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    Hello, I am observing (well, I was before the recent spell of cloudy
    nights) with a Tal-1 (800mm focal length, f/7.3) and would like to get
    an eyepiece with a wider view than my current 25mm SP. Can you recommend
    something for £50 or less?

    Poking around gives me immediate choices of:

    40 or 32mm Tal Plossls at about £30-32
    40 or 32mm Skywatcher Super Plossls at £43
    42mm Tal Kellner at £33

    Also, does anyone have any comments on the quality and usability of the
    Skywatcher Long Eye Relief eyepieces? I'd like to get down to something
    like a 5mm eyepiece but I wear glasses, and the 10mm Plossl with 2x
    Barlow I currently have is a bit awkward to view through.

    Thanks in advance for your advice!


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    Osvaldo Falco wrote:

    Hello,

    I was also looking for eyepieces (see my earlier thread), and
    came across some Meade 32mm Super plossls for £45.00 on eBay:

    http://tinyurl.com/5u6k7

    Afraid I can't give a positive recommendation as I'm new to
    telescope astronomy, but they look like a good deal on the face
    of it.

    Best,
    Dan

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    Dan wrote:


    Further to my previous post, I've just read a review of the Meade
    4000 series which claims that, although OK, the performance is
    rather like "looking through a porthole at the ocean". The
    reviewer claims that equivalently priced Celestron ultima 30mm
    are a vastly superior eyepiece.

    The review is here if you're intersted: http://tinyurl.com/4kbcl

    Dan


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    Dan wrote:

    Thanks for the link Dan, I think there are three slight downsides to
    this particular sale. From web searching, the newer 4000s are made in
    Taiwan and aren't as good as the original 4000s from Japan which seem to
    have such a good reputation. Also, the price is OK but not spectacular,
    you can buy it elsewhere online for 70USD, at astronomics.com and
    sciencecompany.com. Though they might not be as flexible with shipping.
    Finally, the value of the item is above the customs threshold of £36, so
    you risk getting hit for duty, VAT and handling charges by the courier -
    though previous customers haven't complained of this.

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    Osvaldo Falco <me@privacy.net> wrote:

    I have recently acquired some of these for £16 each via Ebay:
    http://tinyurl.com/53sp7
    (It's the same eyepiece as this: http://tinyurl.com/2wjcx)

    Certainly better than the bog-standard Celestron Plossls I used for
    years. Shows a nice flat field with almost imperceptible distortion
    right at the edge when used with an f/13.8 Mak-Cass. I had a bit of a
    fright when observing Venus this a.m., when a couple of ghost images
    appeared -- but they went when I removed my spectacles. :-) Eye relief
    is easily adequate for me with spectacles.

    HTH

    Best,
    Stephen

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    Stephen Tonkin wrote:


    I wish they had something a little wider than 25mm! They look like quite
    the bargain.

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    Osvaldo Falco wrote:


    Hello again Osvaldo,

    There are some 40mm Omni (Celestron designed) possls for £38, at
    Green Witch:

    http://tinyurl.com/4t3yv

    Dan

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    Osvaldo Falco <me@privacy.net> wrote:


    <http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...3636&item=6115
    557006>

    I've got one of these (from this seller, in fact) and it's my best e/p.
    Got a good, solid feel to it. I have a feeling that any longer f/l would
    make the secondary start to appear, on my 'scope at least.

    I've dealt with this seller on a number of occasions and he's a good'un.

    Jim
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    Dan wrote:


    Also:

    40mm Orion HighLight Plössl @ £54 from SCS: http://tinyurl.com/4udab

    and

    40mm Orion Sirius Plossl @ £45, also from SCS:

    http://tinyurl.com/3uj2e

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    Jim <jim@magrathea.plus.com> wrote:

    I used to have one of those. Nice eyepiece. However, nowadays I use my
    binocs for wide views and my little Mak for high magnification, so I
    don't need such a wide eyepiece.

    Best,
    Stephen

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