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The improvement in the x-cel eyepieces will be that they have 20mm of eye relief which will make them more comfortable to view through in the shorter focal lengths. Optically I don't think they are a significant step up from the Meade 4000's.

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I had the 5.2mm astronomica branded one of these, it was certainly a step up from the eyepiece that came with the scope - the contrast was a lot better.

I found, and I think others have found this too, that there was a lot of eye relief on these eyepieces which did mean that you had to get your eye in the right place to avoid blackouts. I was able to do this ok, but my kid wasn't steady enough.

I now use a paradigm / explorer ED 5mm eyepiece, which has similar performance but with less of a blackout problem, these are sold on ebay from time to time by Alan from skies_unlimited

I sold my astronomica on ebay for about £35, you'd probably be able to do the same an x-cel, so if your "good price" is around that, or lower, then you've probably not got much to lose if you try it!!

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personally found the meade a (dark)eyepiece to look through, the 26mm is fine but smaller ones get left inside,a tal 10mm and celestron 15mm seem brigther and sharper. waiting for a clear night to try the x-cel ,the eye relief should be a bonus.

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would it be worth building a selection of x-cels as they are afocal?

I would just try the one you have first, just to make sure it's the eyepiece you are hoping it to be.

As with the others, i quite liked my 8mm Xcel but it came off second best to the TMB Planetary 8mm, so i sold it. But it wasn't a bad eyepiece by any stretch.

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it was a bargin but had hell of a job getting the seller to sell it for her buy it now price,first tried to refund payment than demanded £20 more before she would post or could send a damaged one instead, good old paypal set her straight

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had hell of a job getting the seller to sell it for her buy it now price

Curious - she sells eyepieces and mascara - a combination that I wouldn't have thought go together very well... Maybe that's why she sells long eye-relief EPs such as X-Cels! :mad:

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