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Thread: zoom eyepiece or fixed eyepiece, sale!

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    Default zoom eyepiece or fixed eyepiece, sale!



    Hi all!

    Sorry to keep coming with these kind of questions.

    Today, my local shop sent me an email telling me they have a sale of many eyepieces but the only ones that caught my attention are

    Meade Series 5000 HD-60 6.5mm 6-Element Eyepiece (1.25")

    Orion Explorer II 7-21mm Zoom Telescope Eyepiece | Orion Telescopes

    The Meade is about 20% more expensive. I can afford any of them but can't afford both...

    I have this basic 90mm astromaster f11, 1000mm that comes with very basic 10mm and 20mm eyepieces. They do their job ok (Im not very demanding)

    I recently bought the Orion Sirius 32mm eyepiece that I have not being able to use it at night (cloudy nights ) but tried it as for terrestrial observation and this 32mm is a real improvement (in terms of optical quality) over the basic 10mm and 20mm that came with my scope. That said, I still enjoy those 10 and 20 but seems to me the 32mm will become a beloved EP and will give it a lot of use

    I know, I know, I should not push my small scope into magnifications it can not handle. As someone already told me in a very clear and precise way, my scope is ok for 90x or 100x at most. Getting the 6.5mm will be demanding way too much from it (152x). But the nice thing about that 6.5mm is its wide Afov (60°) and big eye relief. So what I like about such eyepiece is not much its magnification, but more about comfort, I don't wear glasses but still I love big eye relief.

    As for the Orion zoom 7-21 is appealing as for not having the need to change many eyepieces. I could go outside with just my now beloved 32mm and the 7-21 zoom and that's it, thats all I need for this small scope.

    But Im afraid the Meade will deliver a better optical quality and for some reason I tend to think fixed EP are a better value if not now, in the future...

    Well, I forgot to mention Im more of a casual observer and more into planets and the moon. Im not into DSO.

    Also, besides my 90mm astromaster, I have the Omni XLT 120 with equatorial mount but thats a scope I left in my brother's home as he lives in a big home and I live in a small apartment. (He lives in a city with much better skies in terms of less light pollution and in terms of less clouds and much less smog). I visit him from time to time and we enjoy using the Omni XLT so any eyepiece I buy might be used with the Omni 120 as well, not just for the small astromaster...

    So far Im happy with my 90mm scope plus 10mm EP, 20mm EP and this recent good addition that is the 32mm EP but you know there is always a tendency to try something new....

    Ok, any thoughts are welcome!

    Any of you own either orion 7-21 or meade 6.5mm 60afov ?

    Thanks in advance!

    Kind regards!

    Joe

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    Default Re: zoom eyepiece or fixed eyepiece, sale!

    I think that you already have a good eyepiece selection for your telescope. Save your money for something else. The 32 mm will be great for viewing DSOs BTW. Regarding the 6.5mm Meade eyepiece. The image with it most likely will be blurry and not well focused making the field of view irrelevant.
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    Default Re: zoom eyepiece or fixed eyepiece, sale!

    Save up and get a Baader or a TeleVue zoom if you go that route.
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    Default Re: zoom eyepiece or fixed eyepiece, sale!

    Quote Originally Posted by Leveye View Post
    Save up and get a Baader or a TeleVue zoom if you go that route.
    +1. If you want to go the zoom route your probably better of with a higher quality lens. I use the Baader and it's a very nice piece of gear..
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    Default Re: zoom eyepiece or fixed eyepiece, sale!

    You might want to consider the Meade zoom as well. I upgraded my Celestron zoom which came with my XLT 120 at the time as a package deal to the Meade. The following old thread helped me make my decision at the time with no regrets

    Zoom Eyepieces - A direct comparison.

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    Default Re: zoom eyepiece or fixed eyepiece, sale!

    I have 4 of the meade 5000 hd60s....I love them....the 6.5 is great for me....I especially like the large eye relief [if im using the correct term}.....They are worth the money.....I have a meade short tube 80 and a 90mm f/8.8....
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    Default Re: zoom eyepiece or fixed eyepiece, sale!

    The Meade HD60s are good EPs but the 6.5 is too short for your scope as the others have said. I do not care for zoom EPs but there are a few who do, however the 7-21 zoom consistently gets bad reviews. The 8-24 zooms seem to be much more preferred. If it were me, I would go with the HD60s or X-Cels and stay with 10mm or higher. Get a barlow for those rare occasions of exceptional seeing when you can really push the scope.
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    Default Re: zoom eyepiece or fixed eyepiece, sale!

    Hello,, thanks all for your time and advise.

    I decided to buy nothing else at this point.

    I guess you are all right and better save money for something better later.

    Also, I think, as someone kindly suggested to me, focus more on a better finder scope to replace my horrible RDF that comes with my Astromaster.

    I seen this Telrad finderscope:

    https://www.telescopes.com/products/...-mounting-base

    Do you recommend it? Or is there any other you consider better? This one is affordable and seems like a good deal...

    Thanks a lot again!!

 

 

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