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    Hello, I'm considering getting a zoom eyepiece to use with my ETX-80, but I'm concerned about the weight. My first choice was going to be the Hyperion, but with it weighing nearly a pound it will overwhelm the little ETX. With that in mind, these are some that I'm considering:

    Meade 8 - 24mm
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    Proxima 8 - 24mm

    At first glance, it seems that these are all clones of each other, but if that's true, why the large difference in price? (e.g., $59 for Celestron versus $129 for the Meade). Also, the Proxima has longer eye relief then the Celestron and Meade. I'm leaning towards the Meade, but am open to other suggestions.
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    I have the Zuhmell 8 to 24. i think it weighs abougt 8 oz. I'm to much a newbee to judge quality but it looks ok to me. Don T.

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    Hi craig ...I have a proxima barlow and if there eyepieces are made in the same factory as the barlow's , they are great quality ...The barlows are made in japan ... Why are you considering a zoom eyepiece if i may ask ?
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    Hello...the Zhumell looks like a clone of the Meade and Celestron (at least in design...not sure about the glass used...I know the Meade advertises that they use at least one Lanthanum element...it's actually made by Vixen). I will also give that one a look, but it will have a hard time beating the Celestron in price. Is the Zhumell fairly parfocal throughout the zoom range? (minor refocusing won't bother me)

    As to why I want a zoom, mainly for convenience...to avoid having to switch eyepieces and screwing and unscrewing filters. I forsee using the zoom to check out how the object appears at different magnifications (and to darken the sky). When I wish to have a filtered view I can simply grab one of my Plossl's with the filter already in place.
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    That sounds like a good idea there craig ..But i think , and i could be mistaken ..I think there are some threads started about zoom eyepieces and why there not as good as a regular eyepiece ..I have looked through a pentax zoom eyepiece and it needed no refocusing throughout the zoom range ..But they are a lot more expensive ..As far as the price differences , it might just be the brand they are slapping on eace one ..It happens more oftem than not ...
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