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    Now that I have a few hours behind the eyepiece on my new scope, I think I have been bitten by the DSO bug. I like looking at galaxies but really like the star clusters. I haven't viewed any Nebulae except for Orion's. I have the Zhumell 30mm and a Hyperion 10mm, so I'm wanting an EP that will really give me the best viewing for a decent price. I want a good black background at a decent magnification. I'm thinking something like the ES 18mm 82* 2" EP. ANy advice is welcome.
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    Default Re: ES 18mm

    The 18mm ES was my favorite EP in both my refractors and my SCT's for wide field. Wide enough to capture everything and magnification enough to enjoy the detail. Had I not gotten the deal I did on the Televue's I have I would never have left the ES line. It will do very well in your Dob and give you the view you are looking for for the price you want. The only other one I would suggest is the Televue 17mm Ethos. Very wide field and good magnification. BUT it's three times the price of the 18mm ES.
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    I have this eyepiece and it is excellent. I also have a 20mm 1.25 eyepiece and it's amazing what the two inch format does for the view.
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    Default Re: ES 18mm

    Rick,

    That is a nice eyepiece that will give you 84x and a TFOV of 0.971 degrees. You'll find that most clusters will fit easily in the eyepiece.

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    Default Re: ES 18mm

    That's a great eyepiece. I really like that one and also the 24mm. Comet Lovejoy looked fantastic through the 18.
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    I have exactly what you want, and also a 2" 2x Barlow. Those and the 2" 30mm that came with my AD10 are all I've been using lately.
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    Sounds like what I need to hear. I think my next purchase is a Telrad and the 18mm. I just need to get the CFO to approve it....

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    Default Re: ES 18mm

    Rick, I have the ES 82 series, 24mm through 4.7mm. The 18mm is my primary DSO hunting EP in my Z10 (69x, 1.2° TFOV). While I like the 24mm a lot, I like the 18mm in that scope better because it gives me a magnification bump (69x vs 52x) over the 24mm, and still has a very nice TFOV. I find it an outstanding EP and gives an excellent performance to cost ratio. Now in the 17.5 inch I tend to use the 24mm as my primary DSO hunting EP, as it gives me 83x and a 1° TFOV. My sincere opinion is you cannot do any better than the 18mm for the price.
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    Default Re: ES 18mm

    I may as well throw my 2 cents too and also say it's a great lens
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    Default Re: ES 18mm

    I may not have a bunch of high-end eyepieces, but the ES18 is my favorite, it is used almost exclusively.
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