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    Default Choice of Eyepiece



    Good morning all,
    I fairly new when it comes to telescopes and eyepieces. This is my first post yay for that. I'm just after your thoughts what eye piece is better in your honest opinion. I know some go for a crazy amount of money so i wanted to keep it relatively cheap. Of the two choices which one is better. The Saxon cielo hd eyepieces or the Orion edge on planetary eyepieces. The Saxons go for $100 and the Orions for $149. I couldn't see any noticible difference when it comes to specs so wasnt sure if the extra money was worth getting the Orion. I know there are far better eye pieces out there but I wanted to start slowly. My telescope is a 8" skywatcher dobsonian.
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    Default Re: Choice of Eyepiece

    Hi Barney and welcome to the forum. You didn't tell us what mm eps you are considering or what you are trying to view. I would recommend the entire Explore Scientific 82 degree series and sometimes you can find excellent used ones for around $100 USD. My 18 mm ES ep is my dso go to ep.

    The Orion edge on eps are 55 degree calc vs 82. Explore Scientific does have a 68 degree calc series eps.

    Others may have experience with Saxons eps.
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    Default Re: Choice of Eyepiece

    Welcome to the forum!!

    I'm not familiar with the Saxons, but they appear to be similar to the Celestron X-Cel LXs. If they are, they would be good performers and I would be interested in them. I would pass on the Orion Edge On Planetary EPs, especially at that price. The Orion EPs do not impress me at all.

    The ES lines that Roger recommends (in fact all of them; 82s, 68s, and 62s) are EXCELLENT and will perform extremely well in your scope if available to you.
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    Default Re: Choice of Eyepiece

    Hello and welcome to the forums Barney

    Saxon is typically a rebranded Skywatcher product for the Australian market. The HD eyepieces that you refered to are most likely a rebranded Celestron X-Cel LX as Ozman stated.
    Decent eyepieces to get more out of your telescope.
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    Default Re: Choice of Eyepiece

    My apologises, i was after maybe a 3mm eyepiece to get the most out of my telescope as that is the max it is capable of. Any lower would be pointless.

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    Default Re: Choice of Eyepiece

    Interesting to know as Saxons are considerably cheaper then the celestrons. As I've noticed with eyepieces how expensive they can be i just was afraid that as cheap as saxons are that they would be rubbish. I couldn't find any real feedback on them so thought I'd ask in my first post to this forum. A lot of knowledgeable people from what I've read so looking forward to everyones insights.

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    Default Re: Choice of Eyepiece

    Hi Barney, and welcome.

    The Orion edge-on are re-branded Long Perng eyepieces. Have a look here: Browse All Types of Optical Telescopes and Telescopes Accessories at Australia's #1 Store -it isn't a good site, but if you highlight Long Perng and scroll down you will find them. Way cheaper than the Orion's...

    Andrews are generally pretty good if you give them a ring too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barney85 View Post
    My apologises, i was after maybe a 3mm eyepiece to get the most out of my telescope as that is the max it is capable of. Any lower would be pointless.
    You are listening to the manufacturers "MAX" which is only theoretical and very, VERY unlikely achievable. The 3mm EP would also be pointless. The shortest EP I would get for the scope is 6mm, and that would only be useable a portion of the time. On the very RARE occasion where conditions allow more magnification than the 6mm would provide, I would Barlow a 10mm to 5mm or a 9mm to 4.5mm to achieve this, 3mm is very doubtful.

    When it comes to a Barlow, stick with a 2x, nothing stronger as it is not as versatile and you can easily overpower your scope.

    I also have an 8" f/6 Dob. The shortest EP I own is the ES 6.7mm 82. For higher power observing I mostly switch between the 6.7mm and 8.8mm as the 6.7mm is too much power often. Occasionally I can Barlow my 11mm to 5.5mm, but not often.
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    Default Re: Choice of Eyepiece

    Oz is right on. A 3 mm would be a waste of money. I have a 12" and only use the 8.8mm occasionally. If I were you, I would not go lower than 6.7mm or as Oz suggests a 2x Barlow and eps 10mm or larger.

    High magnification only dims down the object and movement/shaking of the scope dramatically increases.
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    Just to add to RALibby last sentance, beyond a certain point higher magnification may increase the image size slightly but you will be blurring out any detail to be seen.
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