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    Default Suggestions for eyepieces



    Hi guys,

    I'm new to the site and to observing in general although I have owned a couple of smaller scopes over the years i've just upgraded to a Meade Lightbridge 12" Dob, and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions of eyepieces that would give good viewing.

    I'm not interested in one particular type of viewing, I want to view both planets and deep sky objects so I realise i'll need a selection of eyepieces. The scope came with a 26mm QXTM Wide Angle 2" Eyepiece which reviews stated wasnt up to much, i've also just purchased a Meade 5000 series 14mm UWA which had great reviews.

    Any suggestions, especially for planetary viewing would be great!
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    As for deep sky objects you can't go wrong with a 30-32mm , 20-25mm and a good Barlow to double your collection. These are suggestions for the 1.25" EPs. I primarily view DSOs and don't own anything under 15mm so I can't speak as to which might work better for planetary viewing.

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    For planetary viewing, consider the so-called orthoscopic eyepieces (or "orthos" -- a type of eyepiece design, not a brand name). I've been impressed by reviews given of University Optics EPs, for example: Quality views at value prices:
    Telescope Eyepieces from University Optics

    Of course there are many quality brands, but the larger concern in planetary viewing is greater magnification, which means smaller focal lengths. The ortho design is well known as providing great planetary views.

    Greater magnification of planets is possible because they tend to appear bigger and brighter through a telescope. Their apparent size and magnitude mean they can be magnified more than can more distant objects, yet still retain sufficient brightness to produce satisfying views. Dimmer, deep space objects are not as bright through our scopes, a reality that calls for a different EP design and longer focal lengths to produce brighter, albeit less-magnified views. The most interesting DSOs are almost always far larger than are planets, so less magnification is essential if we're to enjoy a more complete picture of the object.

    Hope this helps.
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    What sort of budget are looking to spend?
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    A 30-32mm would be a great addition as well as a Barlow.
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    Try the TV Radian line. I think they're great for planetary, especially with the 60* FOV if you have a push to. Perhaps the 8mm...
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    If you find you like the 14mm Meade S5000 UWA, there are of course shorter focal lengths available (8.8mm, 5.5mm). I'm sure you have seen the warnings in the reviews, but watch out for the greased surface that becomes exposed when you twist up the eyeguard.

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    Yeah as everyone has said a good Barlow will be well worth its
    money.

    Baader orthos are very nice planetary eyepieces and give fantastic views although not everyone likes them due to eyerelief etc. But the supply of the Japanese manufactured ones is drying up according to some posts on another
    forum I read yesterday.

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    I sold my Radians and went with Penxat XF's which are really designed for spotting scopes as they match the 60 degree FOV (great for planets) and had a much better color rendition then the Radians..

    BUT that is neither here nor there because eyepieces are kind of "personal"..

    The QX eyepiece is NOT all that bad so I'd not even think abut replacing it UNTIL you actually use it... along with the eyepieces you already have with the smaller scopes you already own....

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    The comments in this thread are very helpful to me thanks.

    I am looking at prurchacing some high magnification eyepieces for planetary and lunar viewing myself. I currently have an assortment of EP's that I purchased with my 12 Orion Truss Dob, Zhumell 14.5 and 9mm and the set of Orion Q70s.

    I have had good results observing Jupiter the moon and last night the best views of Mars. Viewing was good enough to mke out structure with the 9mm EP.

    Now that I am looking to add to my collection of highpower EPs for Planetary viewing I see that people like the Baader Orthos and Televue Raidian. I was wondering if any one had any expierience with Siebert Optics. Looks like they make a good product and have rave reviews on the binoviewers they make.

    All of the EPs I listed are $100 to $240. My Budget is in the $100 range however I may try a Teleview if I have the will to wait and save a little more cash. When it gets warmer I will be asking the same questions at the star parties that will be springing up, maybe even try some out before buying.

 

 

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