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    Question Dob Eyepieces: Barlows and Eyepieces for Deep Space Viewing



    Hi All!

    After doing some research on all the dozens of eyepieces out there, and, being very new to this, I'm a little overwhelmed. I have a Z8 and would like to view a few more things beyond what the standard Plossl eyepieces allow...See DSOs, double stars, sharper/clearer planetary viewing, and possibly more (practical) zoom for planetary viewing. There are all kinds of eyepieces, kits, filters...The list goes on. I've been leaning towards getting a Barlow, possibly a 3x, and a 2" wide view eyepiece, something in the 16-18mm range, for starters?

    Forgive any ignorance as I'm still learning!

    If anyone has some suggestions, or tips for understanding eyepiece specs, it would be greatly appreciated.

    If there is an answer out there somewhere on the forum that touches all these subjects, and knows of a helpful link, please feel free to post it here!

    Thanks for your help!
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    Default Re: Dob Eyepieces: Barlows and Eyepieces for Deep Space Viewing

    Hi. What's your budget?

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    Default Re: Dob Eyepieces: Barlows and Eyepieces for Deep Space Viewing

    Quote Originally Posted by Davesellars View Post
    Hi. What's your budget?
    Well...I'm hoping not to break the bank on just one eyepiece, but I would like to keep it around $70 or less for each eyepiece.

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    Default Re: Dob Eyepieces: Barlows and Eyepieces for Deep Space Viewing

    I think that eyepiece in the range of 12mm to 18mm is the perfect for the DSO hunting...
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    Default Re: Dob Eyepieces: Barlows and Eyepieces for Deep Space Viewing

    I'm curious what recommendations come from this thread as well. I like the 30mm Superview in my 10" dob, so I'm wondering if the 15 and 20mm GSO superviews would be a good fit as well (or at least better than the Orion Expanse I have) They go for around 70 dollars.

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    Default Re: Dob Eyepieces: Barlows and Eyepieces for Deep Space Viewing

    That 30mm Superview EP that comes with the Z-Dobs is a pretty darn good eyepiece. If you're just building up a complete set, that is the last one I'd recommend replacing.

    I'm gonna slightly blow budgets here, but I'd be remiss not to mention the Explore Scientific 82o line. I have more scopes that any one person should have... several not listed in my signature. I've found that line of eyepieces to be very satisfactory from f/9 to f/4.7.

    If I were starting with the 30mm Superview and building my EP collection one-piece-at-a-time, my first purchase would be the 2" ES 82o eyepiece... arguably one of the greatest eyepieces of all time. Then I'd build from there as funds become available.

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    That 30mm Superview EP that comes with the Z-Dobs is a pretty darn good eyepiece. If you're just building up a complete set, that is the last one I'd recommend replacing.

    I'm gonna slightly blow budgets here, but I'd be remiss not to mention the Explore Scientific 82o line. I have more scopes that any one person should have... several not listed in my signature. I've found that line of eyepieces to be very satisfactory from f/9 to f/4.7.

    If I were starting with the 30mm Superview and building my EP collection one-piece-at-a-time, my first purchase would be the 2" ES 82o eyepiece... arguably one of the greatest eyepieces of all time. Then I'd build from there as funds become available.

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    Wow! You weren't kidding about a budget breaker, lol. I think that one is going to end up being a goal piece. Thanks for the recommendation! Now I have something to work towards beefing up our set!
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    Default Re: Dob Eyepieces: Barlows and Eyepieces for Deep Space Viewing

    We got the 15mm Starguider and a GSO 2x Barlow for now. Should give us a little more variety of zooms and more FOV for now. Appreciate the advice on the 82*, we will work for that one.

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    Default Re: Dob Eyepieces: Barlows and Eyepieces for Deep Space Viewing

    In my own experience, the GSO 30mm barlowed extremely well....and as John mentioned, it would probably be the last to go in upgrading to much more expensive ep's. The 30mm , like a decent inexpensive zoom ep, probably would be keepers for outreach, kids, loaners, or other purposes..I kept mine until it was eventually replaced by an Explore Scientific 30mm 82 Degree Series....I actually only have 5 ep's and 2 barlows in my kit.

    On a side note, I'm still very remorseful I sold the ES 18mm 82 degree ep....the worst mistake I've ever made in this hobby....

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    Default Re: Dob Eyepieces: Barlows and Eyepieces for Deep Space Viewing

    For my 14inch the 18mm 82 degree by Explore scientific is a deep sky demolisher! The 8.8mm 82 degree is amazing on globs as well. If your skies are dark enough, You could go 6mm and still get some pretty spectacular views. They are a bit more expensive though, costing around 130 per EP. A 6mm would be great for globs and planets
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