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    Default Vixen and Xcel-Lx Barlows-Opinions Please



    I would like opinions on the Vixen 2x Barlow 3907 and the Celestron XCel-LX 2x Barlow 93529. Thank You.
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    Default Re: Vixen and Xcel-Lx Barlows-Opinions Please

    I've seen some excellent planetary images taken using the Xcel series.
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    Default Re: Vixen and Xcel-Lx Barlows-Opinions Please

    I've never used the Vixen Barlow, but the X-Cel works well.

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    Default Re: Vixen and Xcel-Lx Barlows-Opinions Please

    I will tell you about another one that does not show up very often, but is a really nice Barlow, the Meade #140. It is apochromatic and looks exactly like it have come out of the same factory as the Televue 2X Barlow, except it has yellow lettering instead of green. I had a Televue 3X for a while and made some comparisons between it and the Meade #140. Except for the difference in magnification, I could not see any difference in quality. Second hand, the #140 generally goes for $40 to $50.
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    Default Re: Vixen and Xcel-Lx Barlows-Opinions Please

    I have used the Vixen barlow before and it is a good one, the Xcell has a good reputation also. I am sure either one would work well for you.
    If you are looking used the Antares apo 2x is an outstanding one.
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    Default Re: Vixen and Xcel-Lx Barlows-Opinions Please

    You won't be disappointed with the X-Cel. It's also a short type, light and well made. I think the only real difference with the Vixen is that it's not a long Barlow. I wouldn't have thought there was any quality difference.

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