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    Hello all,

    I have a recently purchased Nexstar 8SE which I am really enjoying. I currently have the 25mm ep that came with the scope and a nice Explore Scientific 14mm with a wide fov. I am looking for recommendations for a good quality low power eyepiece (I can save my pennies to spend up to about $250) for globules, clusters etc. Btw, my interest is purely observing. I'm also planning to buy a barlow or powermate and am confused by the array of choices. Basically I'm into getting best quality with these purchases even if it means doing without for a bit longer. Any wisdom to share would be most appreciated!
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    Grant,

    A zoom type eyepiece is a good place to start. This would give you options of approx 8 to 24 mm. Baader Hyperion "clickstop" is one of the better versions that fits your budget. These also work well with 2 or 3 X barlows. In fact you should be able to get both and still be within your budget.
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    Check out Harry Siebert. He made my favorite eyepiece, his 30mm Ultra.
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    Grant:

    I run both an 8i and a CPC1100.... for the Money right now the Meade 5000 SWA eyepieces are an absolute steal since they are on sale for half price... .... I use a 35 mm Panoptic at home BUT for the price just picked up a 34 mm Meade to use at outreach events (kinds and expensive eyepieces do not go together) ..and it honestly is a really good eyepiece very comparable with the much more expensive Panoptic...

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    Will 2nd Bob's recommendation for a Meade 34mm SWA which is on sale right now ($99) - I ordered one myself. The Hyperion 8-24mm zoom is great, it's my favorite eyepiece to use for my C8 and it does not give up much compared to the Nagler 9 & 12mm's that I have, but since you're looking for a low power eyepiece, the 34mm is more suitable.

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    I am only seeing the Meade SWA 34mm in 2". Is it also available in 1.25"? I assume that 2" won't work with the 8SE?
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    Go get yourself a 35 mm wide field eyepiece... I own a 35 mm Pan that I love BUT recently purchased a Meade 5000 SWA to use at Outreach events because of it sale price of $99 bucks and to be honest it was a fantastic buy...very comparable to my Pan using my old eyes ...

    Highly recommended low power eyepiece in my opinion

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    If your diagnol will accept 2in eyepieces i would get a 2in ..Once you look through a 2in eyepiece it will get used most ..That was the case with me anyway ...
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