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    Default Picking a premium eyepiece



    Okay I have about 250.00 - 300.00 to spend on eyepieces. You can see from my sig I have a reasonable range of low end eyepieces as well as a zoom.

    What I am looking to do in purchase 1 or 2 premium eyepiece. I have never owned any quality lenses so decided to treat myself. I am finding myself drawn to the Baader line, or the Orion knock-offs but definitely open to suggestions.

    If you were going to purchase just two eyepieces what would you choose. From personal preference I don't want to go over the 25-26mm range. Own a 32mm but I rarely use it. I'm also looking at wider fields of view - again hence the Baader which runs at 68 FOV.

    Lastly - what do I observe? I enjoy faint fuzzies, particularly galaxies, I have started a variable star program, which I intend to expand once the weather improves. Aside from that I will knock off any interesting objects such as planets double stars etc. I have never really enjoyed open clusters and don't usually actively seek them out

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    You might take a look at the Meade Series 5000 UWA. They're pretty favorably reviewed, especially for the price point (as low as $129). 82 degree AFOV, good eye relief, sharp nearly to the edge of the field.

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    In that price range I would look at the Televue Paragon line of eyepieces and the Televue Radians -- for higher magnification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MG1962 View Post
    Okay I have about 250.00 - 300.00 to spend on eyepieces. <snip> If you were going to purchase just two eyepieces what would you choose.
    I would choose more budget, no really! To me premium EPs are Naglers and Ethoi. Downscale premium EPs are Explore Scientific 82 and 100. All these basically require 2" focuser or 2" visual back,... and of course more funds.

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    I would certainly recommend the ES range!
    I have had great viewing with these babies...but they are a bit pricey!!
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    Well without wanting to go for anything less powerful then a 25 or 26 mm eyepieces I honestly can not be of much help...as in both my C8 and in my C11 I use lowered powered eyepieces (26 thru 35) the vast majority of the time...plus I use a Denk S1 p/s diagonal and usually view with it in focal reduced mode .

    PLUS I restrict myself to using Panoptics and Pentax 68-70 degree FOV eyepieces simply because I find 82 degree eyepieces to be uncomfortable, and a royal pain in the rear to use ( have to constantly shift my eyeballs all over the place...

    So Bottom line :
    Explore Scientific has been getting rave reviews ..so check em out. The one time I used a few of the Meade 5000 (SWA 68-70 degree) at a local star party I was impressed as they they worked darn well in my scope so I would look into the Meade 5000 ULTRA wide 82 degree eyepieces also

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    For $300 you get two great Explore Scientifics.
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    I have a set of Baader hyperions. (24, 17, 13, and 8mm)
    I chose them, originally, because they were well reviewed, made in Germany and reasonably priced. I have not been disappointed. They are outstanding for the price.

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    For $280 I would pick up the Explore Scientific 68s in 24mm and 16mm. They are both 1.25" eyepieces so they will work in your diagonal. Then when you can swing it, pick up a Celestron Ultima shorty 2x Barlow (an excellent lens if you can find one) and you will have the equivalent of 8mm,12mm,16mm,and 24mm premium eyepieces to work with...a great spread with your 8" SCT.

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