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    Right now I have the Mak out in the yard with my Siebert 30mm barlowed, and I am going down the double star list at 102x. The Siebert 30mm Ultra would have to be my choice, and it is within your budget.
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    I get really good views with my 25mm ep. But again, I haven't looked through a very good high quality ep. Then we are talking $150.
    I am still using the eps' that came with my set up and am happy with them for sure.
    Just how different would looking through a good high quality 25mm ep differ from a standard ep be? All thing been equal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dublin sky watch View Post
    I get really good views with my 25mm ep. But again, I haven't looked through a very good high quality ep. Then we are talking $150.
    I am still using the eps' that came with my set up and am happy with them for sure.
    Just how different would looking through a good high quality 25mm ep differ from a standard ep be? All thing been equal.
    That's basically the question I'm asking in this thread.
    I want to try one quality eyepiece to see for myself if it's worth it. This is my way of nailing down that one eyepiece.
    From the sound of it a nice wide angle is the way to go.
    Granted this won't be a $450 Televue but it should be enough to comprehend the difference between a cheap eyepiece and a quality model.

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    Hey Hex, are there any Astronomy clubs in your area? If so go to a star party and have a look through all kinds of eyepieces. If this is doable, don't buy an ep until you have a chance to do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimt View Post
    Hey Hex, are there any Astronomy clubs in your area? If so go to a star party and have a look through all kinds of eyepieces. If this is doable, don't buy an ep until you have a chance to do that.

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    Nada. I live on an island, population 10,000.
    As far as I know I'm the only one on the island with a scope.

    It's a temperate rain forest mind you where we get 180 inches of rain per year.
    Not the best environment for astronomy.

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    Hex:
    Exactly what scope are you using....???? This makes a MAJOR difference ..
    My main scope is an F/10 SCT....

    I SOLD MY Naglers ..replaced the lower powered ones with Panoptics because I just felt uncomfortable with 82 degree wide FOV...

    Then Sold a couple of the Panoptics (not all ) and purchsed Pentax XW's...

    I also picked up a Orion Stratus and a Meade SWA 500 ...all of which 3 were purchased for under $100 ... They are HONESTY at least 90 percent as good as my Pentax XW's & Panoptics which all cost between $300 and $400 bucks each...

    In some scopes you just do not need high end glass... !!!!

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    From my somewhat limited experience the only thing I learned is don't get any EP with less than 52 degree FOV, otherwise the views are really disappointing. Only one eyepiece? It would have to be low to medium power, which depends on the f ratio of your telescope.
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    I can add that I have purchased three Stratus eyepieces lately (3.5, 13, and 21 mm) for about $ 110 a piece and I am very satisfied with them (although I was surprised by their size and weight). They have a reasonably wide field of view (68 degrees). I also love my 5 mm Nagler, but that one goes over $ 150.
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    FTR I'm using a celestron C8.

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    If I was limited to one EP only, and no zoom - then it would have to be a Baader Hyperion - purely for the versatility (though the quality is pretty good too)

    I think I'd go for the 13mm
    Remove the nosepiece, and you have a 2" 23mm Erfle
    And by adding fine-tuning rings and a 2" filter into the mix, the 13mm will 'adjust' down to about 7mm


    If zooms were allowed - I'd go for the Baader 8-24 Hyperion, for it's balance of good optics AND wide FOV
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