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    Default Cheap Celestron eyepieces (in the kit)



    Does anyone know the part number or series names of the eyepieces Celestron supply with their 1.25 kit.

    I have searched all over the web and I have had no luck other than "Five Superior Grade Plössl Eyepieces" Even Celestron's website seems oblivious to what they are or what they are worth purchased individually
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    I own the 1.25" kit you ask about, but am also unable to find details about the included EPs. Might they have been made specifically for the kit? Doing so would have allowed Celestron to offer a greater diversity of optics, albeit delivered at lower quality across the range.

    Have you tried e-mailing Celestron customer support?

    Good luck with your search. Please post any additional info you uncover.
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    They are good eyepieces, and the same ones you would buy individually. There's no secret info hidden. They are their lower priced eyepieces, but that doesn't mean junk. Telescopes.com has user ratings on products, read those to get a feel for what you have.
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    I did ask Celestron, but to date they've not responded.

    deaman49 I am in the middle of upgrading my eyepieces. My main interest for knowing is to try and predict how higher end eyepieces will compare to those I got with the kit
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    Default Here are the sizes

    Ep sizes in this kit are 6, 8, 13, 17, 32.

    Oddly, I found this info in the very detailed listing for this product on the Orion website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MG1962 View Post
    deaman49 I am in the middle of upgrading my eyepieces. My main interest for knowing is to try and predict how higher end eyepieces will compare to those I got with the kit
    As an owner of the same EP kit, I have thought a lot about this question. From everything I've read, I have come to the conclusion that higher-end EPs will give us markedly better visual experiences than do the kit's components.

    Because none of the EPs in the kit even resembles any current Celestron EP line, it's hard to know for sure, but I guesstimate that EPs from established manufacturers priced at $75/ea or more in the current market have an excellent chance of performing noticeably better. EPs priced $125 or more are almost certain to do so.

    Explore Scientific and Baader Planetarium are the two EP manufacturers that have my attention more than any others when I think about upgrading from the kit. Reviews are excellent across product lines and prices are competitive...no, make that surprisingly low, given the quality of the EPs.
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    I found some of the Celestron eyepieces in my odds-&-ends box. They simply say " Celestron 15mm" or "Celestron 10mm". I presume they are a Kellner because it would appear that if they were Plossl then they would say PL or Plossl on them. I've never used them so I have no idea what type they are.

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    I own the same kit, and eventually augmented it with a couple Meade ultra-wide eyepieces (82 degree AFOV vs. 44-52 degree). Really like the large FOV, and not having to contend with the pinhole opening on the smaller focal length plossls. I still occasionally use the 17mm/32mm from the kit, but rarely touch any of the others, opting instead for the Meade S5000 UWAs for the bulk of my viewing.

    So I think what I am getting at is: You won't use any filter but the moon filter, and you probably will settle into using only 2 of the 5 eyepieces. May as well take that cash and use it to buy a couple decent eyepieces and a barlow instead. But maybe you already had that in mind, given your question
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcoley View Post
    As an owner of the same EP kit, I have thought a lot about this question. From everything I've read, I have come to the conclusion that higher-end EPs will give us markedly better visual experiences than do the kit's components.

    Because none of the EPs in the kit even resembles any current Celestron EP line, it's hard to know for sure, but I guesstimate that EPs from established manufacturers priced at $75/ea or more in the current market have an excellent chance of performing noticeably better. EPs priced $125 or more are almost certain to do so.

    Explore Scientific and Baader Planetarium are the two EP manufacturers that have my attention more than any others when I think about upgrading from the kit. Reviews are excellent across product lines and prices are competitive...no, make that surprisingly low, given the quality of the EPs.
    You have to compare Plossl eyepieces to Plossl eyepiece NOT to wider angle eyepieces... I seriously doubt that a beginner could really tell the difference in one of the kits eyepieces and an equal strength top of the line Televue Plossl eyepiece without taking a very very long and a very very hard look ...especially in an inexpensive mass produced telescope

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