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    My Orion XT8i is on order and I think my Skywatcher 130p mini dob will then mostly be in the hands of my 9 year old daughter. She is super keen and loves roving the night sky. She has a birthday coming up and I was thinking of buying her a cheapish zoom lens. She finds changing eps a bit fiddly- I am also concerned about her dropping them!!

    I live in the UK and was thinking of buying one from the USA but I am having problems sorting that out. ( There was a really good deal on the Celestron zoom- around $50.) So I have been looking at what's available here.

    Skywatcher do 2 different zooms, an 8-24mm one (£60) and a 7-21mm one (£40).

    Seben do a very reasonable 8-24mm zoom. (£44)

    Celestron's 8-24mm is a bit dearer.(£75)

    Antares also do something similar (£50).

    Does anyone have any experience with any of these? Are they all going to be very similar- so should I just buy the cheapest one? Or are any of them really awful?

    The 2 Skywatcher ones have me baffled, why is there a big price difference between the 2?

    Any help appreciated.

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    Add the Baader Hyperion Zoom to your list. There are many people here who hold it in high regard. It sells for about $200 in the US.

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    I think the Baader zoom is rather out of my price range!! The key word in the title was CHEAP!!

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    CHEAP and BEST honestly do no tseem to go together in the same sentence ...

    I see you are in the UK... so I can understand... I use a CHEAP Celestron when I go to outreach events where there are always kids around who want to look (AND TOUCH) ...its fine BUT gosh I paid less then $60.00 dollars (USA) for it with free delivery...

    I shake my head at the prices you Guys have to pay...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnycharlie View Post
    I think the Baader zoom is rather out of my price range!! The key word in the title was CHEAP!!
    $200 is cheap for a zoom eyepiece.
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    Obviously the word cheap is subjective!

    As originally stated, the zoom is for my daughter just so she can use my scope without having to change eyepieces. Yes, if I were buying for me, I would be looking at the Baader Hyperion or similar.

    Does anyone out there have any experience with the eyepieces that I have listed? That is what I really would like to know. Are any really bad and to be avoided or are they are much the same? Any thoughts are much appreciated folks!

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    I have not used one ,but have read good things about the celestron zoom. Sorry I can't help more.
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    I have the Celestron Zoom and it works for the purpose I use it for. Most of my time is spent imaging. The zoom helps during the setup for the scope however I also use it as my primary eyepiece if I'm doing some viewing. Once you get down to say the 10mm or less setting problems start to kick in with vignetting but I have found it keeps from having to change eyepieces in the dark.

    I think it would be a good option for a child.
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    I have a Celestron as well, and use it mostly. I wish I had held out for the Baader.

    That being said, I have also purchased a couple of items from Seben, which turned out to be good quality. In your situation, I would order the Seben, it being the cheapest. It will work. The eye relief might be a bit pinched, but your daughter probably doesn't wear glasses.

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    Thankyou, Pierre. There is not a lot of info on the Seben zoom and people seem to be a bit cautious buying their products.... I have read a couple a favourable comments but I still have no idea how it would compare to the others. It is appealing though and might be what I buy!

    The Skywatcher 7-21mm zoom is actually the cheapest. I have found that for £35 which is very cheap. Has anyone any experience or comments?

 

 
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