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    Default Help Me Spend $850!



    Getting a bonus from work that I wasn't expecting, I'll have about $850-900 to spend on EPs! What to get...? Definitely some of it will go on 2-inchers for my big scope. I've been mulling over a few options. The ES 82* kit would run me $700 and the 30, 18, and occasionally the 11 would be usable in my big scope, while the 11 and 6.7 would both see use in my smaller Newt. Or, should I go for the best of the best, stretch the budget a bit, and pick up a 31 Nagler and perhaps a 17.3 Delos? The ES kit would probably be the best bang for the buck, with four usable EPs and that nice 82* FOV that I've come to love, but the 31 Nagler/17.3 Delos combo is extremely tempting, I've always been curious to try out the Delos on DSOs and planets as I've heard it's about as close to perfection you can get in a wider field EP. The 31 Nagler, well everyone knows it's reputation. So, let the debate begin! I'm leaning towards the ES option, but I like to consider all possibilities. Perhaps even the ES 30 with the 17.3 Delos...or the 31 Nagler with the ES 18...so many choices!
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    Default Re: Help Me Spend $850!

    I've never used a Delos, but those big lenses and all that eye relief sure sounds sweet.
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    Default Re: Help Me Spend $850!

    Hmm, choices always get hard when you have the money burning the proverbial hole.

    Me, I'd lean bang for the buck, but, I'm a Chevy guy, not a Caddy man.

    Ignorance may be bliss in my case. I've never tried a Nagler. I have driven a Cadillac or two though.
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    Default Re: Help Me Spend $850!

    Looking at your signature, I think your C11 deserves these three items:

    1. The Celestron .63 Focal Reducer / Field Flattener
    2. The Explore Scientific 30mm 82° AFOV
    3. The Explore Scientific 21mm 100° AFOV

    Your Nexstar 11 will make an audible AAAAAaaaaaahhhhhh when you look through these EPs and the .63 FF/FR combined.

    The cool part is you'll have enough change left over to take your significant other out for a nice dinner.

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    Default Re: Help Me Spend $850!

    Congrats on the bonus. Me I'm a Televue kinda person as you can see in my signature....however in your case, and looking at the scopes in your signature, I would recommend the ES eyepieces. Reason is the the 31mm Nagler T5 is very well corrected for fast Newtonian optics. I love mine in my F5 Obsession and all of my scopes that can handle a 2" heavy weight eyepiece. With your 11" SCT I would doubt that you would see much difference between the 30mm ES 82° and the 31mm T5N. Because of your slower optics the correction of the Nagler would just not be that apparent. The 82° ES Kit would serve you well.

    Just my 2¢

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    Default Re: Help Me Spend $850!

    Wow, that money is burning a hole in your pocket! Always to be expected with astronomical accessories. Good luck with your choice!
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    Default Re: Help Me Spend $850!

    +1 for the 0.63 reducer/flattener. I use one most of the time with my N11GPS.
    In the 17mm range I use a 17mm type 4 Nagler - I find the longer eye relief of the type 4 designs makes them more comfortable to use than the other Naglers. (I also have a 12mm T4).

    Best bang for the buck is probably my chinese built 2" 30mm 80 degree eyepiece - for around 100 euros it has edge problems in fast scopes, but works fine with just a tad of softness at the extreme edge in an SCT.
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    Default Re: Help Me Spend $850!

    Quote Originally Posted by smeyer8015 View Post
    Ooh man, now that is cool!
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    Default Re: Help Me Spend $850!

    Focal reducer has been on my list for some time, but somehow forgot to consider it! So thanks for reminding me! I also hadn't considered the possibility of a 100* EP, but it does make sense for a lower power option. I am curious how the whopper ES 25mm 100* would perform in a C11, I read a few reviews that it wasn't so hot in faster scopes, haven't seen anyone try to use it with a slow scope. The 30mm 82* and 20mm 100* combo might be a tempting option along with the focal reducer. Or, if I just went with the 82* kit I'd still have enough left over to get the focal reducer too.
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