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    Default Starseeker 130mm - Eyepiece shopping - help needed.



    Hello Friends,
    I am a beginner owner of a
    Orion StarSeeker 130mm GoTo Reflector Telescope

    The telescope came with a 25mm and 10 mm eye pieces. I am in the process of adding a few eyepieces for my telescope.
    Here are some things I am looking at, please give me your opinion on the items please

    1. Galileo Multiple Ocular Holder
    Optics accessory holds up to three eyepieces of your choice
    overstock.com/Sports-Toys/Galileo-Multiple-Ocular-Holder/4007967/product.html


    2. Galileo 3X Barlow Lens
    # Enhance your observatory capabilities with Galileo 3X Barlow lens
    # Lens increases the focal length of a telescope up to three times
    overstock.com/Sports-Toys/Galileo-3X-Barlow-Lens/4005624/product.html


    3. Galileo A-6816Z Zoom Eyepiece
    * Galileo four-element eyepiece is a great addition for any telescope
    * Eyepiece zooms from 6.8mm to 16mm
    * Galileo A-6816Z has apparent field of view of 42 degrees
    overstock.com/Sports-Toys/Galileo-A-6816Z-Zoom-Eyepiece/4005637/product.html


    Thanks everyone and looking forward to hear from you.

    ~RTRajan
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    Hi, I don't have any experience with the Galileo brand of barlow/zoom but my opinion is that it would be better to get a 2x barlow instead of the 3x and get one of a known brand/quality like the Celestron Ultima or Orion shorty. When just starting out, we usually want to get the most power from our scope but find out soon enough that increasing the magnification too much will just yield a big but blurred image which is of not much use. As for the zoom, I have a Hyperion 8-24mm zoom - it is quite expensive at $215 but of excellent quality. Another option is the Celestron 8-24mm zoom, it has some good reviews for the price, and I was able to get one (have not received it yet) for less than $50 sale price some time earlier, but it is now back to the regular price of around $75, at which price point, I'd rather save up and get the Hyperion zoom. Hope this helps.

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    RTRajan,

    You have an excellent f/5 Newtonian telescope. I think that it deserves a little better than the eyepieces your are considering. Aslo, fast scopes like yours are more demanding of eyepiece quality than slower scopes.

    Here is a very nice Meade eyepiece kit that will go perfectly with your telescope and compliment your existing eyepieces: Meade« 4-Piece Eyepiece and Filter Accessory Kit, Science Channel Tech & Gadgets , Discovery Channel Store (Note: this Meade kit is often on eBay at a much cheaper price) Add a 2x barlow and you are set. For a little more the Celestron eyepiece kit is also very good: Celestron Telescope Eyepiece and Filter Kit - 1.25 Inch Format - Telescope Accessories at Telescopes

    You don't really need a lot of eyepieces. I have a drawer full of them but only use two, 32mm and a 12 mm about 95% of the time.
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    Thanks ibase and sxinias for valuable and frank opinion.
    In the last few days I was able to borrow one of the Galileo barlows from a buddy and test it. I started noticing a trace of glare on objects which was annoying.
    I am going to look at both your suggestions and look for any good deals on these. Thanks again for the help.
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    Hi rtrajan,
    I am looking at maybe getting one of these scopes and was wondering how you're liking the scope after having it for a few months.

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    Default Starseeker 130mm

    So far I love it.
    Even though I have used it primarily for Lunar viewing and having watched Saturn once, I have played with the automatic tracking and used the triangular star alignment with ease.
    I am waiting to get the new set of lenses and hoping to explore a little bit further.
    As for the scope itself, it is very easy to setup, portable, the tripod that comes with it is a little lighter and kinda shakes when the wind is blowing hard. But it is manageable.
    My daughter has enjoyed watching at the moon.
    My only suggestion would be to get one of the lenses mentioned in the previous posts here along with the scope.

    ~RTRajan
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    RTRajan,
    Thanks very much for the reply. Glad that you're liking the scope. Guess I'll put this one on my short list of one to buy. I'm still deciding which scope to get for my first one (first one since I was a kid anyway).

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    I say it again, It is not a sin to buy one expensive and good eyepiece, since you can use it later with your bigger scope (yes, everybody buys or DIYs a bigger scope later).
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtrajan View Post
    So far I love it.
    My only suggestion would be to get one of the lenses mentioned in the previous posts here along with the scope.

    ~RTRajan
    I have this scope and love it. I would highly recommend getting the Orion 2X Barlow shorty. At 44 U.S. dollars, it's worth every penny!

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    I am going to look at both your suggestions and look for any good deals on these. Thanks again for the help.

 

 
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