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    Hi what do you guys think of the wide field eyepieces? I have a Kellner 25mm I like on the scope I just got (1980s Celestron C80 Vixen) and need another eyepiece. I was thinking a wide field for my 10 year old son. Any help would be great.

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    Default Re: Wide-field

    I love my Meade 5K UWA's, but honestly in my long refractor I am enjoying the 4k plossls alot more at the moment.
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    Default Re: Wide-field

    Are you considering TeleVue Widefield EP, or just EPs with a wide filed of view in general?

    My daughter started observing with me when she was 11. I don't think she cares that much about the field of view as long as EP is comfortable to use.

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    Default Re: Wide-field

    Thank you. Why is that?

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    Default Re: Wide-field

    Thank you as well, just thought the ease of a,wide view would be better all around but not sure being new to the hobby.

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    Default Re: Wide-field

    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoPete View Post
    Thank you. Why is that?
    For my part, clarity. I got the long frac for planetary and lunar work, and the views through the plossls are definitely more crisp than the wider field UWA's. Turns out, that combination also works pretty well on some DSO's as well. Wider fields achieved just by moving down in magnification, for example I've read somewhere a 52° 32mm plossl is going to give you the largest FoV possible in a 1.25" eyepiece. Something else to consider is that as wide field EP's move up in focal length at some point some may require moving up into a 2" barrel as well.

    In my long refractor I use the Orion Expanse (though I'm not sure I'd recommend those for a purchase) which have a bit wider field than plossls for the shorter focal lengths (6, 9, 15 and 20mm) and above that I use the aforementioned plossls (26mm, 30mm, 40mm) for low power viewing.

    What's your budget here? Perhaps we can help with some recommendations that will suit your wallet, or at least give you some ideas. The good news is at F11, your scope should be pretty forgiving on a lot of eyepiece designs so you should be able to build a good performing kit fairly inexpensively.

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    Default Re: Wide-field

    As wide as you can get in a 1.25" focuser and performs quite good with your scope.

    https://agenaastro.com/gso-32mm-plossl-eyepiece.html
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    Default Re: Wide-field

    I'm with Don on this, and second Ozman's recommendation of the GSO Plössl. With both my C80 and Premium 80, the Plössls outperform my wide-fields, especially from a contrast standpoint.

    They are budget-friendly and put up a fine sharp and contrasty view and work well with anything you want to observe with that scope.
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    Default Re: Wide-field

    Thanks guys. Recommendations would be great. I have the C80 as you know with two eye Kellner pieces; a 25mm and a 6mm. My budget is around $100.

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    Default Re: Wide-field

    Get the GSO 32mm plossl I recommended earlier and this 12mm and Barlow and you have 6 focal lengths (32, 24, 16, 12, 9, and 6). The Barlow has a removable bottom element that attaches directly to an EP for 1.5x.

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