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    Default What would you do?



    Ok, so I'm almost finished with my ep set. I have a SW 120 ED. Currently I have a 5mm sw ep (very good actually), 8mm baader hyperion, 12mm/18mm celestron x-cel, 24mm baader hyperion.

    My question is is it worth it to ditch the 12/18 x-cel and get a 14mm es 82?

    This hobby is an expensive addiction haha. Just looking for opinions, thanks.

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    Default Re: What would you do?

    In my opinion the X-Cel is a good EP, the ES 14mm 82 is a great EP and on sale right now! Great deal on the 30mm 82 as well.

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    Default Re: What would you do?

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    Default Re: What would you do?

    Pretty darn hard question for me to answer... My Gut feeling is that if you have money why not BUT in all honestly I would NOT get rid of both X-Cels...as there is actually nothing wrong with them and the extra FOV provided by the Explore Scientific would not (TO ME) be worth my money for a 14 mm to replace the 18 ...and it would be questionable even for the 12

    No doubt in my mind that the ES is a better eyepiece but it is just too close to what you already have in your eyepiece collection...

    BTW...This hobby is dirt cheap in my opinion..once you have everything you NEED (not want) because you do not need to spend a single penny in the future...

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    Default Re: What would you do?

    Honestly, if you want to get the ES 82 14 (and can afford to do so) I would just get it and keep the X-Cels. If you need to sell something in order to buy, then at most I would sell the 12mm and keep the 18mm. On dimmer objects, the difference between 50x (18mm) and 64x (14mm) can be seen. But if you only observe brighter objects, not so much. But ultimately it is your decision what goes and what stays.
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    Default Re: What would you do?

    Well I bought the ES. I will try them all out before I sell any of them. KT4HX, you may be right, if the 18 fills the gap well between the 14 and the 24 I may keep that one.

    After some calculation and viewing, here is what I came up with. I really like my 15mm meade super plossl in my Star Navigator 102, that gave a AFOV of .98@53x mag. My 12 x-cel is .80@75x and that is the problem (AFOV is too narrow). The 15mm was just right and the 12 wasn't quite enough (I had figured on the wider FOV making up for the difference, which it did not). The es 14 has an AFOV of 1.28@65x, quite a difference and more what I'm looking for, I hope.

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    Default Re: What would you do?

    I am sure you will happy with the ES and congrats on taking advantage of the sale. I think you made the right move. Get that one, then use them all to get a better sense of what you want to do. As you said you can of course sell any of the others after the fact if you find them too redundant to your needs. Have fun!
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