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    Can anyone advise on a good 2x Barlow? I apoligize if this question has been repeated (which I am sure for you veterans it has been), but prices vary from one extreme to the next, and from what I have been reading there seems to be a difference in quality. Money is somewhat an object in the household, but I would like to buy a fair quality piece. If you rather feel free to PM me with a response!
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    Hi sandy ...These guys have fairly inexpensive prices ...Hands On Optics :: Telescopes, Accessories, CCD and Digital Cameras i have a 1.5x barlow from proxima ...They are made with japanese optics,fullymulticoated and have a 100% return policy if not satisfied ... OR you could check these guys Agena AstroProducts - Telescopes, Eyepieces, Binoculars and Accessories for the Astronomy Enthusiast with FREE US Shipping ...Just remember , get one that is fully multicoated ..Not just coated or multicoated ...Fully multicoated ...
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    Sandy, I have the Celestron Ultima 2x Barlow. It's something of an industry standard and highly recommended. It also appears to be the same as the Orion Shorty Plus. I think the price now is around $80. I'm sure you can pay more for one, but it's really good enough, and better than many.

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    I just bought a 2x Meade Series 5000 TeleExtender, and I'm very happy with it. Views through my scope are excellent and in constant focus right to the field stop.

    The 1.25" version of the TeleExtender costs $90.
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    Thanks to everyone who has posted. I thought earlier to buy this one:
    http://http://www.telescope.com/cont...oduct_id=E0051

    But now I think possibly this is a better choice?

    http://http://www.telescope.com/cont...oduct_id=08705

    I am hoping on buying a barlow soon. I just want to be sure I am buying a quality piece...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sevenhelmet View Post
    I just bought a 2x Meade Series 5000 TeleExtender, and I'm very happy with it. Views through my scope are excellent and in constant focus right to the field stop.

    The 1.25" version of the TeleExtender costs $90.
    Hello: If you have a 2" diameter focuser bore shouldn’t you purchase a 2" diameter barlow?

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    I am buying my barlow today, and have narrowed it down to 2 choices. If anyone has opinions I would love to hear them. I am "trying" to buy a quality piece that will stay with me for the long haul...I am also not sure if one would perform better in my scope??
    Comments welcome!!

    Here are my choices:
    1.25" 2x Orion Shorty-Plus 3-Element Barlow Lens - Telescope.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by swiftfalcon View Post
    Hello: If you have a 2" diameter focuser bore shouldn’t you purchase a 2" diameter barlow?
    Yes. I should clarify that the 2" version I purchased is $149.


    Sandy, I recommend the TeleVue from the two choices you just posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RussL View Post
    Sandy, I have the Celestron Ultima 2x Barlow. It's something of an industry standard and highly recommended. It also appears to be the same as the Orion Shorty Plus. I think the price now is around $80. I'm sure you can pay more for one, but it's really good enough, and better than many.
    I got one of these recently from telescopes.com for $74 including shipping. Orion site also has them (for a similar price) but they dont tell you that they wont have stock until the end of July.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkM View Post
    **Before buying from Orion, call customer service to ask if the item is in stock--it wont always be so indicated on the website**
    Well Mark, you were right! LOL...I called and was directed to a customer service rep. who I take it is contracted through the company to answer overflow of calls. Anyhow, I am pretty sure she said item in stock and I just received my notification that item is not available till 7/21.........
    Now I am impatient and depressed! LOL
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