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    Default Eyepiece recomendation for two scopes



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    Lx200 10" classic

    Im mostly intrested in planetary,galaxies and clusters....and nebula.
    I currently use a 26mm 4000 possal with a 2x barlow.All the other meade eyepieces I have are almost useless.

    I have about a $100 budget...$120.I know shopping on a budget for quality is tough.

    How does this set look?
    Baader Planetarium Hyperion Telescope Eyepieces - Telescope Eyepieces at Telescopes

    I kinda like this meade zoom,even after reading both bad and goods about them I feel it would fit my needs great
    Meade Telescope 8mm - 24mm Zoom Eyepiece 1.25 Inch - Telescope Eyepieces at Telescopes

    or the cheaper option
    Zhumell Z Series Planetary Telescope Eyepieces - Telescope Eyepieces at Telescopes

    or any other lens you know of.Im mainly intrested in 10-19mm
    a 2" would be awesome not need at the time

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    There are good eps and cheap eps. Put your money into an ep you will enjoy.

    I have a 15 mm super plossl from OPT that I really enjoy. It has a 68 degree aFOV and 20 mm eye relief. The current price is under $50.

    I also have a Celestron zoom 8 - 24 mm which I sometimes use for searching. It lets me zoom in on the "maybes."

    One good ep will use most of your budget. A great ep will cost more. I have a bunch of eps but only use one or two most of the time.

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    The Meade HD 60 have been getting good reviews (I have not looked through them), They are $80 and in your range (10-19mm) they come in 12mm and 18mm.
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    The Hyperion eyepieces are nice, competent, performers. A bit like a cheaper version of the Vixen LVW range - the Hyperions aren't as good as the LVWs but then they're not as expensive, either :-).

    If the meade zoom is like other 8-24mm zooms, with a field that changes size as you zoom, I wouldn't recommend it - yes, they zoom, but a fixed focal length eyepiece will probably have a wider field of view and probably better quality, too. If you can't carry other eyepieces around, then maybe the convenience outweighs the limitations, but otherwise... no.

    Haven't come across the zhumells, but I assume 'planetary' translates to 'narrower field of view' :-). Not a problem if you're looking at compact objects like (duh! :-) ) planets, but if they do have a smaller field of view, perhaps not ideal for more extended objects. I have to say that eyepieces with wider apparent fields of view are much nicer to use than smaller ones.

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    I'm not a zoom eyepiece user, and never will be. But, there are a lot of forum members that use them and like them..so they must be much better than yrs ago. I have used the 13mm Baader, and I must say it was a very good eyepiece. The on-axis and off-axis sharpness in f/6 to f/10 scopes is very good.
    One eyepiece series you should not over look, is the ES 82* line. The 14mm can be had for $119USD, and 8.8mm which is an outstanding eyepiece for observing the moon and the planets also sells for $119USD.

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    Well, the meade 8-24 zoom is scheduled to arive today sometime. Of course here in tampa, fl. Were expecting clouds and rain. Oh ya, high temp today 84f or so....But I'll at least look at lamp posts down the road and see how it does. I'll post and let ya know....

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    I think one of the next ep's i'm looking to get is one of the tv powermates. Seems thier plain tv 2x barlow can be found for about 100 bucks. Which I would be getting, but after reading reviews and such about thier powermates. Just seems like they take the barlow to the next level.....Now, if I can decide on which one. I think I start with the 2.5x.

    Good luck, and Merry X-Mas to all

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    The meade zoom just came in. Seems to be ok. Its 2:45 in the afternoon in 82f in sunny florida. But zoomed in on a light pole, way, way way down the road. Was able to focus though out the hole turn of the lens.....Seems very promising.....

    Good Luck

 

 

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