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    Hi I am thinking about getting my first good telescope, I just have a really cheap 60 mm refractor, and I am thinking about getting an Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian. I think its pretty good for the price but I can't decide on eyepieces. It comes with a 25mm Sirius Plossl what other eyepieces should i buy with it, and should I get a 2" its able to use 1.25" or 2"but I don't know if its worth it or not to get a 2" eyepiece. Also should I get a Barlow lense too? I'm trying to keep it under 200 or so for the lenses seeing as I'll be spending over 500 on the telescope. I'm also thinking about some filters any suggestions?

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    The only filter you need will be a lunar filter - the rest are not really worth the effort.
    10" scope - is that 1200 FL? If so you might go with a neat little zoom 8-24
    Saves a lot of messing about!
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    8" emc, Canon 450D (Rebel XSi) 18-55 and 75-300 lenses. Canon 70DW 18-135 USM and sigma 70-300. 4000 lens kit. Orion Starshoot Autoguider.
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    Wow thanks I didn't even know there were those. Would a Celestron 93230 8 to 24mm 1.25 Zoom Eyepiece be good?

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    Always buy the best you can afford - they're all good from the big manufacturers. The more expensive ones give you amazing results on a fast scope. Must be at least super plossl to work in a F5
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    I do not like Zooms...much prefer single eyepieces ... but love them on occasions...(like outreach events where children love to and usually do finger my eyepieces...

    The one I use is a Celestron and its fine...as is the Zhummel a friend also uses at these events...

    BUT both are not even close to being as good as a Baader Hyperion or Pentax Zoom...BUT those zooms are "relatively" expensive...

    So bottom line is that I agree with Jennifer get a 8-24 zoom and pick up a 30 or 35 mm 2" eyepiece for low powered views...the Orion Q70 "seems" to work well in 10 inch Dobs..

    Simple sun glasses work very well when viewing the moon...

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