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    Question Celestron AVX 6" Newtonian recommended eyepieces



    I just got the Celestron AVX 6" Newtonian and need some suggestions on which eyepiece(s) to get and which barlow would provide the most versatility and compatibility.

    I'm considering pieces from Baader Planetarium, but I'm not sure which ones to get (because I'm an amateur). I want one with good quality glass and that provides good magnification of DSOs. Also looking for a good one for planetary viewing. Please send any suggestions for eyepieces and barlows my way if you have any.


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    Default Re: Celestron AVX 6" Newtonian recommended eyepieces

    A nice set up Ramsey. If this is your first scope I would recommend you use the eyepieces that came with it for awhile first to get used to the gear.
    Once you have figured out what kind of objects you like to view than start looking at eyepieces.
    A comfortable chair (homemade or bought) is a much better first accessory. If your comfortable you will view longer.
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    Default Re: Celestron AVX 6" Newtonian recommended eyepieces

    It would depend on which Baader EPs you are considering. The Baader Orthos would work well. The Baader Hyperions would NOT at all. I would opt for one (or more) of the ES lines like the 82s, 68s, or 62s depending on how wide you want them. The only use I have for a Barlow is for very high magnification and don't want to spend on a dedicated EP that will see little use, instead of buying a 4 or 5mm EP, I Barlow an 8-11mm EP. Since it is rarely used, I haven't spent a lot on a Barlow and in turn have put that toward better dedicated EPs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozman13 View Post
    It would depend on which Baader EPs you are considering. The Baader Orthos would work well. The Baader Hyperions would NOT at all. I would opt for one (or more) of the ES lines like the 82s, 68s, or 62s depending on how wide you want them. The only use I have for a Barlow is for very high magnification and don't want to spend on a dedicated EP that will see little use, instead of buying a 4 or 5mm EP, I Barlow an 8-11mm EP. Since it is rarely used, I haven't spent a lot on a Barlow and in turn have put that toward better dedicated EPs.
    My push for Baader EPs is because I know that some of them have been equipped with Zeiss glass, which I know from experience with binoculars and camera lenses happens to be among the best quality glass on the market. Baader seems to have very good reviews as well so I'm sure whatever EP I get from them I'll be happy as long as it's equipped with Zeiss and provides a clear image and magnification of nebulae, clusters, and galaxies.

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    My push for Baader EPs is because I know that some of them have been equipped with Zeiss glass, which I know from experience with binoculars and camera lenses happens to be among the best quality glass on the market. Baader seems to have very good reviews as well so I'm sure whatever EP I get from them I'll be happy as long as it's equipped with Zeiss and provides a clear image and magnification of nebulae, clusters, and galaxies.
    Zeiss glass is very good, there are others that are equally as good. But no matter what type of glass is in the EP, you will need to consider the design of the EP. The Hyperions may have Zeiss glass in them (I'm not sure here) but the design of those EPs is exactly the opposite of what you want for a Newtonian and would not perform well regardless of the glass used, so stay away from those. Stay away from any Erfle design. The ES lines are proven performers for Newtonians and would serve you very well, but I am unaware of the brand of glass used in their manufacture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozman13 View Post
    Zeiss glass is very good, there are others that are equally as good. But no matter what type of glass is in the EP, you will need to consider the design of the EP. The Hyperions may have Zeiss glass in them (I'm not sure here) but the design of those EPs is exactly the opposite of what you want for a Newtonian and would not perform well regardless of the glass used, so stay away from those. Stay away from any Erfle design. The ES lines are proven performers for Newtonians and would serve you very well, but I am unaware of the brand of glass used in their manufacture.
    Looks like they don't produce the ES line anymore, though they still make the Ortho. Maybe its better to look for an ES or an S in the classifieds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramsey View Post
    Looks like they don't produce the ES line anymore, though they still make the Ortho. Maybe its better to look for an ES or an S in the classifieds?
    The ES line is not a Baader product. They are Explore Scientific EPs that I am talking about.

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    OH.. ok. I'll have a look at those. Thanks, Oz.
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    Default Re: Celestron AVX 6" Newtonian recommended eyepieces

    Do not limit yourself to specific eyepieces just because they have Schott glass in them.
    If you do this you will be limiting yourself considerably and miss out on many excellent eyepieces.
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    Do not limit yourself to specific eyepieces just because they have Schott glass in them.
    If you do this you will be limiting yourself considerably and miss out on many excellent eyepieces.
    Well, the glass is not the only thing I consider but I know Zeiss very well and they've crafted some of the best camera lenses, binoculars, and spotting scopes I've used so I never doubt them. Really, as a beginner this is the best information I have other than second opinions when choosing a qualifying eyepiece, among some technical specifications.

 

 
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