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    Default Best eyepieces to buy with $300



    In a month I will be the owner of a 8" or 10" dobsonian.

    I have $300 to spend on eyepieces, barrows, filters, etc.

    I am mainly interested in galaxies, nebulas, open clusters, and globular clusters.

    I thought of buying a Baader Zoom (seems to get good vibes around here) but am afraid of problems associated with zooms.

    I also thought of picking up some Televue plossls with a barlow.

    The last option would be frequent Cloudy Night classifieds and get some second-hand Televues/other high quality eyepieces for less than they would be normally.

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    Default Re: Best eyepieces to buy with $300

    By now, you've probably read all over about the Explore Scientific sale. For $300, Get the 24mm ES68 (1.25") @ $99.00, and the 8.8 mm ES82* for $99 and a good used barlow. You might even have enoughp pocket change for a trip to the nearest dark site. If you can go a little higher (i.e $350): I would also add the 11mm ES82 for $99--This is one He## of an eyepiece, probably the best in the 82* lineup. With a barlow and the three lenses (Find a good used barlow for about $50) you would have (assuming a 1250mm fl) is:

    ES68 24mm: 52X/104X
    ES82 11mm: 113X/226X
    ES82 8.8mm: 142X/284X (284X is pretty much max for viewing purposes anyhoo)

    The advantages of the wide fields is ideal for viewing DSOs and clusters. These would do for a start. I only recommended 1.25" due to the cost. The 24mm is also available in 2", but is more expensive. For $300, about all you could get in the Nagler line would be one eyepiece....and a good chance it will be used. I'm not rich, can't afford'em. The ES eypieces aren't Naglers, but they are 95% naglers; and for the price, you can't beat them.
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    Default Re: Best eyepieces to buy with $300

    I'm pretty new to this as well, and eyepieces are quite subjective. I'll point you to a thread I started last week as I was bellyaching over an eyepiece as well:

    DSO Eyepiece for my AD10 - Faced with A Choice!

    In general (and others will refine this, I'm sure), you want to have at least a low and a high power eyepiece. The low power will help you find your DSOs and the higher power can be used to more closely inspect them (as long as you're not going TOO high). Depending on which particular Dob you purchase, you may get both types included. My Apertura 10", for example, included a 30mm 68 degree piece as well as a 9mm Plossl. I quickly ordered a 2x Barlow so I could dive more deeply into Saturn and the lunar surface with my 9mm. It's all served me well so far.

    I decided on a 14mm piece as my next one. With the Barlow, it'll add two fairly unique magnifications to the ones I already have. The advice I got in my thread was invaluable - I suggest you take it in!
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    Default Re: Best eyepieces to buy with $300

    Thank you for the replies.

    How would the ES 82 degree eyepieces compare to a Televue Nagler? Obviously the price on the ES would tip the scale towards buying two or three of the ES instead of 1 used Televue. :P
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    Default Re: Best eyepieces to buy with $300

    Quote Originally Posted by Reflector? View Post
    Thank you for the replies.

    How would the ES 82 degree eyepieces compare to a Televue Nagler? Obviously the price on the ES would tip the scale towards buying two or three of the ES instead of 1 used Televue. :P
    Based on my reading (NOT my experience), the consensus seems to be that while the Naglers are obviously better, the difference in performance is MUCH smaller than the difference in price, and that makes the ES 82 (and equally if not moreso the ES 100) line a very attractive option for hobbyists.

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    Default Re: Best eyepieces to buy with $300

    I too wanted "Cadaliac" Televue eyepieces, but I'm VERY happy with my "Chevrolet Impala" Explore Scientific eyepieces. I have 3 @ 70* and 1 @ 82*, they provide great views, are very well made and I have a nice selection to choose from. Look for some used, you may save some money.

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    Default Re: Best eyepieces to buy with $300

    Thank you all for the wonderful and quick responses. I believe I shall buy some ES 82s and maybe a 68 degree. Probably around 30mm, 15mm, and 10mm to start with. I can always get Televues later.
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    Default Re: Best eyepieces to buy with $300

    Quote Originally Posted by Reflector? View Post
    Thank you all for the wonderful and quick responses. I believe I shall buy some ES 82s and maybe a 68 degree. Probably around 30mm, 15mm, and 10mm to start with. I can always get Televues later.
    Which scope are you, well, scoping out? The answer to that will inform you whether you REALLY need to get all three of those for your first days. I've found that not only the advice here has helped immensely, but so have my first 5-10 viewing sessions; being out there really has shaped my understanding of what my current arsenal can/cannot do and what I really want out of it. For example, I found myself saying "oh, man...I love the magnification of my 9mm, but I feel so constricted in here!" So I went for a wide-angle, higher-power (than my 30mm) eyepiece, which, especially when Barlowed, will give me higher magnification, but still allow me to look around a bit.

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    Default Re: Best eyepieces to buy with $300

    I had trouble reaching focus with the Baader Zoom on my 8", but that was after I changed out the focuser to a 2". If you can try out some EP's that is the best way, I have a smorgi of EP's now but I have to say I use the lower power ones the most. The ES are a good buy, I wish I had more & will likely go that way in the future. The wider FOV is great for push to Dobs because you are always nudging them along & it keeps your target in the EP for a longer time, esp at higher powers
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    Default Re: Best eyepieces to buy with $300

    Just want to make sure that you are making or buying a good observing chair. Arguably a higher priority for some of us than the fancy eyepieces.
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