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    Default Best Eyepiece for Deep Sky Viewing



    Hey everyone,

    I always appreciate advice on here. Everyone is so friendly. I have a 10" Dob Reflector and I have had so much fun hunting deep sky objects, especially galaxies. I need to upgrade my eyepiece though (my eyepieces are a little cheap). I was wondering what might be some good eye pieces for galaxies and nebulae. I am thinking of spending anywhere up to $300 USD. It is confusing sometimes when doing research. Thanks for the help and I apologize for any mistakes with my English. Thanks again, everyone
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    Default Re: Best Eyepiece for Deep Sky Viewing

    As a fellow galaxy hunter, I highly recommend the Explore Scientific 82° 18mm and 11mm eyepieces. These are my galaxy hunting weapons of choice, an excellent hunter/killer team with my 12" dob.
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    Default Re: Best Eyepiece for Deep Sky Viewing

    The Explore Scientific 82* EPs already mentioned would be an excellent choice, as would the TeleVue Delos. The Delos cost a good bit more, though.
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    Default Re: Best Eyepiece for Deep Sky Viewing

    I enjoy my only wide field eyepiece (Celestron Luminos 15mm, 82 AFOV) for most of the DSOs like GCs, galaxies and small OCs. For large OCs and Nebulas I prefer my low magnification eyepiece, a 40mm plossl.
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    Default Re: Best Eyepiece for Deep Sky Viewing

    Quote Originally Posted by RandomRussian View Post
    Hey everyone,

    I always appreciate advice on here. Everyone is so friendly. I have a 10" Dob Reflector and I have had so much fun hunting deep sky objects, especially galaxies. I need to upgrade my eyepiece though (my eyepieces are a little cheap). I was wondering what might be some good eye pieces for galaxies and nebulae. I am thinking of spending anywhere up to $300 USD. It is confusing sometimes when doing research. Thanks for the help and I apologize for any mistakes with my English. Thanks again, everyone
    Hello Random,

    as you are giving your location 'Munich', then on your place I'd contact the Teleskop Service, and look for their outreach events and shows. There you can test a bunch of eyepieces, and eventually hope for some special offers, or ex-demos at reduced price.
    Your DSOs targets:
    Planetary nebulae: I'd include the Baader BCO 6mm orthoscopic eyepiece, as most of the pn are great to view at the maximum magnification
    Galaxies and bright emission nebulae: I am mostly using the f=10mm - f=17mm eyepieces
    Large diffuse emission nebulae: the f=20mm - f=25mm are here my working horses

    Regarding the EPs makes, the orthos and the high-end Plössls offer most light and most contrast.
    For the star hopping navigation I take the cheap f=25mm 70° Antares, or even better the light-weight and compact William Optics UWAN f=16mm 82°. I prefer this UWAN against the heavy 'grenades' as coming from the other manufacturers.

    Wishing you the best choice,

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    Default Re: Best Eyepiece for Deep Sky Viewing

    A good method to determine the EP to use for a specific target is by exit pupil.

    https://www.astronomics.com/eyepiece-exit-pupils_t.aspx
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    Wonderful Thanks so much for all the awesome advice, everyone

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    Default Re: Best Eyepiece for Deep Sky Viewing

    This doesn't seem to be a popular choice, but I use a Meade 4000 8-24mm zoom eyepiece and I love it - most galaxies and planetary nebulae are small and I want to be able to quickly switch between high and low magnifications. It is most used eyepiece now but it does lack a wide field perspective for which my 25mm and 32mm Plossl that came with the scope (C9.25) seems really good. I think the ES 82 at 18mm sounds awesome and perhaps even the 11mm one and it's on my list of eyepieces to get but so far I've not found the pressing need (though I've not used my Meade ETX80 very much but it has amazing widefield views so that plus a widefield eyepiece I think would be very good).

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    Default Re: Best Eyepiece for Deep Sky Viewing

    i have 4 meade 5000 hd 60 s....love em....around 80 bucks apiece....
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