EYEPIECE FOR MEADE LX200 8"
You will not get by in astronomy with only one or even two eyepieces. If you want to cover all the bases and see all there is to see, you will need a minimum of three eyepieces, or, at least, two eyepieces and a barlow. Even for deep-sky objects, you will still need a range of magnifications - huge difference in trying to resolve stars at the edge of a globular cluster and trying to see a 12th magnitude galaxy. Besides, if you are like anyone else who owns and uses a large scope, you will end up with more eyepieces than you need. Just a matter of time.
Your choice of eyepiece depends on what type of object you are trying to observe, what magnification you want, how wide a field of view you want, the eye relief you want or need, how sharp you want at the edge, your personal preferences, what eyepieces you have now and much more. Personal preference is a BIG factor, so I'd recommend you visit a local astronomy club and take the opportunity to look through some different eyepieces before you plunk down the money for premium eyepieces and, yes, if you want that big, wide field of view AND excellent image sharpness, be prepared to pay.
The Televue Naglers have always been the benchmark for deep-sky work; pretty much what everyone uses as a basis for comparison. These are a great investment. For planetary work, I like the Televue Radians, since you really don't need the wide field and that long eye relief is nice at higher magnifications.
Eyepieces with a 68-70 degree apparent field are great, do-everything eyepieces. My favorites include the Televue Panoptic and the Pentax XWs. In standard Plossls, the Meade Series 5000 are tough to beat. Again, these are my favorites, other astronomers will have theirs.
Since telescope eyepieces are the most important accessory for any telescope, you may also wish to do more reading with my article, Ten Telescope Eyepiece Questions
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