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



    I’ll note that the ES82 series is on sale for $127.
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    Default Re: newbie needing advice for EP options in $100 range for moon and planet viewing

    There are several ways.

    1. Visually: Updating your eyepiece arsenal with true quality eyepieces for maximum detail. Within the price range you mentioned the advised Orthos or Plssls are the only way. Widefield eyepieces are designed for widefield. The "wows" you will experience with those are for the widefields and not for details. That is a good reason for having them. But not the best reason for viewing the smallest details or contrasts.

    2. Photography: Follow the camera advice Ozman gave you. If you want really detailed pictures that is. Eyepiece projection is a dead-end street if you go for really detailed images. Once again: Nothing wrong with snapshots or singleshots, but they have their limitations. Your own images are about the limits of what you can achieve. It won't become much much better.

    Don't fall into the pitfall of thinking that a wide field eyepiece in the budgetrange you mentioned will improve the images much. That goes for visual and photographic use.

    Step by step upgrading is much more expensive than one upgrade to the top. Believe me, I have been there. Buy quality, cry once.
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    Default Re: newbie needing advice for EP options in $100 range for moon and planet viewing

    Quote Originally Posted by John Baars View Post
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    Step by step upgrading is much more expensive than one upgrade to the top. Believe me, I have been there. Buy quality, cry once.
    Hello oldrdockfan,

    the above sentence by John should be learned by heart!
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    Default Re: newbie needing advice for EP options in $100 range for moon and planet viewing

    Quote Originally Posted by John Baars View Post

    Step by step upgrading is much more expensive than one upgrade to the top.
    But not nearly as much fun and not nearly as educational, as gradually using different gear over the years with an eye toward improvement.
    This coming from someone who has been doing it step-by-step (with some backward ones!) for 50 years.

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

    @K4PDM
    As usual the truth lies somewhere in between. I have been there too 47 years ago. But after two upgrades I knew that the next one should reach to the top only. That was some 25 years ago. Since then I enjoy the good stuff fully and think that starters should know this.
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    Default Re: newbie needing advice for EP options in $100 range for moon and planet viewing

    OTAs come and go but eyepieces should be forever.
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