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    Question Barlow or High Power Eyepiece?



    Hi everyone... this is my first post

    Anyway I just bought a Celestron Omni XLT 127 and I'm planning my eyepiece collection. The scope comes with a 20mm Plossl which is fine for now but I want to get high power planetary views. I'm looking at the Astrotech Paradigm's and I'm wondering... should I buy a 5mm (208x in my scope) or get a Barlow first and then a medium power... say 12mm? Will there be higher contrast with just the eyepiece? Btw if the 5mm is suggested I'm looking at the TMB's and I'm wondering if it's better than the Paradigm's or not.

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    Hi Chris,

    Welcome to the forum. Nice scope on a nice solid mount. I have the same aperture, although on a dob mount, and I went the zoom route. I bought a Celestron 8/24 and I am very happy with it. I also bought a relatively cheap barlow, giving me a good range of magnification. I have a 35mm on order for wider field views.

    If I had it to do over again, I would have gone with the Baader Hyperion Zoom. It seems to be impressing even the purists. There is some good discussion on zooms here.

    On individual eyepieces. It seems that a good (more expensive) eyepiece with a barlow compares favorably in view quality with the equivelent eyepiece.
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    I have been told that Barlows are a great addition to your lense collection as they practically double your amount of lense options. A good barlow lense will also last you onto other scopes if you ever upgrade.

    I'm probably buying a barlow this week sometime
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    Thanks guys I will absolutely purchase a barlow at some point, soon after I get a couple of those Paradigm eyepeices. I just didn't want a 5mm to be a waste of money, however I've seen many use these short focal lengths rather than the medium power/barlow combination.

 

 

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