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    Hi...I own a S/W 10" f/4.7 Dob and I am really enjoying it. I have a 30mm 2" Meade 4000 EP, a 13mm Baader Hyperion EP and a old Brandon 8mm EP along with the 25mm and the 10mm that came with the scope. What do you suggest as a next EP I get? Even if it's a replacement of something I have... I have about $130 to spend or should I save up more?
    I enjoy viewing DSO even at a higher power.
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    tbh,you pretty much have the bases covered.
    if your old 8mm isn't up to scratch,then maybe replace
    it,but if it is......
    maybe a 2" in the 40mm range for wide field.
    i have similar sizes to you ,except for
    my 42mm,and i have no plans in buying more in the future.
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    How about replacing the 8mm with one of the Hyperion 8mm's? I have know idea what the Brandon is like. Or are there any other accessories you need like filters?

    I've set myself a monthly budget and I always have a difficult time deciding what I need next.

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    Ordinarily, I would suggest a wide angle EP. You should be able to go up to about 35mm with that scope.

    However, it is a fast scope, and you will notice a big difference between quality and budget EPs. If you suspect that one of your existing EPs is a cheapie, and it's one that you use a lot, then it might be worth upgrading it. You will want to stick with midrange to high-end EPs.

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    Thanks guys. I might go for a new/better 10mm. The reviews on the 10mm Baader Hyperion are a bit mixed. Does any one have experience with them?
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    I have size scope as you, and I use this guys eyepieces. They are a great deal for the money. I have the 19mm and the 13mm. They are great eps, and are all in 2 inch barrels. They are very light weight, so they don't mess up the balance. They don't come with ep caps, so you have to buy them seperate. He also sells them on ebay. Great product for the money.

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    Thanks Derek these look interesting. -Greg
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    I contacted Gary Russell today and this is what he said,

    HI,
    I sell some on ebay mostly to get more advertizing, but most are actually sold by referral by word of mouth like what happen with you. Keeping costs down is paramount to keeping my prices low, so I do not advertize anywhere that it cost money like magazines and as-fares on places like yahoo, ask, etc.

    As for reviews, I have been making and selling these eyepieces for over 12 years now and the Konig design is by far my favorite and seems to be the best sellers also. There are reviews all over the internet, but honestly I do not save them or use them as references for a couple of reasons.

    I have been approached by several people that claimed they would give a good report ( or review) on a product if I would let them keep everything ( basically free stuff = good review ). I do not approve of or condone that activity, so all the reviews and reports on my eyepieces are free-lance reports from actual customers that paid for the item. I feel much better about honest reports, and again, it keeps costs down.

    We are a small shop compared to most others, family owned and operated , but we have over the years gained some very, very good connections on lenses . Most of the lenses I use are from JSO ( japanese special optics.... made the research graded lenses for just about everyone in the 80's 90's, and all of Parks original stuff ) , Pentax, Perkin-Elmer, and a few others in small quantities that have military surplus still lying around. When a big company orders say 10,000 lenses they always make an "overage" of 4~5% to cover any breakage or defects. Once the 10,000 order is filled , I buy the overage lenses that are good. Sometimes I get 200, sometimes I get 1000, but I always buy them at the 10,000 peice price since I am kind of doing them a favor as they are doing me one. I cannot use their name on the eyepiece, and I have kept my promise. I can tell you what I use, I just can't advertize it.

    Because of the number of lenses I get determines the quantity I can make, and also sometime changes the focal length a little, I end up with several runs of limited quantity eyepieces , and it just is not cost efficient at all to have caps made for every custom limited run I do.

    So, I do the best I can, give a great eyepiece with superb quality lenses in a respectable barrel, nothing real flashy, no fancy boxes or caps. Not a whole lot to look "at" when compared to $200 ~ $400 ep's, But definitely worth looking through at a fraction of the costs.
    Thanks,
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    He is cool guy. I really like his eyepieces. They are the best ones I have and perform great in my dob. I'm going to get a few more when the fundage becomes available. I bought all my end caps from agena astro.
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    I have multiple 2" wide field and 1.25" Plossl EPs but I'm partial to my 1.25 inch Plossl 32mm for all around general veiwing in my Z10, in conjuction with 2x Barlow.

 

 
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