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Focal Reducer, 2" eyepieces or a separate Refractor

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Hi All,

Please bear with me on this one

I have a C8 on the old Vixen GP mount. I'm looking to increase the FOV for now just for observing but maybe later on for DSI.

Do I:

1, Go for a Celestron Focal Reducer/Corrector f6.3

2, Use 2" eyepieces (I already have a 2" Single-speed Crayford Focuser which came with the scope)

3, Buy a separate refractor (Startravel 80)

4, Another suggestion (especially if I am barking up the wrong tree)

Also I have a lot of light pollution due to security lights around my apartment block...other than going somewhere dark...is there anything I can use that will enable me to see better for observing?


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Hello Taliesin.

A F6.3 focal reducer will give you a wider field of view, the use of low power 2" eyepieces might be compromised because of the restrictions imposed by the size of the internal light baffle. A short focus independent 80mm refractor would be a good addition if possible, it would be great for field trips to dark sights and would have imaging potential.

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I use a Nextstar 8SE with 2in eyepieces in order to get a wider FOV. No experience with a Focal reducer so cannot advise.I also use a 2in Barlow when I need greater magnification with my 40 mm and 25mm eyepieces.

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