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    Default I'm thinking of a new celestron zoom eyepiece. Thoughts and opinions?



    Hi All,

    I would like to get a zoom eyepiece for my Orion Apex 102mm Mak.

    The Celestron 8-24mm seems good. $59

    Price is good.
    I wear glasses and the eye-relief of 15 to 18mm, if true, aught to be just good enough.
    Field of view 40 to 60 degree seems okay to me. I believe the 40 degree is at 24mm, and the wider 60 is at 8mm.

    Any thoughts about the pros and cons of a zoom eyepiece?

    Does this Celestron zoom compare well to other brands in this price range?

    Do you think it really has an eyerelief of 15mm at 8mm zoom?

    When you change zoom, does a zoom eyepiece generally stay in focus?

    Harry
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    Default Re: I'm thinking of a new celestron zoom eyepiece. Thoughts and opinions?

    Hi Harry,

    I started a thread that turned out to be pretty extensive on this subject a few months ago:

    8-24mm Zoom Eyepiece?

    Please take a look there. There is a lot of information, opinion and advice in there.

    I finally decided for myself to obtain the Tele Vue 6-3mm zoom.

    Good luck, and clear skies!

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    Default Re: I'm thinking of a new celestron zoom eyepiece. Thoughts and opinions?

    For birds watching it should work fine.

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    Default Re: I'm thinking of a new celestron zoom eyepiece. Thoughts and opinions?

    Thanks Stephen,

    I'm making lunch. I will get right with your thread asap.

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    Default Re: I'm thinking of a new celestron zoom eyepiece. Thoughts and opinions?

    Hi again Harry.

    For your application I think it would be a good value for you. You will have to re-focus between magnifications. It's not the best for astronomical applications, but to keep it simple it would be good. It is probably the best zoom in this price range. You would benefit from 3-4 dedicated EPs that are wider than the zoom and if they are parfocal, you would not need to re-focus, but this would cost more for just one EP than the cost of the zoom. For the value and convenience, I would get the zoom.

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    Default Re: I'm thinking of a new celestron zoom eyepiece. Thoughts and opinions?

    Hello Harry,

    I'd say, sleep over your thinking about that cheapy zoom.
    I am not a good friend of the zooms,

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    Default Re: I'm thinking of a new celestron zoom eyepiece. Thoughts and opinions?

    Thanks Folks,

    I think that price range is about the best I could afford. If I could get a significantly better one at a particularly good price, I might go for it. Maybe I'll hold off for a while and keep looking for a used one in good shape. I don't have to be in a hurry.

    Last night I was looking at Saturn with a 25mm, 52X. Nice, but but the planet was too small. And, I could barely find the planet with the 8.5mm and couldn't get it in focus. Still need a better tripod other than my very light camera tripod. And it still has to be tall.

    I'm thinking maybe a wide angle 12mm Eyepiece. Maybe I should find a used inexpensive set first.

    As I write this I'm finding some of the info on zoom eyepieces you folks have posted. I'll look it over. I like the idea of a zoom for terrestrial use, but am also worried about the quality of the image. As long as they don't cause too much CA, I think I would be okay with a zoom.

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    Default Re: I'm thinking of a new celestron zoom eyepiece. Thoughts and opinions?

    Hi Harry,

    Just my $0.02 here, but I agree with the above, JG for sure; I'd sleep on that. I had one that came with my C80-HD I bought on Kijiji, along with the 2 I believe stock (10 & 25mm) lenses. Short story, the two stock lenses got more use, and the zoom was sold on Kijiji for $50 I really thought the field of view was quite narrow, even at 24mm, and it really never seemed "sharp", and I didn't like the eye relief. I just got a used ES 68* 16mm for $110 and couldn't be happier. The zoom was used twice and sold, and the 16mm, to me, is for life.
    Having said that, that's just me. Some people seem to love them. If you could try before you buy, that would be ideal.

    Best of luck with the decision,
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    Default Re: I'm thinking of a new celestron zoom eyepiece. Thoughts and opinions?

    GSO 1.25" Plossl Eyepiece - 12mm

    GSO 1.25" Plossl Eyepiece - 15mm

    These two are very affordable and would serve you well.

    Celestron 1.25" X-Cel LX Eyepiece - 12mm # 93424

    This one is wider better quality and would be quite good in the scope.

    Celestron 1.25" X-Cel LX Eyepiece - 18mm # 93425

    This one is about as wide as your 25mm but with more magnification.

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    Default Re: I'm thinking of a new celestron zoom eyepiece. Thoughts and opinions?

    Thanks FatKitty, (I was going to call you Kitty, but I'm not sure if you're female.)

    You folks are making me think twice an thrice about a zoom. I'm going to keep it in mind for terrestrial use though.

    Always good stuff from JG and Ozman.

    I first looked at a Celestron Luminous 15mm with 82 degree FOV. A bit out of my price range to take a chance on though. Not yet sure what size mm I would want so I don't think I should jump on any expensive (for me) eyepiece yet. I had a hole lot of trouble finding Saturn with the 8.5mm so, I probably need something around 12mm.

    I think I will start considering an inexpensive set just to get an idea of what I would need for birding use and astronomy secondary.

    I think Bigzmey's with me. Birds like to be watched with zoom lenses.

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