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    Hello everyone. Newbie here with my first post. Thanks for the great forum!

    I'm just getting back into astronomy after about 20 years (did some AP with my nice 35mm rig and my astronomy major college chum's home-made 10" dob. My mate, Margi, just discovered astronomy for the first time when I convinced her we should get an ETX-60 BB (she likes the portability and goto), from craigslist, new and unopened for 125. Plus I've made a solar filter (with proper solar film, of course) and DC power supply, and we bought a moon filter.

    Well to my good fortune, she LOVES looking through the telescope.

    Not wanting to lay out too much to start, we just ordered the Sky-Watcher 130NS for 150 from High Point. Perfect timing on a sweet deal for what sounds like a quality starter 'scope. I think it'll make a pretty nice, yet affordable, beginner's combo with the ETX. She can learn the sky with the goto and I can re-learn how to navigate the night sky manually.

    My question regarding eyepieces (finally) is what folks think about the Owl Astronomy, Enhanced Super Wide Plossl's, or about Owl astronomy Plossl EP's in general. (Another thread indicated the Owl Plossl's were pretty good quality.)

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    Good price (<100) on set of 3 ESW EP's in 6, 9 and 20 mm's.

    I'm thinking the set of three Owl EP's, especially the FOV and eye-relief, would be a good fit (and price) with the SW 130NS and the 25 and 12 mm's, and barlow, that come with it. (I'm not impressed with the 4mm that came with the ETX, although the 25 and 12 seem to be OK) Any thoughts on how the quality compares between the ones that come with the scope and the Owl's? I wouldn't be surprised if they were made in the same factory, actually.

    All thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    peace,
    Tim and Margi

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    Welcome Tim and Margi,

    I have a zoom, and like to recommend that route. It reduces the fumbling in the dark. There is a good discussion in the stickies at the top of the Eyepieces section.
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    Thanks for the response. We have two telescopes that will be used simultaneously most of the time so we don't want to share one zoom between two scopes, and we aren't interested in sacrificing quality for a little convenience. We're also not trying to spend the kind of money a high quality zoom would cost. I'm making an accessories/ep case out of an old cordless drill case so keeping individual eyepieces organized is no problem for us. We would like to be able to share a variety of individual eyepieces for our little star parties for two.

    I appreciate your enthusiasm for zooms, but everyone has their own unique situations and needs which don't always work for a 'one-size-fits-all' approach.

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    One problem you are going to run into is that many sub $100 eyepieces will show coma or astigmatism as the image moves from the center of the EP with fast F/5 telescopes. I ran into this problem with my celestron astromaster EQ. For short focal length EP's, the 6mm or 9mm Orion Expanse or clones work fine. For longer FL EP's, the cheapy superwides may not be up to snuff.

    I picked up a 25mm and 18mm AT paradigmn Eyepieces. They are only 60 degrees and do show some edge softness, but for the money, I've been extremly happy and impressed.

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    Thanks for offering up some advice, wwpierre and djarum.

    We went ahead and bought the OWL Enhanced Wide Angle EP's in 6, 9, and 20mm for $98 plus 8 bucks for shipping. Ordered them on Monday afternoon at 1730 EST and they arrived here in Oregon, in the mail on Wednesday afternoon, well packaged, with padded bullet cases and end caps included.

    These are not "cheapy" eyepieces at all. Even though I'm a newb to astronomy, I'm a licensed aircraft mechanic so I have a good eye for what is well made and what is not. These ep's are inexpensive but they are very good quality. I had a brief window of opportunity to try them out last night. They performed noticeably better in every way, under even worse seeing than the previous night, than the super plossl's that came with the scope. Under a full moon and "thick" atmosphere, these ep's made the sky darker with better contrast and revealed nearly twice as many stars in any given location of the sky, by direct comparison. The wider field of view, long eye relief, and clear image made for comfortable viewing. I can't wait to get our new rig under some really dark skies!

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    Thanks for the feedback on the Owl Astronomy eyepieces, Tim. I have a 2x barlow from them I like and I was thinking of buying some eyepieces from them for my new binoviewer.

    Since I have to buy them in pairs, it would save a lot of money if the Owl ones will work well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by solrey View Post
    Thanks for offering up some advice, wwpierre and djarum.

    We went ahead and bought the OWL Enhanced Wide Angle EP's in 6, 9, and 20mm for $98 plus 8 bucks for shipping. Ordered them on Monday afternoon at 1730 EST and they arrived here in Oregon, in the mail on Wednesday afternoon, well packaged, with padded bullet cases and end caps included.

    These are not "cheapy" eyepieces at all. Even though I'm a newb to astronomy, I'm a licensed aircraft mechanic so I have a good eye for what is well made and what is not. These ep's are inexpensive but they are very good quality. I had a brief window of opportunity to try them out last night. They performed noticeably better in every way, under even worse seeing than the previous night, than the super plossl's that came with the scope. Under a full moon and "thick" atmosphere, these ep's made the sky darker with better contrast and revealed nearly twice as many stars in any given location of the sky, by direct comparison. The wider field of view, long eye relief, and clear image made for comfortable viewing. I can't wait to get our new rig under some really dark skies!

    peace,
    Tim
    I found this thread around Christmas time. After a bit of research of my own, I too ordered three of the Enhanced EPs by Owl (6,9, and 15). They arrived today and the Curse lifted (at least, I think it lifted: I had clear skies but zero F for a temp!!). I am so happy with these, and wanted to thank you for bringing this company to my attention.
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