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    Hi everyone. Since im planning on getting the deluxe dob set which includes a 30mm 2'', 16mm 100 degree fov 2'' and 9mm 1 1/4
    i would like to buy one more eyepiece for enhanced views of the planets and the moon, what is recommended for planetary views with the zhumell 10'' scope?
    also what is the difference in the powermate and barlow?
    i was originally going to get the barlow
    thank you for all the help so far!

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    I think that scope is f/5, which means that a 5mm eyepiece would be good for planetary viewing. In good conditions, you could use it with a barlow to get an effective 2.5mm, which would be about the best the scope is capable of.

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    Since you are ordering ..and have not yet received the telescope I'd recommend that you stand pat UNTIL you have at least used the telescope 4-5 nights...especially since you are getting 3 eyepieces with it...

    After you have used the scope then you can start thinking about what you need to fill the gaps (if any) that you NEED to fill...

    I own 4 telescopes that I use on a regular basis (and a few more that gather dust) and no matter what scope I am using on any given night I view the planets between 140x and 180 to 200x ... The moon on the other hand can take about as much magnification as your scope can handed since it is so darn bright...

    Powermates are expensive barlows in my opinion...(had to say that lol) I have owed both and from my own experience the powermates will have less of a tendency to distort the image alone the edges of the FOV especially when using long focal length eyepieces.. that said the difference (to my eyes anyway) is not worth the extra money UNLESS I were into imaging... BUT I can not deny that they are simply better .

    If you have money burning a hole in your pocket (lucky you) and absolutely have to order an accessory by all means order a Good Comfortable Observation Chair...if it makes you feel any better you will soon discover it is for your eyes NOT you tail end and back/legs as you simply see better with a chair..

    Oh..Congratulation on the telescope..

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    When you get ready to order a planetary eyepiece, check out TMB planetary eyepieces. They are awesome for the money. Listen to what these guys have told ya. Hold off on buying anything until you have spent some time behind the eyepiece.

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