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    Thanks everyone!

    That GSO EP is really an interesting alternative. I like the wide aFOV (65 degrees) and, of course, the price.

    Is Agena the only website selling those EPs? Can they ship it to Canada?
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    Yes, I believe Agena does ship to Canada (???) Just contact them and they will tell you -- yes or no. Never had any issues buying from Agena.

    You might enjoy watching my review of that eyepiece:

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    Agena does ship to Canada, no duty fee or anything when I ordered couple of months ago. You have to wait until the postal strike is over before it is delivered.
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    Yes they do, unfortunately mine is stuck in a mail pile somewhere lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon206 View Post
    I'd like to buy one last EP (for now at least ).

    I currently have the Axiom 23mm that was included in the scope package (and this EP is huuuuuge! - but I love the wide FOV) and that gives me around 100x.

    At the last observation session with the club I had the chance to try a Pentax XW 40mm (mag = 58x) on my scope and that EP was really amazing. The only problem is the price, as it is around 650$.

    I want to buy a nice EP, so I was considering TeleVue Panoptics.
    The 35mm (mag = 67x) costs 340$ and the weight is close to the XW.
    The 41mm (mag = 57x) costs 460$ but is big and heavy, so I'm not too sure about this.

    Initially my intention was to get the Panoptic 35mm, but the slightly lower magnification of the XW 40mm made me rethink.

    Which EP should I get?
    you've got a slow scope so Panoptics and Pentaxes are not needed.
    on my slow scope (Intes MK66) i use the GSO superwide 30mm and the UO MK70 at 40mm and 25mm. half the price and no quality sacrifice, IMO.

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    I finally got my SWAN 40mm yesterday and a very nice looking well finished eyepiece it is. Agena even sent me a free bolt case for it. Anyway, from my borderline red/white zone last night, with limited sky to view and a nasty street light that was replaced last week, I was able to give this eyepiece first light on M6 which was about 10 degrees above the horizon. All I can say is that I was totally impressed with the view. After a couple of minutes I felt like I was hovering over the cluster in a spaceship. Now, even in my f8.3 refractor the stars in the outer 10-15% of the field were less then pinpointy, but that just did not seem to detract from the total viewing experience in the huge field of view (2.8 degrees according to the specs, but yet to be proven ) offered by this eyepiece. I cant wait to get the double cluster in a dark sky. With its limited use so far I think that I got full value and then some for my $118.

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    What I like - Panoptic 35mm and GTO Proxima 31mm. The GTO is easier on the wallet and is not as heavy too. I added the TE-EGE-0020 Televue Eyeguard Extender to the Panoptic 35mm.

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    I'm getting a sky-watcher 8" dob in a couple days. I only have experience with a 20mm narrow FOV EP that came with a older Celstron 4" Newt so i figure i should invest in a lower mag wide FOV EP right from the start.

    i'll stick with the included 25mm and 10mm for now.

    Im very price sensitive($100 max), but one EP that looks interesting is the Garrett Optical Super Wide Angle 32mm 72 deg.

    its apperently a re-badged Orion Q70 according to this review, in which it fares well: Astromart Reviews - TV 32 Wide Field vs Garrett Optical SWA 32mm 72 deg FMC

    people here seem to like GSO, who have the GSO 2" SuperView Eyepiece - 30mm in my price range.

    Are they all good choices? is there one best-for-the-price EP i should look at? Any other models i should consider? Given that i already have a 25mm should i look at a 40mm instead?

    PS. all else being equal, i'd like more relief as i wear glasses.

    thanks, any reduction in my confusion is appriciated.

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    PS. all else being equal, i'd like more relief as i wear glasses.
    Hear! Hear! Wide angle isn't much good if you can't get your eyeball close enough to see the field stop.

    I recieved the 32mm linked in my earlier post. It compares very well to my Siebert 30mm Ultra which cost me about $180 including shipping. It seems very well built. For the price you can't go wrong.
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    I have the 30mm ES 82º & like it quite a bit.
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