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    Default Barlow and Zoom Eyepiece selection question



    Hi I have the chance of getting a used Skywatcher 8-24 mm zoom and Orion Deluxe 1.25in 2x barlow lens for a good deal ($30 and $40 respectively). Should I get these lenses or their cheaper Seben couterparts for new (ie. the Seben 8-24mm zoom and the Seben 1.25in 2x barlow). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    I would go for the "good deal", although I have been satisfied with my Seben barlow and a Camera bracket I got from them was the same as the one Orion sells. I would like to compare my Seben barlow to another sometime, but haven't had the chance. It's possible everything came off the same assembly line somewhere in China.

    The savings ordering the Seben stuff will be pretty marginal, so I would go with the "name" stuff.

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    If by 'glass' you mean telescope, I have a Skywatcher 8" dobsonian. I'm planning to use the barlow lens with the super plossl eyepices that came with it. I also plan to make use of the zoom eyepiece since i've heard good things about them.

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    Oh and thanks for the 'welcome to the forum'. I've been browsing for a while now and decided to join today. There's so much useful info here!

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    I was leaning to the 'good deal' offer as well, its just there isn't many reviews (on the Skywatcher Zoom eyepiece or the Orion Deluxe 2x barlow) to finalize my decision.

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    That Skywatcher zoom looks like a clone of my Celestron, which I am happy with. If I had it to do over, though, I would have held out for the Baader Hyperion.
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    I agree with Pierre on this one... The Zoom IS a clone of the Celestron and is definitely not as good as the Baader Hyperion...

    BUT... come on for 30 or 40 bucks... I'd buy it rather then spend $200 bucks on the Hyperion... Your eyeballs will not see anything close to 160 bucks worth of difference...

    BTW ...I do have a Celestron Zoom BUT I only use it at Outreach events where kids (and their mothers) play with my scopes...I never use it at home...it just not my thing...

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    Hi there rhymeswithorange
    (can I call you 'blorange' - LOL )

    There was a comparison test of zoom eyepieces in a UK magazine last year.
    I wrote up the results here.....
    For the Seben, refer to the Celestron figures.
    Zoom Eyepieces - A direct comparison.
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