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Great, the same focal length as my dob then so I have an even better idea what to suggest! The barlow you have is the 2.25x 1.25" barlow which pairs with the zoom eyepiece I assume. I hear this is a

meade 5000 UWA series are awesome and equal to ES 82 deg range. also they require only very little focuser adjustment when you change the EP to another.ES dont pop up that often on s/h market where me

Dan If you intend going for the 24mm ES 82° as your lowest power widefield, I would skip the 14mm and go with the 11mm. The 11mm is not only the pick of the line (apparantly), but its a better jump in

Apologies for restating this thread up again but I have finally got round to getting the money together to get my Explore Scientific 82° and i will be def buying the 11mm but want to get a higher mag as well...I am really torn between the 8.8 and 6.7.

Realistically, is the 6.7mm going to be a bit too powerful (especially when I barlow it @ x2.25) for my scope being 8" 1200mm focal length?

Thanks again everyone.

Dan

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Unbarlowed the 6.7mm gives 179x which is a very useful and usable magnification in an 8" scope. Barlowed 2.25x gets 403x though which will barely ever be usable really.

Useful higher power magnifications in an 8" dob would be something like 180x, 200x, 220x, 250x or thereabouts. You may find something approaching 300x useful too but above that, most often not.

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That's interesting to read...I used to have the Baader Zoom 8-24.

I used the Baader Barlow x2.25 to accompany it (which I still use) and found barlowing and going all the way to 8mm did start getting a little hairy!

I am thinking the 8.8 might be a bit more manageable un-barlowed and barlowed.

Thanks John.

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Apologies for restating this thread up again but I have finally got round to getting the money together to get my Explore Scientific 82° and i will be def buying the 11mm but want to get a higher mag as well...I am really torn between the 8.8 and 6.7.

Realistically, is the 6.7mm going to be a bit too powerful (especially when I barlow it @ x2.25) for my scope being 8" 1200mm focal length?

Thanks again everyone.

Dan

There's an 11mm in the classifieds at the minute Dan.

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I would def be getting a few of them but in dribs and drabs as I can't afford them all just yet...will def keep an eye on the 2nd hand market ;)

There's an 11mm in the classifieds at the minute Dan.

Thank u for the heads up Damo!! I have just seen this as I've been away with the other half...I've had a look and it isn't there now which is a [removed word] but will def keep an eye out! Thank u for letting me know though ;)

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I took the dive...bought from the good ole US of A.

I Used Agenastro in the end - Bought the 6.7mm, 11mm and 24mm = £313 delivered on the quickest priority mail (5-10) days.

You cannot fault that price, I worked out with shipping from Europe i'd be be easily looking at £500! I know might hit some customs charges but I can live with that :) I can't believe the smaller EP's work out to £66, that's an absolute steal!

I have seen an 18mm in the classifieds, think I might complete the set with that as well...then gradually fill in the gaps over time with the other EP's in the line. Next stop a case from Maplins!!

Thank you again for all your help with this topic and I promise to lay it to rest now :p

Dan.

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Finally got my Maplins case and yes, I went a bit crazy over Xmas and now have a nice little collection of 82° Explore Scientific Eyepieces :) I have yet to go outside with these new EP's as of yet, I cannot wait to give them a run!

Got other little bits in there...some filters (UHC / Moon & Neodymium), Baader x2.5 Barlow etc.

Let the fun begin ;)

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Thank you :) I have been saving for ages to get these - I did go a little crazy getting the whole bunch...oh well, it's xmas! lol.

Think i will have to hold fire on the 30mm as my scope will tip over...The 24mm is borderline when I put it in, might need to counter weight it.

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