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    Default Meade Series 5000 HD-60 eye vs Zhumell Z planetary eyepiece - help needed



    Hello everyone,


    I am relatively new to astronomy and I need some help in picking my next eyepiece. I currently have an astromaster 130 EQ. Id like to first provide some info to put my question into perspective. I have a couple of ploss eye pieces, couple of stock eyepieces (came with my telescope ) and a 15mm eyepiece that came with the astromaster kit. The reason I bought the plossl eyepieces is because I read online that these are generally better eyepieces compared to the stock ones that came with the telescope and they should perform better. But my 15 mm celestron eyepiece that came with the astromaster kit ( not sure which type of eye piece is that ), has a really nice apparent field of view and its really nice for star gazing. When I use the plossl eyepieces, I almost feel that I am looking into a tube.

    therefore I am looking for a reasonably priced eyepiece with good image quality, relatively easy to focus, descent apparent field of view and reasonably good eye relief. Most importantly I would like to use it with my barlow and hopefully it won't lose much image quality. So based on my limited knowledge and experience, I am comparing these two eyepieces for the 18mm :

    price -

    zhumell Z : roughly 40 bucks
    Meade 5000 HD 60 : roughly 80-90 bucks

    eye relief -

    zhumell Z - 20 mm
    Meade 5000 20.6 mm

    Apparent field of view -
    zhumell Z - 55 degrees
    Meade 5000 - 60 degrees

    Below are my questions :

    1. I am buying this eyepiece as an investment for long term use considering that in the future ( next few years ) I will be able to afford another telescope as an upgrade to my current one

    2. does 5 degrees make a big difference in AFOV ?

    3. which one will work better with a barlow lens 2x lens ? (considering my telescope has a focal ration of 5 )

    4. I read somewhere online that using barlow lens for eyepieces greater than 15 mm is not recommended. for example, instead of maintaining the AFOV, it will decrease it. is that true ?

    5. My telescope has a tube length of 650 mm. Would you guys recommend a 18mm eyepiece for stars, star clusters, nebular etc ? In other words, would a 18mm with my telescope be powerful enough to see star clusters, nebulas, deep sky objects etc ? or is it better if I get the more powerful one, i.e get a 14.5 or 15 mm eyepiece


    Apologies in advance for all the questions... In short , I need help to first choose between these two models/brands. And then after that, I need help in choosing the mm

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    Default Re: Meade Series 5000 HD-60 eye vs Zhumell Z planetary eyepiece - help needed

    I don't have any experience with the Zhumell Zs.
    I currently have a pair of Meade HD60 25mm EPs for use with my binoviewer. I have had other focal lengths of the Meade HD60s in the past. They are good EPs and will serve you well in any focal length you choose including the 5.5mm which I had for my f/5 scope. That is the number you do not want to drop below in any combination of EP and Barlow. You can 2x barlow a 10mm EP (or anything longer) fairly regularly with your scope or use a 5mm EP or longer without a barlow.

    If available to you, another consideration may be the Celestron X-Cel line, very similar to the Meade HD60s and price would be a deciding factor for me between those two.
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