Results 1 to 9 of 9
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By ibase

Thread: Best Eyepieces for SCT

  1. #1
    justmike's Avatar
    justmike is offline White Dwarf
    Points: 7,168, Level: 59
    Level completed: 9%, Points required for next Level: 182
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    365 Days+ Registered Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points750 Days+ Registered Achievement!2 Posts Achievement1000 Days+ Registered Achievement!
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Hamilton
    Posts
    20
    Points
    7,168
    Level
    59
    Thanks
    23
    Thanked 4x 4 Posts

    Default Best Eyepieces for SCT



    Hi, I've purchased a new SkyWatcher 8" SCT and would like to know what eyepieces would best compliment it for Planetary views. My price range is $50-$75. Currently looking at Celestron X-Cel's (heard they weren't very good), Burgess TMP, and Televue Plossls. I seem to favor eyepieces with larger lens aperture Also, is the Baader Hyperion 8-24mm zoom effective?
    Any info from previous or current owners would be appreciated.
    Thanks!
    Mike

  2. #2
    roverich's Avatar
    roverich is offline Moderator
    Points: 41,419, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Got three Friends20+ Friends Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points5+ Referrals Achievement!100+ Threads Achievement!
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    virginia .usa
    Posts
    7,913
    Points
    41,419
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    2,009
    Thanked 1,962x 1,528 Posts

    Default

    Hi Justmike ...These guys have some great deals on GSO eyepieces ....They are great for the money ... Agena AstroProducts - Telescopes, Eyepieces, Binoculars and Accessories for the Astronomy Enthusiast with FREE US Shipping
    16in Night sky
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    F4.5 , 90mm refractor 500mm FL , 7in
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    classic Big-mac , Meade eye pieces with a few odd balls thrown in ...
    If you cant stand behind the american soldier ,
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    Please stand in front of one ...

  3. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to roverich For This Useful Post:

    justmike (09-07-2009),NCMountains (09-06-2009)

  4. #3
    WWPierre's Avatar
    WWPierre is offline HYPER GIANT
    Points: 64,445, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    10 Days registered3 Years + Achievement400+ Posts AchievementGhost Achievement! Averaging 5+ posts a day!1000 Days+ Registered Achievement!
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Squamish B.C.
    Posts
    6,948
    Points
    64,445
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    1,095
    Thanked 2,953x 1,808 Posts

    Default

    I am an advocate of zoom lenses, I use my Celestron 8/24 almost exclusively.

    Check this thread for comparisons.

    Zoom Eyepieces - A direct comparison.

    I wish I had bought the Baader, but only because it has such a sexy name.

    I couldn't really justify twice as much money for a 9% (subjective, I assume) increase in performance, knowing that my old Mark I eyeball is the weakest link in the optical chain. If you can justify the extra $100, I would recommend the Hyperion.
    Meade 16" LightBridge; Celestron G-8N Bird-Jones/motorized EQ5;
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    127 Mak/go-to EQ5; Burgess 127f8 refractor; Sky-Watcher 5" F/5 collapsible dob; 90mm Mak/motorized EQ2; Royal Astro 76/910-GEM; Meade 60x700 refractor/alt/az; Zhumell 25x100 Coin Ops; GalilleoScope. Celestron 8mm-24mm zoom; lots of fixed EPs,some good, some..not so much. A small collection of surveying instruments; a forest of tripods; Canon Rebel Xti. Confirmed gadget junkie; Custodian of the Magnetic North Pole (Send $1.00 to Pierre each time you use a compass.)
    49-41-37.03N 123-09-29.61W Calculated magnetic declination: 17° 39' East

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.


    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.


    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

    We have been broadcasting our presence to the Universe for 100 years now. If there is a detachment of Galactic Pest Control within 100 light years, they are already on the way.

  5. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to WWPierre For This Useful Post:

    justmike (09-07-2009),NCMountains (09-06-2009),sxinias (09-06-2009)

  6. #4
    mgb's Avatar
    mgb
    mgb is offline Junior Member
    Points: 6,807, Level: 57
    Level completed: 29%, Points required for next Level: 143
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    10 Days registeredFirst 1000 Experience Points365 Days+ Registered Achievement!750 Days+ Registered Achievement!1000 Days+ Registered Achievement!
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Beautiful Québec, Canada
    Posts
    2
    Points
    6,807
    Level
    57
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default Astrotech Paradigm

    Hello Justmike,

    I just came back from a night out with freinds and we tried out the new Astrotech Paradigm ED's I bought for my kids (8 & 11). They are currently selling for $ 60 USD. I tell you, all four of us were impressed by the results. We had Hyperions, Meade SWA and my Naglers on hand to compare.

    I wanted something not to expensive for my kids and I am very happy with this purchase. You should take a look at them. I was hesitant at first to buy them and asked the salesman to put a ''special'' return clause on the bill. Tonight, there is no use for that clause. I keep all of them.

    For the money I think the Paradigms are hard to beat... It's only my honest opinion anyway...

    Clear skies...
    mgb

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to mgb For This Useful Post:

    justmike (09-07-2009)

  8. #5
    NCMountains's Avatar
    NCMountains is offline Bright Giants
    Points: 10,794, Level: 71
    Level completed: 82%, Points required for next Level: 56
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    First 1000 Experience PointsGot three Friends200+ Posts Achievement!20+ Friends Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Eastern USA
    Posts
    475
    Points
    10,794
    Level
    71
    Thanks
    136
    Thanked 143x 115 Posts

    Default

    Mike-

    I assume that your scope is a F10 and with that the Baader Hyperions or Orion Stratus (which are the same EP) work great in these scopes. But the fixed FL EP like a Baader and Stratus goes new in the tune of $120 per EP. But they are every so often for sale used on places like AstroMart and folks usually sell these for around $85 median I would say.

    They are built like a tank and are wonderful EP's to say the least. Best bang for the buck in my book. Look to a 17mm as a workhorse piece for sure. I have the 8mm-17mm-24mm and love them.

    Your question as to the Baader zoom EP........without a doubt the best click stop zoom there is! This EP has a very direct cult following and there is a reason why. If you are looking to get a all in one EP that in my opinion can rival a fixed FL then lay out $215 and get it, you won't be disappointed.

    Good luck and hope this helped.
    Name: Mike. Just hanging out here in God's country just watching the stars!
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    -
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    & Equipment:
    CPC800/Baader Hyperions/Canon Rebel XTi
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    /so many extras I can't even begin to list!

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to NCMountains For This Useful Post:

    justmike (09-07-2009)

  10. #6
    Lenbo's Avatar
    Lenbo is offline SUPER GIANT
    Points: 12,882, Level: 78
    Level completed: 38%, Points required for next Level: 218
    Overall activity: 0%
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Cochranville Pa.
    Posts
    1,445
    Points
    12,882
    Level
    78
    Thanks
    239
    Thanked 336x 271 Posts

    Default

    I agree with NCMountains about the Hyperians. I've picked up several used for a good price. They work pretty well in both my f8.3 refractor and f4.9 reflector. The 17mm is probably my most used eyepiece. It gives me a good combo of magnification and brightness in my viewing conditions when I'm searching for DSOs.
    Len
    Astro Tech 150mm mak f/12 - Orion 8 inch reflector f/4.9 - VRC8 (RC Mod for Mallincam)
    Orion Atlas EQ mount - EQMOD
    TV Radian 6 mm / Baader Hyperion Eyepieces 8,13,17,24 mm / Meade SWA 28,34 mm/ES 82 11mm

  11. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Lenbo For This Useful Post:

    justmike (09-07-2009),NCMountains (09-06-2009)

  12. #7
    Canon Pete's Avatar
    Canon Pete is offline Moderator
    Points: 42,533, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    First 1000 Experience PointsGot three Friends365 Days+ Registered Achievement!200+ Posts Achievement!100+ Threads Achievement!
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Alba
    Posts
    6,248
    Points
    42,533
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    1,753
    Thanked 3,066x 1,997 Posts

    Default

    I also have the Baader Click stop Zoom , cant complain about it . Add a 2x barlow and yar good to go .

    Pierre , they also look soooooo sexy ,lol
    ---------------------------------------------------

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

    ---------------------------------------------------
    Cloud Dependant Astro Gear !!!
    10x50, 20x80 Bin's,
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    Canon EOS 600D, EOS 300D ( Baader ACF1 Modded
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    )
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    C80ED, C130 Reflector/EQ3 , Ep's 8mm - 24mm Hyperion Zoom, 40mm SP, 20mm Meade Pl, 10mm Pl , 9mm Meade Pl, Celestron 2x Ultima Barlows. SW Star Adventurer.

  13. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Canon Pete For This Useful Post:

    justmike (09-07-2009),NCMountains (09-06-2009)

  14. #8
    Tekguy's Avatar
    Tekguy is offline Junior Member
    Points: 6,873, Level: 57
    Level completed: 62%, Points required for next Level: 77
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    365 Days+ Registered Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points750 Days+ Registered Achievement!2 Posts Achievement1000 Days+ Registered Achievement!
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    GTA
    Posts
    11
    Points
    6,873
    Level
    57
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 5x 3 Posts

    Default

    I love my new 8mm Baader Hyperion. Sharp edge to edge on a 5 Inch SCT.
    I was able to really zoom in the craters on the moon and all 3 bands visible clearly on Jupiter.

  15. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Tekguy For This Useful Post:

    justmike (09-07-2009),NCMountains (09-07-2009)

  16. #9
    ibase's Avatar
    ibase is offline HYPER GIANT
    Points: 22,569, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    10 Days registered200+ Posts Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points750 Days+ Registered Achievement!
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Manila
    Posts
    2,384
    Points
    22,569
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    896
    Thanked 881x 692 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by justmike View Post
    Hi, I've purchased a new SkyWatcher 8" SCT and would like to know what eyepieces would best compliment it for Planetary views. My price range is $50-$75. Currently looking at Celestron X-Cel's (heard they weren't very good), Burgess TMP, and Televue Plossls. I seem to favor eyepieces with larger lens aperture Also, is the Baader Hyperion 8-24mm zoom effective?
    Any info from previous or current owners would be appreciated.
    Thanks!
    Mike
    For my C8 SCT, I would consider the Hyperion 8-24mm zoom as the best eyepiece for it. At the zoom's 20mm setting, it is just as sharp and has an identical AFOV (50-deg Apparaent Field of View) as the Televue 20mm plossl. But going to 8mm, the zoom's AFOV opens up real wide to around a full-eye 72-deg (published is 68 but drift tested at 72) and it leaves plossls in the dust. I've also compared the Hyperion zoom at 8mm barlowed with a TV 2x barlow to give 4mm and the view favorably compares with a Bugress/TMB 4mm fixed eyepiece.

    If I were to start all over again, the Hyperion 8-24mm zoom would be my 1st purchase after the stock EP's that come with a new scope.

    Best,

    Hernando
    Permafrost likes this.

  17. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to ibase For This Useful Post:

    justmike (11-20-2009),pitrone.peter (06-03-2011)

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. XT8 Eyepieces
    By scottder in forum Dobsonian Telescopes Forum
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 09-01-2012, 02:45 AM
  2. Eyepieces
    By robbo in forum Celestron NexStar Telescope Forum
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 10-05-2010, 04:13 AM
  3. Must Have Eyepieces....
    By sandy in forum Telescope Eyepieces Forum
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 08-04-2009, 04:10 AM
  4. Eyepieces
    By benji in forum Celestron Telescope Forums
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03-06-2009, 11:42 AM
  5. Tak eyepieces
    By Richard Darn in forum Amateur Astronomy Forum
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 11-03-2003, 10:40 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.2.0
Powered by vBulletin®
All times are GMT. The time now is 01:37 PM.