment is an issue for me as I never have the alignment stars central enough for it to be accurate, but think I need more of a purpose too.

    I guess as I am a bit new to this I was wondering whether anybody had any experience with this...and whether people thought this was unrealsitic.

    Other ideas I had were a Barlow lens, and another 'normal' eyepiece.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Meade 12mm Illuminated Astrometric Eyepiece

    While many individual do use ..like and swear by illuminated reticles to align their scopes I'm just to darn cheap to waste my money on them ... I just defocus my alignment stars into a huge donut that almost fills the entire FOV of whatever eyepiece I happen to be using to align any of my scopes... its much much easier to get that large object centered then it is a small "dot" which is what a focused star looks like...

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    Default Re: Meade 12mm Illuminated Astrometric Eyepiece

    For aligning a scope astrometric ep would be a waste but if you are interested, yes it's useful for measuring double star position angle/seperation or maybe calculating dimensions of features on moon or other bodies etc. Later on I'd like to get one if I own a driven scope..

    A barlow would be good investment to be honest but your 6se can give high power easily that you may not need one. A32mm plossl or 24mm 68deg EP would be better for wider FOV.
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    Default Re: Meade 12mm Illuminated Astrometric Eyepiece

    Aligning a eq is a pain at first but, the more you align it will become so much easier and the you are on your way in minutes. I also don't own a reticle ep , I just like Bob said you don't need to waist money on that if you want to spend some money buy some premium ep's or a good Zoom for examining .

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    Default Re: Meade 12mm Illuminated Astrometric Eyepiece

    Thanks for the responses. That has given me more food for thought. Maybe I'll look at some different / upgrade my eyepieces. I think I really need to think about what I want to do with my scope too.

    Thanks again.

 

 

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