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    Question First eyepiece(s) for Explore Scientific 80mm?



    Well, I've purchased my very first telescope: the Explore Scientific 80mm f/6, and it's on its way to me now. So the next thing to buy is my first eyepiece(s).

    Now, from what I've read, it's easy to go out and buy a bunch of eyepieces which you'll probably never use, and it's recommended to test out the EPs that come with your first telescope and go from there. However, the ES 80mm doesn't come with any eyepieces, and since this is my first telescope, I have no previous experience to go on. So I'm hoping someone could recommend some good, starting eye pieces. My budget is around $200 for eyepiece(s) in the beginning, which I'm hoping should get me started.

    One eyepiece that does seem to be very popular is the Baader 8-24mm Hyperion Clickstop, which offers a range magnifications, and a 2" barrel which will fit snugly into my ES scope. Would this be a good starting point? I've bought this inital telescope setup for astrophotography, and I like the idea I can also use the Baader and my camera. I'm assuming there shouldn't be a weight problem on a CG-5 mount, even if I later add a guider?

    What alternatives are there, and should I also look to get some kind of Moon filter?

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    The Baader zoom will work just fine as your first eyepiece.

    However-- photos will be limited to very short exposures of BRIGHT sky objects like the moon and several of the planets.
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    Did you buy it used? Are you sure it doesn't come with an eyepiece? I got a new ED102 a few months ago and it came with an ES 25mm 70 deg eyepiece, but it wasn't listed as being included.
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    Hello. Gene here in California. I can't imagine a new scope not coming with even a mediocre eyepiece to get you started. I'd wait until you receive it to make sure it wasn't included. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Lalumia View Post
    The Baader zoom will work just fine as your first eyepiece.

    However-- photos will be limited to very short exposures of BRIGHT sky objects like the moon and several of the planets.
    Thanks. I think that settles it then.

    Just on the AP side, when you say I'll be limited to bright sky objects only, is this because I'll start seeing "distortion" on long exposures through a zoom? I intend on getting a field flattener to use without the Baader for imaging, but I think the Baader will be a great way to start viewing, and do some imaging on the side.

    And then, this may sound a bit stupid, but what other accessories will I need to hook my Canon 350D camera up to the Baader. Presumably a standard T-ring, but then will I need some kind of extender to bring it into focus?

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    Did you buy it used? Are you sure it doesn't come with an eyepiece? I got a new ED102 a few months ago and it came with an ES 25mm 70 deg eyepiece, but it wasn't listed as being included.
    If I remember correctly, while researching the ES scope I saw there was a promotion where you get a free eye piece with your ES purchase, but I believe that promotion has ended.
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    I would recommend you get a good Moon filter.
    It can prove to be very very bright indeed when viewing a full Moon
    Other filters, I would not bother to much about as they will rarely get used to be honest..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dublin sky watch View Post
    I would recommend you get a good Moon filter.
    It can prove to be very very bright indeed when viewing a full Moon
    Other filters, I would not bother to much about as they will rarely get used to be honest..
    Thanks, I'll add one to my Baader order. But what is considered a "good" Moon filter? Is the Orion 2" Moon filter any good, or should I look at the Orion Variable Polarizing Filter - 2" as it can be adjusted? Or a different manufacturer altogether?

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    The Orion 2" Moon Filter will serve you just fine for visual observation of the Moon, although since you are planning to use your 350D for Astrophotography you'll have a good deal of exposure control at the camera too.
    Of your question "what else", I'd suggest a 2" T-adapter so that you can use your scope for "prime focus imaging" (using the scope as a large manual focus lens). It sounds that you have already decided on the 8-24mm zoom Eye Piece and a Canon-style T-Ring, which will allow you to explore some EP-Projection imaging.
    To make any additional suggestions, we'd need to know what type of objects you plan to target for Astrophotography. And what equipment you have - I've read ES 80ED Apo (great scope - I've had one for about 6 mo) and CG5 mount.

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