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Penguin

Suitable barlow for planetary?

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My birthday is coming up and I am thinking of asking for this:

https://www.tringastro.co.uk/celestron-x-cel-lx-3x-barlow-612-p.asp

It would mainly be to get closer in to the planets for webcam imaging and visual. I currently have a Skywatcher Explorer 150p (which I gather is not great for planets), a Philips SP900 and an x-cel 2X barlow but this combination does not get as close in as I used to get with my old TAL-1 and its stock 2X barlow.

Would this 3X barlow help or would it be too much for the scope? What would you recommend, without buying a different scope: I'm working on a budget!

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For webcam photography I would say "Yes", though I have not added webcam to my scopes for a long time. Not so sure about visual.

AstroBoot --->http://www.astroboot.co.uk/search.php?needle=barlow have a few Barlow's on offer, (and with an extra 10% off if you enter a promo code).

 

Disclaimer: I am not on their payroll or have any business connections etc with them... just a customer.

Edited by Philip R

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I have this Barlow..ive not had good enough seeing to use on Jupiter but with the moon I've had a couple of tries..one thing really shows is focus is that much more critical.. I'm using a 2000mm fl sct thou..

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13 hours ago, Penguin said:

a Philips SP900 and an x-cel 2X barlow

Have you tried increasing the spacing with an extension tube to get beyond 2x with this barlow?  I would go this route first since the cost of a 1.25" extension tube isn't all that much.

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Interesting idea. Does the extension tube go before the barlow or between the barlow and the camera?

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