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    Default Extra Christmas Bucks for Lenses?



    A couple of years ago I had some extra money for my Dob (XT10), so you folks suggested a Telrad sight. Best.Thing.Ever!

    But now I am looking for something else. I am leaning towards some new lenses, but would like your suggestions. I currently have 1.25" Plossl 25mm and 10mm, as well as a Shorty doubler. I have a hard time getting much light through my 10mm -- Is that the way it is supposed to be? Would a better lens give me more light? Should I go to 2"? Or are there other lenses you would suggest.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Default Re: Extra Christmas Bucks for Lenses?

    How much are you looking to spend? Lot's of great choices out there, some for the budget minded, some for the "bang for the buck" minded, and some for the "cost is no issue" minded.

    A great "bang for the buck" brand are the Explore Scientific 68° and 82° series. The 82° 18mm, if you can find one, would fit in well with your existing 25mm and 10mm. This 18mm is a 2" eyepiece, and it is a DSO hunting machine and works very well with a dob. The view is quite bright and sharp. Mine is my most used and most cherished eyepiece in my case.

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    Default Re: Extra Christmas Bucks for Lenses?

    I was hoping to spend around $100. I noticed Amazon has a 1.25" ES 16mm 68 deg for $129 which is OK. But I'm thinking the 2" is probably out of my price range right now. But I'll definitely keep it in mind....

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    Default Re: Extra Christmas Bucks for Lenses?

    The 68° 16mm is likely a great EP, but I have no experience with it.

    Check out this very recent thread: I would really appreciate some help picking out EP's for my Orion XT10!!

    You might get some good advice from that one and get a good feel for a direction to go in.
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    Default Re: Extra Christmas Bucks for Lenses?

    I just finally got to use it but I m loving this 2 inch 25 mm ES 82 degree EP. I took it out and put in my 1.25's but after a min put it back in. Great views with it. I would go 2 inch if you can.

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    Default Re: Extra Christmas Bucks for Lenses?

    Thanks for the posts. After reading the other link, I think I am leaning towards a 2-inch as suggested, because I would like to give a 2-inch a try. I am OK with planets, by I enjoy DSO mostly.

 

 

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