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    Being the inexperienced guy I am, I decided that I needed an eyepiece between 20mm and 28mm. So I bought the ES 68 deg 24 mm eyepiece and got to try it last night. I didn’t realize that the FOV would be a little bigger than the 28 mm 52 deg that was included with the scope. It is also is a little more magnification. I have the EP Mag Calc spreadsheet but failed to connect the dots.

    The new eyepiece has better contrast and a flatter image than the 28mm to my eye. I was able to see M33 and M100 last night. These have been difficult targets with my 8” Dob and the light polluted sky that I have. Both targets took some patience and were very dim but I was ecstatic to finally check them off. I would love to hunt them down again in a darker sky. I bounced around checking out a couple globs and open clusters also.

    I think it is a good addition to the EP bag. No Regrets
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    Default Re: Still Learning

    You do realize that now you will be compelled to acquire the rest of the matching set don't you?

    But you are correct, the right EP can definitely be a game changer. Congrats on the views!
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    Congrats! This EP is definitely a keeper. ES EPs have nice coatings and excel on faint targets. Looks like you building a nice EP collection, although I am not familiar with 15mm ES82.
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    Default Re: Still Learning

    You've taken the first step by getting a higher quality EP for your XT8, here's the next step. Colorado offers you a multitude of dark sites to visit. Basically just get 60-90 miles away from the I-25 light corridor, either east or west. I know the winter months are now upon us so you may want to wait but once you've seen what your particular scope can do under dark skies, well, there's no going back after that.

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    Default Re: Still Learning

    Love that heading! Still learning! We are ALL still learning! The day we think we have it all figured out is the day we are mentally dead! Lol! Bill
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    Default Re: Still Learning

    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderwerX View Post
    You do realize that now you will be compelled to acquire the rest of the matching set don't you?

    But you are correct, the right EP can definitely be a game changer. Congrats on the views!
    Yep definately going to have to aquire the entire set now.
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