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I have an eyepiece budget of $1,000 and would like your insights, please, to help me make the best choices.By StarGazingSiouxsie
My budget for eyepieces is $1,000.
I started off thinking I would get a Celestron eyepiece kit for about $200, for example. After trying a few out, I soon realised that I wanted eyepieces of higher quality. My mindset is that I'm investing $2,000 in my telescope, a Celestron 9.25 SCT, and I want to be able to extract from that scope the very best views that I can.
I'm looking to buy 3 eyepieces maximum (not including a Barlow)
Ideally - if possible - I would like to get eyepieces that I can use on both my telescopes, but my priority is toward the 9.25" as that is the bigger investment.
Both my telescopes have 1.25" barrels.
* Cassie - A Celestron Newtonian. Aperture = 130mm, FL = 650mm, FR = f5 Max useable magnification between 250x and 307x
* The Cubble Space Telescope - A Celestron SCT. Aperture = 235mm FL = 2350mm, FR = f10 Max useable magnification between 460x and 550x
I don't feel comfortable spending more than about $300 on each eyepiece
I want these eyepieces to last as long as possible. I try to look after thinbgs if I can.
Decent eye relief if possible
I will purchase a Barlow separately
Field of view - something 60% +
My observing will be probably 80% solar system planets & moon, 20% deeper sky objects
I'm not that in atsrophotogarphy. I have a little Celestron NexImage 10 with which I am hoping to make some videos and stacked images of Jupiter, Saturn and detailed imaging of Pluto ( )
I really just want the WOW factor right now. Enjoying the thrill of Saturn;s rings, tracking Jupiter's 4 main moons, detailed lunar observing etc.
So what would be your suggestions or advice, please?
I have been looking at the Tele Vue Delos & Delite range. The Nagler range looks nice but I'm note sure if I need 82' field of view. A bit pricey, too.
Explore Scientific's offerings are a possibilty.
What's the deal with zoom eyepieces? Does that mean you can have an eyepiece that will do the job, for example, of a 6mm, 7mm, 8mm and 9mm eyepiece all in one? Is there a trade off?? What's the catch??
Regarding Barlows, I was thinking of just keeping it simple and getting a decent 2x lens without spending crazy money. Something in the $150 range. Or would I need a high end Barlow to complement the better eyepieces I am hoping for???
Overall, I'm looking for 2 or 3 eyepieces and 1 Barlow with a $1,000 budget. Any thoughts, ideas, advice or opinions all gratefully received, thank you.
Just a quick question saw a previous post on here for the x-cel eye pieces vs the BST Starguiders was looking at getting a 25 mm and a 10-12mm but would any one reccomend a zoom lens 8-24mm are these any good? If so any particular make I should go for instead of the starguiders or should I just stick to my original plan of getting 2 starguider eyepieces
Got a SkyWatcher Heritage 130p flextube dobsonian recently as my first more serious beginner scope and after some nice early shots of the recent moon as expected it's been cloudy in the UK since so I've been doing more reading up and of course splashing out the rest of my birthday money on some upgraded glass using lots of advice on here and other forums to guide me. So far it's all mostly been 2nd hand ebay finds and I'm reasonably proud of my collection and cant wait to get out and play more...
5mm TS Planetary HR
6mm Skywatcher Ultra Wide 66°
8mm BST Starguider
10mm Celestron stock
12mm Celestron Omni Plossl
15mm Vixen NPL
20mm Vixen NPL
25mm Orion Sirius Plossl
32mm Meade 4000 Super Plossl
Celestron Ultima SV 2x Barlow
Celestron Variable Polarising Filter & Moon Filter
I am however considering saving up or asking Santa for Baader Classic Orthos for the 10mm & 18mm gaps based on recommendations that they're superb. Or maybe the BCO 10mm and the 18mm BST Starguider.
Thoughts on the EPs so far and what will serve me best in future? Bear in mind i'm more interested at the moment in Lunar and planetary than DSO. Thanks all.
Hi, my current telescope is Celestron ExploraScope 70AZ, thinking upgrade to skywatcher heritage 130P(came with 25mm ajd 10mm EP) , if i do, can i use the eyepiece (4mm) and x3 barlow from my old celestron on the 130P?
One more question, i ordered a eyepiece camera Svbony SV105, i wonder what is magnification of this camera and how it work to change magnification.
The scope spec is firming up to be d93/f1000.
I'll either use flocking material or create a trillion indentations in the surfaces (with peening machine), and use matt barbeque paint.
A laser calibrator is on the aquisition list.
Consequently, everything should ultimately be at 'best possible'.
I will likely need some guidance on the doublet air gap.
Other than that ... with trembling anticipation...
May I ask for views on suitable eyepieces?
I've read a few of the threads on this forum.
It seems that many eyepieces fall short of expectations.
Also, Ive noted that people have talked about the effect of long focal lengths on specific designs.
Either way, I have an initial list, made up from what seems available at reasonable cost.
I intend to carry out both terrestrial, and extra-terrestrial viewing.
Perhaps these different fields require different eyepieces?
TMB/Burgess Planetary II
I've read the 'touchy subject' thread.
I understand the issues, but I'm not in any position to take sides.
The design seems to offer a 'free lunch', with remarkable 58 deg viewing.
However, I've read reviews on this forum, talking of ghosting, and scattered light.
My intention is to blacken the scope internals as much as is possible - perhaps this will be enough?
Kson Super Abbe
4 lenses - apparently popular for over a hundred years.
Celestron 1.25" Omni Plossl
4 lenses - apparently popular for a longer period than the Abbe.
In the same Omni range, Celestron offer a 2x Barlow (2 lens).
They all purport to be good lenses.
The Celestron range is cheaper, but hey, they might be just fine.
Are any of them good for both day and night viewing, or should I be looking for specific day and night eyepieces?
... and which eyepieces are better suited to a 93/1000 refractor scope?