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advice for quality/size but affordable eyepieces for meade 8" lx200 for novice
Posted 11 February 2009 - 10:43 PM
Posted 11 February 2009 - 11:35 PM
Posted 12 February 2009 - 12:19 AM
Posted 12 February 2009 - 08:20 AM
Posted 12 February 2009 - 10:02 AM
In my opinion, the expensive alternatives are just that... expensive alternatives..
I think that's a touch harsh. I've most of the Hyperion range and they're great eyepieces for the money, but I had the opportunity to borrow a 17mm Nagler at Kelling year before last and it simply blew my Hyperions away. In a slow scope you could get away with some of the cheaper widefields and not suffer too many abberations as you would if you were using them in a faster scope.
Posted 12 February 2009 - 10:44 AM
I was just considering original question; the 8" LX200 and its capabilities.
I've used TV plossls on my LX200's for the last twenty years and find they, for the cost involved, do a very good job.
(BTW the BEST eyepiece I have and use is an old Ziess 6mm Monocentric!)
Posted 12 February 2009 - 11:14 AM
I'm coming round to the idea that like scopes, some eyepieces are better suited for certain jobs than others. Hence I picked up an old Meade research grade ortho in the theory that it'll outperform the Hyperion albeit with it's much more narrow FOV. If I find that's the case then I'll grab a couple of other orthoscopics to complement the Hyperions.
Posted 12 February 2009 - 01:29 PM
I also have a set of UVO HD Orthoscopics with 60deg FOV and these also worked very well with the LX90 and certainly outperformed the series 4000 plossls. The only problem with Orthos is that the eye relief is very short which is likely to be a problem if you wear glasses.
Posted 12 February 2009 - 02:00 PM
If you are one of these then I would go for the Baader Hyperion range. I have a few and they are excellent for the money. I also have the Telescope House Ortho's and they are very sharp though very poor eye relief.
If you are not on a budget then Nagler's all the way. I've looked through a 31mm once and it blew me away big time but the cost is huge.
Posted 12 February 2009 - 02:14 PM
Naglers and UWAN's are expensive but they do exactly what is claimed for them and the results, to my eyes at any rate, are very pleasing.
Posted 12 February 2009 - 02:15 PM
Unless you've experienced "average" eyepieces and what they can and can't do for you, you won't always appreciate the better views through a "top of the line" eyepiece.
Think of it like a pair of runners; you can buy something from Tesco and make a start..... but the ads for Nike etc always make it sound like they will be able to make you "run like the wind" in comform and style. The real challenge is getting out there and practising, improving your starts, stamina and abilities. Sure an expensive shoe may help you as a professional $$$$$$ athlete, but there's many, many of us "weekend hacks" who can enjoy a casual jog, just as well.
I started with a 6" f8 reflector (wildey mirror) and Ramsden eyepieces ( you may have to look that up in Google!)... moved onto my only 12mm Ortho for a year or so and it wasn't until I built a 12" f5 I realised what Coma etc was all about! Time to move to the Plossls. After 20 years they're still good for me; my eyes are not what they were and spending 200 GBP on an eyepiece would be wasted on me..
Posted 13 February 2009 - 02:27 AM
Whatever you choose, you will need low, medium and high magnification eyepieces. Personally, staying below £100 per eyepiece, I'd probably opt for a 24mm Hyperion for low magnification, a 13mm Hyperion or 14mm Series 5000 for medium magnification and an 8mm Hyperion or 9mm Series 5000 for high magnifications.
Posted 16 February 2009 - 03:52 AM
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