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    Default Must Have Eyepieces....



    I am working on SLOWLY building up "a few quality" eyepieces collection. I would love to hear the "must have's" or strongly recommended pieces you would suggest?

    I plan on buying strictly wid"er" FOV...ie. Stratus or such...

    Thanks for posting your choices!!
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    Sandy, I think it depends on your particular need, budget, and how picky you may be about details. Whereas an expensive eyepiece will for sure show you the best image, whether or not it is worth it to you will depend on you, personally. Your own eyesight can have an effect as well.

    I think the Orion Stratus series is a good choice for a moderate price. They are essentially the same as the Baader Hyperions, another good choice, except the Hyperions have tuning rings and a different color to their coatings, I hear. Orion also has a MegaView series that looks promising, for more money. The Orion Edge-On Planetary series has also gotten good reviews. Also, their Ultrascopics.

    TMB Planetary eyepieces are a great buy for $60.

    Astro-Tech Paradigm series looks good, too.

    Some will say that Televue makes the best. They just might be right. Panoptics and Naglers have been the choice of many. Now, the Ethos line is in the spotlight. It has a 100° apparent field of view.

    There are others here who can tell you much more detail than I can, as well as tell you of other brands like Meade, Pentax, and Vixen. Personally, I don't have any of the eyepieces that I just mentioned, except one TMB, but I have read extensively about them. For myself, I don't need anything over 68-70° AFOV. I just want it wide enough to give me a big feel. I also can't pay hundreds for premium eyepieces, and frankly I don't think my eyes would notice the difference, or at least not enough to justify the sacrifice. I might consider the Televue Radians, maybe a Panoptic if it weren't too big. Another thing about wide eyepieces is that they a large and heavy. They also don't perform as well on short focal length scopes as they would on those with longer focal lengths. However, he more you spend, the better they do.

    Just some thoughts for ya.
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    Thanks for the info RussL!....I guess I should have added to the original post, what MM sizes is everyone finding they use the "most". I am trying to get an idea if there are certain sizes that get used more frequently than others...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RussL View Post
    ...I also can't pay hundreds for premium eyepieces.
    Good commentary, Jack!

    Just a thought here, the "Devil's Advocate" speaking, if the Dawg was to sell the Hawg, he could afford the full Ethos line ...With the change left over, you could buy a Ricer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobDob View Post
    Good commentary, Jack!

    Just a thought here, the "Devil's Advocate" speaking, if the Dawg was to sell the Hawg, he could afford the full Ethos line ...With the change left over, you could buy a Ricer.

    Yeah, heresy, I know. The devil made me do it

    LOL, let's put that in the Joke of the Week thread. But if I ever do sell ityou can bet there will be cloudy nights for weeks from all the new astro stuff around here.

    On the eyepieces, I'm using a 40mm, 25mm, and 8mm the most. The barlow comes into play as well. I would also like something in the 32mm range in a 2" eyepiece.

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    I've got an 8" reflector and am using a 25mm and a 6mm. This gives me 48x and 200x respectively. I've also got a 2x and 3x barlow.

    The 6mm is a Zhumell Z Series and I like it a lot. It's nice and beefy, and stays in focus all the way to the edges. I'm not sure what else there is to review on for an EP, but it comes recommended if you're into planetary stuff. I did use it on M57 too, which was kind of neat.
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    For a good 2" 32mm that won't break the bank, I'd suggest the Meade series 5000. It's one of my most-used eyepieces in my 10" LB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sevenhelmet View Post
    For a good 2" 32mm that won't break the bank, I'd suggest the Meade series 5000. It's one of my most-used eyepieces in my 10" LB.
    HI, reading thread is the meade series 5000 32mm 1.25 inch eyepiece any good? i have a 120mm acro and am looking for another widefield eyepiece....pete

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    What makes the 5000 series so much better then the 4000 series I have to asked? I want to looking into the 5000 series but I have to admit I haven't seen one in person yet.
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