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    Default Eyepiece and filter kit question



    Hi guys. I purchased the celestron eyepiece and filter kit 1.25" for use with my nexstar 130 slt. I also have the ultima barlow 2X arriving soon. My question is, does anyone have an opinion on the quality of these optics, and are eyepieces something i should think about upgrading for this scope? Don't get me wrong, im not complaining about the optic quality, i just have nothing to compare them to. Thanks.

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    I have never used any of those but for that price I wonder.
    I have decided that since eyepieces can be kept and used with future scopes I am going to save up for the better (and more expensive) ones. Check out the eyepiece review forums.
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    The Celestron kit was also my first purchase after getting my first scope, a Nexstar 6SE which is similar to your 130 SLT scope.



    The quality of the eyepieces (EP) included are just "ok," nothing to write home about but does the job. There are 5 EPs included - 4mm, 6mm, 9mm, 15mm and 32mm. The 15 and 32mm were my favorites, but the 4mm and 6mm were barely useable on the scope because of too much power (showing blurred image) and the eye relief leaves much to be desired because you have to jam your eyes real close to the eyelens that it becomes very uncomfortable to use. The moon filter can be used when the moon becomes very bright when nearing the full-moon phase. The orange red filter (#21) was useful for providing better contrast on Mars' surface features when it was in opposition or nearest the earth (last January 29), but the planet is now getting farther from us that it may not be of much use anymore. I don't really use the other filters included. The 2x barlow included is decent and has an unscrewable nose which can be screwed on to other EPs to yield a 1.5x power. But your coming Ultima 2x barlow is of better quality than the one from the kit. The aluminum case is a good and handsome one and although I don't have anymore some of the EPs in the kit anymore, I have kept the case.

    If given the chance to start over, will I buy the kit again? I'd rather save up for the Hyperion 8-24mm zoom ($215) which is an excellent EP of very good quality and performance. But that's just me.

    Hope this helps.

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    Thanks for the replies, guys. I agree that that the 4mm is pretty useless, but i do get some nice views with the 9, 15 and 32mm plossl eps. I'm hoping this kit will do until i start to expand my collection as need arises.

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    Well I've have over 50 years of observing under my belt having purchased my first scope in the Mid 1950's when I was a Boy Scout.who became obsessed with the night Sky trying to earn merit badges...

    I strongly recommend the purchase of these kits FOR BEGINNERS..
    especially those who purchase a smaller scope...

    The kit is ..in my opinion ..a VERY CHEAP INVESTMENT as an educational tool that allows a beginner to see how different eyepieces preform in their scopes, how filters may help on some objects of not etc...

    As for the quality of the eyepieces...definitely not junk...small eye relief is the most common complaint but these are standard Possle eyepieces and that is normal for that design ...but they sure are not anywhere near mid range (price) eyepieces ...

    Like I said I'd rather spend $150.00 on a cheap eyepiece education course ..then run off and drop $400 or more bucks for a single eyepiece...

    Thats said I also am willing to say that one year from the date of purchase the buyer will most likely still use the case, the barlow and the Moon filter ...and will have replaced the eyepieces one at a time to get either a wider FOV of more eye relief...

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    I purchased the eyepiece kit as well when I bought my 5" SCT just for a cheap way to find out which eyepieces and filters work with the scope. I barely used the colour filters because I did not notice any huge differences with them, but the eyepieces were good for getting your feet wet in observing. I have since sold off those eyepieces and filters and now use exclusively Baader Hyperion's (I have every Hyperion from 3.5mm up to the 24mm which will be arriving shortly). But the eyepiece kits are quite good for beginner use to get to know what various objects in the night sky will look like.
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    Iam just a beginner my self so I think I will do the same
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    Quote Originally Posted by ibase View Post
    The Celestron kit was also my first purchase after getting my first scope, a Nexstar 6SE which is similar to your 130 SLT scope.

    The 2x balow included is decent and has an unscrewable nose which can be screwed on to other EPs to yield a 1.5x power.
    Hope this helps.

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    That is good to know just learned somthing new. Thanks from me as well Hernando

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    You're most welcome, my pleasure really, thanks too.

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