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    Ok, I am going to buy a cheap zoom eyepiece. (actually getting it for christmas..Reason I went cheap)

    Its down to either the Zhumell zoom or the Celestron zoom.

    Zhumell 1.25" format 8-24mm Zoom Eyepiece ZHUL017-1 comes with protective hard case. The four element fully multi-coated optical system of Zhumell 1.25 " 8-24 mm Zoom Eyepiece provides clear images. A 40°-60° field of view and long eye relief make 8-24mm Zhumell 1.25in. Zoom Eyepiece easy to use. Perfect as an accessory to any telescope, 1.25 inches 8 - 24 mm Zhumell Zoom EyepiecesZHUL017-1 are an essential addition to your eyepiece selection.

    Specifications for Zhumell 8-24mm Zoom Eyepiece ZHUL017-1:

    Number of Elements: 4Optics: Multi-CoatedField of View: 40°- 60°Eyepiece Format: 1.25"





    Celestron 8-24mm 1.25" Zoom Eyepiece for 1 1/4-in Celestron Telescopes 93230 Product Info

    Celestron 8-24mm Zoom Telescope Eyepiece 93230 is a great Zoom Eyepiece for a convenient medium to high power range with most Celestron Telescopes. 1.25" Celestron 8-24 mm Zoom Eyepiece is Fully Multicoated.

    Specifications for 1 1/4-inch Celestron Zoom Eyepiece 93230:

    Focal length: 8mm - 24mmField of view: 40 - 60 degreesEye relief: 15 - 18mmOptics Coatings: Fully Multicoated
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    • Celestron 8 - 24 mm Zoom Eyepiece 93230


    From the reviews I have read, theres not really much difference in them, however I wanted to get your valuable opinions on them before I ordered.
    Thanks in advance for your input and Clear skys to ya.

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    Now where did I put that clear sky button!

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    I doubt you see any difference....

    I own and use a Celestron (I wanted cheap..real cheap actually) as I only use the zoom with my small refractor at outreach events so I never take any "good" stuff...(too mnay children eyc...

    Anyway it works ok...not the greatest FOV is limited but for my use it does the job....

    That said... Personally IF I used a zoom for my own personal use in my backyard I's forgo the cheap deal and go with either a Hyperion or a Pentax Zoom...

    BTW...I seriously doubt that there is any difference in the Celestron and Zhumell Zoom ...and Orion I believe just came out with another Zoom also...

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    I have the Celestron, and I love it, but I wish I had gone for the Hyperion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WWPierre View Post
    I have the Celestron, and I love it, but I wish I had gone for the Hyperion.
    Hi Pierre, I, on the other hand, have the Hyperion zoom and if there's a chance, will pick up the Celestron if a good priced one turns up in the mart, because of all the good things I've heard about it.

    From all indications, the Celestron and Zhumell zooms are just rebranded but of the same make and either will be a good choice, maybe the cheapest to be had as a determinant.

    Best,

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    They do look pretty much the same, don't they?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WWPierre View Post
    They do look pretty much the same, don't they?
    Yes they do, been looking at googled stock pics of both.

    Best,

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    The only difference I could see was the way the eye cup is made.

    Thanks for all the input guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimt View Post
    The only difference I could see was the way the eye cup is made.

    Thanks for all the input guys

    Jim
    The eye cup is turned down. Here's what it looks like with the eyecup turned up.
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    I bought the celestron 8-24mm zoom ep about a month ago after reading one of Pierre's posts and was very pleasantly surprised, good views for the price.

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    Well how about that. I thought they were made a little differently. I think you guys have convinced me. I know they aren't top of the line so to speak, but I think it will serve my purpose.

    Thanks again guys.

    Clear Skys
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