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I was wondering if any of you have used Vixen PL eyepieces before? When I buy my new scope ( either a 130p/150p dob) I was looking to purchase some of these eyepieces to use instead of the stock ones as people tend to say they aren’t great at best. The eyepieces looking to get are the 25mm ones and 10mm. Is there a big difference using these then using the stock ones. Or if not the vixen eyepieces any alternatives that are in that price range. Or is it worth just keeping the stock EPs for a while. Just want to get the best possible views from the get go.
Hi there guys, a friend of mine do have several GSO eyepieces from his deceased father and is willing to part with them, are they any good?, how much should you pay for a 2.5X 3 element Barlow? and for a 15mm lens? Some of the pieces do have the inscription "Taiwan" on them some others does not, are there any difference between them?
Also there are some Barlows made out two and others out three pieces elements, what are the differences between them?
Lately have been reading in forums about Meade 4000 eyepieces too, which ones are better, GSO or Meade 4000?
For my readings, i have come to the conclusion that eyepieces made for Meade, (not the 4000) Orion and Celestron, are not of good quality, am i right?
Good eyepieces (brand) to buy w/o breaking the bank (or getting divorced) ????
I do use glasses all the time, is there anything to be concerned with the eyepieces use and the glasses?
Thanks for any help you can give.
I am looking at improving my EP collection. I have the kit 25mm and 10mm supplied with my Skywatcher Explorer 150P reflector along with its X2 Barlow. I also have a 40mm Meade Series 3000. All are 1.25 inch. The clarity of the Meade is an absolute joy so I want to start upgrading the kit I have.
I am unsure whether to replace either of the kit EP's are go for an intermediate such as a 15mm EP.
What is a good EP for £75 or so and what would YOU choose if you were upgrding?
So I have been an amateur astronomer since last few years and now I see that so many people have asking me about general telescope suggestions. (Guess the next step will be helping to set up small observatories...Ah dreams!)
We don't have many telescope brands available. The major brands that are available here are Meade, orion, celestron and skywatcher.
The confusion starts to rise when the other party is interested in little larger scopes like 8 inch sct or 12 inch reflector with eq mount or dobsonian mount.
Would like to know overall experience that you guys have had with these brands like optical tubes, mount, eyepiece etc. Sort of like "this is good, this is not so good" type.
For e.g. I have used celestron 6 inch sct, 12 inch (sort of) sct and 102mm short tube refractor. Although I love their optics, I haven't had good experience with their mounts.
Meade : Used their 8 inch sct with fork mount (and liked it). Used their 90 mm refractor and didn't like it much.
Skywatcher has given balanced performance overall. Decent mount, decent optics, decent supplied eyepiece etc.
Also, on the same topic, I am quite confused with how much importance does having a good telescope dealer has. As in we do have many dealers here, but many times I have experienced things like overpriced scopes, no decent guidance etc. If I suggest just one dealer with whom I hadam good experience then it looks like biased opinion.