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    Default Want to upgrade eyepieces for my Zhumell z10 Dob???



    I have the 30mm 2", 1.25" 9mm that came with the scope along with the zhumell 1.25 eyepiece & filter fit. I also have a 20mm kellner eyepiece that came with my little Zhumell 114 scope. So I want to start looking at better eyepieces probably in the $80-150 range for now. I'm planning on buying the Zhumell 2" 2x barlow but was wanting a eyepiece to start my new collection. I have been looking at the ES 82 8.8mm but what do you guys suggest? I'm wanting to get a nice view of Saturn and Jupiter along with DSO. What eyepieces or range of mm should I truly own? And if you could only get one eyepiece for now which one in the price range? Thanks for any help!

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    Default Re: Want to upgrade eyepieces for my Zhumell z10 Dob???

    In my Z-12
    I have the baader 8-24 zoomy and saturn is fantastic at 8mm, thinking of maybe a 5-6 not sure,, TMB has been mentioned here before with favorable reviews. The ES series lens also gets alot of air time, For sheets and giggles, a 40-42 gso is fun as a wide field scan lens

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    Default Re: Want to upgrade eyepieces for my Zhumell z10 Dob???

    The eyepieces I use with my 10 inch DOB are
    1. The 2" 30 mm it came with.
    2. 2" 19mm Gary Russell Konig
    3. 2" 13mm Gary Russell Konig
    4. 8mm Baader Hyperion.

    These seem to cover all the bases for me. Everyone has their own opinions on eyepieces, so YMMV
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    Default Re: Want to upgrade eyepieces for my Zhumell z10 Dob???

    Yea I think for now I will keep using the 30mm and 32mm that i have but I think I would like a new 8-9mm and around a 18-20mm. I have been looking at the ES 82 and ES 68 but I also seen the Meade 5000 hd 60 pieces and was wondering the quality of those compared to the ES eyepieces? I know Televue has phossl pieces that are $100 but just not sure what to get..to many options but hate to waste money.

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    Default Re: Want to upgrade eyepieces for my Zhumell z10 Dob???

    Hey dmbryan how do you like that Baader 8mm with your 10" Dob? They are more at the top of my price range for now but still interested.

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    Default Re: Want to upgrade eyepieces for my Zhumell z10 Dob???

    They are very nice eyepieces. Compared to my other eyepieces it is pretty heavy, and can affect the balance a little. It only happens when low on the horizon though. I have enjoyed it quite a bit. Used it the other night for some great views of the blinking planetary.
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    Default Re: Want to upgrade eyepieces for my Zhumell z10 Dob???

    I like the 1.25 & 2" & i like to get ep that are the same make as my scope.good luck my man.

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    Default Re: Want to upgrade eyepieces for my Zhumell z10 Dob???

    I too have been looking at new eyepieces for my Z10. I just signed up for an account at Telescope Reviews and Classifieds - Astronomy News, Forums, and Articles it looks like they have some really good deals. Ive been considering the Baader Hyperion click stop zoom only because I've never even looked through anything other than the eyepieces that came with the scope, and the Celestron filter and lens kit.
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    Default Re: Want to upgrade eyepieces for my Zhumell z10 Dob???

    Hey dmbryan, I was looking into the russell eyepieces and seen you and someone else saying they are using them. How do you think they perform on planet and DSO viewing...you pretty happy with them? I like that they are not over priced for sure.

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    Default Re: Want to upgrade eyepieces for my Zhumell z10 Dob???

    I have and love my ES82 8.8mm; but truth be told, my ES82* 11mm puts the 8.8mm and the 14mm to shame. The 14mm has had some fairly well reported field curvature problems, although it doesn't seem to bother most people. Last I saw, I believe the 11mm and 8.8mm were both still on sale. The 11mm also barlows well in my XT10i, f4.7. The 8.8 barlows, but lacked contrast (but then, the weather's been bad, and at 273X, you would need some pretty good viewing weather). I believe the 8.8 and 11mm are still on sale for about $150 (the 8.8 may even be $119). For DSOs, the 11mm will work great, and the 8.8 will work fine too. If I only bought one, it would be the 11mm.

 

 
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