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    Default Re: newbie needing advice for EP options in $100 range for moon and planet viewing



    thanks for the info guys! I might start out with the baader simply for the handy factor of being able to screw the camera body into it and then go with a different brand for the second EP. For my first one... do you think the 11mm would be a good choice for the nexstar 8SE for looking at detailed views of moon and planets that actually show a decent size or should I go a bit smaller? My friend likes his 8.8mm but I thought that might be too much and not be usable that often. My cheapie celestron zoom at 8mm is basically too fuzzy to see clearly but maybe better glass would be dramatically different? I'd look thru his but he is in Oklahoma so not nearby.

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    Default Re: newbie needing advice for EP options in $100 range for moon and planet viewing

    Good eyepieces can go from $35-$1000USD, just get what you can afford as there are many excellent eyepieces in different price brackets.
    Your telescope (SCT) lets you use simple design eyepieces which are reasonably priced to get great views.
    Also the type of viewing is going to dictate the style of eyepiece which leads to the different pricing.
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    Default Re: newbie needing advice for EP options in $100 range for moon and planet viewing

    The good thing is that with your SCT almost any decent EP will give you good views. If it were me, I'd go with the ES 11mm 82. But you may not like the Hyperion for attaching a camera for EP projection AP. I would opt for not using an EP and instead get a ZWO camera.

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    Default Re: newbie needing advice for EP options in $100 range for moon and planet viewing

    Nothing will beat a good Ortho for the money on Planets. They are all over Ebay new. Look at ScopeStuff for new ones. Look to AstroMart for used. Usually around 35-65 range. If you find a Meade UWA in either a 4.7mm or 6.7mm snap it up. Most sell in the 65-100 range and they are amazing for the money. Also look at Televue Radians when they pop up. AstroMart really is one of the best places to look. Have fun out there!
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    Default Re: newbie needing advice for EP options in $100 range for moon and planet viewing

    You guys have shown me I really am an idiot when it comes to telescopes. There are so many choices for EPs. Thanks for the insight and I will start reading up on the ones mentioned. Oh and ozman... I checked out that little camera thing you linked. Hey that is a really cool idea! I could save $800 by not buying the mirrorless camera body and just buy one of those instead. I wonder how good the pictures and video are from it? I'm going to have to check out youtube and see if I can find some samples.
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    Default Re: newbie needing advice for EP options in $100 range for moon and planet viewing

    Check out the astrophoto forum also there are some very nice images from the membership using all different set ups
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    I wonder how good the pictures and video are from it?
    These newer CMOS cameras have become the most popular ways for planetary imaging today. The photos with these taken through an SCT are incredibly good, truly impressive. Much better than just "basic", lots of detail can easily be captured. I believe it is a much better direction for you to take.

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    Default Re: newbie needing advice for EP options in $100 range for moon and planet viewing

    I checked out some pics and agree there are some great pics produced from those little things. I still want a mirrorless camera simply because they would be fun for my photography and also the 4k video mode which I thought would be handy for shooting video and then I can capture best stills out of that video. I'm a Nikon camera guy and have some DSLR cameras 610 and P900 but never owned a mirrorless and the small size plus the high end features are what sucks me in to getting one. I think that imager you linked looks like a great addition though so still going back and forth on it. Wish it could do video in addition to capturing stills. Something about capturing videos of space that just fascinates me. Whether the moon or a planet or just star clusters... just really interesting.

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    Default Re: newbie needing advice for EP options in $100 range for moon and planet viewing

    Nothing moves at a very quick relative angular velocity in space due to the large distances between them and your viewing position, so other than capturing satellites as they transit in front of the moon, there is not much need for fast frame rate videos. Because the planets and the moon are very bright targets that can be imaged at short enough exposure intervals to shoot them at video frame rates, some people do take conventional videos of these targets, then use software to eliminate the out of focus frames or ones that are slightly soft due to vibration. Imaging deep space objects requires much longer exposures and considerable post processing to find the correct spectra and remove noise and the spots caused by hot pixels. The mirrorless cameras are attractive for general use, but they don't provide any particular advantages for astro-imaging. The dedicated CMOS chip astro cameras continue to improve in performance with each new generation so they are now the best overall choice for what you wish to do. There are simple optical devices called focal reducers and Barlow lenses which can provide you with a range of image scales with less distortion and image quality deterioration than eyepiece projection will produce.
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    Default Re: newbie needing advice for EP options in $100 range for moon and planet viewing

    Thanks for all the good info guys... I am reading up and trying to absorb all I can about this. The forum is super helpful and I really appreciate the help. Here are a couple of moon shots Ive taken with my current gear. Not horrible but I know I can do better with some upgrades so hope to have some sharper images in the near future. Now to see if I can attach the pics.



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