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    Default If you could only have one eyepiece for your scope what would it be?



    Let's say you(as in you yourself) had $150 to spend on one eyepiece and it was the only eyepiece you would be able to use for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
    Zoom eyepieces don't count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeXploiT View Post
    Let's say you(as in you yourself) had $150 to spend on one eyepiece and it was the only eyepiece you would be able to use for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
    Zoom eyepieces don't count.
    a very good one

    I can't say what I should buy because I can't talk about eyepieces I don't know. But almost sure, I'll pick something with good coatings but with reasonable large field (depending of f rate and aparture of my telescope).
    Let's just say I'll pick a 25mm or 32mm eyepiece with some reasonable coatings. I don't know the eyepiece prices so I can't realy indicate a brand name now.
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    Dang i was gona say a good zoom ep.

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    I'm actually going to use this thread to help me decide what eyepiece to buy next.
    Can't justify spending $450 on an ep so $150 is my cap.
    Also I've never looked through a quality eyepiece so I have no idea how different it would be than looking through my cheap celestron eyepieces.

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    My wife bought me the 30mm Orion Ultrascopic for Christmas a couple of years ago. I really like this piece. It also gets pretty good reviews.
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    I'm no expert, the technical stuff goes right over my head but I've just bought this 32mm EP Skywatcher - Skywatcher PanaView 2" eyepieces
    I decided wanted a fairly decent but not to expensive 2" EP (since my new 8" scope can take a 2" EP I wanted to try one out to see what sort of view I'd get). So I saw this one, read a couple of reviews and bought it!

    As I said earlier, I'm no expert but I have managed to chose an EP I'm really happy with. Tried it twice so far, the view of the Pleiades is astounding! Can get the whole lot in the EP! The double cluster in Perseus, looking at both clusters in the one EP is beautiful! Was observing it the other night and a satellite whizzed by, on the spur of the moment I decided to see how far I could track it with my dob. Managed a good 10-15 secs before I lost it! I mention that because the wide field in the 2" EP made that easy to do! (Last time I tried a bit of satellite tracking was on my 1.25" zoom EP at 24mm, I couldn't keep up with it!). That was just a bit of fun, not sure that's going to help you decide which eye piece to chose!! Anyhow, if you're looking for a 32mm one check these out, I think they are great and I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

    What ever you decide on, enjoy it!

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    One eyepiece forevermore? The answer to your question sort of depends upon what telescope you will use it with. I'm a SCT guy so I'd select a 32 mm eyepiece with wide a field of view for my f/10 SCT. If I used a f/5 DOB, some other eyepiece may be a better selection.
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    My main scope is a Celestron CPC1100 (2800 mm fl) ... and I run a Denkmeier Power switch diagonal on it...

    IF I could only own one eyepiece .... well

    A 26 mm eyepiece in that scope and diagonal gives me 71x or 107x or 214x all with the push of a lever... I could live with that spread on most nights anyway ...

    Now what eyepiece ...especially one under $150.00 ...to be honest
    the only ones I can think of are the Meade SWA 5000's or an Agena Eclipse ....

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    A quality 32MM probably. Which would only get me a Plossl or Ortho, $150 doesn't go very far.

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    I agree with bob on this one ...And right now most retailers have the Meade's on sale for between 29 dollars for the 1.25's and 49 dollars for the 2inchers ..They are 50 percent off the series 4000 QX wide angles ..70% field of view .......

    Oh yea , if i could only own one it would be a low power 30mm or 36mm in a 2in format ..
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