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    I want to buy an eyepiece but don't know what I should get.

    My son and are new to this. We have an Orion XT8 that came with a 25mm Sirius Plossl 1.25".

    We are interested in planets, nebula, deep sky.

    At the moment, we can only afford one and would like to stay under $100.

    So what would you suggest would be the best eyepiece to start off our collection?

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    Hi again Jerry,

    One of the 1st eyepeices I purchased was a Celestron Zoom. It gives you the option of "zooming" from 8mm to 24 mm without the hassle of changing the lens. The quality of this particular zoom is okay. However there are better (and more expensive ones) on the market. One that a lot of folks are recommending is the Baader Hyperion Clickstop Zoom (however these may be a little hard to find right now).

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    The Celestron zoom will give you a wide range. After a while you will notice that you probably use one or two of its settings most of the time, thus, know what size eyepiece to buy if you want something better than what the zoom lens provides.
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    That seems like it might be a good place to start.

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    It's the eyepiece I use most, Jerry. You could get a barlow too, without breaking your budget.

    If you decide to order some stuff, please use the links provided at the top of the various forums here, that way Gus, our admin, and owner of the forum, will get a small cut to help defray his considerable expenses in providing this resource for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WWPierre View Post
    If you decide to order some stuff, please use the links provided at the top of the various forums here, that way Gus, our admin, and owner of the forum, will get a small cut to help defray his considerable expenses in providing this resource for us.
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    What i would personally do is go to a telescope shop if that's possible, and experiment with different eyepieces to your comfort level for maximum satisfaction.
    But that would be possible if your allowed to do so im guessing.
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    Are you close to Didsbury, Mosa? I just bought a CG5 from All Star Telescopes. They have regular star parties, don't they?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosa View Post
    What i would personally do is go to a telescope shop if that's possible, and experiment with different eyepieces to your comfort level for maximum satisfaction.
    But that would be possible if your allowed to do so im guessing.
    Unfortunately there's nothing close by. Probably 2-3 hour drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WWPierre View Post
    Are you close to Didsbury, Mosa? I just bought a CG5 from All Star Telescopes. They have regular star parties, don't they?
    I dont think so.
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