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    Default I want to buy a low mag EP



    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?
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    Hi
    I gather both exit pupils are OK for ya?
    I use a magnification around 57x an awful lot in both my scopes.
    So I would go for the 41mm Pan.
    That's just my take though.
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    There is the TeleVue Plossls, 40mm $133, and 55mm $225. They are a little cheaper, but I'm not very knowledgeable about eye pieces.
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    I think that a 41 mm would be good because of its magnification. It is not too much power and it is not too little power. Just my thoughts.

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    Not necessary to spend that much money-- you have a SLOW telescope like me-

    Try any of these:

    Baader 31mm Hyperion Aspheric 2"-1.25" Eyepiece - Free Shipping - OPT Telescopes

    TMB Paragon 40mm on the used eyepiece market

    GSO 2" SuperView Eyepiece - 42mm and you would be surprised at how good the views will be in this LOW COST widefield eyepiece.
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    Just to add to Joe's post: The Baader Aspheric also comes as a 36mm, which is close to what you are looking for and has been getting good reviews
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    My SWAN 40 is stuck in the mail strike in Canada or I would be able to report on it for you. $118 at Agena and had some solid reviews.

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    Dragon:

    My main scope s a C11 and I use a C8 at local star parties and outreach events ... or a 4 inch f/6 Achro Refractor...

    I own a 35 mm pan...and a 30 mm Pentax XW... and I love both eyepieces and my preference between the two is for the Pentax ....

    BUT....


    I I do a lot of outreach events with both of my local astro clubs and these events usually have a lot of kids present and to be frank I now ner take my "good stuff" to these events...

    So back to the Point Joe Laluma made...that you do not need high end glass in your slow f/10 scope ...

    I invested in a 31 mm Proxima from Hands on Optics for about $150...and I picked up both a 34 mm and 40 mm Meade SWA 5000 when they were discontinued last year and fire sale for about $100 each... I purchased these JUST YO USE "on the Road" at outreach events..

    To be honest Both work extremely well in all my scopes and especially in the C8 and C11... So now .. looking back ..I really can not say that the 35 mm Pan and the 30 mm Pentax were great buys... yes they are very very good eyepieces BUT (again anther but) I can get 90 to 95 percent of the performance out of the CHEAP eyepieces then I do from the Pan and Pentax...and the major difference is in the out 10 percent of the FOV which to be blunt I do not really do all that much anyway...

    When you compare prices all I can say is I could have purchased all 3 of these cheaper eyepieces at a price less then I "did" pay for the Pan or Pantax..and lived happily ever after ...

    I will admit that I'm am 67 and my eyeballs sure are not what they were 30 or 40 years ago

    I also use a Denkmeier P/s diagonal and "normally" view with the focal reducer in the optical path..and the 40 mm Meade will vignette but not enough to bug me...the 30,31 34 and 35 mm eyepieces all work fine will little of no vignetting ...

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    To be honest Both work extremely well in all my scopes and especially in the C8 and C11... So now .. looking back ..I really can not say that the 35 mm Pan and the 30 mm Pentax were great buys... yes they are very very good eyepieces BUT (again anther but) I can get 90 to 95 percent of the performance out of the CHEAP eyepieces then I do from the Pan and Pentax...and the major difference is in the out 10 percent of the FOV which to be blunt I do not really do all that much anyway...

    When you compare prices all I can say is I could have purchased all 3 of these cheaper eyepieces at a price less then I "did" pay for the Pan or Pantax..and lived happily ever after ...

    I will admit that I'm am 67 and my eyeballs sure are not what they were 30 or 40 years ago
    Expanding on this theme.... (contracting perhaps?)

    I have one of these that gets a lot of use

    I also have one of these on order. I was attracted by the 20mm of eye relief.
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    I'd also recommend the Baader 31 or 36mm Aspheric eyepieces.

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