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    Default Eyepieces to build up my collection.



    Ok, I am in the market now for a few eyepieces. I want one for lunar and planetary use, and one for wide field view. I will be using a Celestron 127mm f/8 Newtonian and when I get it a 102mm-120mm refractor f/6 - f/5. I guess I should also get a good 2x barlow. So I am looking for suggestion of where to start and what to get.
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    Default Re: Eyepieces to build up my collection.

    I was looking at the 9mm Orion Edge On Planetary Eyepiece, and a 32mm Orion Sirius Plossl Eyepiece.

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    Default Re: Eyepieces to build up my collection.

    Both should do well for you, the 9mm when barlowed will be right at the max magnification for the scope so may not work well if the skies are not the best.
    When you narrow down your refractor preferences let us know so we can give more specific advice. Enjoy the reflector in the meantime
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    Refractors: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNG 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen SD115s f/7.7
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    Diagonals: 2" Astro-Physics MaxBright, 2" Zeiss/ Baader prism, 2" Baader Herschel Wedge (Photo Version), 2" Orion Amici prism, 2" Stellarvue Dielectric, 2" TeleVue Everbrite
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    Default Re: Eyepieces to build up my collection.

    Here are the scopes that have my attention right now: Meade Infinityâ„¢ 102mm Altazimuth Refractor, Orion AstroView 120ST, ES 102mm Refractor with Twilight I, ES 127mm Refractor with Twilight I, Bresser Messier 152mm Short Refractor. The 2 that I'm really pulling to are the ES 102 and the Orion 120ST,
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    Default Re: Eyepieces to build up my collection.

    Well I have amazon prime so I just grabbed a Meade Instruments 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece, Series 4000. It should be better then the eyepieces I have now. $29.95 shipped to door. I hope that's a good start.
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    Default Re: Eyepieces to build up my collection.

    Nice, when thinking about your setup remember that planetary and DSO have some different requirements to get the best views
    Refractors: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNG 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen SD115s f/7.7
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    Default Re: Eyepieces to build up my collection.

    Hello Geoferryt,

    if you are not in a hurry, then look systematically for the premium 2nd hand eyepieces, like the old Tele Vue Plössls (still made in Japan), and for the famous orthos. The wide field and the ultrawide field EPs you can get from Explore Scientific, or from the William Optics, for a good price. The WO UWAN f=16mm 82° is my favourite 'sweet sixteen', whenever I need the ultrawide field.
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    Default Re: Eyepieces to build up my collection.

    Quote Originally Posted by j.gardavsky View Post
    Hello Geoferryt,

    if you are not in a hurry, then look systematically for the premium 2nd hand eyepieces, like the old Tele Vue Plössls (still made in Japan), and for the famous orthos. The wide field and the ultrawide field EPs you can get from Explore Scientific, or from the William Optics, for a good price. The WO UWAN f=16mm 82° is my favourite 'sweet sixteen', whenever I need the ultrawide field.
    Best,

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    Do you know of any good sites to look for used parts? UWAN? Ultra wide angle naglers?
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    Default Re: Eyepieces to build up my collection.

    Quote Originally Posted by geofferyt View Post
    Do you know of any good sites to look for used parts? UWAN? Ultra wide angle naglers?
    Hello Geoferryt,

    unfortunately not in the U.S., besides the OPT Corp, https://www.optcorp.com/manufacturer...uipment?cat=14
    Regarding my shopping, I have been mostly checking the preowned items in the U.K., and in Germany, but this won't help you much.
    My collection of the EPs came together over some 5-7 years, see http://www.astronomyforum.net/member...eyepieces.html

    When you want to start without waiting on the preowned EPs, then consider the Baader Classic Orthos
    Q-Turret, Classic Ortho / Plossl - Eyepieces - Optical Accessories - Accessories
    I have already the f=10mm and f=6mm BCOs, and will include the f=18mm, and the 'optimized' triplet Q Barlow. Their f=32mm Plossl and turret is not interesting me, I already have a 2nd hand Meade f=32mm Plossl.

    On the costs saving reasons, it's enough to take the BCO f=18mm and the f=10mm, and to barlow down the focus lengths by the 2.25x and 1.3x factors, keeping the advantage of the more comfortable eye relief than with the short f=6mm.
    You'd get
    18mm
    18mm/1.3= 13.8mm
    18mm/2.25= 8mm
    10mm
    10mm/1.3= 7.7mm
    10mm/2.25= 4.44mm

    The orthos are thanks to their very high sharpness, maximum contrast, and maximum transmission of light, always keepers, even if you'll later get the wide and ultrawide eyepieces. The BCOs are at least at the moment cheaper than the other premium orthos.

    Best,

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    Default Re: Eyepieces to build up my collection.

    Quote Originally Posted by geofferyt View Post
    Well I have amazon prime so I just grabbed a Meade Instruments 26mm Super Plossl Eyepiece, Series 4000. It should be better then the eyepieces I have now. $29.95 shipped to door. I hope that's a good start.
    I think that is a very good start. The 4000 Series is a very good value.
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