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    Just curious to what other who have big dobs are using and what they use the most. I have the 2in 30mm that came with it and a set of 1.25 plossls, but I would like to get some that dont fog up as easy as mine do. Maybe some good 'mid level' priced eyepieces for DSOs.
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    My Baader Hyperion Zoom works pretty awesome in my Z12.
    I pretty much just stick to that and the included 30mm 2" EP that came with the scope.
    Until I am wealthy enough these two eyepieces work wonderfully.
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    I like the GSO brand of EP I have and they seem to do a good job with out breaking the bank, also a good zoom will give you a lot of EP variables, as far as fogging up that is due to hi humidity/dew or breathing on them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeiss View Post
    Just curious to what other who have big dobs are using and what they use the most. I have the 2in 30mm that came with it and a set of 1.25 plossls, but I would like to get some that dont fog up as easy as mine do. Maybe some good 'mid level' priced eyepieces for DSOs.
    Hi Zeiss,
    I second what Nick had to say; Baader 8-24mm zoom, but also I can recommend the GSO 2"ED 2x Barlow which includes the 1.25" adapter. These two occulars combined with your 30mm 2" eyepiece will give you a wealth of magnifications to choose from.

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    I'm not a big zoom person, and for viewing nebulae I usually switch between my 32mm and 25mm sometimes using the 2x. The 2inch 30mm that came with the scope I haven't been too impressed with yet, just doesnt seem as sharp as the 1.25s. Though I have not tried the baader zoom piece so maybe I will have to sometime. Anyone tried the Meade 5000 uwa?
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    I have a Z12 and I finally settled on a 2" Zhumell barlow, and a 16 mm and 35 mm Konig from Russell Optics. The barrels of the Russell Optics eyepieces are made from a metal-like plastic that is very strong and light and doesn't weigh the scope down at low altitudes.

    I have found that the barlow along with the addition of a 16 mm ep give me all the magnification range I need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeiss View Post
    I'm not a big zoom person, and for viewing nebulae I usually switch between my 32mm and 25mm sometimes using the 2x. The 2inch 30mm that came with the scope I haven't been too impressed with yet, just doesnt seem as sharp as the 1.25s. Though I have not tried the baader zoom piece so maybe I will have to sometime. Anyone tried the Meade 5000 uwa?
    The 30mm Meade UWA that I looked through was a very nice eyepiece. Its on-axis sharpness was very good, and its off-axis was good until the last 5% in an f/8 system. I would think in a fast focal ratio system that the off-axis would not be so good. If you can find a Meade 28mm SWA, it is a sweet eyepiece. I've never tested one in a fast focal ratio scope. But in an f/6 ratio scope it is sharp to the edge. I've also read a lot of bad reports on the 30mm UWA, which leads me to believe that the QC in China were the Meade eyepiece are made is not that good.
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    The ones that get the bulk of the use in my Z12 so far are the 30mm,18mm, and 9mm. The first two are 82* AFOV, the 9mm is a 100* AFOV. If I'm viewing planets, I'll also throw in a 4.7mm 82*. I own others, but these get the majority of use.

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    I should have replied to my own thread earlier. I ended up going with the ES 82 degree 1.25 inch. Got the 14mm and 6.7 and havent been disappointed
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