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    Hi all,

    I just pulled the trigger on an Astromaster 130EQ for my son and my first scope. The scope is f/5 and 650mm FL. It comes with a 20mm inverted EP and a 10mm EP. From what I can gather, they are not of the best quality.

    I have spent every spare moment for a week researching telescopes and eyepieces and I have a few questions

    With this fast scope, better quality EPs (especially the higher power ones) are recommended, correct?

    Here is what I'm thinking of getting as a start:
    Celestron Omni 32mm
    Cheap Seben 2X barlow from ebay (read good things here about it)
    Celestron 8mm-24mm zoom (maybe)
    TMB planetary II 6mm
    Telrad finderscope

    Anyone have any advise on this list or anything I should add or omit?
    I'd like to have a few more options than just the stock EPs at first because I don't want my son to get discouraged early on.

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    The problem is that your son will decide what he likes to do or not. The choice of ep depends on what one wants to do.

    Having said that, the Celestron 8 - 24 is a nice zoom for that scope. You can use it at 24 to search and then zoom in to see if the detail is worth changing eps. The choices of 6 mm and 32 mm make sense but with a 10 mm and 20 mm I might hold off a bit.

    He might enjoy it more if he decides he wants the 6 and 32 and gets them later than if he has them from the beginning. The barlow on a 10 gives you 5 and the barlow on the 20 gives you 10.

    I might wait for everything or just get the zoom. A zoom and a barlow would be my next step.

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    Thanks for the advice. I just found and bought a set of Orion Sirius Plossls (10mm, 17mm, & 25mm), an Orion 2x barlow and a telrad finderscope with extension on Craigslist. I paid $60 for everything and thought that was a pretty good deal for a start. We'll see how they work out...

    Thanks again...

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    For that price, excellant. I hope you both have fun.

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    I too think ya did good..."real good actually" for your 60 bucks...Now just to make it a little more of a Merry Christmas I'd grab a 32 mm eyepiece mainly because the scope is really designed for low powered wide FOV observing...so max it out with the 32 mm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob327 View Post
    I too think ya did good..."real good actually" for your 60 bucks...Now just to make it a little more of a Merry Christmas I'd grab a 32 mm eyepiece mainly because the scope is really designed for low powered wide FOV observing...so max it out with the 32 mm...

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    I was thinking the exact same thing. I think I'll pick one up. Originally, I was looking at the celestron omni plossl 32mm with an AFOV of 52deg. Any other suggestions for a good 32mm? I haven't been able to find many choices for a 1.25" barrel. just the celestron omni line and the meade 4000s ( about same price @ $50+/-)

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    Good price for all that "stuff"!

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    all regular Plossl eyepieces should offer plenty of eye relief... so to be honest any one would be ok..I have used a few Meade 4000's as well as a few Celestron omni's and I actually have no preferences...At this stage of the game I'd buy on price

    Does the scope have the ability to use 2 inch eyepieces (without breaking the bank) ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob327 View Post
    all regular Plossl eyepieces should offer plenty of eye relief... so to be honest any one would be ok..I have used a few Meade 4000's as well as a few Celestron omni's and I actually have no preferences...At this stage of the game I'd buy on price

    Does the scope have the ability to use 2 inch eyepieces (without breaking the bank) ???

    Bob G.
    I'm going differ a bit with Bob. The eye relief in a plossl is proportional to the focal length. With my old eyes anything less than 15 mm is a problem. But there is a "superview" plossl design which does well.

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    I have been using Zhummell "Z" series planetary lenses. My old eyes absolutely love them, and they don't break the piggy bank.

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