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    I've been looking around and think I know which I want but just wanted to get some opinions on them and maybe some others.

    I'm thinking I might get a few pieces for the Celestron X-cel Lx series.

    Are there any that are better for the price range of $65 to $100 each or any that might work better with a apertura ad12.

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    I personally like the Meade HD-60 series. Not much more than the X-Cel LXs but I have personal experience with the Meade series and can confirm that they are terrific eyepieces. I have a short review of them on this forum if you're interested in some amateur journalism

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    What is the criteria that is most important to you? Is it long eye relief? Wider fields? Maximum sharpness to the edge? What magnifications are you looking for? Are you going to also use a Barlow?

    Answering these questions will help the suggestions fit better (although the HD-60's are already a great suggestion)
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    I do like the look and reviews of the HD-60s.

    Eye relief isn't that big of an issue, I wear glasses but i'm near sighted so no problems there. My eyesight is prefect close up. Wider fields would be a plus but i'll go normal if its a really good ep. I don't mind a loss of some sharpness towards the edge. I was planning on getting a low and high mag. I would want to get 3 ep's but i don't mind spending the extra each and getting just 2.

    I can go up to about $130 a piece, and yes I plan on getting a 2x barlow.

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    Does the Celestron X-cel Lx series barlow well? And I'll be using a apertura ad12.

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    If eye relief is a non-issue, but on this budget, all of these have 55 - 65 degree AFOV.

    Astro-tech flat field - comes on 8, 12, 16, 19, and 27mm sizes at $79
    Astro-tech Paradigm - comes in 5, 8, 12, 15, 18, and 25mm sizes at $60
    Meade HD-60 - comes in 4.5, 6.5, 9, 12, 18, and 25mm sizes at $79
    Celestron X-Cel LX - comes in 2.3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 18, and 25mm sizes at $68.95
    Smart Astronomy Solar System LER - comes in 3, 5, 6, 9, 12.5, 14.5, and 18mm sizes at $39.95
    Astro-tech LER (same as above) - website temporarily unavailable, but same sizes as Orion LER and Smart Astronomy LER at $59, Orion's are $99 and these are the same as Smart Astronomy, just different housings per distributor. 55 degree AFOV.

    If you can swing $119, the Baader Hyperion line all have 68 degree AFOV and 20mm eye relief and are quite nice.

    All of these are good performers in fast scopes for the price point.

    If using a 2x Barlow, then pick sizes that won't double up magnifications - like getting a 20mm and a 10mm, then a Barlow. The Barlow will make the 20 magnify like a 10mm, so it is redundant. Like getting a 16mm and an 8mm and using the Barlow - redundant mags.
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    They should all work in the AD12 scope
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    A big thanks for all the info it helped alot.

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