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    Thank you all for your relevant and helpful thoughts. When I do pick up my next piece, I'll be sure to let you all know.
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    Wait a minute, Mike. Take a look at this interesting alternative to a zoom or a series of individual eyepieces. Look at ad#3, down the page.

    I have a Siebert 30mm ultra, the 1.5x-2.5x-3.5x would give the equivlent of 30, 20,12, and 8.6mm eyepieces.

    This fellow makes good oculars.

    I am not sure about changing the small parts in the dark, though.
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    I'm in no rush, Pierre. That Barlow is about as much as I would be paying for a new EP anyway it seems. I would be able to retain good eye relief using my 25mm that way. The only thing I won't get is a FOV wider than 52°, but I'm ok with that (for now). It's inevitable that I'll acquire a wide field EP, but perhaps I'll start with the Barlow. As for changing the small parts; I suppose I'll just need a little red light. Thanks for sharing this with me.

    Now, if this snow would melt perhaps I would be able to use my scope some time soon.
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    Well here's a surprise.
    Just after I got home from work today, UPS dropped off 2 packages. They were for me, but I was not expecting anything, nor was my wife. Inside of these boxes were an Orion Stratus 8mm and an Orion Collimating EP.

    I knew right away they were from my dad - I had discussed my next EP purchase options with him the same day I created this thread. He also knew I lacked a proper collimation tool. What a surprise!

    Anyway...now that I finally have a new EP in my collection, I just can't wait to take it out and see how it performs! I'll let you know what I think.

    FYI - for those who suggested it, I still plan on buying a Barlow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_crow View Post
    Well here's a surprise.
    Just after I got home from work today, UPS dropped off 2 packages. They were for me, but I was not expecting anything, nor was my wife. Inside of these boxes were an Orion Stratus 8mm and an Orion Collimating EP.

    I knew right away they were from my dad - I had discussed my next EP purchase options with him the same day I created this thread. He also knew I lacked a proper collimation tool. What a surprise!

    Anyway...now that I finally have a new EP in my collection, I just can't wait to take it out and see how it performs! I'll let you know what I think.

    FYI - for those who suggested it, I still plan on buying a Barlow.

    -Mike

    what a great surprise--you will like the wider field of view with the 8mm--150x, I believe. They are decent EP's even if they do look like German hand grenades--I still own 2 of 'em. And they can be used in either 1.25 or 2" mode.
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    mike_crow, I was wondering how that stratus 8mm ep worked out for you. I was thinking about this ep myself and would love to here your views on it. Thanks


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    Rob,
    I think I should post an official review sometime, but I love it. Yes, it's big, but it's not heavy and does not throw off the balance of my XT8. The best thing about it is how comfortable it is to use. The eye-relief is just great. The image through the EP is very clear too, with seemingly great color and contrast. In general I just don't see myself using my 9m Plossl anymore now that I have this Stratus. Objects don't whip by the FOV as quickly as they used to. I can now spend more time gazing and less time fidgeting with the OTA. I'm very happy with this EP and plan on buying another in a longer focal length.
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    Thanks for the info Mike. It's greatly appreciated. Sounds like it might be a good EP for me as I am looking for a good planetary EP that won't break the bank.

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    Has anyone tried these EP's?

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    Mine isn't the Orion brand (it's a Zhumell clone...there are several variations of this EP around, including Orion's). I have the 3mm model and have been happy with it. It was my ep of choice in the XT10 for viewing Mars (under steady conditions). I found it more comfortable to use then either the 6.4mm or 10mm plossls barlowed due to the greater eye relief. Other models in the series have also received good reviews. The ep does have a bit more light scatter then my plossls, but as mentioned is more comfortable to look through. A big plus, it was definitely sharp, even out near the edge...a big plus for planetary use in a dob.
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